Countless hours of preparation paid off for the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University team which earned top honors at the 32nd Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), America's premier academic competition between students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The four-student North Carolina A&T team demonstrated its academic skills by quickly and accurately answering questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. More than 300 students from 64 HBCUs participated in this year's HCASC program, which was conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each year, Honda awards more than $390,000 in institutional grants to participating HBCUs.
This is the 27th year North Carolina A&T State University has participated in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and the first year it has won the HCASC National Championship. The winning team was coached by Professor Byron Turman and includes team captain Malkam Hawkins, a junior majoring in Electrical Engineering from Charlotte, N.C.; Frances Kendrick, a freshman majoring in Nursing from Raleigh, N.C.; Mitchell Wilson, a sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering from Zebulon, N.C.; and Samara Daniels, a junior majoring in Criminal Justice from Ayden, N.C.