Three schools have emerged in this year’s grand finale of the National Science & Maths Quiz and Science Festival and, all of a sudden past students all over the world are sending messages and putting their school flags up feeling very proud of the performance of their respective schools.
The NSMQ is a serious matter, and it gives schools bragging rights much to the annoyance of those who do not have their schools doing well. Past students are currently pledging and presenting all sorts of incentives to motivate the participants to perform well.
The road to the Grand Finale began on the September 8 with the preliminary stages of the competitions being a two-week affair. The seeded schools joined the schools that qualified from the prelims at the University of Ghana campus to compete for the trophy. After thrilling contests, nine schools made it to the semi-finals to compete to secure the three final slots, out from which a school will emerge the champion.
In the first contest, Opoku Ware School and Accra Academy competed fiercely while the third school, Boa Amponsem got lost in the sauce. In the end, the Akatakyie boys ended Accra Academy’s dream of clinching their first NSMQ trophy. They won with an impressive 55 points, grabbing one of the three sought after slots in the grand finale.
The second contest was quite rip-soaring; it featured Adisadel College, Achimota School and Keta SHTS. At the end of the nail-biting contest, Adisadel College won by a hair’s breadth, beating Achimota School by just a point. The third contest was a five-finger exercise for the PRESEC Boys. They went up against Kumasi Academy and Aburi Presby SHTS and secured the third spot with 66 points.
This year final will find Opoku Ware School looking for a 3rd win, Adisadel College looking for a 2nd win and PRESEC an unprecedented 6th win.
Congratulations to the schools that made it to the finals and we wish them all the best of luck.