Opoku Ware School suffered yet another defeat to Sonrise SHS, debutants at the National Science & Maths Quiz and Science Festival in a nerve-wracking competition.
The Volta Region-based Sonrise SHS left it to the last riddle of the final round to beat their contenders Opoku Ware School and Berekum SHS in the 13th preliminary stage contest.
Opoku Ware School Contestants
At the end of the first round, Opoku Ware School, two-time NSMQ champions, was leading by a 13-point margin, ahead of their competitors. But Sonrise SHS kept gathering momentum and kept reducing the point difference between them and Opoku Ware School.
At the end of the fourth round, Sonrise SHS proved they were a force to reckon with as they managed to respond to all their True or False Statements.
Before the final round of the contest, Berekum SHS trailed with 15 points while Sonrise SHS and Opoku Ware School both scored 43 points.
Opoku Ware School answered the first riddle for 3 points to take the lead once more while the second riddle went unanswered by all three schools.
The debutants, Sonrise SHS took advantage of the wrong responses from OWASS to unravel the third and fourth riddles to win the contest.
At the end of the exciting contest, Sonrise SHS garnered 49 points with Opoku Ware SHS and Berekum SHS ending with 46 and 15 points respectively.
However, all hope is not lost for Opoku Ware School as their points are high enough to ensure their qualification to the next stage of the competition as one of the 18 highest-scoring losing schools.
In 2017, Opoku Ware School was eliminated at the one-eighth stage of the competition by Keta SHTS, another Volta Region-based school.
Prior to making their first appearance at the National Science & Maths Quiz and Science Festival, Sonrise SHS won their Volta Regional contest against St. Paul’s SHS, Nkwanta Community SHS and Kete Kratchi SHS.
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.