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NSMQ2023: Pope John secures Semi-final spot!

Saarah- Mensah Auditorium October 16, 2023

The Saarah-Mensah Auditorium buzzed with an uncontrollable energy filled with chanting, thrills, screams, and fervor during the second Quarter-final Stage competition of the NSMQ 2023. This intense face-off featured three elite schools: Pope John SHS & Minor Seminary, Aburi Presby SHTS, and St. James Seminary SHS, all of whom had advanced directly from the One-Eighth Stage. In the end, Pope John SHS & Minor Seminary emerged victorious, clinching a well-deserved spot in the Semifinals. To top it off, they also won the GH₵500 Goil Super Bonanza Prize, adding to their triumph.

The electrifying moment Pope John SHS & MIN.SEM qualified to the Semi- 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.


Competing for a Semi-finals were St. James Seminary SHS and Aburi Presby SHTS. The atmosphere heated up in Round One as contestants' knowledge of general topics in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology was put to the test. During this round, there were some technical challenges that led to a thirty-minute delay in the contest. However, the technical team's quick action resolved the issue, and the competition continued. After Round One, St. James Seminary SHS was in the lead with 25 points.

When you know your school has failed to qualify to the Semi-finals


In the Pepsodent Speed Race, Pope John excelled by correctly answering most of the questions, amassing 26 points and turning their fortunes around. In Round Three, the Problem of the Day presented an opportunity for the contestants to display their academic prowess. Pope John's made a comeback by scoring nine (9) out of 10 for the Problem of the Day. St. James Seminary SHS followed closely with eighth (08) out of 10, while Aburi Presby SHTS scored 4 out of 10.


Aburi Presby SHS losing hope after getting only 20 points at the end of the contest


In the One-eighth Stage contest, three schools secured their spots in the Quarter-finals Stage. Pope John won with an impressive score of 56 points, defeating SIMMS SHS and Sunyani SHS. St. James Seminary SHS had a tie breaker with 44 points against Our lady of Mt. Carmel Girls’ SHS. Aburi Presby SHTS secured victory with 47 points, defeating KNUST SHS and T.I. AMASS, Kumasi. However, in the Quarter-finals, Pope John's emerged victorious with an impressive score of 48 points.


Scores for each Round stood as follows:

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


Pope John SHS & MIN.SEM 16 points

St. James Seminary SHS 25 points

Aburi Presby SHTS 10 points


Round Two (Pepsodent Speed Race)

Pope John SHS & MIN.SEM 26 points

St. James Seminary SHS 21 points

Aburi Presby SHTS 9 points


Round Three (Problem of the Day)


Pope John SHS & MIN.SEM 9/10 points

St. James Seminary SHS 8/10 points

Aburi Presby SHTS 4/10 points


Round Four (True/False)


Pope John SHS & MIN.SEM 45 points

St. James Seminary SHS 39 points

Aburi Presby SHTS 17 points


Round Five (Riddle)

Pope John SHS & MIN.SEM 48 points

St. James Seminary SHS 42 points

Aburi Presby SHTS 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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