Student Team Wins National Government Case Challenge and Earns $1,000 Scholarships

University of Houston scholars win first place in national government finance competition

In a remarkable feat, a team of three University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Shidler College of Business students recently won a national government case challenge, earning each member a $1,000 scholarship award. Led by You-Fan Chai, Manying Huang, and Alaina Rhoades, the team dedicated several months to analyzing data for the city of Denver, Colorado, ultimately developing a “Citizen-Centric Report” for the location.

The competition provided a valuable learning experience that pushed the students to hone their skills in information gathering and analysis. Utilizing tools like Canva and CapCut, the team worked tirelessly to make their report, presentation, and video visually appealing. Chai emphasized the importance of participating in competitions like this not just for the prize but for personal development through the learning experience.

Hosted by the National Association of Government Accountants (AGA), the Government Finance Case Challenge highlighted the significance of government accountability and transparency. The competition showcased how data can be transformed into information for citizens and encouraged careers in government. Under the guidance of UH Mānoa School of Accountancy Professor Jian Zhou, the team excelled in the competition. Pamela Young from AGA—Hawaiʻi Chapter offered support throughout their journey as they presented their findings in a mock government meeting video.

This victory marks yet another achievement for UH Mānoa teams in case competitions; it is their third win in four years at either the graduate or undergraduate level. The school’s excellence in case competitions is evident through this accomplishment. To view their report on the competition website is available to all interested viewers.

In conclusion, this team’s success serves as an inspiration to other students to participate in similar competitions and pursue careers that make a difference in society while providing valuable learning experiences along

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