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July 22, 2017

Hispanic College Quiz TV Show to feature students demonstrating their knowledge of Hispanic heritage this fall

Nine college students and their coaches were in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday, July 22, 2017, for the taping of the Hispanic College Quiz (HCQ) show. The student’s home institutions are members of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and were selected last month to send a student participant as part of the 2017 show.

Tune in to watch the students compete for scholarships in the HCQ series airing this fall during Hispanic Heritage month. Find out who will advance to the final game four show when HCQ airs nationwide, Sept. 3 – Oct. 15, 2017. All the student contestants will receive a scholarship according to their placement. The show is hosted by Alfonso Gutierrez of Telemundo, Chicago.


Photo of the 2017 HACU member institution student participants of the Hispanic College Quiz and their coaches in Nashville.  

Game one will include the following contestants from colleges in Texas and California:

  • Laredo Community College (Texas), Francisco Gallardo, sophomore, majoring in electrical engineering
  • Pasadena City College (Calif.), Santos G. Martinez, sophomore, majoring in physics
  • Coastal Bend College (Texas), Luis Martinez, freshman, majoring in bilingual education

Game two will include contestants from the following institutions in Florida, Arizona, and Oklahoma:

  • South Mountain Community College (Ariz.), Jose Cabrera, freshman, aspires to be a nutritionist   
  • Florida Atlantic University, Lia Castillo, junior, majoring in psychology  
  • Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Ami Torres, senior, majoring in business administration with a concentration in marketing

Game three will include contestants from the following universities in New York, Colorado, and Georgia:

  • Colorado State University-Pueblo, Yolanda Gamboa, senior, majoring in social work and minoring in Chicano studies  
  • Adelphi University (N.Y.), Mario Romero Ramirez, junior, majoring in political science  
  • Savannah State University (Ga.), Mercedes Guzman, sophomore, majoring in forensics science

The State Farm Hispanic College Quiz has been produced by Central City Productions in partnership with HACU since 2008. The broadcast schedule will be posted at upon availability and on Facebook and Twitter @HACUNews.