Over the past three years, the Canyon ISD FFA program has seen remarkable growth and success, and they do not plan on stopping any time soon. With the addition of a brand new $1.5 million agriculture building and two new teachers, the Canyon chapter is set for continued growth.
â??Obviously what theyâ??re doing is already extremely successful, being ranked number one in the state of Texas, but I believe we can always do better and we can always achieve more,â?? said new Agricultural Science teacher, Jett Mason. â??The new facility is incredible and I think itâ??s going to do a lot to help maintain that position and take that step to the next level. â??
Canyon FFA just recently received the â??Golden Horizon Awardâ?? at a Future Farmers of America Convention. The department had just narrowly missed the title the past two years, placing in the top three both times. But this year, they were able to secure the title of number one FFA department in the state of Texas.
â??I think itâ??s really exciting and a great reward for all the hard work weâ??ve done to grow our chapter and our program,â?? said Junior FFA member Callie Hawkins.
The students attribute the growth of the program to more student involvement and the older students reaching out to younger students informing them on how FFA could help them in the long run.
â??I think leadership from our Ag teachers has really helped to get students involved and with that increase in involvement, weâ??ve been able to recruit fellow students,â?? said Hawkins.
â??It helps a ton with colleges and scholarship,â?? said Senior FFA member, Tyler Nelson.
â??And the experience we gain is going to help us in college to get scholarships and throughout our lives because its communication and leadership skills that we just donâ??t get elsewhere,â?? said Junior FFA member, Hannah Hawkins.
The students have been able to bring in a record $100,000 worth of scholarship money from various agricultural resources.
â??We encourage the kids, help the kids, and help them to develop the skills that theyâ??re going to need later in lifeâ?¦ employable skills,â?? said new Agricultural teacher, Dâ??arcey Roberts.
The new building still needs flooring in classrooms and some electrical work done, but it is expected to be up and running for school on Monday.