2014-2015 PCHS Students
of the Month/Year

Selection for Murphy‐Wall State Bank's Student of the Year Award starts at the beginning of the school year. Seniors apply 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. Each student of the month receives $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 scored in pre‐determined categories. The Student of the Year receives $500 from Murphy‐Wall State Bank.

Kelsey Smith named 2015 Murphy-Wall State Bank Student of the Year

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PCHS senior, Kelsey Smith was selected as the 2015 Murphy-Wall State Bank PCHS Student of the Year. Murphy-Wall State Bank VP/Marketing Director Claudia Choate, presented Kelsey with this award during the Pinckneyville Community High School Honors Night ceremony, held May 16th. Congratulations to Kelsey, the Students of the Year and to all PCHS graduates.

Murphy‐Wall State Bank would like to congratulate the 2014-2015 students of the month:

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September SOM Emma Brown with President/CEO Marty Davis; October SOM Tristan Fisher with VP Claudia Choate; November SOM Emily Kuberski with AVP Candice Knight

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December SOM Kaithly Sweeney with AVP Chuck Dobrinick; January SOM Caitie Opp with EVP Susan Davis; February SOM Kelsey Smith with AVP Sarah Folden

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March SOM Phoebe Issler with VP Meschelle Brand; April SOM Natalie Dudek with VP Kathy Marlow; May SOM James Davidson with VP Barry Kellerman

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

Kyle Davis graduates from FLA


Kyle Davis, AVP at Murphy-Wall State Bank And Trust Company, Murphysboro, IL has graduated from the Future Leaders Alliance (FLA) offered through the Illinois Bankers Association. The graduation commencement was held during the IBA's annual ONE Conference at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria on March 6th. The thirteen-month FLA program is dedicated to enhancing the professional development of new and promising bank leaders through three primary components; education, community service and networking. Read More

Murphy-Wall State Bank Empowers Local Students With Web-Based Financial Literacy Program

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Pinckneyville Community and Murphysboro High School students have dedicated more than 840 hours this year to EverFi-Financial Literacy™, an online financial literacy program, thanks to Murphy-Wall State Bank. Murphy-Wall State Bank, in partnership with EverFi Inc. and The First Bank & Trust Company of Murphysboro – cosponsor for Murphysboro High School – granted student's access to the web-based, consumer education aligned program. Using the latest in new media technology – simulations, avatars, gaming and adaptive pathing – EverFi™ brings complex financial concepts to life for today's digital generation.

Murphy-Wall State Bank Pres/CEO, Marty Davis stated; "Murphy-Wall State Bank made this commitment to the high school because of our strong belief that students of today can be better educated for their financial future. Murphy-Wall State Bank has a long standing commitment to financial literacy with the area grade schools with our Bank At School and Teach Children to Save programs and feels the EverFi is a great continuing tool for financial literacy for our high school students that will teach life skills for a complex financial world."

The 10-unit course offers approximately six hours of programming aimed at a variety of relevant financial topics including credit scores, insurance, student loans, taxes, stocks, 401k's and other critical concepts that map to state and national financial literacy standards. The course uniquely tracks the progress and scores of every student and provides students who successfully complete the course with Certification in Financial Literacy, a valuable mark of distinction on college applications and resumes.

The students using the EverFi ™ program under the Murphy-Wall State Bank sponsorship; have seen significant increases in their financial knowledge. Last year, students improved their overall comprehension of these complex financial topics from 63% proficiency to 83% proficiency by the end of the program. Most notably, students saw a significant increase in investing knowledge, jumping from 48% to 80%. Murphy-Wall State Bank is proud to bring this important resource to the community again in an effort to help students become more informed, financially responsible citizens.

PCHS Students that received their Certification in Financial Literacy through the EverFi program, sponsored by Murphy-Wall State Bank for the 2013-2014 school year were: Tamara Alvis, Payton Bathon, Bruce Bruno, Caleb Dahn, James Davidson, Tori Eickmann, Kaylea Gleason, Taylor Griffin, Zach Hagene, Cindy Huggins, Thomas Huggins, Jakeb Jackson, Maddie Jones, Mara Kuberski, Chelsey Moss, Caitie Opp, Taryn Pabst, Adrian Truett, Jordyn Wieland. (not pictured: Robbie Borchelt, Tyler Howard, Courtney Kellerman, Rhiannon Kling, Brittany Lowe).

An added benefit for the participating schools is a new Digital Literacy Program. This course covers hot button issues like cyberbullying, online safety and how to navigate the viral world. This program has a statewide sponsor, Iginiton.

Murphy-Wall State Bank and Trust Company is an independent bank that traces its roots to 1874. It serves Pinckneyville, Murphysboro and Elkville, along with Perry and Jackson Counties and Southern Illinois with a variety of banking services. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.

EverFi, Inc. is the leading education technology company focused on teaching, assessing and certifying K-12 and college students in the critical skills they need for life. The company teams with major corporations and foundations to provide the programs at no cost to K-12 schools. Some of America's leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EverFi investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter founder Evan Williams, Rethink Education, New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA), and Tomorrow Ventures the investment arm of Google Chairman Eric Schmidt). Learn more at www.everfi.com.