North Carolina Central University has been selected to participate in the 8th Annual Ford Black College Quiz. The competition will take place in Atlanta from Oct. 3-8. The quiz show series features HBCU students from around the country showing off their knowledge of African-American history. This four-part, half-hour series has featured more than 50 HBCUs since its inception and awarded more than $100,000 dollars in scholarships. NCCU is competing this year for the second time.
Victoria Monique Jones, a senior chemistry major from Raleigh, has been chosen to represent NCCU. Victoria is a Dean’s List student, a Chancellor’s Scholar, a member of the Honors Program, a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, a member of the University Honor Student Cadre and the most recent recipient of the American Chemical Society Inorganic Chemistry award. She is also a Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) scholar researching drugs that may lead to treatments for prostate cancer and has completed summer projects at Columbia University, Penn State University Hershey College of Medicine, and at the Watson School of Biological Sciences in New York. Alongside her academic pursuits, Victoria is an impressive pianist, violist and vocalist who has performed at Carnegie Hall, at the 2011 MEAC basketball tournament and for First Lady Michelle Obama. She serves as the pianist for two churches, and volunteers with KidZNotes, a nonprofit organization that provides classical orchestral training to underprivileged students in East Durham.
Victoria will be joined in Atlanta by Clayton C. Mack Jr., an assistant coach with the University Honor Student Cadre, a program that identifies talented NCCU students and prepares them for academic competitions. The cadre is advised by Dr. Caesar R. Jackson, interim dean for the School of Graduate Studies, and coached by Christopher A. Graves.