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NCCU Students To Compete in Honda All-Star Challenge

Temilade Boluwatife Aladeniyi; Damian Jerard Medearis; Christopher Graves, coach ; Deandria Harper; Joshua Strayhorn
Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has been selected to participate in the 28th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament (HCASC). The tournament will take place in Torrance, Calif., April 8-11.

Founded in 1989, the Campus All-Star Challenge is the oldest academic competition between students at America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Honda has sponsored the program since its inception.

NCCU’s team will compete among 48 HBCUs in the final round of the academic tournament to win the $75,000 top prize.

The All-Star Challenge is open to all four-year, degree-granting HBCUs in the continental U.S. More than 50,000 students have participated in the competition, where schools vie to qualify for the annual National Championship Tournament (NCT). NCCU has had a team in 27 of 28 previous season championships.

This year’s returning member from the 2016 varsity team is Damian Jerard Medearis, a senior business administration major from Greensboro, N.C. Joining Damian on the varsity team are Joshua Strayhorn, a junior history major from New Bern, N.C.; and Temilade Boluwatife Aladeniyi, a junior biology major from Charlotte, N.C. The team also welcomed new member Deandria Harper, a freshman physics major from Durham, N.C. Medearis will serve as team captain.

The team members hone their skills by being challenged in practice by eight additional team members who are vying for a spot on the varsity team. Those participants are Yaseen Abdul-Malik, a sophomore history major from Durham; Mary Booze, a sophomore mass communications major from Murphy, N.C.; Shavonna Corprew, a freshman political science major from Apex, N.C.; Lucy Jayala, a sophomore mass communication major from Durham; Sabina Morgan, a freshman nursing major from Durham; Shawn Pressley, a sophomore psychology major from Charlotte; Brandon Reyes, a junior business major from Warrenton, N.C.; and Miracle Thomas, a senior biology major from Atlanta. 

The club is advised by Clayton Mack Jr. and coached by Christopher Graves and Dr. Janice Dargan. Previous teams have experienced several highlights, including seven finishes among the final eight teams and two national championship appearances (2006, 2009). The coaches are assisted by several dedicated faculty, staff and alumni volunteers throughout the school year.

The 2017 HCASC finals will be live?streamed on Monday, April 10, starting at 12 p.m. ET on HCASC.com.

For more information on HCASC, visit www.hcasc.com.


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