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Barbosa Wins 2015 Hispanic College Quiz Show

Released by OPSU Campus Communications on 10/28/2015 Anyssa Barbosa, an OPSU junior, recently competed in and won the 2015 Hispanic College Quiz Show (HCQ). —Courtesy photoAnyssa Barbosa, an OPSU junior, recently competed in and won the 2015 Hispanic College Quiz Show (HCQ). —Courtesy photo

Goodwell, Okla. — Anyssa Barbosa is no stranger to the spotlight having come to OPSU as a standout student-athlete from Americas High School in El Paso, Texas. Barbosa made the transition to college look like a walk in the park as she quickly adjusted to the college lifestyle and became involved in numerous activities at OPSU each of which led her in its own direction.

Now a junior at OPSU, Barbosa is an active member of OPSU’s Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO). A natural leader, Barbosa received the HALO “newcomer” award last year and was recognized for her true leadership skills by stepping up and taking initiative in many areas.

Barbosa would be the first to tell you her involvement in HALO has taken her a number of places she never would have dreamed of going from conferences in Chicago to a trip to South Dakota as a summer camp counselor.

This past summer Barbosa got what some might call the opportunity of a lifetime as she competed in the 2015 Hispanic College Quiz Show (HCQ) July 30 in Chicago. This tournament-style competition showcases nine students selected from HACU-member institutions and is hosted by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Central City Productions (CCP). The show highlights Hispanic history with questions from a variety of different categories such as sports; culture; music; food; and activists, authors, and educators. Each round features three students who compete for scholarships as they advance throughout the show.

Teri Mora, Director of Hispanic Student Services and Upward Bound, was thrilled that OPSU was selected as one of the schools that got to participate in the Hispanic Quiz Bowl. Mora knew Barbosa would be a perfect representative for OPSU.

Although the show took place in July, it did not broadcast nationally on television until Sept. 13- Oct. 19 during Hispanic Heritage Month. Even then it did not air in the Panhandle making family and friends anxious with excitement as they awaited the final results which were revealed at HALO’s annual Noche de Gala celebration on Oct. 20th on the OPSU campus. The Student Union ballroom errupted with cheers and whistles as the guests viewed the contest and learned Barbosa was named the winner!

Barbosa said, “I am completely and humbly honored to have won the Hispanic College Quiz show for 2015. I received a 3,000 dollar scholarship and I can say that it was one of the most memorable moments of my life. After being flown to Chicago, having my hotel and food paid for and getting this opportunity to represent my small university, I can say thanks to HACU and Central City Productions for the chance of a lifetime. Competing against only eight other students (whom I might add have been very dear friends I've made) was so much fun. I'm glad I can now share the joy with my family and friends.”

This hard-working History major is currently an OPSU Softball player and OPSU Cheer team member. She is the President of HALO and Vice-President of Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Additionally, she balances two jobs on campus as a reporter for the Collegian newspaper and a student-worker for the Sports Information Department.

Justine Gaskamp, OPSU Sports Information Director and Cheer Coach, describes Barbosa as “the epitome of the word ‘teammate’ for both softball and cheer”. She said, “Barbosa is involved in every aspect of campus life and does it ALL with a smile and positive attitude.”