“The uncommon favour of the Lord will lead us to victory this year” was the remarks of the Prempeh College, National Science and Maths Quiz team just before they clinched their 2nd NSMQ trophy in 3 years. In 2015, Prempeh College became the first school to score the highest points in the new NSMQ format when they trashed Pope John SHS in the 1/8 stage of the competition scoring 80points. 2 years down the lane they thrashed GSTS and Aduman SHS at the 1/8 stage once again breaking their initial record with 82points.
This year’s competition caught the nation’s attention with as high as 11,000 people streaming live on Facebook. Comments were raised as to why it wasn’t televised live on National TV. After a keen contest amongst 135 schools,3 schools made it to the National theatre with the hopes of being crowned Champions. None of the Schools present was shy of the trophy since all of them had won in recent past.
The Pollsters had tipped the green boys from Kumasi to take the trophy. The Quiz mistress for the day was the elegant Dr. Elsie Effah kaufmann,a senior lecturer and the Head of Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Ghana. Round 1 begun with fundamental questions from Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. Prempeh College started impressively, leading the pack with 28points. St. Thomas Aquinas had 23 and Adisadel College lacked behind from the start with 13points. The level of questions really proved that this was the final. Next stop, was the speed race set of questions. Prempeh College lost their steel and St. Thomas Aquinas took over with 31points, Prempeh College falling behind with 30points. Adisadel College just didn’t join the party. The biggest single awarding part of the competition begun, Prempeh College had 7points, St. Thomas Aquinas and Adisadel College had 1 point each. At this juncture, it was clear the contest was between the boys from Oseikrom and the nation’s capital. End of round 4 and Prempeh College led with 53points with St. Thomas Aquinas behind with 45points. The final round seemed more of a formality but to the performance of the men in light blue over the previous contest was to prove anything, it was not over until it was over. St. Thomas Aquinas answered the first and second riddles to close the gap to 2points. St. Thomas Aquinas answered the last riddle wrongly, Hurray!! PC has done it again, courtesy of Daniel and Wonder, the two contestants representing the School at the competition.
All the semi-finalist get GHC 10,000 each with GHC 5,000 to the school, GHC 2,500 to the contestants and 2,500 to the teachers. Nifa SHS won the Kwaku Mensa-Bonsu award for the Most successful team with GHC 7,000 as cash prize. The Prof.Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu award for the best female contestant went to Zuweira Baba Mohammed from Tamale SHS with a cash prize of GHC 5,000.
By City Broadcast Gh