Morgan State University Takes Home Grand Prize as First- Time Champion of National Academic Competition
Torrance, CA. April 2, 2012 – In a thrilling intellectual showdown, Morgan State University
emerged victorious among 48 teams and claimed its first National Championship title at the 23rd
Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (www.hcasc.com). The annual academic
tournament brought 250 top students from the nation's Historically Black Colleges and
Universities (HBCUs) together in the Los Angeles area for a two-day competition and the
opportunity to win as much as $50,000 in grants for their school.
In a culmination of a year-long program, Morgan State took home the title and beat secondplace
finisher Oakwood University after answering the following question correctly:
Who was America's only chief executive never elected as
president or vice president?
Correct Answer: Gerald Ford
The Morgan State team included Craig Cornish (Captain) junior, History Major; Micheal
Osikomaiya, sophomore, English Major; John-Paul Stephens, freshman, Screen Writing & Animation Major; and James Hayes-Barber, freshman, Electrical Engineering Major.
Each of the 48 teams first battled it out in their own division to quickly and accurately answer
questions on world history, science, literature, religion, the arts, social sciences, popular culture
and African-American history and culture. The top team from each of the event's eight divisions
advanced to the "Elite Eight Playoffs" and went head-to-head in a single elimination round. The
final two teams then competed for the National Champion title in a best 2 out of 3 final series.
While Morgan State secured the top prize of $50,000 in university grants, all 48 schools were
awarded grants. Second place finisher Oakwood University won $25,000, while the remaining
"Final 4" teams – Florida A&M University and Morehouse College -- earned $15,000. The
other "Elite 8" – Alabama State, North Carolina A&T State, Stillman College and Southern
University - New Orleans – were awarded $9,500 in grants. In total, Honda provided over
$300,000 in grants to participating schools.
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 75,000 students and awarding more
than $6 million dollars in grants.
Quote from Morgan State University Team Captain
"My favorite part of being on this team has been bonding with our teammates and coach. There
have been a lot of incendiary moments, but they've made us stronger. I'm looking forward to
getting ready for next year."
- Craig Cornish, captain, Morgan State Honda Campus
All-Star Challenge Team
Quote from Morgan State University Team Coach
"This is everybody's first year on the team, and to try to figure out how to meld what they know
with what they need to know, takes a journey that builds a relationship of trust. It's been a
beautiful relationship with my team."
- Dr. OluwaTosin Adegbola, coach, Morgan State Honda
Campus All-Star Challenge Team
Quote from Honda Executive
"The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge not only offers a friendly and competitive environment
for HBCU students to demonstrate their intellect, hard work and dedication, but also provides
them an opportunity to build friendships and establish lasting networks. This year we were able
bring the competition to American Honda's headquarters where we introduced the students to
Honda's lines of business. Honda considers it a priority to support our nation's future leaders,
and we are proud to be a part of this enriching event."
- Marc Burt, senior manager, Office of Inclusion and
Diversity, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
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.
Honda supports a variety of initiatives aimed at advancing education and creating experiences
of discovery that help aspiring students 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 Press 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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