More than 80 students from 10 area high schools participated in Eastern Illinois University’s 38th annual Maurice Shepherd High School Chemistry Contest.
Students participated in a 60-minute written examination (50 questions), followed by a dinner break and talk on "Chemistry: Past, Present and Future Perspectives” by Radu Semeniuc of Eastern’s chemistry department. The top four teams and the top 10 individuals were then recognized and awards presented. A traveling trophy was presented to the first-place team, and plaques were awarded to the top students.
The four schools having the highest team averages were:
This is the second consecutive year in which a team from Sullivan has captured first place.
The 12 highest-ranking individual students, in order, were Michael Webb (Mahomet-Seymour), first; Adam Davis (Sullivan), second; Joseph Goldstein (Neoga), third; Clayton Cina (Morrisonville), fourth; Travis Hanson (Sullivan), fifth; Kevin Kauffman (Mahomet-Seymour) and Patrick Hogan (Sullivan), tied for sixth; Sean Johnson and Reagan Miller (both of Sullivan), tied for seventh; Ryan Evans (Neoga), eighth; Hannah Holmes (Lawrenceville), ninth; and Thomas Bane (Mahomet-Seymour), tenth.
The contest's official website, which includes pictures and information, can be found here.