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.

About FCCLA

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

Lexi Snyder Receives a Gold Rating at National FCCLA Competition

Lexi Snyder Receives a Gold Rating at National FCCLA Competition

Almost 7000 nationwide members, advisers, alumni, and guests of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), gathered in Orlando, Florida, July 8-12 for the 2012 National Leadership Conference. Lexi Snyder, a junior at Dell Rapids Public School and her advisor, Beverly Rieck, were among them.

Lexi who qualified at the state conference in the STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events competition, was among the members who represented South Dakota at this conference. They are competitive events that build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills.  Lexi received a high Gold Rating in the Chapter Showcase Display Event. Her event included a display board and an oral presentation where she presented how the Dell Rapids FCCLA Chapter developed and implemented a well-balanced program of work and promoted FCCLA and Family and Consumer Sciences skills to the community.  Over 3,600 students nationwide competed in various categories. Ms. Rieck served as a room consultant during the competitive events.

Lexi was quoted as saying, “I want to thank friends, family, DR Lions Club, DR Community Service Fund, DR FCCLA Chapter, and Ms. Rieck for their support and making it possible for me to go to FCCLA Nationals in Orlando, FL. I really appreciate all the time, effort, and money that everyone sacrificed for me. Thank you! Lastly, but not least, I really want to thank my advisor, Ms. Rieck, for encouraging me to do more and to keep going. She knew I had a lot of potential and pushed me to exceed my best. Also, I couldn’t have done it without her. She spent countless hours and days helping me to prepare, work, and perfect my Chapter Showcase Display. Thank you for everything, Ms. Rieck.”

This year’s student-originated theme for the annual national meeting was “#realitycheck.” Throughout the five-day convention, participants examined and discussed several critical issues, including family, school and community violence prevention, physical as well as financial fitness, future career exploration and countless community service projects. During the election of the ten national officers, Elliot Johnson, a senior from the Brookings High School, was named the national President of the organization for the coming year.

A number of relevant youth issues, such as the changing roles of men and women in the home and workplace, leadership, and obesity prevention were also explored at the meeting through presentations, workshops, and youth sessions. 

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a dynamic and effective national 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 over 200,000 members and over 6,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.