NSMQ: ‘Everything happened fast,’ WASS finalist speaks on 2018 loss

NSMQ: ‘Everything happened fast,’ WASS finalist speaks on 2018 loss
WASS placed second in the 2018 championship.

“It just happened very fast. I don’t know but the bell just went…there was confusion.”

These are the words that Sahene Arkoh, one of the contestants for West Africa Senior High in the 2018 edition of the National Science and Maths Quiz, used to describe the moment the coveted trophy slipped away.

The Adentan-based school came into the final as underdogs, seeing that they were up against four-time successive finalists, Adisadel College and two-time winners, St Peters SHS.

But before the final question, they were only a point short of making history.

After leaders St Peters answered the last question wrongly, WASS had the chance to kill it but the cheers from the supporters at the National Theater may just have drowned their chances.

The question was to all three schools simultaneously and required each school to ring a bell to answer. WASS rang the bell and got it wrong; that was after leaders, St Peters had also got it wrong, making the latter winners.

Speaking to JoyNews a day before the launch of the 2019 competition, Arkoh said they were not even ready to answer the question, “we were like who rang the bell?”

Sahene Arkoh contested in the NSMQ in 2018

St Peters won the contest with 45 points while WASS came a point short and Adisadel slipped behind at the last minute with 39 points.

A year has passed since then and Arkoh says he is part of the team preparing the new WASS team that will represent the school in the 2019 competition.

His advice to those competing in 2019 is to “do their homework and cover all the loopholes.”

He wants them to take their trial contests seriously and aim for gold.