Recently, the 29th Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament was held in Torrance, California. Teams from 48 historically Black colleges and universities competed in an academic quiz contest for the national championship title and a share of $350,000 in grant funds.
Jackson State University in Mississippi emerged as the winner of the competition, edging out Spelman College in Atlanta in the final match. Morehouse College and Oakwood University made it to the semifinal round.
Members of the Jackson State team were seniors, Zaveon Demon Cooper, Charles Octavius Pennington, and James Meeks Jr. and junior Justin Clarke. The team was coached by Farah Christmas and Joshua Cotton, instructors in the department of history and philosophy at the university.
As the winning team, Jackson State University receives a grant of $75,000. Since the inception of the competition, more than $8.5 million in grants from Honda have provided support for scholarships, facility upgrades, and other investments to improve the student experience at historically Black colleges and universities.