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The Cable Apprentice

There were no Donald Trump sightings, but a trio of University of Denver grad students came away with the big prize at the second annual "Cable Apprentice" competition, which wrapped up last Friday at the Comcast Media Center (CMC) .

That's a mighty large check

The winning team -- "The Slowskys," a homage to the Comcast anti-DSL ad campaign -- gets to split the $1,500 grand prize. Additionally, each member of the team -- Katharine Hanks, Adam Loveland, and Jasline Dhillon -- can also pick a paid internship from one of six slots being offered by some local companies with cable ties: Charter Communications Inc. , Comcast Colorado, Sand Cherry Associates, Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC)'s National Division, and Starz Entertainment LLC , which is donating two positions.

They beat out four other teams that were tasked with selling Comcast video services to prospective new customers, with a special focus on the business challenges the MSO is facing with the coming February 2009 digital TV transition. (See FCC OKs Dual TV Carriage Rules.)

Members from the two runner-up teams are also guaranteed at least one interview opportunity from the remaining internship positions.

The Rocky Mountain division of Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) runs the Cable Apprentice competition.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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