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NSMQ 2023: Adisco's woes, St. Louis' showdown

Kumaplay Auditorium, October 11, 2023

The One-eighth Stage of the National Science & Maths Quiz Competition came to life with an enthusiastic and anticipative crowd gathered at the Kumaplay Auditorium. In this thrilling competition, three prominent schools, Adisadel College, St. Louis SHS, and Abuakwa State College, clashed in the pursuit of a quarter-final berth. The outcome of the contest was crystal clear: St. Louis SHS had come extremely well-prepared. They outperformed their opponents, scoring an impressive 53 points, and securing their spot in the Quarter-final Stage of the 30th Anniversary.

St. Louis Ladies smiling beautifully after successfully qualifying for the Quarter Finals

The 30th Anniversary edition of the National Science & Maths Quiz kicked off, on October 6th, 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 the 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 to captivate audiences at the National Theatre.

At 3:30 p.m., the contestants took their seats, and at 4:05 p.m., the competition officially began with the introduction of the participants by the Quiz Mistress, Dr. Anita Oppong. The first round went smoothly, but Round Two posed several challenges. One notable challenge was dealing with the exuberant and boisterous crowd, which made it difficult for the security team to maintain order. All three schools, namely St. Louis SHS, Adisadel College, and Abuakwa State College raised protests regarding specific answers in the Problem of the Day

The disappointing moment Santaclausians realised they had lost in Round 4

However, following a detailed explanation by the Quiz Mistress, Dr. Anita Oppong, tempers were eventually calmed, and the competition resumed. By the end of Round Three, St. Louis held a comfortable lead with 30 points.

St. Louis continued its dominance in Round Four, accumulating an impressive 46 points. As the contest came to an end, St. Louis delivered a valuable lesson, showcasing that what men can do, women can do even better. The announcement of St. Louis as the successful qualifier for the Quarter-finals Stage of NSMQ 2023 with 53 points was met with exuberant cheers, shouts, songs, and applause.

Abuakwa State College realised they had to try again next year after getting the lowest scores

Adisadel College, a three-time champion, appeared to be out of their element in the competition. They suffered back-to-back losses to two girls' schools. Just two days ago, Adisco was defeated by Wesley Girls High School, yet managed to qualify as a runner-up. However, their next challenge came in the form of a relentless St. Louis team that left no corner unexplored, sparing no effort in their pursuit of victory against Adisco

Scores for each Round stood as follows:

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

Abuakwa State College 10 points

St. Louis SHS 19points

Adisadel College 15points

Round Two (Pepsodent Speed Race)

Abuakwa State College 06 points

St. Louis SHS 25 points

Adisadel College 14 points

Round Three (Problem of the Day)

Abuakwa State College 09 points

St. Louis SHS 30points

Adisadel College 19 points

Round Four (True/False)

Abuakwa State College 19 points

St. Louis SHS 46 points

Adisadel College 17points

Round Five (Riddle)

Abuakwa State College 19 points

St. Louis SHS 53 points

Adisadel College 23points

The 30th Anniversary Edition of the NSMQ is proudly brought to you by the Ghana Education Service in partnership with GOIL PLC and supported by Joy News, 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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