Allen University Advances to National Academic Tournament

Students from Allen University will compete in the National Qualifying Tournament of the 30th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), America’s premier academic competition 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. Allen is one of 65 teams competing for institutional grants and a spot in the HCASC National Championship Tournament taking place on the American Honda campus in Torrance, Calif., April 13 – 17.

The four Allen University students, who are all sophomores, and their coach will travel to Petersburg, Va., for the competition, which is set for Saturday, Feb. 9 at Virginia State University. The Allen University Honda All-Star team is comprised of captain Takoda Spann, a math and computer science major from Sumter; Maria Allen, a biology major from Florence; Ezekiel Hokett, a math and computer science major from Charlotte  and Christasi Wright, a business major from Sumter. Assistant Professor of English Dr. Catherine L. Adams serves as the team coach.

In the spirit of competition, the Allen University campus as well as alumni and friends have a chance to get in on the action. The YellowJacket Nation can show their support by helping Allen qualify for the national championship by voting online for the team until Feb. 13. Register and vote for the ‘My HBCU Is A Winner’ competition using Votes up to three times per day are accepted. The top three HBCUs with the most votes will automatically advance.

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