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TSU earns spot in top eight teams at the Honda Campus All Star Challenge national championship

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – The Tennessee State University Honda Campus All Star Challenge (HCASC) team earned a spot in the top eight teams at the National Tournament held in Torrance, California. HCASC is a knowledge bowl competition for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) sponsored by the American Honda Motor Company, which supports HBCUs.

Members of the HCASC TSU team competes against Tuskegee University during the national competition in California. From left to right: Kelley Zumwalt, Tyler Vazquez and Morgan Gill.

This tournament brought together 32 HBCUs from around the country. The TSU team earned a total of $12,000 in grant money from American Honda for earning a spot in the top eight teams.

The team’s coach, Dr. John Miglietta, who is a professor of political science, said the HCASC is a unique competition that brings together scholars and showcases their knowledge from many HBCUs throughout the country.

“We are very grateful for the support that American Honda provides to HBCUs,” Miglietta said. “The grant money we receive will benefit both our students and our HCASC program.”

TSU’s HCASC team earns a spot in the quarter finals after competing on a national level in California. From left to right: Tyler Vazquez , coach, Dr. John Miglietta, Morgan Gill, team captain Cameron Malone and Kelley Zumwalt.

The tournament was divided into two parts, followed by a single-elimination playoff with the top two teams playing a best two out of three.

TSU played in the Purple Division with teams from Alabama A&M, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, and Hampton University.

TSU compiled a 4-2 record, winning the division and advancing to the playoffs. TSU then lost a challenging match against Tuskegee University.

The team earned $10,000 in grant money from American Honda with an additional $2,000 grant due to one of the team players outstanding performance. Morgan Gill, a sophomore majoring in urban studies, was named the All-Star player in the Purple Division based on the number of toss up questions answered correctly.

TSU’s HCASC member Tyler Vazquez competing against a Tuskegee University student during a knowledge bowl competition in California.

“The team was very excited to finish in the top eight and play on the big stage,” Miglietta said. “It takes a great deal of preparation to get to that level.” The team is proud of its accomplishment and is preparing to win the overall competition next year.

The Team members are:

  • Cameron Malone (Captain), junior Electrical Engineering major from Oak Ridge, TN
  • Morgan Gill, sophomore Urban Studies major from Conyers, GA
  • Tyler Vazquez, sophomore Biology major from Winston-Salem, NC
  • Kelley Zumwalt, junior majoring in History, Political Science, and English from Loveland, CO

Check out the TSU HCASC team national quarter finals against Tuskegee University.

TSU advances to Honda Campus All-star challenge national championship 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – The Tennessee State University  Honda Campus All‐Star Team is headed to the National Championship, with a chance to win the title and a $75,000 institutional grant from the motor company. The Honda Campus All-Star Championship (HCASC) consists of four‐student teams facing off in head‐to‐head competition, quickly answering questions about history, science, literature, religion, math, the arts, pop culture, and sports.

This is the 26th year TSU has participated in the Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge, a competition that consists of 32 HBCU teams vying for the national title. This year’s campaign competition is April 17 in Torrance, California.

From left to right: Tyler Vazquez, Morgan Gill, John Miglietta (coach), Kelley Zumwalt, Cameron Malone are headed to the national championship in California. (Photo submitted)

The TSU scholars are  Cameron Malone, the team’s captain who is a junior majoring in Electrical Engineering from Oak Ridge, TN, Kelley Zumwalt a senior majoring in History and Political Sciences from Nashville, TN, Morgan Gill, a sophomore majoring in Urban Studies/ Pre Law from Stockbridge, GA, and Tyler Vazquez a sophomore majoring in Biology and Pre‐Med from Winston Salem, NC.

Malone said the scholars made it to the playoffs last year, but are excited about qualifying for the national tournament this time. “We have a really good chance to win it all this year,” Malone said.

“The actual teamwork involved in our team sets us apart. We have confidence in our members when they are answering questions.”

The team coach is TSU Professor of Political Science, Dr. John Miglietta. “TSU has won $193,500 in cumulative grant money since the inception of the program,” Miglietta said. “The team and I are looking forward to traveling to Torrance, California, for the National Championship Tournament. I greatly appreciate the opportunity that American Honda provides to showcase the academic achievement at historically Black colleges and universities.”

TSU earned the bid to the national competition after its second-place finish at the qualifying round, in early March at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. The university won the National Championship in 2007. 

This year’s HCASC theme is “Friends for Life,” as the corporation encourages the students to network, and build friendships that last a lifetime. The tournament culminates with the final eight teams playing each other April 17th at the American Honda headquarters. The competition will be streamed April 20‐21 on www.hcasc.com.

About Honda and Historically Black Colleges and Universities

For over 30 years, Honda has supported the success and dreams of Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students through initiatives including the Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge and Honda Battle of the Bands. These programs provide unforgettable experiences and opportunities for HBCU students, including meeting and networking with peers from other HBCU schools. Honda has impacted the lives of more than 200,000 students and awarded over $14 million in grants in support of HBCU education programs and facilities improvements.