The Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School (PRESEC Legon) records another back-to-back win in National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) contests.
They have made history as the only school in NSMQ contest to have successfully defended the trophy back-to-back twice.
After setting the record in 2009, they have now extended their tally to two consecutive victories by winning their eighth title on Monday against Achimota School and Opoku Ware School.
PRESEC boys won the NSMQ back-to-back in 2008 and 2009 and again won the trophy back-to-back in 2022 and 2023 respectively.
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Achimota School, the city rivals of PRESEC Legon, and Opoku Ware School from Kumasi were both hoping to upset the giants and secure their respective third titles, but their efforts fell short.
However, PRESEC Legon’s journey in 2023 wasn’t as smooth as their chants might suggest.
The Legon-based giants narrowly survived their quarterfinal clash and faced a significant challenge from Accra Academy, which delivered a spirited performance much to the admiration of competition fans.
The final itself proved to be an uphill battle.
In the first round, where contestants tackled fundamental questions, PRESEC emerged as frontrunners with a commanding 18 points, while OWASS and Achimota School followed with 11 and 09 points, respectively.
The intensity continued into the second round, with Achimota and OWASS valiantly accumulating 14 and 12 points. Nonetheless, despite their fierce efforts, PRESEC maintained their lead with an impressive 23 points.
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During the intermission, Achimota School took the opportunity to offer prayers for their contestants, but luck still eluded them in the subsequent rounds.
The third round, featuring the “problem of the day,” witnessed PRESEC earning four points, with their opponents, Achimota and OWASS, securing three and two points each, showcasing their unwavering determination.
Achimota School gave PRESEC a run for their money when they closed in on them in the fourth round, the true or false section. PRESEC finished the round with a lead of 21 points, but Achimota School had risen from 15 points in round three to 28 points in round four, while OWASS had 20 points.
The final round, where contestants tackled riddles, was the deciding factor. PRESEC needed to answer more correctly to secure their eighth trophy or risk seeing Achimota lift the trophy.
PRESEC had an easier time in the last round, answering most riddles to secure their win. Answering three riddles took PRESEC from 31 points to 40, while Achimota School and Opoku Ware lost with 28 and 23 points, respectively.
PRESEC came well-prepared to silence critics who hoped to troll the top dog, but the trolls must now wait, as PRESEC are the champions. For Achimota, they watch on as their city rivals continue to dominate.
Their supporters look on, stunned by the greatness of the ‘blue magicians.’
How do they do it? Others will have to wait another year to guess the answer. The prayers Achimota School offered may have gone unanswered.
In the end, it is PRESEC that proclaims, “8 is written, and God is great.”
Their dominance remains unchallenged.