Winneba SHS can heave a sigh of relief after they were held to a nerve-wracking preliminary contest by Osei Kyeretwie SHS in the 2018 National Science & Maths Quiz and Science Festival.
The Central Region-based Senior High school won the contest with 41 points; five (5) points ahead of their closest contender, OKESS while Kumasi Girls’ SHS trailed with 18 points.
Winneba SHS dominated the first four rounds of the competition with Osei Kyeretwie SHS reducing the margin of points.
The Ashanti Region-based OKESS evoked the substitution system for the first time at the NSMQ2018 with the conviction of toppling their fierce contender, Winneba SHS after the third round of the contest.
By the end of the fourth round, a round of True/False Statements, Kumasi Girls’ SHS was losing with 18 points while Winneba SHS and Osei Kyeretwie SHS had earned 38 and 27 points respectively.
Winneba SHS nearly paid for losing concentration in the fifth round, the Round of Riddles, after allowing OKESS to unravel the first three riddles to garner nine (9) points; with just a point behind Winneba SHS.
However, Winneba SHS quickly gained their composure to beat the two Ashanti Region-based schools by answering the final riddle to secure their qualification to the one-eighth stage of the competition.
Dzodze-Penyi SHS also booked their ticket to the next round of contest by proving too strong for Navrongo SHS and Saviour SHS in a different competition.
Meanwhile, 18 highest-scoring schools will also progress alongside 36 winners of the preliminary contests.
The National Science & Maths Quiz and Science Festival is sponsored by the Ghana Education Service through the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), with support from GCB Bank, GTP, Lancaster University Ghana, Academic City College, Medifem Multi-Specialist Hospital, Accra College of Medicine, Hawtie Makeup, West African Centre for Cell Biology for Infectious Pathogens and Awake Purified Drinking water. The Sci-Tech Fair is sponsored by Goil, Prudential Life Insurance Ghana, and Tullow, while Bond Savings & Loans and RMG Ghana Ltd are sponsoring the Mentorship Sessions.