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On February 7, 2020, after nearly six months of preparation, the Ambassadors - Oakwood's team of scholars - met their competition at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, for the Honda Campus All Star Challenge (HCASC) National Qualifying Tournament (NQT). Teams from Allen University, Claflin University Harris-Stowe State University, Paine College and Oakwood University met in a face-off to answer an array of questions on topic areas including classic literature, science, the arts and African-American culture.

The teams were given a few ground rules, and category names and descriptions before the games began for the day. The first three rounds are called Face-Off rounds, with two types of questions: Face-Offs, worth 10 points each; and Bonuses, worth 20 points. The fourth round is called the Ultimate Challenge. Each team gets a turn to play the Ultimate Challenge and has 60 seconds to answer 10 questions in the category of its choice. Each correct answer is worth 25 points, for a total of 250 points. Each round has a category board with four categories.

Each team was anxious to answer as many questions as possible to lead their teammates to victory. When the final round concluded, Oakwood’s Honda team emerged as the winners of the NQT held at Claflin. Because NQTs would also be played the following day (Saturday), it was requested that no one announce Friday’s results until the results of both days could be announced simultaneously.

Oakwood’s HCASC team members:

• Danielle Honoré, Biomedical Science major – sophomore (captain)
• Crosby Lambert, Communication major – junior
• Jonas Clarke, Biology major – junior
• Grayson Mejia, Applied Mathematics major – junior

Oakwood's Alternate HCASC team members:

• Jordan Seal, Biochemistry major – freshman
• Miriam Duronville, Biology major - sophomore
• Khaliah Patton, Accounting major – freshman
• Nirvana Walton, Allied Health major – senior

Dr. Rennae Elliott, Communication Department chair, also serves as Oakwood’s HCASC Coach.

We wish our Oakwood Ambassadors success as they prepare for the National Championship Tournament in Torrance California, March 28 to April 1, 2020.

HCASC is America’s premier academic quiz competition for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). More than 150,000 HBCU scholars have participated in HCASC since 1989. Honda has awarded over $9 million in grants through HCASC to help fund tuition and book scholarships, student development initiatives, endowment and development initiatives, as well as facilities improvements and equipment.
Posted By: Reginald Culpepper
Monday, February 17th 2020 at 12:37PM
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