NCCU to compete in National Qualifying Tournament of 35th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

Posted February 07, 2024, 11:43AM
2023-2024 NCCU HCASC Varsity Team members

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will join other historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the National Qualifying Tournament of the 35th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge academic contest on Saturday, Feb. 10, in Baltimore, Maryland. 

The fast-paced buzzer competition highlights students’ academic prowess and their ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture.  

This year, NCCU will be competing for a berth in the HCASC National Championship Tournament (NCT), scheduled for April 2024. The top winner of the NCT will receive a $75,000 grant.

NCCU’s Honda Campus All-Star Challenge team members competing on Feb. 10 are Terrell Parker, a junior engineering major from Cary; Makala Evans, a junior information technology major from Durham; Lauren Johnson, a senior environmental, earth and geographic sciences major from Waldorf, Maryland; and Jaziah Terrelonge, team captain and senior business major from Greensboro.   

“This is when all our hard work pays off. I’ve practiced with my team a lot and I can’t wait to see what we will achieve together,” said Terrelonge. 

Janice Dargan, Ph.D., NCCU humanities and anthropology professor, serves as the faculty advisor. Longtime coordinator Clayton Mack, Jr., special projects coordinator for the Division of Extended Studies, is in his third year as head coach.  

Since 1989, the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, one of Honda’s longest-running philanthropic initiatives in the United States, has celebrated and recognized the academic talents of HBCU students. Over $9 million in grants from Honda have provided support for scholarships, facility upgrades and other investments to improve the student experience.  

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