Chapter meetings held every second Wednesday of the month at 11:30 (during SAH)


Hannah Albert, President
Bethany Miller, Vice President
Blake Harnetiaux, Secretary
Brittney McMillin, Historian
Brooke Tompkins, Sentinel
Lydia Stief, Reporter
Trista Koertge, Chaplain
Cheyenne Tedrick, Treasurer
Wyatt Criner, Farm Manager

FFA Sponsor: Mr. Matt Elam

2019 - 2020 Schedule

April 5 - State Dairy Judging
April 10 - District Public Speaking
April 25 - Section Ag Mechanics
April 26 – Section Livestock Judging
May 14- State Ag Mechanics

Section 19 Dairy Judging Competition

On March 29, 2019 the Mulberry Grove FFA participated in the Section 19 Dairy Judging competition which was held in Greenville, IL. Mulberry Grove placed 2nd as a team. Hannah Albert placed 3rd individual. Kurtis Schewe placed 5th individual. Betta Miller placed 6th individual.

Pictured from left to right: Charlie Fiscus, Peyton Simpson, Wyatt Criner, Hannah Albert, Kurtis Schewe and Olivia Willis.

FFA Section 19 Livestock Judging

On March 22, 2019 the Mulberry Grove FFA participated in the section 19 Livestock Judging Competition which was held at the Brownstown, IL fairgrounds. Mulberry Grove placed 3rd as a team. Brooke Tompkins placed 6th place as an individual.

First row (Left to Right): Bethany Miller, Trista Koertge, and Hannah Albert.

Back row (Left to Right): Caitlin Hebenstreit, Pheonix Johnson, Blake Harnetiaux, Kurtis Schewe, Lydia Stief, Kathryn Criner, and Brooke Tompkins.

FFA Poultry Competition

On March 13th ,2019 the Mulberry Grove FFA participated in the Section 19 Poultry Competition, which was held in Shelbyville, Illinois. Mulberry Grove took 4th place as a team. Samantha Hootselle placed 9th as an individual. The team members included; Alexis Kelley, Lydia Stief, Blake Harnetiaux, Pheonix Johnson, Samantha Hootselle, and Cailtin Hebenstreit.

Pictured from left to right: Caitlin Hebenstreit, Blake Harnetiaux, Lydia Stief, Phoenix Johnson, Samantha Hootselle, and Alexis Kelley.

FFA Public Speaking

COWDEN - On January 23rd, 2019 the Mulberry Grove FFA competed in the Section 19 Public Speaking contest held at Cowden-Herrick High School. Trista Koertge competed in JV Extemporaneous. Hannah Albert competed in Varsity Extemporaneous. Kathryn Criner competed in JV Prepared. Peyton Simpson competed in Creed Speaking. Trista Koertge placed 1st in JV Extemporaneous, Hannah Albert placed 5th in Varsity Extemporaneous, Kathryn Criner placed 2nd in JV Prepared, and Peyton Simpson placed 2nd in Creed Speaking.

Pictured from left to right: Peyton Simpson, Trista Koertge, Kathryn Criner, and Hannah Albert.

Dairy Foods Competition

HILLSBORO - On Thursday December 6th, 2018 the Mulberry Grove FFA participated in the Section 19 Dairy Foods Competition. Mulberry Grove took 2nd place out of 9 schools. As individuals three of the students from Mulberry Grove placed in the top ten.

Alexis Kelley - 6th Place

Hannah Albert - 7th Place

Brittney McMillin - 8th Place

Pictured from left to right: Blake Harnetiaux, Brittney McMillin, Hannah Albert, Alexis Kelley, Samantha Hootselle, and Caitlin Hebenstreit

Mulberry takes first place

On November 28th, 2018 the Mulberry Grove FFA participated in the Section 19 Greenhand Quiz Bowl. Mulberry Grove took first place out of 10 other schools. Team members include Megan Miller and Abby Brown

Pictured from left to right: Megan Miller and Abby Brown

FFA Sporting Clays Event

HILLSBORO - On October 8th, 2018 the Mulberry Grove FFA participated in the Hillsboro FFA State Sporting Clays Event. Wyatt Criner placed first and Lukas Jernigan placed 8th. Mulberry Grove FFA placed first as a team.

Pictured from left to right: Wyatt Criner and Lukas Jernigan

MG FFA takes Top Prize!

KASKASKIA COLLEGE - On October 3rd, 2018 the Mulberry Grove FFA chapter took first place in section 19 Land Use Career Development Event. The contest was hosted by Kaskaskia College’s Ag Department. Eleven schools from section 19 participated in this competition. As individuals, every participant from the Mulberry Grove FFA placed in top ten.

