SPACO, OLA clash in NSMQ regionals

The Volta region is set to host one the fiercest contests in the qualifiers for the 2019 edition of Primetime’s National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ).

Denu-based St. Paul’s High (SPACO) albeit fairly unknown at the national level, can boast of being the best when second-tier schools from the Volta region are called.

They face off with OLA Girls’ SHS for a spot in the show that has over the years, seen old boys and girls walk chest out or suffer social media trolls.

SPACO’s Ho-based opponents although psychologically edgier than by their first tier status cannot boast of any success in the NSMQ either.

They have not progressed further than the 1/8 stage recently.

In 2018, OLA was eliminated by second runners up Adisadel College at the 1/8 stage after a poor performance.

They came last in that contest, scoring as low as 22 points; 25 lower than Adisadel and 15 lower than Osei Tutu SHS who came second.

SPACO was not represented in the 2018 competition after they suffered regional elimination from Sonrise SHS who had a superb debut.

However, they managed a 1/8 qualification in 2017 but lost to Kumasi SHS.

The two single-sex schools must now struggle for supremacy as only one of them can make it to University of Ghana in June.

Elsewhere, Bishop Herman College, who have consistently failed in the NSMQ bid, have another chance to make a statement.

The strength Mafi Kumase SHTS and Krachi SHTS may just make the contest a formality for the Volta regional giants who suffered a humiliating defeat from rivals Mawuli School at the 1/8 stage in 2018.