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Patience moves mountains: Owass laughs last!

Saarah-Mensah Auditorium, October 16, 2023

2 points brings home to 'OWASS' expected victory.

The 'Jama' battle between Owass and the Abrempong at the Saarah-Mensah Auditorium on October 16, 2023, was evidence that a lot was at stake in the first Quarter-final Stage qualification contest. The auditorium was packed with eager spectators, mostly students from different schools who had come to support their contestants. The erudite Quiz Mistress, Prof. Elsie Effah Kauffman, presided over the contest. Competing for a highly desired spot in the Semi-final Stage were three prominent schools: St. John's School, Osei Tutu SHS (Abrempong), and Opoku Ware School (Owass). At the end of Round Four, only two points separated Owass from the Abrempong; however, Owass maintained their discipline and secured the victory

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.

Opoku Ware and Osei Tutu win GHS 1000 each from Goil.

Opoku Ware and Osei Tutu are seeded schools due to their outstanding academic performance in the 2022 NSMQ. This expectation was clearly demonstrated in today's contest, providing the audience with a highly entertaining and academically satisfying experience.

Round One started with great momentum as the Quiz Mistress read the questions to the panel of participants. They all responded correctly. However, St. John's missed their main question twice, which were then picked up as bonuses by Osei Tutu. In turn, Osei Tutu also lost their main question to Opoku Ware, who received it as a bonus. Both Opoku Ware and Osei Tutu also missed some questions throughout the competition. The competition became increasingly intense as all the schools challenged each other in a highly competitive academic battle.

At the end of Round One, Opoku Ware secured a significant lead with an impressive 33 points, while St. John's, despite their strong performance, ended the session with 15 points. Osei Tutu SHS held the second position with 18 points

Andrews and Stephen defend Opoku Ware's early win at Speed Race.

In the Pepsodent Speed Race, the initial set of questions focused solely on calculations. Both Owass and Osei Tutu (OT, Abrempong) students answered incorrectly, while St. John's School wisely chose to remain silent during this round, protecting their current scores. The next phase introduced a question about the chemical compound hexanal. Owass, showing remarkable determination, swiftly and consistently outperformed their competitors, maintaining their top position by answering all subsequent questions accurately. However, they stumbled on a question related to the structure of an artificial heart transplant.

Subsequently, a question about the emission spectrum of atomic vapour in a tube was presented. It was initially answered incorrectly by both Stephen and Roger. In summary, Owass performed admirably throughout, securing first place with a total of 35 points, while Osei Tutu SHS, performing as the midfielders, earned 24 points. St. John's SHS lagged behind the champions, amassing a total of 11 points.

'OWASS' very pleased by the brilliance of their contestants

Round Four session was presented with statements requiring a true and false response, beginning with St. Johns SHS, with a question on whether nitrates can be reduced to nitrites, Owass, oxidates to oxidize, the answer was false, and they secured the mark. Regarding a question o of neither x or two, Forson from Owass nailed it, overpowering the team. Owass had 39 points, Osei Tutu SHS, followed closely with a two-mark difference having 37 points marking, St. Johns SHS continuously defeated with 18 points. n epithelial cells, Peter had it wrong, with the function of a tangent f of x being a given function.

The Riddles segment was truly electrifying, with the contest primarily between OT and Owass, leaving St. John's out. Both OT and Owass answered two riddles correctly. Opoku Ware secured the victory with a 2-point lead, earning a total of 45 points, which crowned them as the champions. Osei Tutu followed closely, securing second place with an overall score of 43 points. St. John's concluded the competition with a total of 18 points.

The 'OWASS' throng jubilates after being served with success.

Congratulations to Opoku Ware for making it to semifinals.

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

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

St. John's School 15

Osei Tutu SHS 18

Opoku Ware School 33

Round Two (Pepsodent Speed Race)

St. John's School 11

Osei Tutu SHS 24

Opoku Ware School 35

Round Three (Problem of the Day)

St. John's School +0 11

Osei Tutu SHS +0 24

Opoku Ware School +0 35

Round Four (True/False)

St. John's School 18

Osei Tutu SHS 37

Opoku Ware School 39

Round Five (Riddle)

St. John's School 18

Osei Tutu SHS 43

Opoku Ware School 45

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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