After eleven (11) long years of being in the wilderness, the Presbyterian Boys Secondary School, Legon, put up a stellar performance in the grand finale leading to their historic and
unprecedented 6th victory in the National Sclence and Maths Quiz competition exhibited their determination to lift the trophy right from round one to the fifth round as they led in points round after round.
PRESEC had to beat off fierce competition from their arch rivals, Adisadel College, Cape Coast and Opoku Ware SHS, Kumasi, in a hotly contested grand male held at the Economics Department, University of Ghana.
The #Covid19 edition of the final competition saw a contest among three leading cities in Ghana as well as three domineering orthodox churches that are famed for setting up excellent educational institutions.
Thus, the former capital city, Cape Coast, represented by Adisadel College founded by the Anglican Church; the Garden City, Kumasi, represented Opoku Ware, founded by the Roman Catholic Church; and the Presbyterians boys from Accra, the capital city, achieving host and win feat NSMQ 2020 gave us something to smile and cheer about from the Education sector as the novel virus had virtually grounded schooling.
Government had closed down all schools at all levels as a measure to checkmate the spread of the pandemic in Ghana.
The usual social and traditional media bragging rights were in full swing as old boys and girls and associates of these schools jeered and trolled one another at the various platforms, homes and offices.
The NSMQ which started in 1994 with sponsorship from the Ghana Education Service and being produced by Primetime Media Production had generated intense national commentary occupying a threshold in the social discourse sphere.
It’s without doubt that the NSMQ has really rekindled interests in the teaching and leaning of science and mathematics in the senior high
The lead contestant for PRESEC, Daniel Gakpetor Kekeli received the coverted 6th trophy from the Head Quizmistress, Dr Esle Kautmann.
Gakpetor also the recplent of a $40,000 worth of scholarship assistance to pursue medicine at the Accra College of Medicine, having been adjudged the Most Outstanding Contestant
PRESEC received GHC40,000 as a school, contestants had GHC 20,000 and teachers smiled with GHC20,000 plus 10 gold medals for contestants and coaches
The details of the prizes were as follows;
- Best Contestant
Scholarship from Accra College of Medicine
Daniel Gakpetor Kekell ($40,000)
- Dr. Kwaku Mensah-Bonsu Award for Most Impresive Run Aburi Presby SHTS (Ghc7000)
- Prof. Maria Awurama Addy for the Best Team PRESEC Legon (GHC3,000)
- Jacob and Elzabeth Bamfo Memorial Award for Most Impresive Run (Teachers)
Aburi Presby SHTS(Ghc10,000)
- Three months supply of assorted Dano Milk products Boa Amponsem SHS
- Eugene Arhin’s (Director of Communications at the Presidency) Speed Award
PRESEC, Legon: GHc5,000
7.Adansi Travels package for all three schools. A trip abroad
8. MEDIFEM Multi Specialist and Fertility Centre package for all finalists (One-year full Medical care)
- ABSA BANK SPECIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
PRESEC, Legon: GHc40,000
Walked home with GHc20,000 for the school GHc15,000 for the contestants and GHc15,000 for the teachers. They also receive bronze medals-OPOKU WARE SCHOOL
- SECOND PLACE
Walked home with GHc30,000 For the school; GHc17,000 for the contestants and GHc17,000 for the teachers. They also receive silver medals-ADISADEL COLLEGE