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EIU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

2017 Maurice Shepherd High School Chemistry and BiochemistryContest


The Eastern Illinois University Chemistry and Biochemistry Department hosted the annual Maurice Shepherd Chemistry and BiochemistryContest on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.  This year marked the 42nd consecutive year for the contest which drew 91 participants from 14 regional high schools -- Altamont, Beecher City, Danville, Edwards County, Fisher, Lawrenceville, MacArthur, Mahomet-Seymour, Mattoon, Morrisonville, Neoga, Okaw Valley, St. Teresa, and Villa Grove.

Dr. Radu Semeniuc, EIU Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, was the guest speaker at the post-test program, and he presented a highly informative and interesting talk to our guests entitled Molecular Machines and Devices: Dream or Reality?



Morrisonville won the travelling team trophy with a team average of 37.  Neoga placed second for the third year in a row with a team average of 34.3.  Defending champion Mahomet-Seymour placed third and newcomer Fisher placed fourth with team averages of 32.2 and 28.4 respectively.  Each team received a plaque in recognition of their accomplishment.

Four students from Mahomet-Seymour placed in the top six and for the fourth consecutive year, a student from Mahomet-Seymour had the highest individual score.  Two students from Morrisonville also placed in the top six in third and fifth place.  A student from Mattoon placed fourth, and a student from Neoga placed sixth in a three-way tie with two Mahomet-Seymour students.  The high score was 46.25 followed by scores of 43, 42, 40.25, 38.5, and 36.25.  These students were awarded plaques in recognition of their performance. 

Congratulations to the top teams and top students, and our thanks to all who participated.  We are especially grateful to each teacher (coach), since the success of the contest very much depends on their willingness to enter and bring students to the contest.

The 43rd annual Shepherd Contest is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, 2018.  We look forward to your participation!

2017 Test

2017 Test Key






1st place: Annie Bao, Mahomet-Seymour 2nd place: Cassidy Waldrup, Mahomet-Seymour 3rd place: Joanna Williams, Morrisonville
4th place: Nick Eveland, Mattoon   5th place: Adam Sullivan, Morrisonville


6th place (3-way tie, l-r): Jackson Clark, Neoga; Lauren Henderson, Mahomet-Seymour; Devon Himes, Mahomet-Seymour


First Place
Morrisonville, Morrisonville, IL
Teacher: Janet Walch