It’s that time of the year again where senior high schools battle it out to be national champions in Science and Mathematics. Following vigorous and long contests, three schools have booked their places at the grand finale of the National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) on Friday.
The Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School (PRESEC), Legon booked its place first and this was not a surprise as they claimed the trophy last year 2020. Second to secure a slot was Keta Senior High/Technical School (KETASCO) who beat Wesley Girls School to the astonishment of many and last was Prempeh College, Kumasi who battled it out with schools from the same region.
The first time making it to the finals, the ‘Eagles from the Volta Region’, known as KETASCO became known in the competition, as they made history by becoming the first SHS from the region to qualify for the grand finale of the NSMQ.
KETASCO scored 53 points, as against 35 by Wesley Girls’ and 31 by TAMASCO.
In the first contest of the day, PRESEC-Legon kept its dream of annexing the title for the seventh time alive when it won the contest. The vim of the Mountain Boys from Nkwatia-Kwahu, St Peter's SHS, and the zeal of the Tema chaps, Chemu SHS, could not stop PRESEC-Legon from inching closer to the dream of a third consecutive final and winning the title for the seventh time.
PRESEC-Legon obtained 50 points, while St Peter's had 34, with Chemu clinching 21 points.
The third semi-final duel, an all-Kumasi affair, was fiercely contested between the two main rivals: Prempeh College and Opoku Ware SHS (OWASS).
Aside from the winners of the semi-final contests progressing to the final of the NSMQ, prize money of GH¢5,000 was also at stake for the school with the highest score.
Even though OWASS garnered 59 points, three more than what KETASCO obtained to win in its semi-final contest and six more than what PRESEC obtained to come tops of its group, it couldn't qualify the school to advance to the last stage.
The school amassed 67 points, as against 53 by KETASCO and 50 by PRESEC, who are all in contention for the ultimate prize and the bragging right as the winner of the 2021 NSMQ.
Next Friday, any of the three qualified schools for the finals will have the opportunity to write their name in the sands of time.
While KETASCO will try to add its name to the list of first-time finalist winners, PRESEC will try to make it seven to maintain the record as the school with the highest number of wins, while Prempeh, on the other hand, would want to make it five wins.
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