- Stephen Kofi Apemah-Baah, a 16-year-old Form 1 student from Opoku Ware School, has become a standout contestant in the National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ)
- Despite his young age and limited preparation time, Stephen led his school to victory in the semi-final, defeating senior competitors from Prempeh College and Pope John SHS
- He said that he felt inadequately prepared for the competition, considering that others had been studying for three years for the competition
Stephen Kofi Apemah-Baah, a Form 1 student from Opoku Ware School, has emerged as the unexpected star of the ongoing 2023 National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) competition.
Despite the odds stacked against him, Stephen led his school to the final, defeating experienced competitors from Prempeh College and Pope John Senior High School in the semi-final round.
In an interview, the 16-year-old expressed feeling unprepared due to his short time preparing for the NSMQ.
"I felt like I wasn’t really prepared because if you look at the gap, some people had three years to prepare, and you are only in form one you only have one year to prepare, and you are going against people who have been preparing for three years. It actually gave me some pressure."
Unlike his counterparts, who are usually in their third year, Stephen, a first-year student, faced off against seniors who had likely been preparing for three years.
The NSMQ traditionally involves form three students, but Stephen's exceptional performance led to his participation, showcasing his remarkable knowledge and skills in the competition.
Stephen's Opoku Ware School is set to face off against Presec and Achimota School in the highly anticipated final, scheduled at the National Theatre on October 31, 2023.
His journey has surprised the NSMQ audience and has become an inspiring story of determination and resilience, proving that age is no barrier to excellence in knowledge and academics.
Watch the video below:
Old Student Promises Stephen Apemah Baah GH¢5,000 Every Term If OWASS Wins The Trophy
Meanwhile, a Ghanaian man and Opoku Ware School alumnus, Philip Osei Banahene, has pledged to give contestant Stephen Apemah Baah GH¢5,000 every term if the school wins the National Science and Maths Quiz.
Banahene announced the reward on Facebook and described Apemah Baah as his special project. The gesture motivates the 16-year-old contestant and underscores Banahene's support for Opoku Ware School.
OWASS gets rousing welcome
Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that Opoku Ware School students jubilated as the NSMQ contestants returned to campus after securing a place in the 2023 finals.
The excitement was palpable as the school bus carrying the cheering squad pulled into the campus.
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In a video on TikTok, the joyful atmosphere continued as the bus driver honked the horn, adding to the celebratory mood.
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