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Virginia Union Students to Compete in National Academic Championship


Virginia Union Students to Compete in National Academic Championship

(Richmond, VA) – Virginia Union University students are excited about the “Sweet 16,” but there’s no basketball involved. Instead, the University’s Honda Campus All-Star team will match its brainpower with 47 other teams headed to Torrance, California for the 25th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge April 12-16, 2014. More than $300,000 is at stake this year in the knowledge game of quick recall for America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Virginia Union’s team consists of three returning players (DeJamine Bryson, Jesse Gray, and Victor Lilly) and one rookie (Ashley Winstead). The road to the championship began in the fall of 2013, with 76 teams vying for the final 48 slots. At the tournament later this month, the competitors will split into eight divisions and compete in a modified round-robin format. The top two teams from each division will advance to the “Sweet 16” and compete in a single elimination playoff. The final two teams that emerge from the playoffs will compete for the title of National Champions and the grand prize of $50,000.

Team Coach Dr. Peter Sutton, VUU Assistant Professor of Philosophy, is optimistic about his team’s chances. “The team was cool and confident throughout the regional tournament in February,” said Sutton. “Our buzzer-speed was greatly improved over last year, and our teamwork on bonuses and the ultimate challenge round was excellent.”

Since 1989, the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge has awarded more than $7 million in grants to participating HBCUs, impacting the lives of more than 100,000 students across 22 states.

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