HAWKINS – A team of Jarvis Christian College
students, dedicated to the rigorous process of studying
and community service, were selected to compete in
the 2013 Honda Campus All Star Challenge (HCASC)
National Tournament to be held in Los Angeles, Calif.
April 6 – 10, 2013.
The team which includes Math major, Idris Fahim;
Science major, Joshua Powell; Business Information
Systems major, Jessie Wrotham; Business major, John
Davis; and freshmen alternate, Blake Fisher, recently
competed at the regional tournament in Houston
finishing with scores that won the team placement
among the great 48 (teams selected to compete
In 1989 the American Honda Motor Company introduced the HCASC, an academic competition created by the College
Bowl Company exclusively for the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The competition
challenges students in their knowledge of current events, government, math science, sports, music, popular culture,
geography and black history. Since its inception, 100,000 HBCU students have participated and Honda has awarded over
$7 million dollars in grants to the participating HBCUs. The grants have enhanced student programs, and the students’
college experience. Today it remains the first and only academic competition of its kind.
With 24 years of involvement with the program, Jarvis students exude the values of the College which include
Christianity, Knowledge, Service and Industry. According to Coach Karen Miller-Warwick, this year’s team devotes on
average between 10 to 20 hours per week to preparing for the competition. The team has also set its mind on
community service. A recent visit to two classrooms at Hawkins Elementary School allowed the team to present
information to students about nutrition, healthy eating habits and the need to reduce obesity among juveniles.
“The HCASC prompts our students to work on critical thinking skills, team building skills, interpersonal skills, and rapid
response skills while broaden their knowledge base. The program awards grants to schools with participating teams
which gives our students an opportunity to give back to Jarvis,” said Miller-Warwick. The grants increase for each level
of advancement in the competition climbing to $50,000 for the winning school.
Founded in 1912, the mission of Jarvis Christian College is to prepare students intellectually, socially, spiritually and
personally to pursue professional and graduate studies and productive careers. Affiliated with the Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ), the College strives to instill in students the values of Christianity, knowledge, service and industry.