The contest, described by the quiz mistress as most competitive and exciting, was decided in a tiebreaker round after Mfantsipim School and St. Peter's SHS were tied at 47 points each at the end of the fifth round.
Going into this contest, the boys from Mfantsipim School were looking for a revenge against their long-time rivals, St. Peter’s SHS, whom they had lost to on two previous encounters both in 2000 and 2007 editions of the competition. On the other hand, the boys from St. Peter’s SHS were seeking a third time victory over Mfantsipim School; a victory to climax their 60th anniversary celebrations in grand style. Whilst first-timers Kwahu Ridge SHTS were hoping to make history by defeating two time champions, Mfantsipim and St. Peter's SHS to qualify to the quarter finals of this year's competition.
At the end of the first round, Mfantsipim School and St. Peter's SHS tied at 12 points each whilst Kwahu Ridge SHTS scored two (02) points.
Mfantsipim School broke the tie at the end of the second round (also known as the "Speed Race") by taking the led with twenty four (24) points whilst St. Peter’s SHS and Kwahu Ridge SHTS ended the round with nine (09) and seven (07) points respectively.
In round three which was the Problem of the Day, Mfantsipim School and St. Peter's SHS had no difficulty as they both had a perfect score of ten points, with Kwahu Ridge making six (06) points. At the end of the third round, Mfantsipim School scored 34 points, while St. Peter’s School and Kwahu Ridge SHTS scored 19 and 13 respectively.
St. Peter’s SHS bounced back strongly in round four (True/False) where they correctly answered all their questions, closing the gap with Mfantsipim to twelve (12) points from fifteen (15) in the previous round. At the end, Mfantsipim School scored 47 points, 35 points for St. Peter's SHS and 20 points for Kwahu Ridge SHTS.
Then came the final round (also known as the round of Riddles) where contestants of St. Peter’s School, Richard Owusu and John-Edwin Gadasu were at their best by scoring twelve (12) points to come to level with Mfantsipim School at 47 points.
Gadasu, who has become a star answered all the four riddles correctly in the final round that earned St. Peter's twelve points.
Watch Gadasu as he answered all the riddles correctly.
The winner was then to be determined in a tiebreaker round.
Darryl Thompson picked and correctly answered the tiebreaker question for three full points that secured a quarter final slot for Mfantsipim against Aggrey Memorial SHS and Anlo SHS on Friday, 23rd June, 2017.
Announcing the scores at the end of the contest, the quiz mistress gave the two contestants of Mfantsipim School, Darryl Thompson and Isaac Asare new nicknames as JJ Thomson and Isaac Newton respectively for their outstanding performance.
Sir Joseph John Thomson OM PRS was an English physicist and Nobel laureate in physics, credited with the discovery and identification of the electron; and with the discovery of the first subatomic particle.
Sir Isaac Newton PRS was an English mathematician, astronomer, and physicist who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and a key figure in the scientific revolution.
The National Science and Maths Quiz, produced by Primetime Limited is sponsored by the Ghana Education Service through the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) and supported by Tigo, GOIL, Prudential Life Insurance, Accra College of Medicine and GCB Bank.
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