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

Officers

President: Wyatt Criner
Vice President: Trista Koertge
Secretary: Blake Harnetiaux
Treasurer: Cheyenne Tedrick
Reporter: Brooke Tompkins
Sentinel: Brittney McMillin
Historian: Alexis Kelley
Chaplain: Lydia Stief
Farm Manager: Kathryn Criner

FFA Sponsor: Mr. Matt Elam
melam@mgschools.com

2019 - 2020 Schedule

Nov 11 - Veteran's Day Flag Raising
Nov 12 - Leadership Training School
Nov 18 - American Red Cross Blood Drive
Nov 21 - Chapter Meeting
Dec 4 - Section Dairy Foods
Dec 14 - State Dairy Foods
Dec 18 - Chapter Meeting


FFA Monthly Newsletter

March 2020
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January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
June-July 2019
May 2019
April 2019

MG FFA at WCFOA Conference

DECATUR - Trista Koertge, Kathryn Criner, and Brooke Tompkins attended the annual Women Changing the Face of Agriculture Conference on Friday, March 6th. They attended a college fair and a breakout session on the Richland Community College Campus. Throughout the morning, they visited with women representatives of various agricultural businesses and organizations, like FS and Growmark, Corteva Agriscience, Farm Credit Illinois, and Bayer. Keynote speaker Michelle Miller (farmer and social media influencer Farm Babe) delivered a speech on the positive impact agriculturalists can have on the community using social media. Visit https://womenchangingthefaceofagriculture.com/ to learn more about the Women Changing the Face of Agriculture organization.


Pictured from left to right: Trista Koertge, Kathryn Criner, and Brooke Tompkins


Pictured from left to right: Social media influencer Michelle Miller, Trista Koertge, Kathryn Criner, and Brooke Tompkins



Mulberry Grove FFA Week

MULBERRY GROVE - February 22 marked the beginning of the best week of the year for FFA members all across the nation: National FFA Week. Throughout the week, chapters in all 50 states (and territories) host events celebrating FFA. Students at the Mulberry Grove Jr High and High School dressed up every day matching a theme. On Monday, students stayed comfy for Pajama Day. On Tuesday, students dressed up as their own take on Country Day. Red, white, and blue flooded the halls Wednesday for Patriotic Day. On Thursday, FFA members wore their official dress and students wore blue and gold (the official colors of the FFA). Friday was Flannel and Camouflage Day.

On Monday, the Mulberry Grove FFA Officer Team hosted a High School Assembly. To raise FFA awareness, teams of teachers and students answered agricultural trivia questions. It was class against class in "Jeopardy: Ag Edition." The Senior Class of 2020 won the competition.

On Tuesday, the chapter held their annual High School Ag Olympics. Each chapter member played games like the Lemonade Chug, Bale Toss, and WheelBarrow Race. Per tradition, senior officers get whipped cream pies in their faces following the games. So, President Wyatt Criner and Vice President Trista Koertge got pied at the end of the day.

Also, Tuesday through Thursday, the chapter officers held interactive assemblies for each of the Jr. High classes. Each class got to play Ag Pictionary and learned about agriculture in the community.

The officer team hosted the Elementary Ag Olympics on Wednesday. Following lunch, every elementary class had a lesson from Ag in the Classroom and played games with the Mulberry Grove Officers. They enjoyed Tug-o'-War, an Egg Relay, Potato Sack Race, and the Pedal Tractor Race.

The chapter provided a delicious home-cooked meal for the staff at Mulberry Grove on Thursday.

To wrap up the week, the annual petting zoo was on Friday in the Ag Shop. Throughout the school day, every class in elementary school came and saw calves, goats, chickens, rabbits, a horse, and a piglet. Emily Hartmann led an Ag in the Classroom presentation on soybeans.

A special "Thank you" to Emily Hartmann for providing agricultural presentations for elementary students.


Pictured: High School PJ Day


Pictured: Junior High Blue and Gold Day


Pictured: High School Country Day


Pictured: Junior High Country Day


Pictured: High School Flannel and Camo Day


Pictured: Junior High Flannel and Camo Day


Pictured: In the High School Ag Olympics, the sophomores faced the freshmen in Tug-o'-War.


Pictured: Senior, president Wyatt Criner gets a pie in the face.


Pictured: Fourth grader Kaya Tedrick jumps in the Potato Sack Race.


Pictured: Mulberry Grove Elementary School staff enjoy a home-cooked meal provided by the FFA Chapter


Pictured: FFA Petting Zoo


Pictured: Monday HS Assembly (6).JPG - The Junior Class team answer "hydroponics" correctly.


