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NSMQ 2023: Achimota school evicts the landlords

Saarah-Mensah Auditorium, October 15, 2023.

Wining Intelligence of Achimota bedazzles the crowd.

On the first day of the Quarterfinal Stage competition at the Saarah-Mensah Auditorium, the audience was treated to an electrifying experience. Competing for a highly sought-after spot in the Semi-finals were Osei Kyeretwie SHS, Achimota School, and Kumasi High School. These three schools showcased impressive academic skills. However, it was Achimota School that emerged victorious, marking the end of the road for the two Ashanti Region schools (the landlords) Osei Kyeretwie and Kumasi High. Despite their elimination, both schools were awarded GHS 500 and GHS 1000 in Goil Super Bonanza Cash Prizes, respectively, as a recognition of their honorable performance in the last round of riddles.

The 30th Anniversary edition of the National Science & Maths Quiz kicked off, on October 6, 2023. As an exciting highlight of the 30th Anniversary celebrations, this year's NSMQ is being hosted in two distinct regions: KNUST in Kumasi and National Theatre in Accra. This historic occurrence represents the first time the National Championship spans across two regions. KNUST serves as the venue for the Preliminary four stages of the competition, with the Grand Finale scheduled at the National Theatre.

Champions at Pepsodent Speed Race.

In Round One, Kumasi High SHS achieved an impressive score and consistently maintained a strong performance against their competitors. Kumasi High SHS made a captivating start by answering the first question correctly. However, the subsequent question, which was a preamble to all schools, proved challenging, and all of them answered incorrectly. Osei Kyeretwie then came through with a solid response to a respiration question, concluding this section of the competition. As a result, Achimota School secured 15 points, Osei Kyeretwie SHS earned 13 points, and Kumasi High School had a total of 08 points.

In the Speed Race, Achimota School took an early and commanding lead that they maintained until the end. Walter, representing Achimota School, impressively answered 3 questions for his team. Kumasi High managed to secure just 2 correct answers, while Osei Kyeretwie was slightly behind with only one question answered correctly. Achimota School won this round with a total of 20 points. Kumasi High School found themselves at the bottom of the score sheet with a total of nine (9) points, while Osei Kyeretwie secured the second position with 12 points.

In addition, Achimota School earned an extra four (4) out of 10 points in the chemistry Problem of the Day question. This significantly increased their overall lead in the game to 24 points. Kumasi High performed better in the chemistry question than all the schools, earning an additional 6 out of 10 points on top of their previous 9 points. Osei Kyeretwie had to settle for just 1 out of 10 in this question, resulting in a total of 13 points to end the third round.

The joy of the boisterous Achimota Alumni satisfied at the outcome.

Before Round Four began, there were some team changes. Kumasi High School substituted Richmond with Mattison. Achimota School replaced Bakita with Kenneth, and Osei Kyeretwie SHS, with Williams now in the game. The round began with a preamble to all schools, involving a copper wire carrying three amperes, which they answered correctly. However, Achimota School got this one wrong, while Kumasi High earned the point. This allowed Kumasi High to maintain a strong position, while Osei Kyeretwie contestants lagged behind.

Towards the end of the contest, Kumasi High School made a valiant effort to catch up with Achimota School's 34-point score. They managed to secure 2 riddles out of 4, earning an additional 6 points, resulting in a total of 31 points for them. Osei Kyeretwie only answered 1 riddle correctly, and Achimota had none. However, the contest ultimately concluded with Achimota emerging as the champions, thanks to their strong performance in the previous 4 rounds. Kudos to Walter and Kenneth for their excellent performance.

Meet Walter and Kenneth - The Achimota Champions

The Round-by-Round Scores for this contest stood as follows:

Round One General Questions (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology)

Osei Kyeretwie SHS 13

Achimota School 15

Kumasi High School 08

Round Two (Pepsodent Speed Race)

Osei Kyeretwie SHS 12

Achimota School 20

Kumasi High School 09

Round Three (Problem of the Day)

Osei Kyeretwie SHS +1 13

Achimota School +4 24

Kumasi High School +6 15

Round Four (True/False)

Osei Kyeretwie SHS 21

Achimota School 34

Kumasi High School 25

Round Five (Riddle)

Osei Kyeretwie SHS 24

Achimota School 34

Kumasi High School 31

The 30th Anniversary Edition of the NSMQ is proudly brought to you by the Ghana Education Service in partnership with GOIL and supported by JoyNews, AT, Prudential Life Insurance Ghana, Pepsodent Toothpaste, Beta Malt, GARNET, Coronation Insurance, Academic City University College, Accra College of Medicine, Cowbell, Bel Beverages, GTP, Newmont Ghana, Africa World Airlines, and YFM. This is a Primetime production!

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