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Bowie State Student Team Returns to Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

February 26, 2014

Students Could Win Grants for Bowie State

(Bowie, Md.) - February 26, 2014 - A team of Bowie State University students won the right to compete against teams from 47 other historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, a national academic quiz bowl. The competition takes place April 12-16 in Los Angeles, Calif.

The players are:BSU HCASC Team

  • Team captain Tamika Sanders, of Hyattsville, Md., a junior early childhood/special education major
  • Chynna Keys, of Bryans Road, Md., a junior computer science major
  • Trent Sullivan, of Hyattsville, Md., a senior biology major
  • Carroll Reed III, of Springdale, Md., a freshman computer science major

Sanders, Keys, and Sullivan were members of the 2013 team. The coaches are Robert Batten, director of international services, and Dr. Monika Gross, director of the Honors Program.

The BSU team advanced to the nationals after participating in the Feb. 15 qualifying tournament, along with teams from the three other Maryland HBCUs. Overall, 76 HBCUs were vying for 48 spots in the national championship.

“The members in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge team have shown that they are excellent examples of the talented, academically gifted students of Bowie State University,” said President Mickey L. Burnim. “With the preparation by their excellent coaches, I am confident that the team will represent Bowie State well in the tournament and win grants for the university to support other students pursuing higher education.”

The national contest is a fast-paced game played in a modified round robin format where the schools play in eight divisions. The top two teams from each division will advance to the "Sweet 16," a single-elimination playoff. The final two teams that emerge from the playoffs will compete for the title of National Champions and the grand prize of $50,000, while teams eliminated in earlier rounds are awarded smaller grants.

The 2013 BSU team won $4,000 for the university, but didn’t make it to the “Sweet 16” playoff. Keys was named one of eight All-Star players because her individual performance in the games was one of the highest of all of the students.


Bowie State University (BSU) is an important higher education access portal for qualified persons from diverse academic and socioeconomic backgrounds, seeking a high-quality and affordable public comprehensive university. The University places special emphasis on the science, technology, teacher education, business, and nursing disciplines within the context of a liberal arts education. For more information about BSU, visit the website at

In 1989, Honda, with the College Bowl Company created the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) in support of the unique mission of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Historical data about the program is available at

American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 1959 as the U.S. sales and marketing subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.  Honda currently produces automobiles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, lawn mowers and engines at its eleven major U.S. manufacturing operations, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Honda’s long-standing commitment to the support and success of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities began 25 years ago with the creation of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, a program designed to showcase the academic gifts and prowess of HBCU students. Honda Battle of the Bands was established 12 years ago as an effort to support HBCU music programs.