MVSU advances to national Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Championship

February 22, 2018

ITTA BENA, Miss.— The Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) Honda Team has been invited to participate in the 2018 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship on April 7-11 in Los Angeles, Calif.

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

Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is a year-round program that includes campus engagement, intramural play, qualifying tournaments and culminates with an invitation to the national championship.

MVSU’s invite marks the second consecutive year that the team has earned the opportunity to participate.

Assistant Professor of English Barbara J.P. Washington, who serves as the institutional representative for the Honda Team, shared how beneficial the competition is for The Valley.

“It means absolutely the epitome of everything for our students and for the university to be one of the great 48 teams selected, and we are ecstatic for our students, first of all, and Mississippi Valley State,” Washington said. 

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.

Honda has supported and celebrated America's HBCUs for more than 25 years. Since its founding, the 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.