Southern University Baton Rouge’s National Quiz Bowl Team, Saturday, February 6, 2016, successfully competed in the National Qualifying Tournament for the 2016 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge
National Competition, hosted by Prairie View A&M University.
National Qualifying tournaments were held at seven HBCUs across the country, featuring approximately 20 teams per region. The winning teams out of these tournaments will ultimately constitute the “Great 48” that will compete for the national championship.
Honda rules state that the team that places first in any room will advance to the national championship games.
Southern University’s national team reigned victorious over all four teams in Room #1. Southern University competed against Southern University New Orleans, Grambling State University, Paul Quinn College, and Mississippi Valley State University. This first place victory led to an automatic seed for the National HCASC game that will be held in Torrance, California, April 2-6, 2016.
Southern University’s team members are Myeisha Webb, captain, (education), Kelvin Wells (political science), Kemon Jones (biology/pre-med), and Terrance Curry (biology). Alternate team members in attendance included Joyner Deamer (civil engineering) and Eric Thompson (mechanical engineering). The team coach is Deadra James Mackie, assistant professor/academic advisor, Delores Margaret Richard Richard Honors College, and assisting her is Calvin Adolph, graduate student, College of Education, Arts and Humanities.
There were a total of 10 teams at the National Qualifying Tournament and all were trained to answer questions that relate to numerous topics. These topics included current events, African-American History, sports figures, authors, poetry, wars, music, ballet, mathematics, physics, chemistry, political science, biology, etc.
“The Southern University Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Quiz Bowl Team plans to ‘bring the drama’ to its opponents in California. The solid preparation of our team continues. As per the law of human performance, ‘team members consistently and seriously study for many hours per week in order to outshine the competition’,” said Mackie.
“The overall objective is to win the HCASC National Competition and to bring $50,000 dollars in scholarship monies to Southern University and A&M College in 2016,” said Mackie.