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International Winners

USC Marshall Undergraduate Case Team takes first in Hong Kong

October 25, 2018
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USC Marshall’s Undergraduate Case Team needs a bigger trophy case: it took first place in the 2018 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology International Case Competition on Thursday, Oct. 25.

The HKUST team--Ewa Kompowska, Adrienne Suhm, Rebecca Li and Jesse Kesner--was selected as the top team out of 15.  Adrienne Suhm was voted Best Presenter of the competition. Kompowska, Suhm and Kesner are senior WBB students who chose to return to USC for their final year. Li is a junior.

The USC Marshall team topped Berkeley Haas, Copenhagen Business School, HKUST, and Queen's University (Canada) to make it to the finals, where it defeated teams from Indiana University (2nd), Nanyang Technical University (Singapore) (3rd) and Korea University (4th).

“The team was the clear winner in the eyes of the judges, and they truly did an amazing job in providing a solution for the case company,” said Sean O’Connell, director of international business programs for Marshall.

"We've participated in four competitions this semester and had two first-place wins and one second-place win, due in no small part to the hard work of the students as well as the faculty and alumni who volunteer their time with them,” said O’Connell.

Earlier this month another case team took first place against 15 peer schools in Ritsumeikan, Japan. Students on that winning team were: Rui (Wray) Wang, Sheenal Patel, Neha Patel and Hardik Goyal. Wang is a WBB student.

In September a team took second place at the 2019 National University of Singapore International Case Competition. One member of the team, Caitlyn Huang ’20 was named best “Female Presenter” for the entire event (which also named a best “male presenter”).Team members include: Huang, Claire Lin ’19, Brandon Kay ’21 and James Yun ’19.

On the strength of these wins, the Case Team has been invited to compete in the Champions Trophy Case Competition 2019, held Jan. 27-Feb. 3 in Auckland, New Zealand. Now in its 12th year, this competition pits winning schools against one another for the prestigious title.