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


Mar 25, 2024

A team of three University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Shidler College of Business students recently won a national government case challenge, with each member earning a $1,000 scholarship award. The team, consisting of You-Fan Chai, Manying Huang, and Alaina Rhoades, 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, pushing the students to challenge their skills in information gathering and analysis.

Utilizing tools like Canva and CapCut, the team worked 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, showcasing the transformation of data into information for citizens and promoting careers in government.

Under the guidance of UH Mānoa School of Accountancy Professor Jian Zhou, the team excelled in the competition, with special thanks to Pamela Young from the AGA—Hawaiʻi Chapter for her support throughout the journey. Judges, who were government finance experts, evaluated submissions, and finalists presented their findings in a team-created video of a mock government meeting. This victory marks the third win in four years for a UH Mānoa team at either the graduate or undergraduate level, demonstrating the school’s excellence in case competitions. You can view the UH Mānoa team’s report on the competition website.

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