UAPB prepares to compete at Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge National Championship

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Left to right: Malcom Jackson, Akikiah Sherrill, Coach Zachariah Butler, Carman Wilson and Team Captain Tariq Balderos.

The best and brightest HBCU students rise to the academic challenge

After diligent preparation, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 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. University of Arkansas‐Pine Bluff could win the HCASC top prize ‐ a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.

UAPB will be represented by Tariq Balderos, a Senior majoring in Psychology from Chicago, IL; Akiliah Sherrill, a Senior majoring in Biology from North Little Rock, AR; Carman Wilson, a Senior majoring in Biology from Little Rock, AR; and Malcolm A. Jackson, II, a Freshman majoring in Animal Science from Little Rock, AR. Zachariah G. Butler will coach the team. Elbert Bennett, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, will attend to support the team.

“Honda congratulates University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 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 on Monday, April 10 starting at 12:00 p.m. ET on For more information on HCASC, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit

About Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge

Celebrating HBCU excellence, the Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge (HCASC) is one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States. Since 1989, the program has awarded more than $8 million in grants to participating HBCUs, impacting the lives of over 125,000 students across 22 states. The participating HBCUs share in grants from Honda of over $350,000 each year. HCASC’s impressive roster of past participants includes engineers, lawyers, doctors and professors. A number of high profile former HCASC participants have been inducted into the HCASC Hall of Fame at

For more information, contact:

Mary Oberembt, Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge, (800) 388‐2272 x105 / Jaymie Robinson, Honda North America, (310) 783‐3943 /


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