TORRANCE, Calif. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) took home its eighth national quiz bowl competition championship during the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge on April 4.
Along with the championship trophy, the team of scholars earned a $75,000 grant for the University.
The FAMU quiz bowl team competed among some of the best and brightest students in the nation, ultimately representing the elite eight of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) during a year-long competition against a total of 48 schools culminating Monday.
The championship team was coached by retired FAMU professor and former University Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Director Vivian Hobbs, Ph.D., who has coached the FAMU team for several decades.
Participating FAMU students included Kimberlyn Elliot, team captain and a history major from Gainesville, Fla.; Travian Albert, an engineering technology student from Milton, Fla.; Dominique Berry, a physics student from Spartanburg, S.C.; and Imari Nalls, a health services management student from Birmingham, Ala.
“Congratulations to Coach Hobbs and her students,” said President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. “Their success is truly a testament to the caliber of academic programs, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community support that makes FAMU among the best higher education institutions in the nation.”
Since 1989, more than 100,000 students from around the country have competed in the tournament, and more than $7.5 million has been awarded to the schools for books, tuition, scholarships, facility upgrades, and other investments.
“Honda is proud to support HBCU’s because of the unique and critical role they play in higher education, helping millions of students achieve their dreams,” said Steve Morikawa, vice president of Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility at American Honda.
A replay of the competition finals is available online at http://livestream.com/accounts/12470082/events/5096469/videos/118173705.