Lynn University student participates in Hispanic College Quiz series

The show is set to air during Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 14

Published Sep. 12, 2012

Lynn University was one of only 9 schools in the U.S. selected to participate in the Hispanic College Quiz series sponsored by The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Central City Productions. The "Hispanic College Quiz" features Hispanic college students answering a series of multiple-choice questions on Latino history.

Villegas close upLisette Villegas, a multimedia journalism major in the College of International Communication, represented Lynn on the show and Morgan O'Sullivan, assistant director of Student Administrative Services and 2012 employee of the year, was her coach. They were flown out to Chicago in July to tape four half-hour shows which will be aired across the country Sept. 15-Oct. 14, during Hispanic Heritage Month. The winning students receive scholarship funds. 

Villegas had a 75-page study guide on which the TV show questions were based. “Coach” O’Sullivan gave her a chapter to study and called her every few days and did a review of questions and answers.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better coach. He would always make sure I was studying, made sure I was up to date with all the information, but most importantly he made sure I felt confident in myself,” says Villegas. 

The nine students chosen were broken into three groups, with each group having their own show. The winner of each show progressed on to the final for the chance to win individual scholarships. Villegas finished second in her round, but was beaten by the winner of the overall event.

“I knew most of the questions; my only downfall was pressing the buzzer fast enough,” says Villegas. “There were some questions where my gut would tell me to go with one answer, but my brain was telling me to go with another question.” As it turned out, her gut was usually right. 

But the whole experience was well worth it. She met students from all over the country and is still in contact with some of these students today.

“We had so many great memories together. We all enjoyed each other’s company and want to meet somewhere else and do it all over again,” says Villegas.  

Though she didn’t come out a winner, Villegas says, “I loved it!  It was a great experience. My major is multimedia journalism and I hope to be a clubhouse reporter, so it just felt as if I belonged on TV.”