Payson High Deca Wins Big At Conference

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Payson High School’s DECA chapter performed very well at the recent Arizona DECA State Career Development Conference. DECA is the student organization for marketing and business students.

The 42 students that attended came away with 21 medals and trophies.

Students competed in events ranging from role plays, and content interviews to case problems and written tests. They competed individually and in teams.

Their performance is all the more noteworthy since the PHS DECA chapter has been up and running for only two years, says school officials.

Students winning medals or trophies include: Katie Welker, Michelle Daniels, Dillon Walker, James Potvin, Daniel Conley, Jordan Fruth, Tyler Peters, Jordan Malherbe, Payton Pettet, Brandi Dyer, Joshua Frewin, Dustin Iles, Conner Anderson, Tanner Hintze, Sean Ford and Amanda Hartnell.

Four students, Tanner Hintze, Amanda Hartnell, Sean Ford and James Potvin qualified to attend the International Career Development Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

There, they will compete with 15,000 DECA students from around the country and the world. Teacher Joe Parone and CTE data recorder Jeanie Welch will chaperone the group.

Parone says, “Our DECA chapter let the rest of the state know we are a chapter to watch out for. I was excited about our students’ results. They did an excellent job.”

Other DECA news

PHS DECA marketing students Amanda Lins and Sean Ford recently presented a check for $200 to the Gracie Lee Haught Foundation. Students raised the money during DECA Serve Day by holding a miracle minute. Accepting the donation were Judy Baker, executive director of the Mogollon Health Alliance, and Jan Parsons, director of the GLH Foundation.

Mason Dacanay was one of 43 PHS DECA students (marketing and business) that recently visited the Safeway Distribution Center in Phoenix. The Phoenix DC serves 117 stores and uses state-of-the-art technology to keep stores stocked up and ready to serve their customers. This trip was made possible by a grant from Safeway.

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