The last contest to climax the Semifinal Stage was set to commence on Sunday, 23rd October 2022 at the Saarah-Mensah auditorium. It featured a showdown between St. Augustine’s College (AUGUSCO), Adisadel College (ADISCO) and Opoku Ware School(OWASS). All three schools had fought hard enough at the One-eighth stage to retain their seeds. Having sailed through the Quarterfinals with remarkable performances, it was now time to determine which one amongst the three would book the ultimate spot in the Finals of the National Championship.
The ‘Zebras’ sealed their Quarterfinals slot after an ‘undomestic battle’ against Koforidua Secondary Technical and Achrensua SHS. After a daunting victory against Assin State College and Swedru SHS, Adisadel College won a slot to compete in the Semifinals. They have slid into the Finals with a late win against OWASS and AUGUSCO, picking up the ultimate slot in the Finals of the National Championship. All through the contests, they have continually sought victory from Allah and he has never failed them.
It was a rather slow start into the contest for the ‘Santa Clausians’ of ADISCO as Opoku Ware School swam in victory at the end of the first round. In the second round of the contest, Opoku Ware School could not match their round one performance, as they could add only two points to their score. Adisadel College tried to match up to their speed but could only fall behind the leaders with five points while St. Augustine’s College lagged behind in performance.
It was an intriguing third round as the contestants were to biologically help a farmer at Abrankesem who had been affected by the Russia-Ukraine War in the Problem of the Day. St. Augustine’s College went completely off-track in answering the first part of the question. All through the methods provided, they ended up with one point out of ten. Opoku Ware School began the solution on an impressive note but ended up falling away into the remaining answers, earning them two points out of ten. Adisadel College also did their best and managed four points out of the 10/10 perfect score.
Into the fourth round of the contest, Opoku Ware School effected a substitution, bringing into the contest their “Almighty Tikuuni” – Anderson. OWASS picked up the first ‘ True/False ‘ question and provided a wrong answer. Out of all the three schools, Adisadel College managed to provide an accurate answer to the first question. This caused a scare in the auditorium as the supporters of OWASS were atwitter about their performance and only hoped for their “super sub” to do his thing. The supporters of Adisadel College on the other hand seemed to be enjoying the round as their contestants answered all but one of their questions accurately. AUGUSCO jubilated with ADISCO in the bid of brotherhood. At the end of the fourth round, it was evident that the supporters of OWASS were antsy.
After a rip-roaring fourth round, positions were switched. ADISCO sat in the lead with 39 points as OWASS followed closely with 30 points leaving AUGUSCO behind with 22 points. Adisadel College stayed to their promise of returning to the drawing board and coming back better than their previous performances. They continued in the lead as they rang in with valid answers to the riddles provided. The fifth and last round was hence the decider of who secured the ultimate slot in the Finals. Having moved ahead in the final round, Adisadel College snatched the final spot in the Finals of the National Championship with 45 points.
Adisadel College will compete against Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary, Legon and the reigning Champions Prempeh College in the Grand Finale of the National Championship scheduled for Wednesday, 26th October 2022.
Here are the round-by-round scores of the last Semifinals contest at the Saarah-Mensah auditorium.
Round One – General questions on Chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics.
Opoku Ware School- 25pts
St. Augustine’s College- 13pts
Round Two – The Speed Race
Opoku Ware School- 27pts
Adisadel College- 22pts
St. Augustine’s College- 17pts
Round Three – Problem of the Day
Opoku Ware School- 2/10
Adisadel College- 4/10
St. Augustine’s College- 1/10
Round Four – True or False
Adisadel College- 39pts
Opoku Ware School- 30pts
St. Augustine’s College- 22pts
Round Five – Riddles
Adisadel College- 45pts
Opoku Ware School- 33pts
St. Augustine’s College- 22pts
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