CHARLESTON — More than 70 students from 10 area high schools participated in Eastern Illinois University’s 39th 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 “Environmental Contaminants of Emerging Concern,” presented by Doug Klarup of Eastern’s chemistry department. The top four teams and the top 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.
Neoga won fourth place with teammates Cayla Baker (alternate), Dani Baker (alternate), Kaylee Beals (alternate), Katie Bell (alternate), Sarah Brown, Madison Easton (alternate), Kieran Effner (alternate), Maddie Gibson, Taylor Gresens (alternate), Brittany Herring, McKenna Huffman (alternate), Jessica Watson (alternate) and Leanne Craig (teacher).
This is the third consecutive year in which a team from Sullivan has captured first place.
Highest-ranking individual students included Maddie Gibson (third), from Neoga, and Andrew Bingham (tied for ninth), from Effingham.