Khanh Nguyen, 17, is no stranger to competition. As an ACE level participant at The First Tee, she knows how to use values like confidence and perseverance to keep her cool under pressure. But recently, Khanh has found the lessons of The First Tee helping her in competitions off the golf course as well.
Khanh is a member of her school’s DECA program, a program that introduces students to the world of entrepreneurship, marketing and finance through business projects and competitions. When asked to picked an enterprise to analyze, Khanh went straight to her passion and immediately thought of The First Tee. Her project partner had visited a class at The First Tee with Khanh during a “Bring A Friend” day and was sold on the idea too. The two set out to learn more about The First Tee’s marketing strategies and designed a plan to engage the organization’s target market through social media and mobile platforms.
Khanh and her partner presented their marketing plan during the Washington State DECA competition this March in Bellevue. Their strategic thinking and innovation secured them a trip to compete at DECA nationals in Anaheim, CA this week!
Khanh is a leader in many arenas. She has been participating in The First Tee with her sister since 2011. In addition to taking classes, Khanh serves as a intern with the program and is a member of The First Tee Junior Advisory Board. She was recently named a national First Tee Scholar for her dedication to and leadership within the program and in her community.
While Khanh clearly has the talent and skills to be a successful marketer, her heart is for healthcare. Khanh will be studying nursing at Seattle University starting this fall.