Morgan State University’s brightest students recently took home the first place trophy as champions of this year’s Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. The competition, hosted in the Los Angeles area, is a quizbowl tournament administered by College Bowl and sponsored by the Honda Motor Company for Historically Black colleges and universities.

While MSU has been among the finalists in past competitions, this year marks the first that the university has achieved a first place win. The two-day tournament closed on April 2 and included 250 students from HBCUs across the country. Other finalists in the competition were Florida A&M, Oakwood University, Morehouse, Alabama State, North Carolina A&T, Stillman and Southern University.

Morgan’s team members included Captain Craig Cornish (junior), Michael Osikomaiya (sophomore) and freshmen James Hayes Barber and John-Paul Stephens. Dr.
OluwaTosin Adegbola was the team’s coach.

Cornish said in a statement that bonding with his teammates and coach was his favorite part of the experience. “There have been a lot of incendiary moments, but they’ve made us stronger,” he said. ” I’m looking forward to getting ready for the next year.”

The university’s winning question was, “Who was America’s only Chief executive never elected as president or vice president?” MSU students correctly replied, “Gerald Ford.”

Team Morgan brings home $50,000 to the university following their win.