Livingstone College to compete in national academic quiz

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 8, 2018

SALISBURY — After participating in a national qualifying tournament, Livingstone College will compete against fellow historically black colleges and universities at the 29th annual Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge National Championship.

Teams from 48 HBCUs will go head‐to‐head in the championship of America’s premier academic quiz for top HBCU students on the American Honda Motor Co. campus in Torrance, California. The top prize is a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.

Livingstone will be represented by Aalim F. Ackey, a junior majoring in biology and pre‐med from San Francisco; Isaiah Lee Claggett, a senior majoring in computer information systems from Woodbridge, Virginia; Keshawn Jamel Ward, a senior majoring in sports management and communications from Pittsburg, California; and Shardae Lamar, a freshman majoring in political science from Ridgeway, South Carolina.

Da’Tarvia Arnikka Parrish of Jacksonville, Florida, will coach the team.

The Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge is a year‐round program that includes campus engagement, intramural play and qualifying tournaments and culminates with the national championship. The fast‐paced competition highlights students’ academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture.

The program’s alumni group also supports students with networking and mentorship opportunities after graduation.

“Honda congratulates Livingstone College for advancing to the ‘Great 48,’ a group that represents some of the brightest HBCU students across the country,” said Steve Morikawa, vice president for corporate relations at American Honda.

“Beyond the impressive academic competition, Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge has fostered a network of ‘friends for life’ that champions students as they pursue their professional dreams,” he added.

In 1989, Honda established the competition to recognize the academic achievements of HBCU students. More than $8.5 million in grants from Honda have provided support for scholarships, facility upgrades and other investments. Now in its 29th year, more than 125,000 students have participated.

The 2018 finals will be live‐streamed on April 10 starting at noon at For more information, including a list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit