Our Alumni

We are proud of our alumni legacy. Over the past 180 years, many remarkable individuals have walked through the halls of Port Allegany schools. We think these people have fascinating stories to tell, and we want to share some those stories here with you. May all of our alumni know how honored we are to know you; you are always welcome here at “home.”

Leaving a Legacy

We are very pleased to showcase noteworthy individuals who have left a fine legacy and defined the very essence of what and who we are - those who have made us better simply because they were here.

Alumni of the Month - Gina Decker (Mantz)

Gina Decker (Mantz) family picture

Year of Graduation: 1998

What have you done since graduating from Port Allegany High School?

After high school I attended Penn State University and graduated in 2003 with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology and a minor in health policy administration. I also earned my massage therapist certification and worked as a massage therapist for a chiropractor outside of Philadelphia for a few years.

I spent a couple of years working in corporate fitness and eventually found a job as a health coach. Through that job, I met my husband, Matt, and moved to South Carolina in 2010. We were married in 2012 and now have two kids (Tripp: 7 and Cheyenne: 5). 

We own a small farm named Sharon Hill Farm just south of Charlotte, North Carolina where we pasture-raise broiler chickens, laying hens, and Thanksgiving turkeys and also have a small herd of Nigerian dwarf and fainting goats as well as six mini Jersey cows. This year we have added pasture-raised pigs to the mix. Having grown up on a farm, it seems the farm lifestyle is just in my blood!

Where do you currently live?

Sharon, South Carolina

Who was your favorite teacher in high school? Why were they your favorite?

This is such a hard question to answer because I truly have wonderful memories of so many teachers. Mr. Finn always made class fun, and he was a great student council advisor!

What is your fondest memory of Port Allegany High School? 

I always loved spending time with friends decorating for dances as well as floats for the homecoming parades.