For all those who closely followed this year’s National Science and Maths Quiz, she was the talk of the town (NSMQ).
Her outstanding academic fortitude during the tournament, which has become renowned as the gathering of the greatest minds among the country’s second-cycle institutions, will go down in history.
When she was named the overall outstanding female participant at the end of the competition, there were no complaints.
If you’re still confused about who I’m talking about, it’s Francisca Lamini of the Keta Senior High Technical School, who is the only female finalist in the 2021 NSMQ (SHTS).
Francisca took her school on her shoulders and, in keeping with the school’s motto, ‘Dzolali,’ which means “Fly Now,” she flew them all to the competition’s grand conclusion, making it the first-ever school from the Volta Region to do so.
That wasn’t her only accomplishment in the area. In the last eight years of the competition, she was the only female participant to make it to the finals. This came after her team defeated Wesley Girls High School, Cape Coast, probably Ghana’s greatest all-girls school, in the semi-finals.
Her achievements have been lauded, and she has made a reputation for herself, Keta SHTS, the alumni, and the Volta Region as a whole.
Many people are unaware, however, that Francisca had already demonstrated academic excellence prior to competing in the NSMQ.
She took the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates, also known as NOV-DEC, and received As in all four core subjects [English, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Social Studies], as well as four elective science courses [Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Elective Mathematics], for an overall score of 8As, the highest possible in the exams.
What’s more impressive is that she achieved this enviable achievement while still in her second year of high school, before completing the complete three-year program at her SHS. This is just amazing.
Francisca lives in Dabala, just like the rest of the NSMQ crew from Ketasco, who all live in the Volta Region.
She’s already planning on getting another set of 8As once the WASSCE school results for 2021 are released. This will allow her to follow her “childhood dream” of becoming a doctor.
Francisca wants to study medicine at the University of Ghana in Legon or the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Accra (UHAS).