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Spelman College Class of 2019

Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

Spelman in the National Championship #HCASC

Spelman's Honda Campus All-Star team is one of the Elite Eight remaining who could win the championship and a $75,000 institutional grant from American Honda in the finals.

Honda All Star Challenge Team 2018 TEAM
Ariana Benson
Elana Harris
Alexia Lakeman
Jessika Agyepong

12 p.m. Quarterfinal One Spelman vs. Prairie View A & M
12:30 p.m. Quarterfinal Two Tuskegee vs. Morehouse
1 p.m. Quarterfinal Three Jackson State vs. Florida A & M
1:30 p.m. Quarterfinal Four Oakwood vs. Paine
2 p.m. Semifinal One Winner Quarterfinal One vs. Winner Quarterfinal Two
2:30 p.m. Semifinal Two Winner Quarterfinal Three vs. Winner Quarterfinal Four
3 p.m. Championship Matches (Best two-out-of-three) Winner Semifinal 1 vs. Winner Semifinal 2
3:30 p.m. Winner Semifinal 1 vs. Winner Semifinal 2
4 p.m. (if needed) Winner Semifinal 1 vs. Winner Semifinal 2

Spelman College Advances to National Qualifying Tournament of 29th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

February 2018

Spelman's Honda All Star ChallengeSpelman College will compete in the National Qualifying Tournament of the 29th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), America’s premier quiz bowl for top HBCU students. The fast-paced buzzer competition highlights students’ academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. Spelman is one of 65 teams competing for institutional grants and a spot in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament taking place in Los Angeles, April 7 – 11, 2018.

The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is a year-round program that includes campus engagement, intramural play, qualifying tournaments and culminates with the National Championship. In 1989, Honda established HCASC as a way to highlight and recognize the academic talents 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. This year’s challenge features more than 10,000 HBCU student competitors.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 3 from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
WHERE: Spelman College, Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center
CONTACT: If you are interested in attending the HCASC National Qualifying Tournament, please contact Daniele Bascelli, Host Director,

VOTING: Four HBCUs will automatically qualify for the National Championship based on a public vote at  Vote up to 3 times/day through February 5.

For more information about Honda Campus-All Star Challenge, contact:
Mary Oberembt, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge: (800) 388-2272 x107 /
Jaymie Robinson, Honda North America, (310) 783-3943 /

View Highlights From Last Year's Honda Challenge

Spelman's 2018 Honda Challenge Team

Spelman's National team includes seniors Alexia Lakeman and Elana Harris, junior Ariana Benson, and sophomore Jessika Agyepong. This is the same team that competed in 2017. The Spelman HCASC practice team includes more than a dozen students.

The team won the NAAAHP Quiz Bowl Tournament in November, and are quarter finalists in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge in Los Angeles in April. They finished in second place in the Atlanta HCASC National Qualifying Tournament last February.

Join the Fun

The team has an open door policy and all interested students can participate in the meetings and practices. Meetings typically take place in the evenings twice a week in the Writing Center in the Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D., Academic Center. Students who like Jeopardy-style competition are invited and encouraged to to attend.  For more information, contact the team coach, Dan Bascelli at

About Honda and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)

Honda has supported and celebrated America's HBCUs for more than 25 years. Since 1989, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), one of Honda's largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States, has impacted the lives of over 125,000 academic superstars from across the country. Since 2003, Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) has provided eight top HBCU marching bands with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver a dynamic performance on a national stage.  Both HCASC and HBOB enable schools to earn grants and positive attention for their respective institutions. Through programs like HCASC and HBOB, Honda is not only supporting students academically, but helping position them for career success.