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Spelman to Compete in 29th Annual Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge National Championship Tournament, April 7-11 Share a Spelman College Press Release

Spelman Honda Challenge Team 2018 (web)ATLANTA (March 15, 2018) ‐‐ After participating in a national qualifying tournament in February, Spelman College will go on to compete against 48 fellow Historically Black Colleges and Universities at the 29th annual Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge National Championship Tournament, April 7-11, in Torrance, California. The HCASC finals will be live‐streamed starting at 12 p.m. ET, April 10, at Spelman has the opportunity to win the HCASC top prize ‐ a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.

Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge is a year‐round program that includes campus engagement, intramural play, qualifying tournaments and culminates with the National Championship. The fast‐paced competition highlights students' academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. As a result, students expand their scope of knowledge; learn teamwork and sportsmanship; travel to California to represent their schools at the National Championship Tournament; and develop a bond with their fellow competitors. HCASC's active alumni group also supports students with networking and mentorship opportunities post‐graduation.

Spelman will be represented by Elana McLurkin Harris, C’2018, a political science major; Jessika Adjoa Agyepong, C’2020, a biology major; Ariana Nicole Benson, C’2019, a psychology major; and Alexia Lakeman, C’2018, an English major. Dan Bascelli, coordinator of instructional technologies at Spelman, will coach the team.

“Participating in HCASC in a one of a kind experience that is unforgettable,” said Harris. “Competing with my teammates to quickly come up with answers and practicing together has truly strengthened the sisterhood that already connects us. It is also fun to meet players from other HBCUs because it helps increase our own HBCU network of friends and possible co-workers. It is such an honor to represent Spelman College.”

In 1989, Honda established HCASC to highlight and recognize the academic achievements of HBCU students. More than $8.5 million in grants from Honda have provided support for scholarships, facility upgrades and other investments to improve the student experience. Now in its 29th year, more than 125,000 students have participated in HCASC.

"Honda congratulates Spelman College for advancing to the 'Great 48,' a group that represents some of the brightest HBCU students across the country," said Steve Morikawa, vice president, corporate relations and social responsibility, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Beyond the impressive academic competition, Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge has fostered a network of 'friends for life' that champions students as they pursue their professional dreams. We look forward to hosting an exciting HCASC National Championship Tournament in April."


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