Blake Harnetiaux – 4th place individual

Olivia Willis – 6th place individual

Alexis Kelley – 8th place individual

Bethany Miller – 9th place individual

Pictured from left to right: Alexis Kelley, Blake Harnetiaux, Olivia Willis, and Bethany Miller.

Section 19 Horse Judging 2018

MOUNT VERNON - On August 31, 2018 the Mulberry Grove FFA participated in the Section 19 Horse Judging competition at the King City Saddle Club. As a whole, the team placed 3rd out of 10 teams. Wyatt Criner placed 3rd as an individual.

Pictured from left to right: Olivia Willis, Hannah Albert, Wyatt Criner, Trista Koertge, Megan Miller and Kathryn Criner.

Tompkins Takes First Place at State!

SPRINGFIELD - Brooke Tompkins won first place in the Illinois FFA State Creed Speaking competition on June 16, 2018 at Illinois State FFA Convention. She will now advance and compete at the National FFA Convention in October (held in Indianapolis, Indiana). She began this journey by winning the Public Speaking Competition for the FFA Creed at Section 19 on January 24, 2018 at Cowden-Herrick High School. After winning Section 19, she advanced through District 4 Public Speaking and then to the state level.

Ag Mechanics Competition

VANDALIA - On Friday April 26, 2018 the Mulberry Grove FFA participated in the Section 19 Ag Mechanics competition. The competition was held at the Vandalia Okaw vocational center. Kurtis Schewe participated in Ag power. He took 5th place as an individual. Hannah Albert participated in surveying. As an individual she placed 3rd. Garrett Terry took 2nd place as an individual in carpentry. Mason Terry took 3rd place as an individual in welding. Betta Miller placed 2nd in electricity as an individual. They placed 2nd as a team.

Pictured from left to right: Kurtis Schewe, Mason Terry, Betta Miller, Hannah Albert, and Garrett Terry

FFA Annual Banquet

MULBERRY GROVE - On April 4, 2018 the Mulberry Grove FFA held its annual banquet. The officer team for the 2018-2019 school year was installed as follows : Hannah Albert as President, Bethany Miller as Vice President, Blake Harnetiaux as Secretary, Cheyenne Tedrick as Treasurer, Lydia Stief as Reporter, Brooke Tompkins as Sentinel, Brittney McMillin as Historian, Trista Koertge as Chaplain, and Wyatt Criner as Farm Manager.

The members who got awarded the Greenhand Degree include: Kathryn Criner, Amil Ganaway, Blake Harnetiaux, Caitlin Hebenstreit, Samantha Hootselle, Pheonix Johnson, Alexis Kelley, Brittney McMillin, Angela Steiner, Lydia Stief, Cheyenne Tedrick, and Brooke Tompkins.

Brooke Tompkins and Lydia Stief also received Star Greenhand.

The Chapter Degree was given to Trista Koertge.

Scholarships were awarded to: Ross Tompkins, Delainey Enloe, and Krista Waters (R-Farm Scholarship) Ross Tompkins was also awarded the Brett Schewe Memorial Scholarship

Chapter Scholars include:
Freshman: Blake Harnetiaux and Brooke Tompkins
Sophomore: Kim Bone
Junior: Chandler Hans
Senior: Jenna Koonce

Brooke Tompkins Places First

MONTICELLO - On April 11, 2018 the Mulberry Grove FFA attended the District 4 Public Speaking CDE. Brooke Tompkins placed first in Creed Speaking. Brooke will now compete at State FFA Convention in June for state champion in Creed Speaking.

Mulberry Grove Hosts FFA Week

February 18-24, 2018 was FFA week at Mulberry Grove. Due to the holiday on Monday, the festivities officially began on Tuesday February 20 with elementary Ag Olympics for children in grades K-5. High school students celebrated Patriotic Day by dressing in red, white, and blue. "Camo day" followed on Wednesday, February 21st, where FFA members participated in the high school Ag Olympics. Thursday, February 22nd was blue and gold day (or official dress day for the FFA members). Our annual teacher appreciation meal (featuring Wes Pourchot) was also on Thursday. On Friday (flannel day) we held our annual FFA petting zoo and tractor day. For more pictures - check out the MG Photo Gallery

Pictured above: Emily Hartmann works with children during the FFA and Ag co-op.

Pictured above: FFA members pose with a box of delicious donuts donated by First National Bank. Thank you FNB!