The Regional Qualifiers of the 2021 edition of the National Science & Maths Quiz are currently underway. With schools competing for qualification slots across the country, here’s a rundown of the contests that took place on Day Two (4th May, 2021) in the Greater Accra Region.
Odorgonno SHS brought the fire in Contest 5, blazing through the rounds with a nearly impeccable performance. St. John’s Grammar School, Labone SHS and Tema Presby SHS tried their best to keep up, but Odorgonno started the contest decisively, ending Round 1 with 25 points, with Labone SHS, St. John’s Grammar School and Tema Presby garnering 20, 15 and 9 points respectively. At the end of the contest, the initial 5-point margin had increased to a 21-point lead, seeing Odorgonno SHS finish with a whopping 55 points.
Ashaiman SHS secured their qualification to the NSMQ 2021 National Championship in grand style, fending off St. Mary’s SHS, Kaneshie SHTS and Presby SHS – La. In the third round, St. Mary’s SHS, Kaneshie SHTS and Presby SHS – La effected substitutions to mitigate Ashaiman SHS’s dominance. Alas, their efforts were rendered pointless, with the original two-man team from Ashaiman sealing their victory with 42 points.
One-time champion – St. Thomas Aquinas SHS – did not show any mercy to Ada SHS, Wesley Grammar SHS and Fafraha Community SHS. Leading the pack from round one to four, St. Thomas Aquinas SHS finished the contest with 59 points, followed not so closely by Ada SHS with 26 points, Wesley Grammar SHS with 25 points and Fafraha Community with 16 points.
Chemu SHS ended Accra Girls’ SHS and Christian Methodist SHS’s hopes of progressing to the next stage in NSMQ 2021 with a convincing display that garnered Chemu SHS 57 points. Leading the charge from beginning to end, the team from Chemu SHS paid their respects to the late Francis Tetteh, a member of Chemu’s 2013 NSMQ team who died recently, by winning convincingly. Alas, Christian Methodist SHS’s 19 points and Accra Girls’ 15 points could not stand in the way of Chemu SHS.
The Greater Accra Regional Qualifiers ended with a lacklustre contest featuring Ghanata SHS, Kwabenya Community SHS, O’Reilly SHS and Ningo SHS. After an unimpressive first two rounds, Ghanata SHS managed to stray from the pack and lead the contest with a slender 2-point margin after a consistent display in the True/False Round. In the final round, Ghanata SHS sealed their victory by answering three riddles correctly, to end the contest with 28 points.
Aside from qualifying for the National Championship later this year, the qualified schools have immediate glory to look forward to. The NSMQ journey continues for the winning schools from Wednesday 5th May to Thursday 6th May, 2021 with the Greater Accra Regional Championship, where the day’s five winners will face off the region’s four seeded schools and winners from Day 1 in the Greater Accra Region.