May 24, 2024 12:42 am
Business scholars from UH excel in national government finance competition

A team of three University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Shidler College of Business students recently won a national government case challenge, each receiving a $1,000 scholarship award for their efforts. The competition required the team to analyze data for Denver, Colorado and create a “Citizen-Centric Report” for the city. You-Fan Chai, Manying Huang, and Alaina Rhoades dedicated several months to the task, with Chai expressing how surreal and rewarding it was to win the competition.

The team utilized tools like Canva and CapCut to make their report, presentation, and video visually appealing and informative. Chai encouraged other students to participate in similar competitions not just for the prize but to enhance their skills and knowledge. The Government Finance Case Challenge, hosted by the National Association of Government Accountants (AGA), emphasized the importance of government accountability, transparency, data transformation, and showcased potential careers in government.

Professor Jian Zhou from UH Mānoa School of Accountancy provided guidance to the team while Pamela Young from the AGA—Hawaiʻi Chapter offered support. Final submissions were judged by a panel of government finance experts with finalists presenting their findings through a team-created video of a mock government meeting. This marks the third UH Mānoa team in four years to achieve success at either the graduate or undergraduate level in such competitions, highlighting

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