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MWSB 2106 PCHS Student of the Year: Sophia Keith

Murphy-Wall State Bank, AVP Josh Rakers, awarded PCHS graduating Senior, Sophia Keith as 2016 Murphy-Wall State Bank’s Student of the Year, during Pinckneyville Community High School’s Honors Night. Sophia was chosen from the nine Students of the Month: Erica Crews-September; Ian Henne-October; Sophia Keith-November; Taylor Smith-December; Jacob Miller-January; Brooklyn Morrow-February; Mady Epplin-March; Sydney Stanton-April and Olivia Chapman-May.

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Group photo: 2015-2016 PCHS Students of the Month: Olivia Chapman, Jacob Miller, Mady Epplin, Ian Henne, Sophia Keith, Brooklyn Morrow, Erica Crews, Taylor Smith, Sydney Stanton

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2016 MWSB PCHS Student of the Year: Sophia Keith with Josh Rakers, MWSB AVP

2015-2016 PCHS Students of the Month/Year

Within the first few weeks of school, Pinckneyville Community High School seniors are given the opportunity to apply for Murphy‐Wall State Bank's Student of the Year Award. This year, thirty, seniors applied for the honor by submitting an application essay, listing their high school activities and the importance of being involved, their community services and why they should be selected as Student of the Month. Nine students of the month are selected by an anonymous committee, with each student of the month receiving $50 from Murphy‐Wall State Bank. The student of the year is chosen after an interviewing process with various employees of the bank with individual points awarded in pre‐determined categories. The Student of the Year receives $500 from Murphy‐Wall State Bank.

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March Student of the Month Madyson Epplin with Pres/CEO Marty Davis; April Student of the Month Sydney Stanton with AVP Monika Holder; May Student of the Month Olivia Chapman with VP/Barry Kellerman.

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December Student of the Month Taylor Smith with VP Sarah Folden; January Student of the Month Jacob Miller with VP Claudia Choate; February Student of the Month Brooklyn Morrow with AVP Carrie Trail.

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September Student of the Month Erica Crews with Sr VP Kathy Marlow; October Student of the Month Ian Henne with VP Candice Knight; November Student of the Month Sophia Keith with VP Melissa Kellerman.

PCHS Students Certified in Murphy-Wall State Bank Financial Literacy Program

Over 25 Pinckneyville Community High School students, from Mrs. Lietz Resource Management classes completed and received there certification for the Murphy-Wall Financial Scholar Program. The interactive web-based financial management program has reached 400 students since the program's inception in 2013. Murphy-Wall State Bank provides the EverFi program to Pinckneyville Community High School and co-sponsors with The First Bank & Trust Company of Murphysboro to provide the program for Murphysboro High School.


PCHS Student and Facility comments:


PCHS Resource Management Teacher-Mrs. Lietz: "The digital learning aspect empowers today's student. The EverFi Financial Literacy program aligns to our (PCHS) Resource Management curriculum and gives students financial knowledge to successfully manage their finances. Great tool to encourage students to make smarter decisions regarding a variety of real-life money issues. Pinckneyville Community High School is very appreciative that Murphy-Wall State Bank has invested in the financial future of our students".


PCHS Student- Jayci Luke: "EverFi was a great learning experience. It taught me how to handle my finances and to be responsible with my money".


PCHS Student-Taylor Wildermuth: "EverFi helped me learn about bank accounts and getting a student loan. It was a great experience that will help me in making financial decisions in the future".


PCHS Student-Kelsey Ginn: "I enjoyed the modules, doing them kept me engaged and helped me learn at the same time. EverFi taught me more about financial literacy and it will be useful in my future".


Read more about Murphy-Wall State Bank's Financial Scholar Program

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MWSB Reaches 200 Students During Financial Literacy Month

The Month of April is Financial Literacy Month. During April Murphy-Wall State Bank employees have been visiting area grade school classes to present financial lessons. The Teach Children to Save program uses lessons that bring together real life and classroom learning, incorporating hands-on scenarios and children's experiences to help them understand the basic principles of using money wisely. Lessons explore saving, budgeting, prioritizing and more. For more information on Murphy-Wall State Bank's TCTS and on guiding your child on good savings and spending habits Read More

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Mrs. Tanner’s 4th Grade Class
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Mrs. Blum’s 4th Grade Class
from Pinckneyville #50

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Mrs. Rheinecker’s 4th Grade Class
from Pinckneyville #50

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Mrs. Tegethof’s 4th Grade Class
from Pinckneyville #50

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Mrs. Wynn’s 4th Grade Classfrom St Bruno’s

Crawford Receives Award

Murphy-Wall State Bank congratulates our Chairman of the Board, William "Bill" Crawford, Jr. for his generous and ever present support of his community. Bill recently received the Honorary Founder of the Elks National Foundation Award. A respected role model, Bill has continuously and unceremoniously provided corporate, philanthropic, and personal support throughout his entire life. Murphy-Wall State Bank is proud to have such a benevolent leader in our organization. For more information on the award. Read More

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Murphy-Wall Employees Attend ONE Conference

Several officers of Murphy-Wall State Bank And Trust Company attended the Illinois Bankers Associations annual ONE Conference at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria March 5th & 6th. The two-day conference provided the opportunity to network and fine tune their ever-changing industries educational needs on key bank functions. Keynote speakers along with industry vendors supply valuable information on banking topics from technology and operations, risk management, human resources, marketing, leadership development and customer relations. Over 40 informative sessions were on the agenda, which allowed the Murphy-Wall State Bank employees to attend sessions targeting their department for the bank. Read More

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Murphy-Wall State Bank Reaches PCHS Students Through An Online Financial Education Program

Pinckneyville Community High School took advantage of an online financial literacy program sponsored by Murphy-Wall State Bank And Trust Company during the 2015 Fall Semester. Murphy-Wall State Bank partnered with leading education technology company EverFi, Inc., to bring an interactive, web-based financial management program to over 400 students since the program's inception in 2013. In the 2014-2015 school year, the program reached 144 students.

Ms. Willms, PCHS Consumer Science class, for the 2015 Fall Semester had 11 students complete and receive their certification for the Murphy-Wall Financial Scholars Program. "Murphy-Wall State Bank is pleased with the number of students we have reached with critical financial education, as it is just one of the many indicators of our commitment to our communities," Murphy-Wall State Bank Pres/CEO Marty Davis said. "We are proud of these statistics and prouder yet of the students' efforts to understand important aspects of personal finance like what a credit score means and how to save for college." Read More

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Perry CEO Class Business Development Seminar

The Perry CEO Class continues to visit area businesses during inaugural year, gaining insight on different aspects of the business world. Students from Pinckneyville and DuQuoin high schools spend a morning with a business owner/CEO/manager and discuss topics that will help them during their future business. Murphy-Wall State Bank hosted the eight students, Thursday, August 27, 2015, and presented a seminar on Business Development. Murphy-Wall State Bank President/CEO Marty Davis focused his coaching lesson on the prerequisite of an entrepreneurial passion and the requirements of various aspects of business ownership including location analysis, feasibility research, and plan development. They learned that ongoing attention to financial statements and analysis, tax returns and debt payback structuring along with an excellent support team are valuable in a successful business. Read More


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Local Banker Reappointed to IBA Compliance Division Advisory Committee

Meschelle Brand, VP/Compliance Officer at Murphy-Wall State Bank and Trust Co, Pinckneyville Illinois, recently was reappointed to the Illinois Bankers Association (IBA) 2015-2016 Compliance Advisory Committee by IBA President and CEO Linda Koch. Read More