Forty-eight teams will go head-to-head in Los Angeles in April for the big $50,000 prize. Last year, Cheyney’s team earned $3,000 in prize money.
Last Tuesday evening, teams of three played against each other in the Ed Bradley TV studio on campus to see who knew more, had faster recall and could come out on top. They answered questions about history, spelling, government and a host of other categories. The fast-paced competition had the audience squirming in their seats at times to see who would hit the buzzer first and if that person would answer the question correctly. Team Panda, composed of sophomore biology/chemistry dual major Travonya Kenly, sophomore biology major Joshua Hughes, and junior math/computer science dual major Holland Culbreath, came in first—they each nabbed $100.Culbreath was one of the four Cheyney students who represented the school at last year’s competition.
Team TBW came in second, earning each member got $50.
The Keystone Honors Academy, led by Dean Tara Kent, sponsors Cheyney’s participation in the Challenge. Hazel Spears, assistant professor of psychology, is the coach who gives pointers, and mentors and encourages participants.
Cheyney students have been battling it out in practice sessions since September.The goal is to see which team of three will come out on top, qualify, and represent Cheyney on the national stage this spring. Since Cheyney started competing in the Classic in 1989, its teams have earned $28,500 in cumulative grants.
The last fast-paced campus practice session will be held Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. in Emlen Hall’s Seminar B room.
It’s crunch time, since some of Cheyney’s qualification materials are due Dec. 7. If the school qualifies, the smallest prize it would receive is $1,000.
Morgan State University took top honors last year.Over the last 23 years, HBCU schools have earned over $7 million in grants from Honda for their institutions.