Student Team Wins National Government Case Challenge, Receives $1,000 Scholarships and Excels in Citizen-Centric Reporting

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

Recently, a team of three University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Shidler College of Business students won a national government case challenge and each member received 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. They developed a “Citizen-Centric Report” for the location which showcased their skills in information gathering and analysis.

The competition provided a valuable learning experience for the students, pushing them to challenge their skills in these areas. Utilizing tools like Canva and CapCut, the team worked to make their report 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. It showcased how data can be transformed into information that is accessible to citizens. This transformation promotes careers in government and was made possible by support from Pamela Young from AGA-Hawai’i Chapter throughout the journey.

The victory marks UH Mānoa’s third win in four years at either the graduate or undergraduate level in case competitions. Under guidance from UH Mānoa School of Accountancy Professor Jian Zhou, this team excelled in their submission to receive recognition as finalists with judges who were government finance experts evaluating submissions. The winning team presented their findings via a mock government meeting video on a specially created website which is accessible to viewers now

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