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2016 Maurice Shepherd High School Chemistry Contest


The Eastern Illinois University Chemistry Department hosted the annual Maurice Shepherd Chemistry Contest on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.  This year marked the 41st consecutive year for the contest which drew 71 participants from 11 regional high schools.

Dr. Hongshan He, EIU Chemistry Department, was the guest speaker at the post-test program, and he presented a highly informative and interesting talk to our guests entitled Organic Materials for Solar Energy Conversion.



Mahomet-Seymour won the traveling team trophy for the second consecutive year with a team average of 38.9 which nearly matched last year's team average of 39.3!  Neoga edged out Sullivan for 2nd place by a half-point and Effingham placed 4th with team averages of 35, 34.5 and 30 respectively.  Each team received a plaque in recognition of their accomplishment.

Students from Mahomet-Seymour also placed in first through sixth place respectively in the individual category although there were ties for 1st and 4th place with students from MacArthur and Cumberland respectively.  Unlike the 2015 Contest, there was no perfect score but the high score was a very respectable 45 (out of 50) and followed closely by scores of 43.75, 43.5, 42, and 41.5.  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 42nd annual Shepherd Contest is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 10, 2017.  We look forward to your participation!

2016 Test

2016 Test Key





    Top Individuals 2

Left to right: 1st Place (tie): Connor Dickey (MacArthrur), Ben Dahl (Mahomet-Seymour); 2nd Place: Joe Churm (Mahomet-Seymour); 3rd Place: Antonio Cosimini (Mahomet-Seymour); 4th Place (tie): Conrad Ebbecke (Mahomet-Seymour), Drew Warner (Cumberland); 5th Place: Michal Strzebonski (Mahomet-Seymour); 6th Place: Sankat Patel (Mahomet-Seymour)


  1st place individual 16   2nd place individual 16
  1st place (tie): Connor Dickey (MacArthur) and Ben Dahl (Mahomet-Seymour)    2nd place: Joe Churm (Mahomet-Seymour)
  3rd place individual 16   4th place individual 16
  3rd place: Antonio Cosimini (Mahomet-Seymour)   4th place (tie): Conrad Ebbecke (Mahomet-Seymour) and Drew Warner (Cumberland
  5th place individual 16   6th place individual
  5th place: Michal Strzebonski (Mahomet-Seymour)   6th place: Sankat Patel (Mahomet-Seymour)




First Place

Mahomet-Seymour, Mahomet, IL

Teacher: Jeremy Davis

Mahomet Seymour winners

Front Row (Left to Right): Nathan Smith. William Clodfelder, Gabriel Fulk, Trevor Burgess, Nicholas Morrow
Second Row (Left to Right): Joe Churm (2nd place), Antonio Cosimini (5th place), Conrad Ebbecke (4th place, tie), Sanket Patel (6th place), Michal Strzebonski (5th place), Jessica Berkman, Ben Dahl (1st place, tie), Holt Campion, Mr. Davis


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Second Place

Neoga High School, Neoga, IL

Teacher: Leanne Craig

Neoga winners

Front Row (left to right): Ellie Walk, Victoria Alumbaugh, Emily Wasmuth, Chloe Padgett, Kierstyn Albin, Lindsey Alumbaugh
Back Row (left to right): Ashley Dryden, Tristan Stumph, Nikki Miah, Rachel Ewing, Makenzie Hill, Jared Ballinger, Megan Drummond, Ms. Craig


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Third Place

Sullivan High School, Sullivan, IL

Teacher: Nathan Becker

Palestine winners









Left to Right: Spencer Johnson, Grace Mauck, Luke Delong, Anne Hogan, Maxwell Todd


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Fourth Place

Effingham High School, Effingham, IL

Teacher: Norene Ault

Sullivan Winners 

Front Row (left to right): Ms. Ault, Francesca Galeotti, Reilley Durham, Lauren Jakubowski
Back Row (left to right): Rachel Teeter, Will O’Bryan, Jacob Sigg
(Not pictured: Terrence Hill)


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Department of Chemistry Chair: Dr. Rebecca A. Peebles

600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston IL 61920 Physical Science, Room 3150

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