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!
|1st place (tie): Connor Dickey (MacArthur) and Ben Dahl (Mahomet-Seymour)||2nd place: Joe Churm (Mahomet-Seymour)|
|3rd place: Antonio Cosimini (Mahomet-Seymour)||4th place (tie): Conrad Ebbecke (Mahomet-Seymour) and Drew Warner (Cumberland|
|5th place: Michal Strzebonski (Mahomet-Seymour)||6th place: Sankat Patel (Mahomet-Seymour)|
Left to Right: Spencer Johnson, Grace Mauck, Luke Delong, Anne Hogan, Maxwell Todd