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NSMQ 2023: OWASS Celebrates Exhilarating Quarterfinal Qualification

Saarah-Mensah Auditorium, October 12, 2023

On the second day of the One-eighth Stage contests at the Saarah Mensah Auditorium, three top schools, Opoku Ware School, Nifa SHS, and Tamale SHS, vied for a spot in the Quarter-final Stage. Opoku Ware School, one of the 30 seeded schools, with automatic qualification to the One-eighth Stage emerged victors with an impressive score of 49 points, securing their place in the Quarter-final Stage. In addition to their victory, OWASS also clinched the Goil Riddle Bonanza Prize of GH₵1,200 for correctly answering three questions in Round Four.

OWASS is excited after qualifying for the Quarter-final Stage with 49 points

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 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 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.

The contestants were seated at exactly 9:20 a.m. and addressed by the Quiz mistress Dr. Thelma Ohene-Agyei of Saarah-Mensah Auditorium at 9:50 a.m., exchanging pleasantries with contestants and also spelling out the details of the day’s contest. By the end of the first three Rounds, it was clear OWASS was going to win the contest with impressive scores in each round. Nifa SHS and Tamale SHS tried their best, but it wasn’t good enough to qualify them to the Quarter Finals.

The sad moment Nifa SHS lost all hope in qualifying for the Quarter Finals

The room was filled with loud cheers and excitement from the supporters of Opoku Ware SHS. Their enthusiasm greatly boosted the confidence of their contestants. However, during Round Two of the contest, the crowd's excitments were beyound control, prompting the Quiz Mistress, Dr. Thelma Ohene-Agyei, to sternly warned Opoku Ware SHS to control their excitement or face consequences.

OWASS posing with their Goil Riddle Bonanza Price

Nevertheless, Opoku Ware maintained their lead with 24 points by the end of Round 2. In the end, OWASS secured a place in the Quarter-final Stage with an impressive score of 49 points, outperforming Nifa SHS and Tamale SHS.

The Round-by-round scores were as follows:

Round One Scores (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics General questions)

Opoku Ware SHS 11 points.

Tamale Islamic Science SHS 21 points.

Nifa SHS 12 points.

Round Two Scores (Pepsodent speed race).

Opoku Ware SHS 24 points.

Tamale Islamic Science SHS 13 points.

Nifa SHS 19points

Round Three Scores (Problem of the Day circled on Chemistry)

Prudential life insurance award.

Opoku Ware SHS 30 points.

Tamale Islamic Science SHS 23 points.

Nifa SHS 16points

Round Four Scores (True/False)

Opoku Ware SHS 40 points.

Tamale Islamic Science SHS 39points.

Nifa SHS- 20points

Round Five Scores (Riddles)

Opoku Ware SHS 49 points.

Tamale Islamic Science SHS 42 points.

Nifa SHS 20 points

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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