Cheyney Honda Team Gives it their All at National Championship
April 10, 2017
Cheyney's HCASC Varsity team members can hold their heads up high despite losing at the 2017 Honda Campus All Star Challenge competition in California. Pictured l. to. r. are Jesse Lucas, Meghan Sowersby, Meredith Morrison (Captain), Stephen Adasonla, and Dr. Clyde Ledbetter (Coach)
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania's Varsity Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) team fought a good fight but, in the end, they did not win top prize in the national HCASC Championship in California. After 24 rounds of play beginning Sunday, the scholars from Oakwood University emerged as National Champions of the 2017 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge today. This is their third national title after consecutive wins in 2008 and 2009. Bowie State University came in second in their first appearance in the Finals.
Cheyney Senior Meredith Morrison, Freshman Stephen Adasonla, Jr., Sophomore Meghan Sowersby, and Junior Jesse Lucas gave it their all but lost their third game out of 5 late Sunday, pushing them out of competition which tests students' knowledge, skills and ability to quickly and accurately answer questions on world history, science, literature, religion, the arts and popular culture.
Cheyney Professor Dr. Clyde Ledbetter, the team's coach, is proud of the team's 2-3 record on the national stage. "We beat Virginia Union and University of Maryland Eastern Shore," he said, "but lost to West Virigina State, Stillman and the ultimate overall champion, Oakwood. Our spirits are good."
"I'm sad," admitted Sowersby, a Communications major, "but I will say that we played really hard and only missed advancing to the next round by one game. I was really proud of Stephen as a freshman. He really held his own against pretty tough competition. Each year we keep improving and I know that by the time I graduate, the Cheyney team will be a force to reckon with."
At the national competition, the Great 48, the top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the nation, went head-to-head in a unique academic tournament held at the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. campus in Torrance, CA. While the top prize is a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda, Cheyney’s HCASC team came in second in the country two years ago, walking away with a $25,000 grant.
Every member on Cheyney's Varsity HCASC team is a Cheyney University Keystone Honors Academy Scholar.
This is the 28th year for the HBCU National Quiz Championship, established to showcase the academic excellence of HBCU students. Over 125,000 students have participated over the years. More than $8 million in grants from Honda have provided support for scholarships, facilities upgrades and other investments to improve the student experience.