The race for who emerges winner of the 2018 National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) ends today Thursday 5th July at the National Theatre.
West Africa SHS, St. Peter’s SHS and Adisadel College are the schools who qualified to the finals amongst the 135 schools from across the country – in all 10 regions who contested this year
WASS and ADISCO began the journey of this year’s NSMQ among the top 27 seeded schools, PERSCO, who had won in 2000 and 2005, are chasing a third title in 12 years.
They started from the preliminary stage of this year’s competition by beating Notre Dame Girls’ SHS and St. Martin’s SHS.
They also defeated Fijai SHS and Jachie Pramso SHS at the one-eighth stage of the contest.
Having made it to the quarterfinal, PERSCO amassed 63 points to beat off competition from Wesley Girls and St. Thomas Aquinas SHSs, who managed 36 and 28 points respectively.
They sailed through the semi-finals by accumulating 35 points as against the Keta SHS and Mawuli School who got 26 and 22 points respectively.
WASS, who are still chasing their first-ever gold in the NSMQ, proved why they made it to the list of 27 seeded schools with an explosive win in the quarterfinals.
With 59 points they saw off Tamale SHS and Kumasi SHS who had 43 and 23 points respectively.
They then moved on to cause a major upset after bringing down Prempeh College, who were hoping for a back-to-back after annexing the ultimate trophy in 2017.
WASS sealed the grand finale berth by amassing 52 points, seven more than Prempeh College, and Krobo Girls SHS who settled for 29 points.
ADISCO, which was among the 27 seeded schools for this year’s competition, sent a strong warning to other contenders for the trophy right from the quarterfinals with a bang against St Louis and Sandema SHSs, bagging 58 points as against 26 each for the latter pair.
It was a tight contest for them at the semi-finals after they left it late to beat arch-rivals Mfantsipim School and Ghana National with 48, 44, and 26 points respectively.
On paper, ADISCO looks more likely to walk home with the crown because of the final berth in the last four outings.
However, to have staged a comeback after 12 years, PERSCO will not like to let go of any opportunity while WASS equally lurks around to make history.