It was this question that changed Fisk University’s fate: “What character in various world mythologies was the creator God eclipsed by Vishnu?” Answering correctly with “Brahma,” Fisk took home its first championship title in the 25th Anniversary Honda Championship Challenge (HCASC), a fierce academic quiz competition among the top HBCUs!
Four intelligent Fisk University students whupped some serious butt at the 2014 HCASC, beating seven finalists: Oakwood University (Huntsville, AL), Tuskegee University, North Carolina Central University, Morgan State University, Morehouse College of Atlanta, Florida A&M University, and Alabama State University.
Not only did Fisk take home a shiny new trophy, but they won $50,000 in grants for the Nashville-based institution. Two-time national champion Oakland University, who came in second place, won $25,000. Tuskegee and North Carolina Central University, in third and fourth place respectively, took home $15,000 each. In total, Honda issued more than $300,000 in institutional grants.
“Leading among the mediocre doesn’t mean much, but being a champion among giants is a dream worth striving for,” said Fisk University team captain Victor Ray Bradley. “This competition is full of immensely talented people who are vying to take your spot, but while you hold the title, the victory is sweet.”
The creation of the HCASC began 25 years ago to fulfill Honda’s mission to aid the nation’s HBCUs. Since it’s inception in 1989, Honda was awarded over $7 million in grants.
“Honda congratulates Fisk University for winning its first title, and thanks the team for truly representing the more than 10,000 exceptional students that participated in this year’s Honda Campus All-Star Challenge,” said Steve Morikawa, Honda’s assistant vice president of Corporate and Community Relations.