A team of Bowie State University students won the right to compete against teams from 47 other historically Black colleges and universities in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), a national academic quiz bowl. The competition takes place April 12-16 in Los Angeles, Calif.
The players are team captain Tamika Sanders, a junior early childhood/special education major; Chynna Keys, a junior computer science major; Trent Sullivan, a senior biology major; and Carroll Reid III, 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 other three Maryland HBCUs. Morgan State University, the 2013 HCASC champion, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore also will also compete in the national championship.
The national contest is fast-paced game played in a modified round robin format where the schools play in eight divisions. The top two teams from each division advance to the "Sweet 16," a single-elimination playoff. The final two teams then battle it out for the national title in a best two-out-of-three final.
The winner receives $50,000 for their institution, 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.