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NSMQ 2023: Yaa Asantewaa Girls' SHS In Tears As St Mary's Boys' Send Them Packing

KNUST Auditorium, October 8, 2023.

Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ SHS, St. Mary’s Boys’ SHS, and Amenfiman SHS were the final schools to compete on the third day of the National Science & Maths Quiz competition. Although Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ SHS had an initial lead in the first two rounds, they were ultimately defeated by St. Mary’s Boys’ SHS. The crowning achievement for St. Mary’s Boys’ SHS was clinching the Goil Riddle Bonanza Prize, amounting to Eight Hundred Ghana Cedis.

St. Mary’s Boys’ SHS posing with their Goil Riddle Bonanza Prize

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 will serve as the venue for the preliminary four stages of the competition, with the Grand Finale scheduled to captivate audiences at the National Theatre.

At exactly 2:30 p.m., all contestants were seated at the KNUST Auditorium, eagerly awaiting the commencement of the competition. Mrs. Gladys Odey Schwinger, the Quiz Mistress, officially initiated the contest at 3:00 p.m. Competing for a coveted spot in the One-eighth stage of the National Science & Maths Quiz Competition were Yaa Asantewaa SHS, St. Mary’s Boys’ SHS, and Amenfiman SHS.

Yaa Asantewaa Girls' SHS wondering if they still had a chance after losing in Round 4

Following the conclusion of Round One, Quiz Mistress Mrs. Gladys Odey Schwinger found herself in the position of having to explain to the teachers and contestants from St. Mary’s Boys’ why their answer was rejected, as they had violated one of the competition's rules. Tempers began to flare, necessitating intervention by the security team to maintain order. By the end of Round One, Yaa Asantewaa was in the lead with 11 points."

In Round Three, the 'Problem of the Day, St. Mary’s Boys’ SHS managed to answer some of the questions, earning them three (3) points. Conversely, Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ SHS and Amenfiman SHS did not secure any points in this round.

With a total of 33 points, St. Mary’s Boys’ SHS emerged victorious, eliminating Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ SHS and Amenfiman SHS from the competition. This victory automatically qualifies St. Mary’s Boys’ SHS for the one-eighth stage of the National Science & Maths Quiz competition.

The joyous moment St. Mary's Boys' SHS were announced as the winners for the prelims

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

Yaa Asantewaa SHS 11 points

St Mary’s Boys’ SHS 2 points

Amenfiman SHS 3 points

Round Two (Pepsodent Speed Race)

Yaa Asantewaa SHS 14 points

St Mary’s Boys’ SHS 8 points

Amenfiman SHS 5 points

Round Three (Problem of the Day)

Yaa Asantewaa SHS 0/10 points

St Mary’s Boys’ SHS 3/10 points

Amenfiman SHS 0/10 points

Round Four (True/False)

Yaa Asantewaa SHS 21points

St Mary’s Boys’ SHS 24 points

Amenfiman SHS 4 points

Round Five (Riddle)

Yaa Asantewaa SHS 21 points

St Mary’s Boys’ SHS 33 points

Amenfiman SHS 12 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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