SUNO Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team Prepares for National Champsionship
09-Mar-2017 | News

 After diligent preparation, Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO), a 2016 “Sweet 16 Qualifier” will go head to head with fellow Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at the 28th annual Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament. Teams from 48 HBCUs will compete in the final round of this unique academic tournament April 8‐12, 2017 on the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. campus in Torrance, California. Southern University at New Orleans has the opportunity to win the HCASC top prize ‐ a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.

SUNO will be represented by Chante Nicole Galman, a Senior majoring in Elementary Education from New Orleans; Cori Joshua Dawsey, a Junior majoring in English and Mass Commounications from New Orleans; Nathaniel Zachary Albert, a Sophomore majoring in Computer Information Systems from New Orleans; and Nathan Zackary Albert Jr., a Sophomore majoring in Computer Information Sytems from New Orleans. Amelia Beatrice Sellers will coach the team.

"Honda congratulates Southern University at New Orleans for qualifying for the 'Great 48,' an impressive feat in itself," said Steve Morikawa, Vice President, Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "We're constantly amazed by the academic prowess, teamwork and level of competition during Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge, and look forward to crowning a champion in April."

This year's road to the championship began in the fall, with 76 HBCUs vying for a spot in the finals. Through countless hours of study, drills and practice, 48 elite teams emerged, knowledgeable and ready to take on the competition. HCASC tests students' knowledge, skills and ability to quickly and accurately answer questions on world history, science, literature, religion, the arts and popular culture.

The 2017 HCASC finals will be live‐streamed at 11 a.m. Monday, April 10 on For information on HCASC, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit
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