The quest to finding the best brains in Ghana continues in the National Science & Maths Quiz Northern Zone Preliminary Stage. At the end of Day One, Zabzugu SHS, St. Francis Xavier Junior Seminary SHS and St. Charles Minor Seminary SHS emerged victorious. Day Two had Bolgatanga SHS, Navrongo SHS and Northern School of Business qualify to the One-Eighth Stage.
Zabzugu SHS became the first in the country to win the maiden edition of the GOIL Riddle Bonanza followed by St. Francis Xavier Junior Seminary SHS in contest two both earning GHC800.
None of the competing schools won the Prudential Life NSMQ Star, worth GHC 2000 in the Northern Zone. St. Francis Xavier Junior Seminary SHS was the only school that got really close to winning the Prudential Life NSMQ Star, scoring seven out of 10 points on Day One.
Bolgatanga SHS begun Contest Four with the lowest points yet had an impressive win at the end of the day. Navrongo SHS went from top runners in Contest Four to regional qualifiers in Contest Five. And finally, Tamale Girls’ SHS and Sandema SHTS squander their second chance in slow-burning performance.
Check out this summary of the NSMQ Northern Zone Preliminary Stage Day One & Two
Contest One – Regional top runner-up; Zabzugu SHS became the first in the Northern Zone to secure a place at the One-Eighth stage and the first to win the GOIL Riddle Bonanza nationwide, earning GHC800. Their performance was impressive as they led by a wide margin in the contest against Anbariya SHS and Gowrie SHTS. Unfortunately, all of the contestants earned zero marks; none of them came remotely close to winning the Prudential Life NSMQ Star, worth GHC 2000.
Contest Two – St. Francis Xavier Junior Seminary SHS had already gained people’s attention by making two appearances at NSMQ Grand Finale (2012 & 2014). The Northern Ghana Giants – St. Francis Xavier Junior Seminary SHS had a terrible start in round one when they were slain by Tamale Girls’ SHS. However, Tamale Girls’ SHS’s victory was short-lived when the Giants reigned supreme with 49points at the end of the contest. They also became the second to win the GOIL Riddle Bonanza nationwide and the winner of the Airtel-Tigo highest scorer of the Day worth Ghc1000.
Contest Three – St. Charles Minority Seminary SHS won contest three in the Northern Zone with 35points beating Walewale SHTS and Damongo SHS to qualify to the next round of the National Championship. Regrettably, none of the contestants won any of the converted prizes at the Preliminary stage.
Contest Four – Beginning the contest with the lowest points, Bolgatanga SHS had an impressive win against Navrongo SHS and Sandema SHTS. In this contest, none of the schools won the Prudential Life NSMQ Star or the GOIL Riddle Bonanza worth GHC 2000 and GHC800 respectively. Bolgatanga SHS led the competition with 47points followed by Navrongo SHS had 34points and Sandema SHTS 26points. Navrongo SHS as the top runner-up of the day had another chance against Notre Dame Seminary SHS and Vitting SHS. Sandema SHS as the second top runner-up of the day also competed against Tamale Girls’ SHS and Northern School of Business.
Contest Five – Navrongo SHS made a magnificent come back in #NSMQPrelims Contest Five to secure their slot to the One-Eighth Stage of the competition. They got a second chance at grapping the NSMQ trophy after emerging as the top runner-up from Contest Four. Navrongo SHS answered three out of four riddles correctly in round 5, winning the GOIL Riddle Bonanza worth GHC800. They emerged victors of the Airtel-Tigo Highest Scorer of the Day at the leading with 54 points winning GHC1000 .
Contest Six – The final leg of the NSMQ Northern Zone Preliminary Stage ended in a lackluster performance by Tamale Girls’ SHS and Sandema SHTS who returned to the stage to compete against Northern School of Business. As the two top-runners up; Sandema SHTS and Tamale Girls’ SHS got a second chance to vindicate themselves in Contest 6, however they surrendered to Northern School of Business who qualified to the One-Eighth with 26 points. None of the schools in the final contest won the GOIL Riddle Bonanza or NSMQ Star.
The National Science & Maths and Quiz and Science Festival is sponsored by the Ghana Education Service in partnership with Absa Bank Ghana Limited and supported by Joy News, Prudential Life Insurance, Goil, Airtel Tigo, Dano Milk, Academic City, Accra College of Medicine, Academic City, Central University, GTP, Adansi Travels, Medifem Multi-specialist Hospital and Fertility Centre, Third Eyecare Vision Centre and YFM.
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