National champions ... In April, the Philip FCCLA chapter showcase display team won the South Dakota state championship. Over July 4-8 they competed at the national convention in Chicago, Ill. There, they earned the gold medal and are national champions in their event. Shown above, from left, are team members Abby Carley, Emma Slovek and Colby Smith with their gold medals. To the right, advisor Brigitte Brucklacher joins them. Photo by Deb Smith
More than 6,100 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni and guests from across the country gathered in Chicago, Ill., July 4-8, for FCCLA's 2010 National Leadership Conference.
Over 3,200 students took part in FCCLA's competitive STAR events which give students recognition for their individual, team and chapter activities. Representing South Dakota and the Philip FCCLA chapter in the STAR event chapter showcase display were Abby Carley, Emma Slovek and Colby Smith.