University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff students will compete at the 29th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Tournament at Torrance, California.


Forty eight teams from Historically Black Colleges and Universities will compete in the final round of the academic tournament April 8‐10 on the American Honda Motor Co. Inc. campus.


“UAPB has the opportunity to win the HCASC top prize ‐ a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda,” according to a news release.


UAPB will be represented by Khadijah Jones, a senior majoring in biology from Pine Bluff; Horace Jones Jr., a sophomore majoring in industrial technology from Pine Bluff; Paul Bailey, a junior majoring in industrial technology from Caldwell; and Malcolm A. Jackson II (team captain), a junior majoring in animal science from Little Rock.


Cedric L. Jackson will coach the team and Elbert Bennett, vice chancellor for student affairs will also attend to support the team, according to the release.


“Honda congratulates University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff for qualifying for the ‘Great 48,’ an impressive feat in itself,” said Steve Morikawa, vice president of corporate relations and social responsibility at American Honda Motor Co. Inc. “We’re constantly amazed by the academic prowess, teamwork and level of competition during Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge, and look forward to crowning a champion in April.”


Efforts began in the fall with 76 HBCUs vying for a spot in the finals.


“Through countless hours of study, drills and practice, 48 elite teams emerged, knowledgeable and ready to take on the competition,” according to the release.


The event tests students’ knowledge, skills and ability to quickly and accurately answer questions on world history, science, literature, religion, the arts and popular culture.


The 2018 HCASC finals will be live‐streamed on Monday, April 9, starting at noon ET on HCASC.com. Details: www.hcasc.com .