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

2017 - 2018 Schedule

Blood Drive- Nov. 20, 2017
Prepared Speeches- Jan. 12, 2018
Public Speaking- Jan. 24, 2018
State Degree Interviews- Feb. 8, 2018
Proficiency Awards- Feb. 14, 2018
FFA Week- Feb. 18-24, 2018
District Proficiency- Mar. 7, 2018
Poultry Judging- Mar. 22, 2018
District Speaking- Apr. 11, 2018
Ag Mechanics- Apr. 26, 2018
State Poultry and Livestock- Apr. 27, 2018

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!

FFA Annual Work Auction

MULBERRY GROVE - On March 1st, the Mulberry Grove FFA held their annual work auction. The event started at 6 p.m. with a meal catered by Neimbergs Steakhouse. The meal was followed at 7 p.m. with the auction. The services of 35 FFA members (plus advisor Mr. Elam) were auctioned off for a total of $14,005! Thank you to all who contributed to the work auction and especially our auctioneers Alva McDowell and Troy Niebarger.

Ross Tompkins wins statewide essay contest

Ross Tompkins of the Mulberry Grove FFA has been named the Illinois state winner of the 2018 Growmark essay contest. The essay theme this year was "How can cooperatives demonstrate their value to the next generation of agriculturists?"

In his essay Tompkins writes: “The new generation of farmers are going to require more technical advancements such as grain tickets over the computer, or quicker and more efficient fertilizer applications using precision guidance technology. The new farmer wants speed, good customer service, efficiency, and fair prices for their goods. Also, the new generation of farmers want to keep the conventional benefits of the co-op, such as an assured source of supplies and competitive pricing.”

Tompkins will receive a $500 award at the Illinois FFA State Convention in Springfield, held in June 2018. The Mulberry Grove FFA chapter will also awarded a $300 prize in his honor. This is the 25th year for the program, sponsored by the Growmark System and FS member cooperatives, as well as state FFA leaders.

Public Speaking CDE

On January 24, 2018 the Mulberry Grove FFA attended the Section 19 Public Speaking CDE, in Cowden-Herrick Illinois. Hannah Albert placed 1st in Junior Varsity Extemporaneous. Brittney McMillin placed 5th in Creed speaking. Taylor Schofield competed in Varsity Extemporaneous. Brooke Tompkins placed 1st in Creed speaking. Hannah Albert and Brooke Tompkins will be moving on the District 4 competition later in the spring.

Pictured (left to right): Taylor Schofield, Brittney McMillin, Hannah Albert, and Brooke Tompkins

Meet the group!

First Row (left to right): Trista Koertge, Chandler Hans, Taylor Schofield, Delainey Enloe, Ross Tompkins, Krista Waters, Hannah Albert, Kim Bone, and Bethany Miller

Second Row (left to right): Jason Kennedy, Angela Steiner, Blake Harnetiaux, Brittney McMillan, Caitlin Hebenstreit, Lydia Stief, Samantha Hootselle, Alexis Kelley, and Phoenix Johnson

Third Row (left to right):Jenna Koonce, Brooke Tompkins Cheyanne Tedrick, Kathryn Criner Olivia Willis, Amil Ganaway, Garrett Terry, and Kurtis Schewe Fourth Row (left to right): Charlie Fiscus, Wyatt Criner, Kaleb Scoggins, Dalton Phillips, Savannah Davis, Tony Mull, Tyler Lutz, and Mr. Elam

Not pictured: Mason Terry, Kimberley Brown, and Austin Greenwood

Robison Awarded American FFA Degree

MULBERRY GROVE - The National FFA Board of Directors approved this year’s class of American FFA Degree recipients – the FFA members who demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences.

The 2017 American FFA Degree recipients – some 4,068 FFA members in all from 46 state associations – were recognized on-stage at the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo. Lauren Robison, a member of the Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter, received the American FFA Degree in Indianapolis, IN on October 28. Lauren is the daughter of Kevin & Emily Hartmann of Mulberry Grove.

The American FFA Degree is awarded at the National FFA Convention & Expo each year to less than one percent of FFA members, making it one of the organization’s highest honors. Requirements to earn the honor are lengthy. In addition to their degree certificate, each recipient receives a gold American FFA Degree key.

The American FFA Degree and American Star Awards are sponsored by CASE IH, Elanco and Syngenta.

Mulberry Grove wins at Quizbowl

PANA - Mulberry Grove FFA attended the Greenhand Quizbowl in Pana, Illinois on November 16, 2017. The four person team of Lydia Stief, Blake Harnetiaux, Angela Steiner and Brooke Tompkins won first place at the event. Two other FFA members, historian Trista Koertge and reporter Kim Bone, also attended in support of the team.

From left to right: Lydia Stief, Blake Harnetiaux, Angela Steiner and Brooke Tompkins.

Mulberry Grove Attends National Convention

INDIANAPOLIS - Mulberry Grove FFA members attendeding the National Convention were Hannah Albert, Delainey Enloe, Chandler Hans, Bethany Miller, Taylor Schofield, and Ross Tompkins. On Wednesday Oct. 25, they got to attend a tour of Hunter's Honey Farm and got to taste honey, have a beekeeping discussion, see a candle making demonstration, see honey extraction, and honey bottling. They also got to see what beekeepers do on a regular basis.

On Thursday Oct. 26, they attended opening session at 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. After opening session they attended a tour of Conner Prairie from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Conner Prairie is a 1800's history museum nature trail. At Conner Prairie they got to learn about the history of Indiana, it is a reenactment of how life was during the 1800's. The members also got to ride in a hot air balloon and got a view of Conner Prairie.

On Friday Oct. 27, the members got to attend a career show at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. They then attended a general session from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. The members then got to go to a rodeo at 5 p.m. that lasted until 9:30 p.m.

Mulberry Attends Farm Progress Show