Payson High School’s DECA Chapter participated in the Arizona DECA Central District Competition in January. Forty-seven PHS students attended and brought home 42 individual awards. Students participated in written tests and competitive role plays in Marketing, Hospitality, Management, Food Marketing, Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship, Travel and Tourism, Buying and Merchandising, and Sports and Entertainment. Payson DECA won nine first-place trophies and 12 medals.
Winning students include Hayli Egbert, Asia Hinton, Taylor Marshall, Jesus Apodaca, Ernesto Hendrix, Jordyn Fruth, Nick McMullen, Eric Vohs, Tanner Hintze, Joe Davis, Natalie Moceri, Maria Ontiveros, Justice Owens, Kayla Percell, Noel Struening, Karen Williams, Brigham Flake, Zach Hutchens, Matt Joerns, John Hughes, Israel Luna, Gerardo Moceri, Loren Peters, Tyler Peters, Lacey Standifird, Tristan Stockman and Kelsee Stonebrink.
DECA Advisor and Marketing teacher Joe Parone stated, “I was extremely pleased with our upper class leadership who performed well, but also because they circulated among our nervous 21 freshmen and sophomores, who were stepping outside the box and competing for the first time. Our leaders helped to calm them down, explained what was happening, answered questions and gave advice.”