Business scholars from UH excel in national government finance competition

Student Team from University of Hawai’i Wins National Government Case Challenge and Secures Scholarships

A team of three University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Shidler College of Business students recently won a national government case challenge and were awarded $1,000 scholarships for their efforts. You-Fan Chai, Manying Huang, and Alaina Rhoades dedicated several months to analyzing data for Denver, Colorado, and creating a “Citizen-Centric Report” for the city.

The team utilized tools like Canva and CapCut to make their report, presentation, and video visually appealing and informative. Chai expressed how surreal and rewarding it was to win the competition, highlighting the learning experience they gained throughout the process. 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.

The team received guidance from UH Mānoa School of Accountancy Professor Jian Zhou and expressed gratitude to Pamela Young from the AGA—Hawai‘i Chapter for her 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 the university’s excellence in this area.

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