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Morehouse College Wins the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Again!

ATLANTA, April 2, 2004 - For the third time in four years, Morehouse College has won†bragging rights as national champions of the†Honda Campus All-Star Challenge.† The three-day competition pits students from 64 Historically Black Colleges and Universities against one another to determine the best and brightest at†showcasing intellectual skills.† Morehouse beat the team†from†the University of† Maryland Eastern Shore†at the 15th annual competition in Orlando, Florida.† During the competition,†the†answered questions on†world history, science, literature, religion, the arts, social sciences, popular culture and African American history and culture.

As the†national Champions,†Morehouse†will receive a check for†$50,000,†which will be used to provide equipment and materials for future teams, as well as funding for the newspaper program, which†provides students†with free issues of†USA Today and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspapers.

Dr. Anderson Williams,†coach of the Honda All-Star Challenge Team,†said that he is very happy about this year's victory.††Morehouse is one of two teams that has won the competition three times. Florida A&M University is the other team. †"With the players that we have coming back next year, I think we have a good chance at making it four out of five victories." Williams said.††"Coaches from the other teams always ask me what is my secret?† The truth is, the only secret is that Morehouse continues to turn out good men."

Morehouse College senior†John Thomas III was named to the competition's†All-Star Team, which†earned†the†College an extra $1,000 in award winnings.† He was also received an honor for exemplary†sportsmanship.

Team captain Christopher E. Lee said it is great†to be back on top.† "Everyone [at the College] wanted us to bring the championship back home,"†he said.† "This team was probably the best team that has ever participated in this competition.†Our† chemistry†was incredible.† We operated like one huge brain. Everything fell together at the right time. But most of all, we had a coach that believed in us when we didn't believe in ourselves."† Lee said the team also set a record for the most questions answered.†"Of 168†questions, we accurately answered 116,"†he said.

The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge was established by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. in 1989. Since its inception, approximately 50,000 HBCU students have taken part in this prestigious program and nearly $3.5 million in grants have been awarded to the schools. The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) and the Association of College Unions International are partners to the program.

Posted by Kara at April 2, 2004 10:16 PM

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