New entrants West Africa Senior High School (WASS) have been tipped to grabbed the prestigious National Science and Maths Quiz trophy for the first time after St.Thomas Aquinas SHS clinched it for the first time in 2013 for Accra-based school also, as another underdog.
The school which prides itself with the tag “Faith, Industry, Wisdom” have put themselves in an unlikely place in the grande finale of the 2018 National Science and Maths Quiz as they seek to make history by beating two-time champions St. Peters in Nkwatia and one-time champions Adisadel College.
West Africa SHS were resilient; absolutely unbeatable in their semifinal contest, kicking our reigning champions, Prempeh College out of the competition and dashing their hopes of winning their fifth trophy and being at par with Presec, Legon.
The Adentan-based day school is represented by Arkoh Sahene and Tade O. Hameed Abdul who both aspire to be Biomedical Engineer and a Computer Scientist respectively.
“Gbortwui” old students are rooting for a win for the Accra-based school on social media although getting to the grande final remains a great historic mark for the school.
The NSMQ trophy has spent more time with the Ashanti and Central Regions – twice with Prempeh College and once with Mfantsipm school and Adisadel College who now have a record three consecutive appearance in the finals.
The Cape Coast giants will be the main hurdle for West Africa SHS being regular contenders at the National level and with a rich experience from contesting in the Grand Finale.
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One of the boys representing Adisadel, Gabriel Ampadu Sasu has also proven to be a talisman to his team and is in good position to make sure the dream of West Africa SHS of lifting the trophy remains just that; a dream.
But WASS will not go down easy, their two main contestants also come in with rich experience, having contested in the 2017 competition.
They were booted out of the quarterfinals by Ho-based Mawuli Senior High School after they [WASS] scored just 38 points against Mawuli’s 56 points.
The experience of that competition has made them a force to reckon with in the 2018 contest, with some giant-slaying feats.
The three competing schools are all confident of victory in the much anticipated contest. Students of Adisadel are certain their experience in the finals will do the trick.
But the St Peter’s boys are set to pick their third title and they believe they will trash the ‘newbies’ [WASS] and the Cape Coast giants.
WASS on their part have already side-lined St Peter’s. “The third position is for them, we are just there to battle with Adisadel,” the head boy of WASS said.
This year’s edition has been nothing but a bag of mixed emotions as all 135 schools who competed fought fiercely to make it to the grand finale. There were sad moments, there were shocking moments, there were happy moments and there were moments of utter dismay.