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Philip High School Student Council goes to State Meeting in Pierre March 25-27

All dressed up for the state banquet are nine members of the Philip High School Student Council and their advisor. Back row: Advisor Pam DeJong, Colby Smith. Tate Guptill, Lincoln Smith, Jordan Smith, Stacy Weller and Marla Kelly. Front row: Kenzy Pinney, Skye Brucklacher and Ashley Berry.

The SDSCA Convention included approximately 590 students and advisors from more than 50 high schools and middle schools across the state.

"The Student Councils in South Dakota are dedicated to providing leadership training to their students and service to their schools and communities," said Renee Rebnord, SDSCA Executive Director. "It has been demonstrated that the student leaders in their schools today will continue to fill leadership rolse for their communities in the future when they are adults".

The South Dakota Student Council Association, which is co-sponsored by the South Dakota High School Activities Association and the South Dakota Secondary School Principals Association, allows student council members to exercise their leadership skills. Focusing on the theme of "Outstanding LeaderZ", the SDSCA convention utilized a combination of workshop sessions and large group instructional presentations by two guest clinicians to focus on the different aspects of leadership. The Sunday evening keynote clinician was Ivan Dixon, the former SDSCA Executive Director and 1996-97 South Dakota High School Principal of the Year. The Monday clinician was Deb Erickson, a nationally recognized speaker whose message theme was "I Can."

The Convention activities included the annual business meeting of the SDSCA. It included the election of the association's 2007-08 state officers as well as the officers for each of the association's eight regions for the up-coming school year. From Philip High School, Colby Smith was elected as Rushmore Region Reporter.

As a community service project, the boys' group and girls' group each wrote individual letters to United States servicemen stationed overseas.

During the closing general session, the student councils from throughout the state presented their checks for money raised as part of the SDSCA Statewide Spring "Children's Miracle Network" project. By tradition the SDSCA spring fundraising project is focused on the theme of "Kids Helping Other Kids". Student Councils giving money to a project such as Children's Miracle Network epitomizes the "Kid's Helping Other Kids" philosophy.

The students from Philip High School who attended the SDSCA State Convention were Skye Brucklackher, Tate Guptill, Jordan Smith, Lincoln Smith, Colby Smith, Kenzie Pinney, Stacy Weller, Marla Kelly and Ashley Berry. Pam DeJong is their Student Council advisor.