Education Minister Mourns the Tragic Loss of James Lutterodt, NSMQ ‘Hero’ from KETASCO

Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education, expressed deep sadness upon learning about the untimely passing of James Lutterodt. In a Facebook post on July 4, 2023, Dr. Adutwum extended his condolences to Mr. Lutterodt’s family and paid tribute to the National Maths & Science Quiz (NSMQ) 2021 star.

Dr. Adutwum conveyed his profound sorrow and heartfelt sympathies to the family over the tragic loss of James Lutterodt, an exceptional former student of Keta Senior High Technical School (Keta SHTS) and a participant in the National Science and Mathematics Quiz. He described James as a shining star in the education system, highlighting his exceptional talent and dedication to knowledge.

The Minister further expressed his love and support for the family during this incredibly difficult time, while praying for the eternal peace of James Lutterodt’s soul and hoping that his memory would continue to inspire others.

James Lutterodt gained recognition as a finalist in the 2021 National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) alongside his teammates Francisca Lamini and Bright Senyo Godzo, representing Keta Senior High School (Ketasco). Their brilliance and resilience captivated viewers across the country during the highly competitive program.

Although they finished in third place, they made history by being the first students from the Volta Region of Ghana to reach the prestigious NSMQ finale.

Before his unfortunate passing, James Lutterodt was an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Computer Science at the University of Ghana (UG), Legon. He was set to travel to the USA for further studies but passed away at the age of 19.

Reports indicate that his death resulted from food poisoning. The loss of such a promising young man has left a void in the hearts of many, as he had a bright future ahead of him.

Confirming his passing, the NSMQ, on Twitter, today, Monday, July 3, 2023, has eulogised him. 

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of James Lutterodt,” the NSMQ noted, lauding: “As a history-making #NSMQ2021 Keta SHTS team member, he made his school and region proud as the first school from the Volta Region at the NSMQ Final.”

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