Pictured: High School Assembly on Monday


Pictured: MG FFA HS Blue and Gold Day


Pictured: HS Patriotic Day


Pictured: Junior High Patriotic Day


Pictured: Junior High PJ Day



Farm Bureau Meeting

On Friday, February 7th, three members attended the Bond County Farm Bureau Annual Business Meeting at the First Christian Church in Greenville, IL. Lydia Stief, Alexis Kelley, and Brooke Tompkins gave a report on the Chapter's events throughout the year.


Pictured from left to right: Lydia Stief, Alexis Kelley, and Brooke Tompkins



MG FFA Competes at Public Speaking CDE

COWDEN - Five members from the Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter competed at the Section 19 Public Speaking CDE on Wednesday, January 22 at the Cowden-Herrick High School. Jake Helmkamp and Brady Oglesby competed in Creed Speaking, during which they recite the FFA Creed and answer questions regarding its meaning. Creed Speaking is limited to freshman FFA members. Dakota Kruep placed second in Junior Varsity Prepared Speaking, where she gave a prepared speech and answered questions on her speech about misconceptions with food labeling. Kathryn Criner placed first in the Varsity Prepared Speaking category, where she gave her winning speech on the challenges in the current goat industry. Trista Koertge placed fifth in Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking, where she randomly selected the topic of animal welfare and animal rights. Koertge had thirty minutes to prepare and give her speech. Dakota Kruep and Kathryn Criner will advance to compete April 8 in the District IV Public Speaking CDE at the Monticello, IL High School.


Pictured from left to right: Jake Helmkamp, Dakota Kruep, Trista Koertge, Kathryn Criner, and Brady Oglesby.



Mulberry Chapter Photo





Dairy Foods CDE

HILLSBORO - Nine members of the Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter competed in the Section 19 Dairy Foods Career Development Event. On Wednesday, December 4th, six schools traveled to the Hillsboro High School to test their knowledge on dairy products. Throughout the competition, judgers identified cheeses, tainted milk, and non-dairy and dairy products. Sam Hootselle placed 1st individually, Lydia Stief placed 3rd, Alexis Kelley placed 4th, Caitlin Hebenstreit placed 6th, and Brittney McMillin placed 8th out of 34 individuals. The team placed 1st overall. The group will travel to Champaign for the Illinois State Dairy Foods CDE on December 14th.


Pictured from left to right: Caitlin Hebenstreit, Sam Hootselle, Alexis Kelley, Kathryn Criner, Trista Koertge, Peyton Simpson, Megan Miller, Lydia Stief, and Brittney McMillin.



Agronomy, Quizbowl & Job Interview

MATTOON - Three Mulberry Grove FFA members competed at the Section 19 Agronomy CDE on Tuesday, November 19 on the Lakeland College campus. The event was hosted by the school's agricultural department. Students identified weeds, insects, machines, and various crops. The team placed 4th with Caitlin Hebenstreit 11th individual, Samantha Hootselle 13th individual, and Austin Greenwood 17th individual.

COWDEN-HERRICK - Three members of the Mulberry Grove FFA traveled to the Cowden-Herrick High School on Wednesday, November 20 to compete in two different CDE's. Sophomores Dakota Kruep and Cortney Arnold competed in the Section 19 Greenhand Quizbowl CDE, a competition limited to freshmen and first-year sophomore FFA members. The two answered various questions in four matches regarding the history and major events of the FFA. The team placed first out of nine teams. Blake Harnetiaux competed in the Section 19 Job Interview CDE. The competitors experienced a mock interview and created resumés, cover letters, and follow-up letters. Harnetiaux placed 7th out of 14 individuals.




Blake Harnetiaux placed 7th individually at the competition Wednesday evening


Sophomores Kruep and Arnold were the 1st place team at Greenhand Quizbowl



American Red Cross Blood Drive

MULBERRY GROVE - The Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, November 18 in the High School Ag Shop. 33 donors were present with 27 donations total collected. Free Cardinals t-shirts were given out and donors enjoyed sandwiches and snacks after donating.


Group Picture - Students who helped with the event took a picture with the chapter advisor, Mr. Elam, after he donated blood.



