Judith Martinez represents Adams State in the Hispanic College Quiz

(08-31-2012)

By: Mariah Pepe

Martinez, a junior, attended the jeopardy-like competition in Chicago, Illinois where she competed with eight other students regarding her knowledge of Hispanic history from 1940 to 1990. The all expenses paid experience that took place from July 27 -29 provided Martinez the opportunity to meet other students and bring the cultural knowledge she gained to Alamosa.

Martinez was selected to represent Adams State at a club meeting of Casa, the University’s Hispanic leadership and cultural club. She worked with Pricilla Gardea, senior admissions counselor- Denver, for a month prior to the competition studying a book of information that the competition provided her.

With students from a variety of states, such as Texas and California, the competition had three rounds with three participants each. The students were given buzzers, and each round had different participants. There was a final fourth round to determine the winner.

“I had a lot on my plate, but I thought it would be a great way to supplement my major by learning about the history of art in my culture,” said Martinez, a Graphic Designs and Communications major.

The show will air on television in September, but the channel has yet to be announced. There will be more information available on Casa’s Facebook page once it is available.

Martinez is highly involved on campus through CASA, El Parnaso, the Newman Club, Associated Students and Faculty, tutoring Spanish, and taking a full load of classes. Martinez has also represented Adams State in other events, such as the HACU conference. She plans to attend that conference again, and become involved as a student ambassador and member of the Grizzly Activity Board.