A team of three University of Hawaiʻi Manoa Shidler College of Business students recently won a national government challenge, each receiving a $1,000 scholarship for their efforts. The team, consisting of You-Fan Chai, Maniing Huang, and Alaina Rhoades, devoted several months to analyzing data for Denver, Colorado and creating a “Citizen-Centric Report” for the city.

Chai expressed how surreal and rewarding it was to win the competition and highlighted the learning experience they gained in the process. The Government Finance Challenge, hosted by the National Association of Government Accountants (AGA), showcased potential careers in government and emphasized the importance of government accountability, transparency, data transformation.

The team received guidance from UH Manoa School of Accountancy Professor Jian Zhou and expressed gratitude to Pamela Yang of the AGA-Hawaii Chapter for her support. Final submissions were judged by a panel of government finance experts and finalists presented their findings through a team video of a mock government meeting. This is the third UH Manoa team in four years to achieve success at the graduate or undergraduate level in such competitions, highlighting the university’s excellence in the field.

By Samantha Johnson

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