Friday, May 9, is a date that Kaylee Eaton of Cattaraugus will no doubt remember for the rest of her life.
For that was the day when she sat in the auditorium of the Medina High School and awaited the vote of the delegate body that would make her the president of the New York State FFA for the coming year.
By the end of the afternoon, she had been joined by five other members who were also elected to serve the 4,000 members of the New York FFA for 2014-15.
As the new president, she can plan on, for starters, not having a summer break. The day after graduation from high school, she will start intensive training for seven days, as she prepares for her year of service. She will also spend two weeks teaching other FFA members at the State FFA Camp, Camp Oswegatchie, before venturing off to the State President's Conference in Washington, D.C.
She will likely spend August in further trainings and meetings with agricultural organizations, finishing up at the opening of the New York State Fair. She will also spend the year traveling to FFA chapters across the state, attending the National FFA Convention and meeting with agricultural leaders from across the state.
Kaylee is the daughter of Howard and Brenda Eaton of Cattaraugus, and has been an FFA member since she was in sixth grade. She has attended every NYSFFA convention in that time period and has participated in both prepared and extemporaneous speaking, her favorite. She has placed second twice in the difficult extemporaneous contest and also found time to compete again this year at convention. But, extending her string of happy moments, this year she placed first. Normally, she would compete at the national level, but will forego that honor to serve as a delegate. She has been a chapter officer for all of high school and participates in several skills career development events at the county and state level.
Kaylee is also active in many school activities, including sports and musicals. She is also a member of the National Honor Society. She is also involved in many community activities.
Kaylee plans to attend Fredonia State College in the fall, but with a much lighter schedule than the average college freshman.
She has been taking classes there this year to help her make that possible. She plans to major in communications and geology, with a plan to eventually work in public relations.
The year as a state officer will certainly be good training for her.