The National Science & Maths Quiz (NSMQ) is a quiz competition targeted at Senior High Schools in Ghana and seeks to promote the study and application of Science and Mathematics at the Senior High School level. After a round of thrilling contests at the preliminary stage during the previous weeks, 81 schools qualified to the One-eighth stage of the competition to compete for the bragging right as the NSMQ 2020 Champion.
The One-eighth stage of the competition commenced on September 28 and the contests run simultaneously at two venues- R.S Amegashie Hall and the New ‘N’ Block, both at the University of Ghana campus. The first contest featured Holy Child School, Oti Boateng SHS and Kintampo SHS at the R.S Amegashie Hall. All the contestants were in great anticipation to make their various schools proud but at the end, just as their motto says, the ladies from Holy Child School proved that truly, it is about actions and not words, as they sailed through to the quarter-final stage of the competition with 46points. After an impressive win at the preliminary stage of the competition last week, everyone thought the second contest was going to be a walk in the park for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Girls’ SHS as they faced Boa Amponsem SHS and Our Lady of Mercy (OLAM) SHS. Unfortunately, they were kicked out of the competition by Boa Amponsem SHS who won with 28pts.
During the third contest, Wesley Girls’ High School had an easy ride as they won against Sonrise SHS and Tema Methodist Senior High School with a good score of 46 pts. At the New “N” Block, Ghana Secondary Technical School also progressed to the quarter-final stage by winning with 36pts against St. Francis Xavier Seminary and Ofori Panin SHS., thereby, earning a seeded spot.
It was a close shave for the Akatakyie boys as they almost did not make it in their contest against Agogo State College and Zabzugu SHS. Agogo State College led the pack in the first round. Unfortunately, they were overtaken by the Opoku Ware School (OWASS) throughout the remaining rounds. Zabzugu SHS got lost in the race and OWASS advanced to the next stage of the competition with 46pts. At the New “N” Block, it was a clean sweep for Kumasi SHTS as they performed impressively and won their contest against Sogakofe SHS and Takoradi SHS, with 40pts.
The curtains were drawn on the contests for the day with Mawuli School, St. Margaret Mary SHS and Ghana SHS competing for a slot at the quarter-final stage of the competition, from which St. Margaret Mary SHS emerged winners.
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