PHS DECA Newsletter

Limitless opportunities in PHS DECA!

Next Stop Nationals!

With less than eight weeks left of the 2017-18 school year, PHS DECA plans to end this school year on a high note! We have several events planned for the remainder of the year to keep our members active in and energized about DECA, including DECA's biggest yearly event, the International Career Development Conference (DECA ICDC). Several of our members placed at the State competition and will be headed to the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, GA, April 21st-25th. Winners are highlighted below.


Congratulations to all of the PHS DECA competitors who competed at the State DECA Career Development Conference in March. Every competitor represented our school and our program so well, and we are very proud of you! The following students placed in their competitive event and will be moving on to compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference:



  • Cody Hunter 4th in Marketing Communications
  • Addison Dorris 3rd in Hotel and Lodging
  • Stanley Zhao 2nd in Restaurant and Food Service Management
  • Emma Gregory 2nd in Quick Serve Restaurant Management
  • Alanna Herrington placed 6th in Professional Selling and was the 2nd alternate in her category
  • Dalton Bandy, John Adkins, Mackenzi Settles, Emily Rogers, and Alanna Herrington were chosen to attend the International DECA Leadership Academy training and represent the state of Tennessee at the competition in Atlanta.
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Coming to You Live from Atlanta...

Congratulations to PHS DECA member Addison Dorris for be chosen to work on the DECA ICDC Social Media Live team! This is a HUGE honor as Addison was chosen from over 200 applicants. The Social Media Live team has become a staple of the international conference experience. Talented teams of of correspondents drive the conference conversation through tweets and photos, share live news on DECA Direct Online, and promote DECA's social media posts and platforms with their tweets and posts.


Addison was chosen as part of the editorial team, so her job will revolve around creating content for the DECA Direct online newsletter and website. Members on the editorial team are assigned several writing assignments before arriving in Atlanta, and members will work on writing assignments during their free time at ICDC. Writing assignments will vary from covering the exciting opening and closing session of conference, interviewing competitive event finalists and advisors, and exploring all aspects that DECA ICDC has to offer.


Way to go Addison! We are so proud of you!!

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3rd Annual Breakfast with a Business

Friday, April 20th, 9am

Portland High School Lecture Hall

All of our business partners are invited to attend the 3rd Annual PHS DECA Breakfast with a Business! Please join us for a catered breakfast while we highlight our program accomplishments and how your business partnership has helped us reach limitless potential in DECA this year! Our success is mainly attributed to your partnership, and we can't wait to share what we have worked on with you! Please see attached picture for event time and date details.


Please RSVP by Monday April 16th with how many will be attending in your party so we can plan accordingly. Thank you for your investment in our DECA chapter!

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Upcoming PHS DECA Dates

DECA Upcoming Important Dates


April 20th-3rd Annual DECA Breakfast with a Business

April 21st-25th-DECA International Competition (Atlanta, GA)

May 2nd- DECA Officer Applications Due

May 3rd & 4th-DECA Officer Interviews

May 7th-Potential Spring DECA Field Trip** (still working out details)

May 15th-DECA Banquet


Competitors should schedule a practice time with Ms. Allen to prepare for the International Competition in Atlanta!

Thank you to our business partners!

Thank you to our new and returning business partners this school year. Without your support, our chapter would not be successful. Business partner certificates and shirts should have been delivered to your business by a DECA officer. If you have an interest in becoming a PHS DECA business partner, contact our advisor Mary Beth Allen at marybeth.allen@sumnerschools.org.


Platinum Level Partners

Edward Jones Financial, Bill Robertson

The Farmers Bank

Senor Fajitas

Street Tuxedo

Volunteer Recycling

Volunteer State Bank


Gold Level Partners

The Barbeque Pit

Davis, Brown, and Company PLLC

El Azteca

Farmers Insurance

Gilbert Funeral Home

Graphic Obsessions

Portland Prescription Shop

Portland Vision Clinic

Wally Gilliam Realty and Auction


Silver Level Partners

Calli Hume Photography

Shannon Insurance

Sumner Employment Exchange

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 215,000 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.