NSMQ2021: Defending champions Legon PRESEC picks the first ticket to the finals

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Legon-based Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School (Legon PRESEC) has qualified for the Grand Finale of this year’s National Science & Maths Quiz (NSMQ). The school booked their ticket to the finals after beating St. Peter’s SHS and Chemu SHS in their Semi-final Stage contest on Tuesday afternoon, November 23, 2021. The lads from PRESEC won the contest with 50 points, as against the 34 points of St. Peter’s and 21 points of Chemu SHS.

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So far, Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School is the only school that has won many laurels in the NSMQ Championship — they have won the ChampionshIp title six times.

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The journey so far 

Before beating Sonrise SHS and Bolgatanga SHS to book first-place in the Semi-final Sage of the contest, St. Peter’s SHS first beat Notre Dame Girls’ SHS and Notre Dame Seminary SHS. St. Peter’s SHS first won the National Science & Maths Quiz in the year, 2000. It won it the second time in 2005 and the third time in 2018.

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Chemu secured their win over the two schools — St. Augustine’s College and Kanton SHS into the semis by answering the last question in the riddles section in Round Five, thereby gaining three points ahead of St. Augustine’s College’s 44 points. Chemu also beat Kumasi Secondary Technical School and St. James Seminary SHS to join the Quarter-final Stage. Chemu sailed through the One-eighth Stage from the Greater Accra Prelims, after beating Holy Trinity Cathedral SHS and Tema Methodist SHS. The school won with 60 points at the end of the last round.

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Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School demonstrated their supremacy by prevailing over their opponents, Ghana SHS, Tamale and St. Mary’s Boys’ SHS in the One-eighth Stage of the competition. They won the contest with 71 points, the highest score ever recorded in this year’s competition. Their closest contender, St. Mary’s Boys’ SHS had 27 points, with Ghana SHS gathering 26 points. They scored 70 points at the end of five rounds to win their Quarter-final encounter with Swedru SHS and Techiman SHS.

Here is the breakdown of PRESEC v PERSCO v CHEMU:

Round One – General questions on Chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics
PRESEC – Legon: 24pts
St. Peter’s SHS: 12pts
Chemu SHS: 8pts
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Round Two – The Speed race
PRESEC – Legon: 31pts
St. Peter’s SHS: 15pts
Chemu SHS: 6pts

Round Three – Problem of the Day
Chemu SHS: 2/10
PRESEC – Legon: 0/10
St. Peter’s SHS: 0/10

Round Four – True or False
PRESEC – Legon: 44pts
St. Peter’s SHS: 31pts
Chemu SHS: 18pts

Round Five – Riddles
PRESEC – Legon: 50pts
St. Peter’s SHS: 34pts
Chemu SHS: 21pts

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