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Honda Lock, Times-Journal chip in for CCA team

Honda Lock and The Selma Times-Journal made donations to Honda Campus All-Star Challenge team from Concordia College-Alabama. Pictured above are: (from left) John Owden, Production Coordinator and Honda Lock; Paxton Chatora, CCA student and team VP from Zimbabwe; Loren Allday, Human Resource Manager at Honda Lock; Dr. Chinwe Okeke, CCA team director, Glenn King Jr., CCA assistant team director, Dennis Palmer, publisher of The Selma Times-Journal; Gary Loftin, CCA team member and Brukty Shetta, team secretary from Ethiopia. -- Tim Reeves

Honda Lock and The Selma Times-Journal made donations to Honda Campus All-Star Challenge team from Concordia College-Alabama. Pictured above are: (from left) John Owden, Production Coordinator and Honda Lock; Paxton Chatora, CCA student and team VP from Zimbabwe; Loren Allday, Human Resource Manager at Honda Lock; Dr. Chinwe Okeke, CCA team director, Glenn King Jr., CCA assistant team director, Dennis Palmer, publisher of The Selma Times-Journal; Gary Loftin, CCA team member and Brukty Shetta, team secretary from Ethiopia. — Tim Reeves

The team representing Concordia College-Alabama in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, entering their second year of competition, received some corporate support that should help “signal” additional success.

Thanks to donations from Honda Lock and The Selma Times-Journal, the team will be able to purchase buzzers similar to those used in competition to be used in the team’s training.

“We started our first season slapping the table, like we were swatting flies, in quizzes with one another,” team director Dr. Chinwe Okeke said. “Our sister college, Stillman, loaned us a small buzzer system. Now, with the donations from The Selma Times Journal and Honda Lock we can buy our own buzzer system and practice at the competition level.”

Assistant team director Glenn King Jr. said the team’s annual expenses are “right at $12,000.”

The competitions, which will begin officially in January, are set up like quiz bowls with questions coming from categories including science, religion, current events, history, literature, economics, black history and more.

In their first year, the team earned a trip to the Honda Campus All-Star National Championship in Los Angeles and just missed out on the playoffs.

“While we did not bring home a trophy, we did bring home an exhilarating experience and determination to work harder and do better this coming year,” Okeke said. “We are now ranked 42 out of 91 teams; we are more than half-way there and this year are working hard to reach the top 10.”