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EIU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

2019 Maurice Shepherd High School Chemistry Contest


The Eastern Illinois University Chemistry and Biochemistry Department hosted the annual Maurice Shepherd Chemistry Contest on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.  This year marked the 44th consecutive year for the contest which drew 52 participants from 8 regional high schools -- Altamont, Charleston, Cumberland, Fisher, Lawrenceville, Mahomet-Seymour, and Mt. Zion.

Dr. Rebecca Peebles, EIU Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, was the guest speaker at the post-test program, and she presented a relevant and interesting talk to our guests entitled Chemistry of the Universe.


Newcomer Mt. Zion won the travelling team trophy with a team average of 33.3.  Defending champion Mahomet-Seymour placed second with a team average of 30.0.  Altamont placed third and Morrisonville placed fourth with team averages of 29.2 and 28.5 respectively.  Each team received a plaque in recognition of their accomplishment.

A student from Altamont won the individual competition. Two students, one from Mahomet-Seymour and one from Mt. Zion tied for second place.  A student from Mahomet-Seymour placed third and a student from Mt. Zion placed fourth.  Students from Mahomet-Seymour also placed fifth and sixth. The high score was 42.25 followed by scores of 41.25, 40, 38.55, 36.25, and 34.25.  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 45th annual Shepherd Contest is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 13, 2020.  We look forward to your participation!

2019 Test

2019 Test Key



1st place:
Quinn Verdeyen, Altamont
2nd place (tie): 
Justin Dong, Mt. Zion
Daniel Renshaw, Mahomet-Seymour
3rd place:
Matthew Sims, Mahomet-Seymour
4th place:
Sage Lauper-Cook, Mt. Zion
 5th place:
Ekaterina Sakhartova, Mahomet-Seymour
6th place:
Kailey Bell, Mahomet-Seymour



First Place
Mt. Zion HS, Mt. Zion, IL
Teacher: Dan Potempa

Left to right: Adam Walker, Sage Lauper-Cook (4th place), Isabella Sia, Justin Dong (2nd place, tie), Dan Potempa (coach)


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Second Place
Mahomet-Seymour HS, Mahomet, IL
Teacher: Jeremy Davis and Terry Koker