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For Immediate Release:
May 22, 2001
Sabry Shehata, 808 - 974-7393
Sabry Shehata, Jana Gonzales, Athena Pratt, Diana Damon, Yvette Hall and Tyrus Hoshino.
|UH Hilo reaches semifinals in National Agri-Marketing competition|
The University of Hawai`i at Hilo's National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) student marketing team reached the semifinals of the NAMA Marketing competition held April 11-13, 2001 in Denver, Colorado.
Thirty-five top universities across the nation participated in the competition, which is judged and critiqued by professional agri-marketers. In reaching the semifinals, UH Hilo ranked among the top 12 universities in the nation and captured first place in its division by defeating Texas A&M, University of Minnesota, University of Tennessee and Ohio State University.
The team consisting of Diana Damon (horticulture), Jana Gonzales (agribusiness), Yvette Hall (agribusiness), Tyrus Hoshino (horticulture) and Athena Pratt (agribusiness) developed a comprehensive plan on marketing macadamia oil.
"This is the fourth time in the past nine years of competition that we have reached the semi-finals, including 1999 when we made it to the final four," said Dr. Sabry Shehata, UH Hilo NAMA advisor. "Our team's success has not only earned UH Hilo well deserved honors and recognition, but has gained nationwide exposure for the entire State of Hawai`i," he added.
Students at UH Hilo learn marketing and communication skills while gaining exposure to the business community. These activities allow students to showcase their talents and form networks with NAMA professionals to open doors to future careers.