Mfantsipim School has for the first time been sent to the Regionals in a contest many described as the final before the finals of the 2019 National Science & Maths Quiz.
They were trashed by their Regional archrivals, St. Augustine’s College, in a One-Eighth Stage contest which involved another next-door neighbour, Swedru SHS.
The seasiders maintained an impressive run throughout the contest to prove why they were crowned winners of the maiden edition of the Central Regional Championship earlier this year.
Augusco pulled an impressive 58 points whilst their contenders, Kwabotwe and Swesco, struggled to make 38 and 10 points respectively.
Their failure over the past three years presented St. Augustine’s College a time to reflect on their performance and device a strategy to change what was becoming a narrative.
The woes of the NSMQ2007 winners began in 2017, when they were eliminated at the Preliminary Stage, and had to stage their campaign from the Regional Qualifiers.
Their troubles got deepened the following year, when Swedru SHS stood in between them and the 2018 National Championship. This downside performance called for urgent attention of the school management and the Old Boys to figure out a solution to revert the trend. The Old Boys Association, popularly known as APSU, therefore, built an NSMQ complex for the school’s NSMQ team, and gave them special tuition ahead of the Championships, an investment which seems to be yielding results.
With the One-Eighth Stage hurdle dealt with, AUGUSCO has an eye on the trophy, and is hoping to be the second school after St. Peter’s SHS to have come from the Regionals to clinch to the ultimate.
St. Augustine College will face Tamale SHS and Boa-Ampomsem SHS at the Quarterfinals slated for Saturday, July 6, 2019.
The journey to the top will certainly not be easy, but the AUGUSCO contestants are poised to write their names in the NSMQ history book.
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