Guam – Last year, they made history as the first Lodging Management Program (LMP) team from Guam to win a national championship. Later this month, four young women from Okkodo High School are headed back to Orlando, Florida, to defend their crown.
Two of them, team captain and senior Raquel Maminta and junior Iris Lapid, are returning champions. They are joined this year by juniors Ranalyn Sison and Amee Fejeran. The four will have to again outshine teams from other high schools around the nation in three categories: hotel operations, hospitality, and a Knowledge Bowl.
The Okkodo team won the local competition between the five public high schools last weekend, impressing judges from Guam’s hotel industry with their banquet proposal preparations and their score during the Knowledge Bowl. The students will now head to Orlando for the 9th annual American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute National Lodging Management Program Competition on March 28-30 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and UCF Rosen College of Hospitality.
[From Left: Captain Raquel Maminta and Iris Lapid (both returning champions), Ranalyn Sison and Amee Fejeran, and Okkodo LMP instructor Evon Wong]
“It’s a great opportunity to be going back to defend our title and really represent Guam again,” said Maminta. “We have a really great team again this year, and we’re working very hard to prepare, so we’re confident going into this competition,” she said.
“The pressure on the shoulders of these young ladies to defend their national LMP championship title is tremendous,” said Evon Wong, Okkodo LMP instructor. “I admire their creativeness and their flexibility in dealing with challenging situations during the competition. I’m very proud and fortunate to have them represent Guam to defend their title this year.”
LMP is one of 10 Career and Technical Education programs offered in the public high schools through Guam Community College. On the national level, it is an educational program for high school juniors and seniors. Topics covered in the program include lodging management, front office and housekeeping management, leadership skills, marketing and sales, and food and beverage service.