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Top students from 32 historically Black colleges and universities are set to compete in America’s premier academic competition for HBCU students. The championship title and a share of $400,000 in institutional grants are up for grabs. The Alabama A&M University team made the Top 32 again and will compete in the 34th Honda Campus All-Star Challenge.

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Akajiugo Amucheazi, a biology major; Carrington Curry, an electrical engineering major; Noland Johnson, an English major and team captain; and Karriem Upshaw, a physics/mathematics major, are gearing up for the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge this week, according to Southern University.

The historically Black college and university said their National Quiz Bowl Team earned a guaranteed spot to compete in Los Angeles. In February, the team was victorious in the Texas Invitational and National Qualifying Tournament hosted by Prairie View and A&M University in Texas. As a result, southern will compete in Honda’s national challenge on April 15-19.

According to team coach Deadra Mackie, the Pro Bowl Company of Honda Campus All-Star Challenge requested two teams from Southern as another group could not participate in the qualifier. After playing in two separate divisions, Team A and Team B from Southern were both victorious. With Team A winning first place, this group will represent Southern in Los Angeles.

In addition to Southern, participating universities at the qualifier were Dillard University, Grambling State University, Huston-Tillotson University, Jarvis Christian College, Kentucky State University, Langston University, Mississippi Valley State University, Paul Quinn College, Xavier University, Prairie View, Southern University at New Orleans, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and Texas College.

The first-place winning team in the national championship brings $75,000 in scholarship funds back to its university.

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