Paine Qualifies to Compete at Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Nationals in California

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/27/2015 11:58 AM

For Immediate Release: February 27, 2015

Paine Qualifies to Compete at Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Nationals in California

Augusta, GA, February 27, 2015 – Completing a hard-fought journey that began in the fall, the team representing Paine College has qualified to compete at the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament to be held March 21-25 in Torrance, California.  Now in its 26th season, HCASC is a unique academic competition that showcases the academic prowess of the best and brightest students from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  

With 76 HBCUs vying for a spot in the Nationals, teams competed in seven qualifying tournaments held in late January. Forty-eight emerged from the group, including Paine earning the opportunity to compete for the title of “National Champion” and a $50,000 institutional grant from Honda. 

"We are honored to be a part of the Honda Campus All -Star Challenge which highlights the academic prowess of students attending HBCUs." said Interim President Samuel Sullivan. "We are extremely proud of our students and their accomplishment of qualifying for the national championship." 

James R. Armstrong, Travione Harris, Jordan M. Rutland, and Sharifah A. Williams will represent Paine. Dr. Eric Darrington, Assistant Professor, will coach the team.

The 2015 National Championship Tournament will be live-streamed on Monday, March 23rd starting at 12:00 ET on and other websites.

For more information on the 2015 HCASC, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit  Connect with HCASC via social media for updates on Facebook and Twitter, using #HCASC.

About Honda Campus All-Star Challenge:

Celebrating HBCU excellence, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States.  Since 1989, the program has awarded more than $7.5 million in grants to participating HBCUs, impacting the lives of over 100,000 students across 22 states.  The participating HBCUs share in  grants from Honda of up to $328,000 each year.  HCASC’s impressive roster of past participants includes engineers, lawyers, doctors and professors.  A number of high profile former HCASC participants have been inducted into the HCASC Hall of Fame, including Clark Atlanta University alumnus and ESPN anchor, Bomani Jones, who participated in two HCASC competitions between 1999 and 2001, serving as team captain in 2001.

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