PHS DECA Newsletter

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

PHS Rocked DECA State Competition

Congratulations to our competitors who competed at the Tennessee DECA State Career Development Conference in Chattanooga, TN March 4th-7th. PHS DECA made history with a record number of competitors qualifying to compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference. 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 DECA ICDC:

Written Events (Honors Marketing 2/3 class):

-ALL students enrolled in the course placed high enough to make it to the grand awards stage!

-Alanna Herrington: 2nd in Business Services Operations Research & qualified for ICDC
-Zac Colovos and Stanley Zhao: 2nd in Hospitality & Tourism Operations Research and qualified for ICDC
-Emily Rogers and Mackenzi Settles: 1st in Project Management Business Solutions and qualified for ICDC
-Avery Cranford and Justin Cranford: 4th in Project Management Community Awareness and qualified for ICDC
-Addison Dorris: 2nd in Project Management Career Development and qualified for ICDC
-Dylan Gerth and Sidney Gradert: 5th in Finance Operations and 1st alternate for ICDC

ICDC Qualifiers in Individual and Team Events:
-John Adkins: 1st in Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling (medals for 1st in test and 1st in presentation)
-Jacob Schuessler: 4th in Personal Financial Literacy (medal for 2nd in role play)
-Riley Walker: 2nd in Principles of Marketing (medals for 2nd in test and 2nd in role play)
-Emma Gregory: 3rd in Quick Serve Restaurant Management (medals for 3rd in role play 1 and top 5 in role play 2)
-Alex Tuttle: 2nd in Quick Serve Restaurant Management (medals for 3rd in test and 3rd in role play 2)
-Caleb Shockley: 1st in Restaurant and Food Service Management (medals for 1st in test, 2nd in role play 2, and 3rd in role play)
-Kurt Metz: 4th in Retail Merchandising
-Gretchen McGuire and Anna Bogart: 3rd in Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making Event

Individual Honors:
-Savannah Hand: 3rd in test in Human Resources Management
-Lauryn Waldron: Top 5 in role play 2 in Marketing Communication
-Job Callis: 1st alternate in Apparel and Accesories Marketing

PHS DECA was also awarded 4 leadership academy spots to ICDC from their work completing national campaigns.

Thanks for your support of our chapter!

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DECA International Competition Cancelled

It is with great sadness that we announce that the DECA International Competition for the 2019-2020 school year to be hosted in Nashville, TN has been cancelled. We appreciate DECA Inc's leadership for placing our students' safety and health as the number one priority. To read the official press release from DECA Inc., please go to link below.

PHS DECA Seniors Rocked the ACT!

On Thursday, March 12th many of our DECA seniors were inducted onto the PHS ACT Wall of Fame. We are so proud of these seniors for doing well on the ACT, which will open up many opportunities for their future!
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Classroom Happenings

Marketing 1 students spent the week before spring break finishing up a unit on product packaging and branding. The lesson came to life through the Oreo Lab. 15 different flavors of Oreos were brought in for the lab. Students made notes about information found on the product packaging, explained how the flavors represented the product depth of the Oreo product line, and participated in a taste test ranking their favorite flavors! It was fun and informative way to bring product packaging to life.

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

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.