FFA NATIONAL CONVENTION

INDIANAPOLIS - From October 30th through November 1st, four members from the Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter joined with over 60,000 members from across the nation in Indianapolis at the 92nd National FFA Convention. They attended sessions inside the Lucas Oil Stadium. There, Kathryn Criner, Blake Harnetiaux, Kurtis Schewe, and Cheyenne Tedrick participated in the general sessions and listened to the organization's National Officers' speeches. In the Convention Center, they visited the 43,000 square foot FFA Career Show. After Wednesday's opening general session, they went to the World's Toughest Rodeo at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The following morning, they toured the Equipment Technologies plant in Mooresville, which produces widely used Apache Sprayers. Thursday night, the group enjoyed a Tenille Townes and Brett Young concert in the Indianapolis Bankers Life Fieldhouse. After a great trip, they returned from Indy Friday afternoon.


Pictured from left to right: Kurtis Schewe, Kathryn Criner, Cheyenne Tedrick, and Blake Harnetiaux


Mulberry Grove FFA members had a great time during Wednesday night's rodeo.


The members are ready for the Brett Young concert!



FFA Soil Judging

CENTRALIA - On Monday, October 7th, six members from the Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter went to the Section 19 Land Use CDE on the Kaskaskia College campus, where they competed against various FFA chapters. They heard a soil scientists' reasoning for judging four pits and one practice pit. The team placed 2nd out of 10 teams total, with three members placing in the top 10: Blake Harnetiaux placed 2nd individually, Cheyenne Tedrick placed 7th, and Peyton Simpson placed 10th.


Pictured from left to right: Alexis Kelley, Brittney McMillin, Peyton SImpson, Blake Harnetiaux, Cheyenne Tedrick, and Megan Miller.



FFA Field Trip - Farm Progress Show

DECATUR - The Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter went to the annual Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois on Wednesday, August 28th. Along with agriculturists from around the world, the members got to see the wide variety of available careers in the exploding technology, science, and engineering fields in the agriculture industry. At the show, many aspects of the industry were displayed, including advanced GPS technology, the newest in farm equipment, and representation of local supply dealers, like South Central FS.






FFA Livestock Show

BROWNSTOWN - Six members from the Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter competed at the Section 19 FFA Livestock Fair on Saturday, September 14th at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. Kathryn Criner received the Grand Champion Dairy Doe and Champion Goat Showmanship, Trista Koertge received the Champion Crossbred Barrow, Pheonix Johnson received the Junior Grand Champion and Grand Champion Milking Shorthorn, and Braden Hartmann received the Champion Showmanship and Grand Champion Dairy Class. Holden Enloe showed rabbits and Brooke Tompkins showed pigs.






Section Horse Judging

MT VERNON - Six members from the Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter competed at the Section 19 Horse Judging CDE on Friday, August 30th at the King City Saddle Club arena. The team placed third overall. Dakota Kreup placed second individually and Megan Miller placed tenth individually out of seventy-six members from twelve teams competing.


Pictured from left to right: Kathryn Criner, Trista Koertge, Wyatt Criner, Kurtis Schewe, Dakota Kreup, and Megan Miller.



FS Appreciation Dinner

GREENVILLE - Three members from the Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter worked at the FS Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, August 25 selling raffle tickets for two Cardinals' game seats and a one night stay in the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Arch. Wyatt Criner gave a short speech on the American Farm Heritage stage describing the chapter's plans for the future year.


Pictured from left to right: Chapter President Wyatt Criner; Reporter Brooke Tompkins; and Farm Manager Kathryn Criner.



State Ag Mechanics

CHAMPAIGN - Five members from the Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter competed at the IL State Ag Mechanics CDE in Champaign, Illinois on the Parkland College Campus on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Betta Miller competed in Electricity, Hannah Albert in Surveying, Kurtis Schewe in Ag Power, Mason Terry in Welding, and Jackson Isringhausen in Carpentry. The team placed 8th out of 21 teams from around the state of Illinois competing. In order to compete at the state level, the team placed first at the Section 19 Ag Mechanics CDE on April 25.


Pictured from left to right: Betta Miller, Electricity; Hannah Albert, Surveying: Kurtis Schewe, Ag Power; Mason Terry, Welding; and Jackson Isringhausen, Carpentry.



Bond County 5th Grade Conservation Day

GREENVILLE - the current Mulberry Grove FFA Officer team and former chapter president, Hannah Albert, helped at the 5th Grade Soil and Water Conservation Day Thursday, May 2nd at the First Christian Church. The team ran various stations, like Water Jeopardy, Giant Jenga, and Spin the Wheel. Pocahontas, Sorento, Mulberry Grove, and Greenville 5th Grade Classes attended each station and learned about the local and nationwide importance of water and soil. The event was organized by Emily Hartmann and Bond County Soil and Water.






