Florida A&M University Wins Seventh Championship Title at National Academic Competition

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    April 12, 2011 12:18 UTC

    Florida A&M University Wins Seventh Championship Title at National
    Academic Competition

    48 Schools Battled for the Top Prize This Weekend at the 22nd
    Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

    ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
    Overcoming stiff competition, Florida A&M University beat Oakwood
    University to claim their seventh National Championship title at the 22nd
    Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (www.hcasc.com),
    an annual academic quiz competition among teams from the nation’s
    Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

    The Florida A&M University Honda Campus All-Star Challenge team celebrate their seventh national cha ...

    The Florida A&M University Honda Campus All-Star Challenge team celebrate their seventh national championship win on Monday, April 11, 2011 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is the largest academic competition of its kind, bringing students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities from around the country together to participate in the two-day tournament that tests their knowledge, skills and ability to quickly and accurately answer questions on world history, science, literature, and popular culture. (Photo: Business Wire)

    Florida A&M University beat second place finisher Oakwood University and
    took home $50,000 in grant money for their school after answering the
    following question correctly:

                His 2007 book, Avoid Boring People, looks back on his entire life,
    not just the two years in which he found fame in the 1950’s, which
    he already chronicled in The Double Helix. For 10 additional points
    — who is this U.S. geneticist and physicist who co-discovered the
    molecular structure of DNA?

    Final Answer: James D. Watson

    The Florida A&M University team included Trenton J. Johnson
    (Captain) senior, Computer Engineering, Dwight Williams II,
    junior, Mathematics, Stefan Jenkins, junior, Biomedical
    Engineering and Paul Kayemba, junior, English.

    During the annual two-day tournament in Orlando, FL, 48 HBCU teams
    competed in a modified round robin format. Each school showcased their
    skills and intellect by quickly and accurately answering questions on
    world history, science, literature, religion, the arts, social sciences,
    popular culture and African-American history and culture. The top teams
    from the events eight divisions advanced to the “Elite Eight Playoffs”
    and went head to head in a round single elimination. The final two teams
    then competed for the National Champion title in a best 2- out of 3-
    final series.

    While Florida A&M University took home the top prize of $50,000 in
    university grants for their National Championship win, Oakwood
    University and the other top teams did not walk away empty-handed.
    Second place team Oakwood University walked away with $25,000,
    from Kentucky State University and Tuskegee University,
    members of the “Final 4,” earned $15,000, and North Carolina Central
    University
    , Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University
    and Fisk University, members of the “Elite 8,” each took home
    $9,500 in grants.

    Since 1989, HCASC has brought together the nation’s best and brightest
    academic competitors from America’s top HBCUs. Throughout its history,
    HCASC has been the only annual academic competition between the nation’s
    HBCUs, touching over 50,000 students and awarding more than $6 million
    dollars in grants.

    Quote from Florida A&M University Team Captain

    “When you get the right group together you overcome all adversity.
    Everybody on the team has different personalities and experiences which
    creates a ying/yang with four components that compliment each other with
    perfect balance.”

    • Trenton J. Johnson, captain, Florida A&M University Honda Campus
      All-Star Challenge Team

    Quote from Oakwood University Team Captain

    “The most exciting part of the competition was watching the other teams
    win. You make friends instantly so you’re really cheering your friends
    on. It’s a competitive sport with no hard feelings.”

    • Marcus Cooper, captain, Oakwood University Honda Campus All-Star
      Challenge Team

    Quote from Honda Executive

    “The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is one of Honda’s largest and
    longest running philanthropic initiatives here in the United States, and
    we are proud to be able to give more than $300,000 each year to
    deserving Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Maintaining this
    program allows us to invest in one of the country’s largest pipelines
    for professional and academic talent, and even in these tough economic
    times, it is important that we continue to support our nation’s future
    leaders.”

    • Steve Morikawa, assistant vice president, Corporate Community
      Relations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

    More Information

    For broadcast quality, downloadable footage of final games, round robin
    games, interviews and photos of the “Elite Eight” HCASC teams please
    visit http://www.epklink.com/hondaallstar/
    .

    For more information on the Honda Campus All Star Challenge and a list
    of the 48 participating HBCUs, please go to www.HCASC.com.

    About Honda

    Honda supports a variety of initiatives aimed at advancing education and
    creating experiences of discovery that help people see and achieve their
    own dreams. The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, along with the Honda
    Battle of the Bands, are two of Honda’s major initiatives supporting
    Historically Black Colleges and Universities and helping young people
    pursue their dreams.

    HCASC Electronic Media Kit: http://www.epklink.com/hondaallstar/
    HCASC
    on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HCASC
    HCASC
    on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/hcasc

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    Contacts

    American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
    Erika Braxton-White, 310-783-3549
    or
    Marcos
    Frommer, 310-781-5542

    Source: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

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    The Florida A&M University Honda Campus All-Star Challenge team celebrate their seventh national championship win on Monday, April 11, 2011 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is the largest academic competition of its kind, bringing students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities from around the country together to participate in the two-day tournament that tests their knowledge, skills and ability to quickly and accurately answer questions on world history, science, literature, and popular culture. (Photo: Business Wire)

    Kentucky State University works as a team to answer a question during the final games of the 22nd Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC). The event, which took place Monday April 11, 2011 in Lake Buena Vista, Fl., brought together the best and brightest students from our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities for a two-day academic competition. Kentucky State made it to the Final 4, but was knocked out of the competition by Oakwood University, from Huntsville, Ala. (Photo: Business Wire)

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