Countless hours of preparation paid off for the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University team which earned top honors at the 32nd 2021 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), America’s premier academic competition between students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
The four-student North Carolina A&T team demonstrated its academic skills by quickly and accurately answering questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture.
More than 300 students from 64 HBCUs participated in this year’s 2021 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge program, which was conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each year, Honda awards more than $390,000 in institutional grants to participating HBCUs.
This is the 27th year North Carolina A&T State University has participated in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and the first year it has won the HCASC National Championship.
The winning team was coached by Professor Byron Turman and includes team captain Malkam Hawkins, a junior majoring in Electrical Engineering from Charlotte, N.C.; Frances Kendrick, a freshman majoring in Nursing from Raleigh, N.C.; Mitchell Wilson, a sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering from Zebulon, N.C.; and Samara Daniels, a junior majoring in Criminal Justice from Ayden, N.C.
“This win shows the dedication of our team, and that with hard work and patience, you can succeed,” said Samara Daniels. “This win also shows that my university has helped produce smart students and an amazingly talented HCASC team.”
Runner-up Florida A&M University was awarded a $30,000 institutional grant, while the third and fourth place finishers – Morehouse College and Alabama A&M University – each received $20,000 grants.
To watch the HCASC National Championship Tournament games, visit HCASC.com
Rounding out the eight teams that competed in the 2021 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Finals, held April 18-20, were Bowie State University, Lincoln University-Pennsylvania, North Carolina Central University, and Oakwood University.
“Honda congratulates North Carolina A&T State University for its impressive achievement and applauds all of the student competitors and coaches who made this year’s 2021 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament an exciting experience,” said Yvette Hunsicker, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity at American Honda. “We also thank the volunteers – many of whom are dedicated HCASC alumni and Honda associates – for helping us continue the longstanding HCASC tradition of celebrating HBCU excellence.”
Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is a year-round knowledge-based program that brings together top HBCU students from across the country and showcases their academic talents on a national stage. Outside of competition, students build camaraderie, network, and fulfill the HCASC tradition of becoming “friends for life.”
Through Honda’s business units and its partnerships with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Columbus Urban League, more than 500 students signed up to participate in virtual development seminars that aimed to increase their career readiness and financial empowerment. These included:
- Honda Human Resources Workshop: Interviewing and resume writing workshops & CO-OP (Internship) opportunities
- Career Prep 101 Powered by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund: Preparing for the future after graduation
- Financial Empowerment Institute presented by Columbus Urban League: Providing information to help close the wealth gap
- Honda Business Resource Group Panel Discussion: Finding your voice in the workplace
Since HCASC was established in 1989, more than 125,000 students have competed in the academic tournament. For additional information about the 32nd Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, visit HCASC.com, as well as the HCASC Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Source: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.