PHS DECA Newsletter

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Dominating DECA Districts!

Our new semester is off to a great start, and our series, team, and principles event competitors dominated the District competition! We are so proud of all of our competitors and how well they represented Portland High School, DECA, and CTE. The following students placed in their event and qualified for the State competition in early March:



  • Justin Cranford-11th in Principles of Business Management and Administration
  • Kurt Metz-11th in Principles of Business Management and Administration
  • Cody Hunter-1st in Marketing Communications
  • Quentin Boots-8th in Marketing Communications
  • Colin Rogers-8th in Business Services Marketing
  • Jacob Schuessler-7th in Personal Financial Literacy
  • John Adkins-3rd in Restaurant and Food Service Management
  • Stanley Zhao-3rd in Restaurant and Food Service Management
  • Addison Dorris-3rd in Hotel and Lodging
  • Emily Rogers-2nd in Food Marketing
  • Emma Gregory-5th in Quick Serve Restaurant Management
  • Mackenzi Settles-8th in Quick Serve Restaurant Management
  • Bethanie Bergman and Presley Cowan-3rd in Marketing Management Team Decision Making
  • Alanna Herrington-2nd in Professional Selling
  • Dalton Bandy and Avery Cranford were chosen to represent PHS at the Limitless Leadership Academy at DECA State. Gretchen McGuire and Jacey Burch were chosen to represent as Voting Delegates for our chapter at State. All four students placed high enough to score as alternates in their competitive events.


Special Awards and Honors were received by the following State Qualifiers:



  • Emily Rogers-2nd place on Test and 1st place on Role Play 1 in Food Marketing
  • Addison Dorris-2nd place on Test and 3rd place on Role Play 1 in Hotel and Lodging Management.
  • Cody Hunter-1st place on Role Play 1 and 3rd Place on Role Play 2 in Marketing Communications
  • Quentin Boots-1st place on Role Play 2 in Marketing Communications
  • Bethanie Bergman and Presley Cowan-3rd place on Role Play in Marketing Management Team Decision Making
  • Kurt Metz-3rd place on Role Play in Principles of Business Management and Administration
  • Alanna Herrington-3rd place on Test and 1st place on presentation in Professional Selling
  • Emma Gregory-2nd place on Role Play 1 in Quick Serve Restaurant Management
  • Mackenzi Settles-2nd place on Role Play 2 in Quick Serve Restaurant Management
  • Stanley Zhao-2nd place on Role Play 1 and 1st place on Role Play 2 in Restaurant and Food Services Marketing



In addition to the qualifiers from Districts, six students automatically qualified for the State competition based off their written marketing plans they created in the Honors Marketing 2/Honors Business Practicum class. Those students are:



  • Emma Smith and Brianna West-Start Up Business Plan
  • Katie Hardaway-Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan
  • Allie Sutliff-Sports and Entertainment Promotion Plan
  • Tannah Groves and Damon Wilson-Advertising Campaign



This is the largest group of PHS DECA competitors to ever qualify for the State Competition, and we are extremely excited to see how they perform next month!

Upcoming PHS DECA Dates

DECA Competition Dates


March 7th-10th-DECA State Competition (Chattanooga, TN)

April 20th-25th-DECA International Competition (Atlanta, GA)


Scheduled practices will be posted on Ms. Allen's door and students can sign up to attend practices to help prepare for competition.

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.