Voorhees College to compete for Championship Title at 30th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge
March 01, 2019
After winning a series of regional competitions, Voorhees College is one of 48 schools that will vie for the championship title at the 30th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), America’s premier academic competition for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
The HCASC National Championship Tournament will be held April 13-17, 2019 on the American Honda campus in Torrance, Calif. Voorhees has the opportunity to win the HCASC top prize, a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.
The students are Christina Marie Donovan, a junior majoring in mass communications from Brooklyn, N.Y., LeRon Furtick, a senior majoring in business administration from Columbia, S.C., Nathan Leonard Freeman, Jr., a freshman majoring in computer science from Liberia, Africa, and Jewel Kluttz, a junior majoring in psychology from Saint Matthews, S.C.
Donovan said this is her second year participating in the challenge. “We have a strong and competitive team. Our goal is to make it to the semi-finals and win,” Donovan said. “I am excited to compete during Honda’s 3oth anniversary, it makes the opportunity all the more rewarding.”
Dr. Tywana Chenault, HCASC Voorhees team coach, said this is her second time attending the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, and it is an eye-opening and engaging experience. “This time, I am participating as the coach because I embrace inquisitive minds and seek to nurture our students’ thirst for knowledge. The students are brilliant and have been practicing endlessly. They are learning to think quickly and are expanding their knowledge base. We have established our team goals and clearly articulated our plan. When we arrive in California we simply must execute it,” Chenault said.
Honda Campus All-Star Challenge connects the nation's best and brightest HBCU students who expand their scope of knowledge; learn teamwork and sportsmanship; and develop a bond with their fellow competitors. The fast-paced buzzer competition highlights students’ academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. Outside of game play, the year-round program provides community service activities, leadership, networking opportunities and mentorship.
“For 30 years, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge has provided a platform for the nation’s top HBCU students to advance their dreams,” said Steve Morikawa, vice president of Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility at American Honda. “Honda congratulates the ‘Great 48’ for their incredible work ethic, teamwork and competitive spirit. We look forward to an exciting National Championship Tournament and crowning the 2019 HCASC National Champion in April.”
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