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Clinton College Makes History with First Place Win at Inaugural HBCUs of South Carolina IDEATHON

April 17, 2023

Clinton College recently placed first in the inaugural HBCUs of South Carolina IDEATHON sponsored by APL Logistics. The Clinton College team members were Gavin Gabriel (Senior, Religious Studies), Subrina Davis (Senior, Business Administration), Ayanna Anderson (Sophomore, Business Administration), and Kaitlin Stansbarger (Freshman, Business Administration). The team was led by their advisor, Ms. Angela Duckett, Director of Student Support Services. 

Hosted by Claflin University, IDEATHON was held in Orangeburg, SC from March 31st-April 1st. IDEATHON is designed for teams to ideate and innovate in addressing an APL Logistics business challenge. The teams were given four challenge questions, and each team chose one to address. The categories were cost analysis, sustainability, and process improvement/productivity. The Clinton College team chose the category of cost analysis. 

The teams were judged on the following criteria: innovation, feasibility, impact, sustainability, and presentation. Clinton College made history after winning the inaugural HBCUs of South Carolina IDEATHON. Each member of the winning team will receive a financial award of $1,500.00 from APL Logistics. 

Along with the competition, students were able to explore career opportunities with APL Logistics, develop new connections among peers from partner HBCUs, and expand their professional network.

´╗┐The team will be presenting their award-winning presentation on Thursday, April 20th, at 12:30 pm in the library. This event is open to faculty, staff, students, and the community. 


About Clinton College

Clinton College is a historically black, private institution founded in 1894 by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Today, the doors of the institution are open to all, those who have achieved academically and to those who have yet to reach their full potential. The mission of Clinton College is to create a holistic environment that cultivates an inclusive community of students, faculty, staff, and administrators who are prepared to excel in academic achievement; experience moral and spiritual growth; demonstrate positive and effective leadership skills as lifetime citizens in a global society. For more information about Clinton College please visit