Jackson State to compete in 29th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament

March 09, 2018

After participating in a National Qualifying Tournament, Jackson State University will compete against fellow Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at the 29th annual Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge National Championship Tournament, April 7-11.


Teams from 48 HBCUs will go head‐to‐head in the National Championship of America’s premier academic quiz for top HBCU student on the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. campus in Torrance, California. Jackson State University has the opportunity to win the HCASC top prize ‐ a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.


Jackson State will be represented by Zaveon Demon Cooper, II, a Senior majoring in Theatre Arts from Jackson, MS, Dr. Justin Clarke, a Junior majoring in Accounting from Atlanta, GA, Charles Octavius Pennington, a Senior majoring in Chemical Engineering & Chem. from Hollandale, MS, and James Meeks, Jr., a Senior majoring in Finance from Jackson, MS. Joshua J. Cotton will coach the team.


Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge is a year‐round program that includes campus engagement, intramural play, qualifying tournaments and culminates with the National Championship. The fast‐paced competition highlights students’ academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture.


As a result, students expand their scope of knowledge; learn teamwork and sportsmanship; travel to California to represent their schools at the National Championship Tournament; and develop a bond with their fellow competitors. “Honda congratulates Jackson State University for advancing to the ‘Great 48,’ a group that represents some of the brightest HBCU students across the country,” said Steve Morikawa, Vice President, Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.


In 1989, Honda established HCASC to highlight and recognize the academic achievements of HBCU students. More than $8.5 million in grants from Honda have provided support for scholarships, facility upgrades and other investments to improve the student experience. Now in its 29th year, more than 125,000 students have participated in HCASC.

The 2018 HCASC finals will be live‐streamed on Tuesday, April 10 starting at 12:00 p.m. ET at HCASC.com. For more information on HCASC, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit www.hcasc.com.


For more information regarding the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, contact Mary Oberembt at (800) 388.2272, extension 105.