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Torres Wins National Hispanic College Quiz

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 10/03/2017 This past July, Oklahoma Panhandle State University senior Ami Torres Acuña (second from the right) competed in Nashville at the Hispanic College Quiz and won the competition! —Courtesy photoThis past July, Oklahoma Panhandle State University senior Ami Torres Acuña (second from the right) competed in Nashville at the Hispanic College Quiz and won the competition! —Courtesy photo

Goodwell, Okla. — This past July, Oklahoma Panhandle State University senior Ami Torres Acuña competed in Nashville at the Hispanic College Quiz, a show that is taped and broadcast during Hispanic Heritage Month on behalf of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). On Monday evening, October 2, at a reception in her honor, it was revealed that Ami had won the competition taking home a scholarship worth $4,500 sponsored by State Farm Insurance. Ami was also awarded with a trip to San Diego to attend the HACU National Conference where she will be honored during the annual banquet. The HACU conference takes place from October 27 – 30.

The reception on Monday evening was hosted by Ami’s employers, Brown & Associates Insurance at Hunny’s for all of her family and friends to get together for a “Premiere Viewing Party” of the taped shows. Ami had done an excellent job of keeping the final result a secret so it was a great surprise to those gathered there. The Hispanic College Quiz will be broadcast in our area on Sunday, October 8 on PTCI Channel 30 beginning at 2 p.m. with Ami’s shows airing at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. for anyone who would like to see her in action.

Teri Mora, Director of Hispanic Student Services at Panhandle State spoke on Monday about Ami’s selection for the competition. She said, “In June we had the opportunity to apply for one of nine spots in the competition and I nominated Ami as I was confident that Ami could handle the competition. Once we were notified of our selection, we had a little less than a month to prepare for the quiz show, and Ami was also taking two college classes, working full time at Brown & Associates as an insurance agent, and had a trip to Pasadena for the National PBL conference and another one to Miami planned for that small window of time. Ami was confident that she could handle all of her commitments and her confidence paid off as she was calm and collected throughout the entire process. We are all so very proud of her!”

This tournament-style competition showcases nine students selected from HACU-member institutions and is hosted by 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.

Ami’s win marks the second time in just three years that Panhandle State has won the championship at the quiz show.
Originally from Guymon, Ami is majoring in marketing with minors in finance and computer graphics. Additionally, she serves as the vice president for both HALO and the business club Phi Beta Lambda (PBL).


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