(AUGUSTA, GA) – The Paine College students are set to compete in the Los Angeles Area for Grants and glory Against 250 students from 48 of the nation’s HBCU’s at the 2012 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. Across the nation, students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities are making final preparations to vie for grants and glory at the nation’s only HBCU academic competition – the 2012 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) (www.hcasc.com). The two-day competition, scheduled to take place March 30-April 2 in Torrance, CA, will test students’ knowledge of history, science, literature, religion, the arts, social science, and popular culture. The competition will give students the opportunity to win more than $300,000 in institutional grants awarded annually by Honda, as well as battle for bragging rights as the nation’s top academic HBCU.
“We are elated to have yet another opportunity to take part in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge”, said Dr. George C. Bradley, president of Paine College, “We at Paine College are grateful of the Honda Motor Company’s recognition of the bright minds at our nation’s HBCU institutions. I am a firm advocate for the advancement of knowledge, and with this event, the nation can agree that Honda shares the same vision.”
Paine College’s Honda Team did not attend the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge in 2011, but in 2009, they not only qualified for the National Tournament, they made it to the Sweet Sixteen Round, while the team captain, Eric Stephens was selected as a Honda All-Star, out scoring all the players in their division.
“Paine’s HCASC Club is a group of gifted, intelligent, and talented students from Paine College who are dedicated to building a nationally recognized HCASC team and establishing a winning tradition for years to come.” Dr. Andre Key, Paine College Honda All-Star Team Coach.
The 250 HCASC student competitors from 48 HBCUs, or “Great 48,” heading to Torrance to compete in the 2012 games, hail from HBCUs located in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, South Carolina, Delaware, Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana, New York, Kentucky, Missouri, Maryland, Oklahoma, Virginia, Texas, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
The competitors will be split into eight divisions and will compete in a modified round robin-format. The top two teams from each division will advance to the “Sweet 16” and compete in a single elimination playoff. The final two teams that emerge from the playoffs will battle for the title of National Champions and the grand prize of $50,000.
The 23rd annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge will take place this year at the corporate headquarters of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in Torrance, CA. Moving from its previous location in Orlando, Fla. this will be the first time the event is held in the Los Angeles area on the campus of Honda, the event’s sole corporate sponsor. Honda hopes to introduce students to many career opportunities available in the automotive industry.
HCASC is one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States. Throughout its 22-year tenure, the program has touched over 50,000 students and awarded more than $6 million in grants. In addition to providing students a venue for friendly competition, the program encourages relationship building, intellectual excellence, and the development of values that define good character.
Artis Collins, the team captain, stated, “I have great expectations for this year’s team. We have stood strong and faced adversity in the past and I know we will do the same again.”
Paine College has a total of 12 students in the Honda Club. Out of those twelve, four have been selected to compete in the 2012 HCASC.
1. Alberto Argumedo – Sophomore, Presidential Scholar, Math Major, 1st year Player
2. Adisa Ambrose – Freshmen, Biology Major, 1st year Player
3. Artis Collins III - Senior, English Major, 3rd year Player
4. Fatima Ojeda-Rojas – Freshman, Presidential Scholar, Management Information Systems Major, 1st year Player
“In 1989, the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge was created to highlight the great minds and talent present at our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” said Steve Morikawa, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Community Relations at American Honda Motor Company, Inc. “Today, 23 years later, we at Honda are proud to still be a part of HCASC as it continues to exemplify HBCUs’ academic excellence, enrich our nations’ youth m and invest in one of the country’s largest pipelines for professional, artistic, and academic talent. We hope that by hosting the students on the campus of our national headquarters we can expose and hopefully inspire them to consider a career in the automotive industry.”
For more information on the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and a list of the 48 participating HBCUs please visit: http://www.hcasc.com/nct12/great48.asp.
HCASC Electronic Media Kit: http://www.epkling.com/hondaallstar/
HCASC on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HCASC
HCASC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/hcasc
Front row: Derric Miller, Fatima Rojas, Sherita Walker and Sharifah Williams.
Back Row: Uzetta Gresham, Dr. Andre Key, Alberto Argumedo, Adisa Ambrose, Matthew Crawford; Not pictured, Artis Collins (team captain), Ryan Davis, and Winfield Odom.
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