Campus quiz bowl competition stiff

Brains needed!

Twenty teams arrived in the Black and Gold Room Tuesday, Oct. 18 and 19 to compete in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, headed by Wanda Ford and coached by Drs. Angelia Weaver and R. Anthony Nelson.

The competition, which is better recognized as the Quiz Bowl, consists of questions relating to science, black history, sports, math, pop culture and more.

The event brought out the best and brightest at Grambling State University, but only one team could come away as winners. The winner will represent the university in the national competition next semester.

Led by team capttain Chris Jackson, the Alpha Scholars closed out the competition with an impressive 135-80 win over the Student Government Association representatives.

“We came and accomplished what we set out to do,” said Thomas Craig, a member of the Alpha Scholars.

Besides Jackson and Craig, team members were seniors Michael Molten and Charles Bethea.

The final game showed the competitive spirit of the team representing Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

“I’m a Jeopardy fanatic,” said Jackson, who was a member of the previous All Star Challenge team.

Jackson encouraged other teams and competitors not to be discouraged. He explained that although the Alpha Scholars team overall won the Campus Challenge, but “individuals from other teams who showed signs of potential will be placed on the final cut of the team.”

Those individuals selected from other teams will be placed on the Honda All Star Challenge team, which will represent Grambling State as a whole.

The Alpha Scholars said they are hoping for a win in this year’s national competition, which will take place in Orlando, Fla., on March 30-April 3, 2006.