- Associated Press - Saturday, October 4, 2014

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - Colorado State University-Pueblo has a national TV quiz show champion in its ranks.

Rosa Ramos won the Hispanic College Quiz Show in July in Chicago after competing in what she called an intense contest.

CSU-Pueblo was selected to participate in the quiz show, which will continue in October during Hispanic Association Month. It has not been announced when the show will air in Pueblo.

The quiz show series is designed to encourage an appreciation of different Latino and Hispanic cultures by presenting information in an entertaining game show format, the Pueblo Chieftain reported (http://tinyurl.com/mv5hr3h ). The format is intended to generate a high level of excitement and enthusiasm by featuring college students engaged in a spirit of healthy competition.

“While I visited Chicago, I was able to learn so much,” Ramos said Tuesday.

“My first day meeting the producers for the Hispanic College Quiz was amazing. I also was able to meet my 11 competitors from all around the country.”

Ramos said the group took a quiz on the first night. Each of the competitors was placed in four groups that would compete against each other on the show.

Ultimately, there were four winners - one in each group.

Ramos said she arrived at the studio and went straight to the makeup chair in preparation for the show.

“The quiz was intense and I was so nervous but so excited to be there at the same time,” Ramos said.

In the months leading up to the taping of the show, Ramos put in countless hours of preparation.

She said it all paid off.

“After an hour of Latino history questions being thrown at my competitors and I, I was able to finish with the most points in my group,” she said. Ramos said she wouldn’t change one thing about the way she prepared for the show with sleepless nights of studying.

“It’s not just about winning a $3,000 scholarship. The quiz show allowed me to represent not only Colorado State University-Pueblo, it allowed me to represent all of Colorado being the only one selected from this state,” Ramos said.

“Overall it was a great experience and I was happy that I had the opportunity to be a part of the Hispanic College Quiz.”

This is the second straight year a CSU-Pueblo student was selected to participate. Ramos, a senior mass communications major from Rocky Ford, was accompanied by Victoria Obregon, coordinator of the College Assistance Migrant Program.

CSU-Pueblo was one of 12 schools in the nation and the only Colorado school to participate in the Hispanic College Quiz series.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has partnered with Central City Productions on this show for the fourth year.

Chicago-based Central City Productions, a leader in minority-targeted television, is the producer of the nationally televised Hispanic College Quiz and has partnered with HACU since 2007.

Central City Productions supports HACU’s mission by enabling students from HACU member institutions to participate and compete for scholarships in the show by demonstrating their knowledge of Latino history.

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