OU Goal: One step higher. Oakwood’s Honda Academic All-Stars seek move from 2012 runners-up to 2013 National Champs
Honda’s Campus All Star Challenge (HCASC) team from Oakwood University – the 2012 national runners-up champions, and 2008 and 2009 national winners from the competing historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) – heads for the national championship tournament, to take place at American Honda headquarters in Torrance, California, April 7-9, 2013.
The HCASC is the first-ever academic competition between students at America's HBCUs.
According to coach Dr. Rennae Elliott, communication department chair, OU’s team – captain Antoine Southern, Kenesha Bennett, Nancy Kingoina and James Rodriguez – will be traveling to Los Angeles on Friday, April 5, and will be joined on Monday, April 8, by Oakwood President and First Lady, Drs. Leslie and Prudence Pollard.
“For the second consecutive year, Honda has made arrangements for Oakwood’s team to travel on Friday instead of Saturday, and the Opening Banquet has been re-scheduled for Saturday night instead of Friday night, to honor our biblical observance of the seventh-day Sabbath. Talk about a witness!”
Oakwood has been in the finals four of the last five years, Elliott continued, and has won the national championship twice.
HCASC brings together the whole campus community – students, faculty, administration and alumni. Now in its 24th season, nearly 100,000 HCASC players have demonstrated their incredible intellects and fast recall, and for their efforts, have earned over $7 million in grants from Honda for their institutions. A lively round robin tournament begins on Sunday, April 7. The Final Games held on Monday, April 8th, will be streamed on the Honda web page, http://hcasc.com. The games are scheduled for 8:30 am – 1:00 pm Pacific Time.