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Philip shines at State "Star with FCCLA" in Sioux Falls

On to nationals ... From left: Advisor Brigitte Brucklacher will escort Abby Carley, Colby Smith and Emma Slovek to the National FCCLA Convention in Chicago in July for the three to compete in the chapter showcase presentation.

The Philip chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) was represented by 14 students at the State FCCLA Convention in Sioux Falls April 25 through 28.

The Philip chapter, lead by advisor Brigitte Brucklacher, returned home with state championship award. The three girls who gave a chapter showcase Students Taking Action with Recognition presentation, Colby Smith, Emma Slovek and Abby Carley, earned first place. Now, they will be competing at the National FCCLA Convention in Chicago in July.

Smith also sang in the State FCCLA choir, which consisted of about 45 kids from around the state. They performed the National Anthem for the opening ceremonies.

Emma Slovek was selected to be one of 12 members on the South Dakota Family Peer Education Team for the coming year.

Sayde Slovek represented the Philip Chapter as the voting delegate and was a candidate for the South Dakota Community Team.

Receiving gold ratings in the illustrated talk event were Brad Huffman, Tate DeJong, Jade Konst, Holly Iwan, and LaRae VanTassel.

Receiving silver ratings in the illustrated talk event were Kelsey Kroetch, Sam Johnson, Tara Cantrell, Katelyn Enders, and Kady Pinney.

"Great job to the participants at the State FCCLA conference," said Brucklacher. "They were all outstanding representatives of their school and families! Thank you to the awesome chaperones, Karen Carley, Pam DeJong and Deb Smith."