Five Honors College Scholars to Compete in Black College Quiz Game Show

Saturday, December 11, 2010

SC State’s Honors College has been selected to participate in Central City Productions’ Black College Quiz Game Show. This event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in Tennessee State University’s POAG Auditorium, 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd, Nashville, Tenn. Attendance for all participants is free.


The purpose of the Black College Quiz Game Show series is to encourage an appreciation of African-American Heritage by all people in an entertaining quiz show format, generating a high-level of excitement and enthusiasm by featuring students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). These students from around the country will showcase their knowledge and skills of African-American history.


“I feel that this was very important for our students to participate this year; this will give us the opportunity to appear on a nationally televised broadcast. This opportunity will grant exposure for our students, SC State University and the newly initiated Honors College,” said Juan Maultsby, program manager for the Honors College.


SC State’s Honors College scholars must obtain a 3.25 grade point average (GPA) or above, possess outstanding leadership qualities, as well as acquire great character in order to participate.  This year, five Honors College scholars were selected. They are the following:


Benjamin Graves, senior biology major
Kyle Childs, Mr. Honors College, junior radio chemistry major
A’Deana Jones, Ms. Honors College, junior English education major
Shela Mainor, senior biology major
Deon Tedder, junior political science major


These SC State students will be quizzed on the following black history themes: arts and entertainment, business and commerce, education, government, politics and civil rights. They will also be quizzed on literature and journalism, military, sports and religion. These scholars are preparing for the quiz by engaging in study sessions, following the study guides and participating in mock quiz sessions. Shela Mainor is excited and ready for the challenge. “This is the first time that we are participating in this competition. I am excited and I feel confident about the material on the quiz; each team member has chosen themes that they are most comfortable with.”


“We are so excited at the prospect of SC State University and its Honors College scholars making an appearance on this nationally televised show,” said Dr. Harriet A. Roland, interim dean for the Honors College. “Our students will have an opportunity to showcase their intellectual prowess and compete against some of the top HBCUs in the land,” she continued. 


Other participating HBCUs are Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas; Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn.; North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C.; Hampton University, Hampton, Va.; Grambling State University, Grambling,  La. and Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Fla.


The Black College Quiz Game Show is hosted by celebrity actor, Greg Alan Williams, who has appeared in television shows and movies such as “The Game,” “Preacher’s Kid,”  “Sopranos” and “Baywatch.”  Williams is also an author and celebrated youth speaker. The Black College Quiz Game Show four-part series will be aired Jan. 16, 2011 through Feb. 28, 2011. A list of air dates and stations will be announced.


For additional information about the Black College Quiz Game Show, contact Juan Maultsby at (803) 516-4610.