PHS DECA Newsletter

Ready for a New Year? "HERE WE GO!"

PHS Dominated DECA Districts!

Congratulations to our competitors who competed at the Tennessee DECA District 3 Competition at Nissan Stadium on Tuesday, January 28th. An impressive 83% of students who competed at the District level qualified to compete at the DECA State competition in early March. We are so proud of all of our competitors and how well they represented Portland High School!


The following is a list of students who placed and qualified to compete at State in March:


Individual Events


  • Riley Walker-2nd place in Principles of Marketing
  • Job Callis- 9th place in Apparel and Accessories Marketing
  • Bridgette Green- 10th place in Apparel and Accessories Marketing
  • Liz Rogers- 1st alternate in Food Marketing (has been pulled up to compete at State)
  • Cailin Walls- 7th place in Food Marketing
  • Savannah Hand- 5th place in Human Resources Management
  • Rachel Westveer- 5th place in Marketing Communications
  • Lauryn Waldron-11th place in Marketing Communications
  • Emma Gregory- 2nd place in Quick Serve Restaurant Management
  • Alex Tuttle- 7th place in Quick Serve Restaurant Management
  • Caleb Shockley- 3rd place in Restaurant and Food Service Management
  • Matthew Groves- 9th place in Restaurant and Food Service Management
  • Kurt Metz- 2nd place in Retail Merchandising
  • Jacob Schuessler- 6th place in Personal Financial Literacy


Team Events


  • Gretchen McGuire and Jacey Burch- 4th place in Buying and Merchandising
  • Hannah Cecil and Sasha Graham- 1st alternate in Sports and Entertainment Marketing
  • Eryn Cheney and Sadie Cherry- 6th place in Travel and Tourism Marketing


Written Events and Professional Selling Events

The following students will be competing at state in written events and professional selling categories. (Note: These are straight to state events, and these students did not compete at the District Level)


  • Addison Dorris-Project Management Career Development Event
  • Emily Rogers and Mackenzi Settles- Project Management Business Solutions Event
  • Avery Cranford and Justin Cranford- Project Management Community Awareness Event
  • Zac Colovos and Stanley Zhao- Hospitality and Tourism Research Operations Event
  • Alanna Herrington- Business Services Research Operations Event
  • Dylan Gerth and Sidney Gradert- Financial Services Research Operations Event
  • John Adkins-Hospitality Professional Selling Event
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February is National CTE Month

February is national Career and Technical Education Month! Some ways we plan on celebrating and advocating for CTE programs this month include participating in CTE Shirt Day, writing letters to our public policy makers, sharing CTE fun facts on social media, and hosting a breakfast with community partners.


In Sumner County during the 2018-2019 school year:


  • 558 Industry Certifications were earned by CTE students
  • 911 students participated at CTSO State and National Conferences
  • 107 Dual Credit Exams were passed
  • 10 CTE Programs of Study were certified


To learn more about how participation in CTE courses helps prepare students for college and career check out the infographic and visit the link below!

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PHS DECA Breakfast with a Business

It's time for the 5th annual DECA Breakfast with a Business. We are excited to honor our business partners and highlight our chapter and marketing class accomplishments. Business partners, an invitation was sent to your email. Please RSVP by February 14th.
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Upcoming PHS DECA Dates

DECA Competition Dates

February 13th= Test Practice 3:00-4:00

February 26th=Role Play Practice 3:00-4:00

February 27th=Role Play Practice 3:00-4:00

February 18th=State DECA Test

February 20th= 5th Annual DECA Breakfast with a Business

March 4th-7th=DECA State Competition (Chattanooga, TN)

April 28th-May 2nd =DECA International Competition (Nashville, TN)

Thank You to Our Alumni Members

Thank you to the alumni members who joined our chapter this year! Alumni, your shirts are ready to pick up at the school, or they can be mailed to you.


Alumni Members for the 2019-2020 School Year:

Quentin Boots (Class of 2018)

Dalton Bandy (Class of 2019)

Cody Hunter (Class of 2019)

Brianna West (Class of 2019)

Colin Rogers (Class of 2019)

Emily Adkins (Class of 2015)

Heather Seymour (Class of 2016)

Brent Kibbey (Class of 2017)

Carder Venable (Class of 2017)

Katie Hardaway (Class of 2018)

Reagan Fox (Class of 2017)

Thank you to our business partners!

Thank you to our new and returning business partners this school year. It has been a record-breaking year for new partnerships, and we are so excited to work with so many new businesses. Without your support, our chapter would not be successful. If you have not received your framed certificates and shirts (for gold level and above), they should be delivered within the week . If you have any questions regarding your business partnership, contact DECA Advisor, Mary Beth Allen at marybeth.allen@sumnerschools.org.


Silver Level Partners

Ace Hardware

First Baptist Church

Portland Prescription Shop

O' Neal Steel

Udderly Clean

Southern Charm Salon and Boutique

The Style House

Sumner Employment

Oak Tree Awards & Recognition

The Smile Center

The Style House


Gold Level Partners

Shannon Insurance

Davis Brown & Co

Milo Coffee House

Portland Pizza & Pub

Black Lion Martial Arts

Gilbert Funeral Home

Allegiance Technology Solutions

Wally Gilliam Realty & Auction

Warren Brothers Sash & Door Co

Volunteer State Bank

Harbin Hollow


Platinum Level Partners

El Azteca

Thurmans Lawn and Landscapes, LLC

Food Warming Equipment, Inc

Senor Fajitas

Xtreme Fitness

Farmers Insurance


Diamond Level Partners

The Farmers Bank

Edwards Jones, Bill Robertson Financial Advisor

Volunteer Recycling

Portland High School DECA

We are a group of high school students working to become skilled in the areas of marketing, management, hospitality, finance, and entrepreneurship through our involvement with the professional organization DECA. DECA is an international organization involving more than 228,000 students, 3,500 high school chapters, and 5,500 DECA advisors. Our hope as a chapter is to make an impact on our community and state by participating in events and working hard to develop professional skills necessary for life after high school.