MG FFA Ag Mechanics

VANDALIA - 9 students from the Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter competed in various forms at the Section 19 Ag Mechanics CDE at the OKAW Vocational Center on Thursday, April 25, 2019. Four students competed on the junior varsity team and five on the varsity team, both teams receiving 1st place overall. On the junior varsity team, Charlie Fiscus tied for first individually in Ag Power, Cheyenne Tedrick first in Surveying, Cole Queen first in Carpentry, and Savannah Davis first in Welding. On the varsity team, Kurtis Schewe received third individually in Ag Power, Hannah Albert first in Surveying, Jackson Isringhausen second in Carpentry, Mason Terry second in Welding, and Betta Miller first in Electricity. The varsity team will move on to compete at state level on May 14, 2019 at Parkland College.


Pictured from left to right: (Back Row) Kurtis Schewe, Varsity, third place in Ag Power; Jackson Isringhausen, Varsity, second place in Carpentry; Charlie Fiscus, Junior Varsity, tied for first place in Ag Power; Mason Terry, Varsity, second place in Welding, and Cole Queen, Junior Varsity, first place in Carpentry. (Front Row) Savannah Davis, Junior Varsity, first place in Welding; Hannah Albert, Varsity, first place in Surveying; Betta Miller, Varsity, first place in Electricity; Cheyenne Tedrick, Junior Varsity, first place in Surveying.



Mulbery Grove FFA Banquet Results

MULBERRY GROVE - The Annual Mulberry Grove FFA Banquet was held on April 3, 2019 at 6:00. During the program, FFA Members who received awards were announced, the FFA Work Auction contributors were recognized, and the new officer team was installed.

Chapter Greenhands:
Abby Brown
Maddie Edwards
Megan Miller
Peyton Simpson
Daustin Steiner
Chace Stewart

Star Greenhand:
Peyton Simpson

Chapter Degree Recipients:
Savannah Davis
Olivia Willis
Wyatt Criner
Charlie Fiscus
Mason Terry

Chapter Scholars:
Freshman: Megan Miller
Sophomore: Brooke Tompkins
Junior: Trista Koertge
Senior: Olivia Willis

Brett Schewe Memorial Scholarship (for $1,000):
Hannah Albert

Mulberry Grove "R" Farm Scholarship (for $1,000):
Hannah Albert
Savannah Davis

2019-2020 Officers:
President: Wyatt Criner
Vice President: Trista Koertge
Secretary: Blake Harnetiaux
Treasurer: Cheyenne Tedrick
Reporter: Brooke Tompkins
Sentinel: Brittney McMillin
Historian: Alexis Kelley
Chaplain: Lydia Stief
Farm Manager: Kathryn Criner


Pictured: Peyton Simpson, Star Greenhand recipient, recites the FFA Creed on the Mulberry Grove stage.


Pictured: This year's Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter Scholars are (Standing L to R): Freshman, Megan Miller, Sophomore, Brooke Tompkins, Junior, Trista Koertge, and Senior, Olivia Willis.



MG FFA at the Quail Forever Banquet

GREENVILLE - Members from the Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter assisted in setting up and taking down the Quail Forever Banquet that was held at the American Farm Heritage Museum at 6:00 on Thursday, April 6, 2019. The members who attended the banquet received a donation for the chapter.


Pictured from left to right: Brittney McMillin, Abby Brown, Trista Koertge, and Blake Harnetiaux helped set up for the banquet.


Pictured from left to right: Blake Harnetiaux, Brooke Tompkins, Wyatt Criner, and Kathryn Criner attended the banquet and helped take down afterwards.



District IV Public Speaking Competition

MONTICELLO - Three members from the Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter competed at the District IV Public Speaking CDE at the Monticello, IL High School on Wednesday, April 10. Each placed in the top two competitors in their respective areas at the Section 19 Public Speaking Competition CDE on January 23 in order to move forward to compete at District level.


Pictured from left to right: Peyton Simpson for Creed Speaking, Trista Koertge for Junior Varsity Extemporaneous, and Kathryn Criner for Junior Varsity Prepared.



First National Bank Breakfast

Mulberry Grove FFA President, Wyatt Criner, and Vice President, Trista Koertge, attended the First National Bank Community Breakfast on April 11, 2019. The two officers received a donation from the bank and spoke about the various events and CDE’s the chapter participates in. The chapter was one of the numerous non-profit organizations invited to the event.


Pictured from left to right: Wyatt Criner, Dianne Siebert, and Trista Koertge



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