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Latest Scholarship News 06/16/10
Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust has awarded $7,000 in scholarships to six graduating high school seniors and one UW Marinette student.
by Donn Williams

  The bank presents the $1,000 scholarships each year to deserving area students to help them start their post-secondary educations.

  “Part of our mission is to be a good corporate citizen,” said Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust President Thomas Maxwell. “We accomplish this primarily by emphasizing our support for education and youth activities.”

  The students who received Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust scholarships are:


* Leah LaMalfa, a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Marinette. LaMalfa is the daughter of Betsy and Joshua Stuck of Porterfield, and James LaMalfa of Marinette. She will attend UW Marinette again next this fall and perform in Theatre on the Bay productions. LaMalfa plans to major in music education, but hasn’t selected a college to attend to complete her bachelor’s degree.

Leah LaMalfa - UW Marinette - 2010 FMBT Scholarship Winner


* Tyler Nielsen, a graduate of Marinette High School. Nielsen is the son of Barb and Dave Nielsen of Marinette. He ranked tenth academically in his graduating class with a 3.9 grade point average, was a member of the National Honor Society and Student Senate. Nielsen will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison and major in business.

Tyler Nielsen - Marinette HS - 2010 FMBT Scholarship Winner


* Juliana Molosky, a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas Academy. Molosky is the daughter of Darlene and Joe Molosky of rural Marinette. She was co-valedictorian of her class with a 4.28 grade point average, class vice-president, and president of the National Honor Society and student council. Molosky will attend the University of Michigan and major in biology.

Juliana Molosky - St Thomas Aquinas Academy - 2010 FMBT Scholarship Winner


 * Beth Bjorkman, a graduate of Menominee High School. Bjorkman is the daughter of Jennifer and Donald Bjorkman of Menominee. She was co-valedictorian of her class with a 4.0 grade point average, Spanish student of the year for three years and a member of the National Honor Society. Bjorkman will attend Grand Valley State University. She has not decided on a major.

Beth Bjorkman - Menominee HS - 2010 FMBT Scholarship Winner


* Andrew Mlsna, a graduate of Peshtigo High School. Mlsna is the son of Jean and Jack Mlsna of rural Marinette. He graduated with a 3.9 grade point average, ranked fifth academically in his class and was a member of the National Honor Society. Mlsna will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison and major in biochemistry. He then plans to pursue a law degree.


Andrew Mlsna - Peshtigo HS - 2010 FMBT Scholarship Winner


* Derek Miller, a graduate of Crivitz High School. Miller is the son of Mary Beth and Scott Miller of Crivitz. He was a member of the National Honor Society and student council, and vice president of the Science Club. Miller will attend Marquette University and major in business.


Derek Miller - Crivitz HS - 2010 FMBT Scholarship Winner


* Trista Fick, a graduate of Wausaukee High School. Fick is the daughter of Paul and Laurie Caine-Fick of Amberg. Fick ranked fifth academically in her graduating class and was a member of the National Honor Society. She will attend Northern Illinois University and major in business.

Tricia Fick - Wausaukee HS - 2010 FMBT Scholarship Winner

  Selection of these scholarship recipients was made by each school’s honors committee.

  Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust serves the area from locations at 1644 Ludington St. in downtown Marinette, 2811 Roosevelt Road near the mall in Marinette, and 114 U.S. 141 S. in Crivitz.


"Part of our mission is to be a good corporate citizen," said F&M Bank & Trust President Thomas Maxwell.

"We accomplish this primarily by emphasizing our support for youth activities and education."

 

Latest Education Related News 09/23/10
22 Bank Employees Honored by the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) for their outstanding financial education efforts.
by Donn Williams

WBA Excellence Winners Announced 09/22/10
Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust employees (left to right) Tammy Billock, Lloyd Cook, Kay Carlson and Nancy Lemery received Certificate of Excellence Awards from the Wisconsin Bankers Association for their work in local school classrooms educating students about personal finance.

Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust and 22 of its employees have been honored by the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) for their outstanding financial education efforts.

The 2009-2010 Bankers Promoting Financial Literacy Award was presented to Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust by the WBA Sept. 9. The award recognizes the considerable commitment of time and resources the bank made to financial education during the past year.

Employees Tammy Billock, Lloyd Cook, Kay Carlson, and Nancy Lemery were presented with Certificate of Excellence Awards in recognition of the large number of educational presentations each made.

Additionally, the following Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust employees each received a Certificate of Participation for volunteering their time and talents to teach financial education skills: Debbie Atwood, Alane Borths, Yvonne Erickson, Terry Girard, Faye Heraly, Raeanne Klatt, Mary Kornusky, Marguerite Lozier, Julie Mans, Patti Nicklaus, Sally Nielson-Conklin, Kathleen Phillips, Mike Piasecki, Lorraine Porte, Sue Porter, Steve Votis, Mary Wilde, and bank President Tom Maxwell.

“We are grateful that the WBA has recognized our employees for their continuing commitment to financial education,” Maxwell said. “Teaching young people about budgeting, living within their means, saving and borrowing for worthwhile purposes will help them lead successful lives.”

Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust participated in the nationwide Teach Children to Save and Bankers Promoting Financial Literacy campaigns earlier this year. Employees went into local grade, middle and high school classrooms in Marinette and Menominee and taught personal finance lessons to more than 1,200 students.


Latest Education Related News 05/11/10
Two stories added...

Tom Maxwell Newspapers in Education 051110
Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust President Tom Maxwell is shown here talking with 8th grade students Baylee Yenor (left), Carissa Wanek (right front) and Alexis Maske (right rear) in teacher Sara Hanson’s 8th grade social studies class at Marinette Middle School.

Story One - Newspapers in Education
Article/photo by Donn Williams - 05/11/10

   Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust President Tom Maxwell is shown here talking with 8th grade students Baylee Yenor (left), Carissa Wanek (right front) and Alexis Maske (right rear) in teacher Sara Hanson’s 8th grade social studies class at Marinette Middle School.

  Maxwell was there, April 20, to assist Marilyn Packmayer, coordinator of the Eagle Herald's Newspapers in Education (NIA) program. He talked to students about current events and the improving economic conditions in our communities.
 Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust has been a sponsor of NIA since the EagleHerald began offering the nationwide program to area schools in the early 1990s.
 
  NIE encourages students to read newspapers, improves literacy and enhances classroom instruction. Teachers use newspapers to teach current events, language arts, social studies, geography, math, science, art, history, English, and other subjects.


Story Two - Top Math Student
Article/Photo by Donn Williams - 05/11/10

  Aaron Cartier of Menominee was recognized as the top math student at UW Marinette during the Annual Spring Banquet and Awards Ceremony, May 7, at Menominee River Golf & Dining.
 
  Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust President Tom Maxwell presented Cartier with a $100 cash prize that was donated by the bank.
 
  Cartier placed 14th in the Midwest region in the second round of this year’s American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Mathematics League Competition.
 
  The UW Marinette team that included Chartier, placed 12th out of 32, two-year, colleges in the Midwest region and 106th in the nation.

  “This is quite an accomplishment given the size of our campus,” said Mike Bartlett, associate professor of Mathematics at UW Marinette. “Many of the colleges entered can draw a team from tens of thousands of students.”
 
  More than 8,000 mathematics students from 248 two-year colleges in 35 states were involved in the mathematics league competition.


 Teach Children to Save
Kay Carlson asks a question in Amy Landenberger's third grade class at Park School as students look on. Carlson and eight other volunteers from Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust are visiting more than 50 local classrooms this month to teach a lesson in savings. Their effort is part of the national Teach Children to Save campaign. Photo and story by Donn Williams

April 2010 - Volunteer Bankers
Article/Photo by Donn Williams - 04/22/10

 MARINETTE April 19, 2010
Volunteer bankers from Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust are going into classrooms in Marinette and Menominee schools during April to help children develop lifelong savings habits.

Their effort is part of the 14th annual Teach Children to Save campaign, sponsored by the Wisconsin Bankers Association
and American Bankers Association Education Foundation. April 27 is national Teach Children to Save Day.

“It’s important to talk to children about saving at an early age and reinforce it throughout the years,” said Kay Carlson,
coordinator of Bankers Promoting Financial Literacy at Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust.

Monday, Carlson, Yvonne Erickson, Nancy Lemery, Faye Heraly, and Mary Wilde gave Teach Children to Save presentations to kindergarten, and first and third grade students at Park Elementary School in Marinette, and to fourth graders at Blesch Intermediate School in Menominee.

Handing out treats at Teach Children to Save presentation
Yvonne Erickson hands out candy to students
following the presentation at Park School. Photo by Donn Williams

They and fellow bank employees Tammy Billock, Mary Kornusky, Julie Mans, and Lorraine Porte are scheduled to give more than 50 presentations to grade school and junior high school students between now and the end of April.

In addition to Park School, they will also visit Garfield and Merryman elementary schools in Marinette, and Central Elementary and the junior high school in Menominee.

The bankers use their experience to inspire students to become life-long savers and encourage wise spending choices. They
teach children how to spend money wisely by discussing the difference between needs and wants.

“We explain to the younger children why it’s a good idea to keep their money in a bank,” Carlson said. “I ask them, ‘What are you saving for?’ to get them thinking about saving. Just plant the seed and hope it grows.”

Carlson has received the Teach Children to Save Day Award four years in a row from the Wisconsin Bankers Association for
her outstanding work in conjunction with this event.

Reading to the students as part of Teach Children to Save
Kay Carlson reads from the book  "Rock, Brock, and the Savings Shock"
written by FDIC chairwoman Sheila Bair to children in Amy Landenberger's third grade class at Park School. Carlson and eight other volunteers from Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust are going into local grade and junior high schools this month to teach children a lesson in savings. It's part of the
national Teach Children to Save campaign
. Photo by Donn Williams

More than 1,200 local school students will get a lesson in savings from these Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust volunteers this month.

The Teach Children to Save goal is to reach five million students nationwide before the end of April 2011, the program’s 15th
Anniversary.

Since 1997, 3.4 million young people have been taught valuable lessons in savings with the help of 80,000 volunteer bankers.

   
 
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