Local Student Becomes National Officer at FCCLA National Leadership Conference

FCCLAJuly 2017 – Brigette Nelson (17), a Senior at Baltic High School in Baltic, South Dakota, has been elected the 2017-2018 National Vice President of Finance and as a youth member on the National Board of Directors of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Brigette Nelson is one of ten national officers elected during the 2017 National Leadership Conference, held July 2-6 in Nashville, TN. Being elected a national officer is the highest leadership honor an FCCLA member can achieve.

Brigette Nelson’s election took place during a five-day leadership event centered on the theme, “Unlimited Possibilities.” During the week, more than 7,500 FCCLA members, advisers, alumni, and guests attended workshops and sessions on relevant youth issues such as career preparation, financial literacy, environmental education, traffic safety, community service, and leadership development.

Along with nine other members of the National Executive Council, Brigette will travel to FCCLA national headquarters in Reston, Virginia, during the year to attend training and program planning sessions. Brigette will also help set policies and develop future goals for the organization as a committee member of the FCCLA National Board of Directors. During the year, Brigette and the other national officers will represent the organization by leading workshops and giving speeches locally and throughout the country, in addition to helping plan the focus and content of FCCLA’s 2018 National Leadership Conference, to be held June 28 – July 2, 2018 in Atlanta, GA.

Brigette is the daughter of David and Nena Dyce of Baltic, South Dakota. Suzy Ries is Brigette Nelson’s FCCLA chapter adviser and national adviser.


Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective career and technical student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has more than 164,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 49 state associations, in addition to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members, and it’s the only career and technical in-school student organization with a central focus on careers that support families. Participation in national FCCLA programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.

For more information on FCCLA, please contact Suzy Ries at (605) 529-5461 or suzy.ries@k12.sd.us

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