Alcornites enjoy experience at 2016 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship

Four bright students from Alcorn State University represented the University during a nationwide academic competition.

Alcorn was one of 48 Historically Black Colleges and Universities to compete in the 2016 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship in Los Angeles, California. The students and coaches put in hours of dedication to ensure that the University was showcased in the best light possible.

Dr. Larry Konecky, chairman of the Department of Fine Arts and team coach, was proud of the effort his students put forth.

“The students represented Alcorn well and played some close matches,” said Konecky.

Issac Ward, a junior, history major who was the team captain, credits the team’s experience for preparing them for possible competitions in the future.

“It was an excellent opportunity for me and my teammates to compete in the national tournament,” said Issac. “Although we did not win, we gained a lot of experience that prepared us to compete in next year’s tournament, if we qualify.”

Janeka Catchings, a senior, biochemistry major, enjoyed gaining more knowledge during the competition. She wishes that more students would get involved with the challenge.

“Being a participant in the national championship was a very educational experience,” said Janeka. “I loved that it was a Jeopardy styled quiz bowl. I wish more people knew about this so that they could experience how fun it is.”

Devan Holt, a senior, biology major, enjoyed the competitive nature of the tournament.

“It was a great experience,” said Devan. “It felt good to compete against other HBCUs. I was happy to play a role in putting Alcorn on the map.”

Traneshia Johnson, a senior, biology health science major, said that one of the best parts about competing in the tournament was getting to know students from other schools.

“My experience was amazing because I got the chance to travel and meet students from HBCUs all over the country,” said Traneshia.

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