Student Earns FFA Empire Degree

Student Earns FFA Empire Degree
Posted on 03/29/2019
Kyle HaleJunior Kyle Hale has earned his FFA Empire Degree, a statewide award recognizing his extensive leadership, service and commitment to FFA and the agriculture field. He will receive his award in May, during the NYS FFA Convention.

He is just the second Canastota student to earn this award since the school’s FFA chapter was re-chartered in 2007, FFA advisor Paula Burnor said.

To earn this award, Kyle had to complete a lengthy and rigorous process, including two years of active FFA participation, 360 hours of agriculture education and 25 hours of community service outside of his supervised agricultural experience. He also had to serve as an officer in his local chapter, deliver a six-minute speech on a topic relevant to FFA, plan chapter activities, participate in at least five activities beyond the chapter level, and maintain his grades in all of his classes, among many other requirements.

Kyle has served as president of FFA, both Junior High and Senior High levels, since 7th grade and he has served on several FFA committees. He is currently running for the District President or a State Officer position, both of which require an in-depth interview process and a nomination at the state convention. He also plans to apply next year for the American Degree, awarded by National FFA.

Joining Kyle at the state convention will be seniors Jessica Kimball and Bailey Doxtater, who will serve as voting delegates, and seventh graders Kayden Hale and Anthony Musacchio, who will compete in the Junior Tool ID Career Development Event. Kyle’s parents, Nathan and Melissa, will also attend to see Kyle receive his award.