Guam – Okkodo High School’s HTMP has done it again – for the third year in a row, they have managed to win the GCC CTE Hospitality & Tourism Management Program competition.
This year, the team of Ranalou Sison, Royelle Carter, Christian Lubas, and captain Flori Dela Cruz edged out a close second George Washington team to take top honors and again earned the right to head to the national competition in Florida, also for the third time.
“This year’s competition was so close – the teams just keep getting better and better. Okkodo has a great record at nationals, and we hope to return to the podium again this year,” said Norman Aguilar, GCC Tourism & Hospitality Department Chair.
On Thursday and Friday, the five public high school teams prepared for and performed case study scenarios involving guest services, food and beverage and hotel operations, and presented a banquet proposal for industry professionals in the GCC Multipurpose Auditorium. They also conducted a simulated night audit and competed in a Knowledge Bowl.
[Okkodo HTMP team members, from left, Ranalou Sison, Royelle Carter, Flori Dela Cruz (team captain), and Christian Lubas, present a case study to judges, from left, Sophia Chu, Hyatt Regency Guam Exec. Asst. Manager, Sales & Marketing; Mary Rhodes, GHRA President; Thelma Hechanova, AFCEA Marianas Board member; and Ele Magdael, Hotel Nikko Guam HR Training Manager, in the GCC MPA on Friday, Feb. 22.]
Industry judges for the competition were Ele Magdael, Hotel Nikko Guam HR Training Manager; Thelma Hechanova, AFCEA Marianas board member; Mary Rhodes, GHRA president; and Sophia Chu, Hyatt Regency Guam Executive Asst. Manager of Sales and Marketing.
“Guam has had a great showing at the annual American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute National HTMP Competition over the past several years,” noted Aguilar, “with Okkodo winning the competition in 2011, and taking second place in 2012.” (Aguilar was the team’s instructor during their 2011 championship.)
The Okkodo HTMP team and instructor Evon Wong will travel to Orlando, Florida, to compete at nationals April 10-12.
HTMP (formerly LMP, or Lodging Management Program) is a national educational program for high school juniors and seniors that highlights hospitality and tourism management, front office and housekeeping management, leadership skills, marketing and sales, and food and beverage service. On Guam, nearly 350 high school students are enrolled in GCC’s HTMP programs in the public high schools this academic year. These programs are designed to feed directly into GCC’s postsecondary Tourism & Hospitality programs.