Two mid-December meets brought the latest chapter of Delco Hi-Q to an end but the season is still young.

GARNET VALLEY 0321516Penncrest, last year’s Delco Hi-Q champions, was unable to stave off rival Garnet Valley High School (pictured here) in the teams’ first meet of the season. Garnet Valley took a decisive lead at the beginning of Tuesday’s competition and held it to the end, besting visiting teams Penncrest and Strath Haven. Garnet Valley answered 11 questions correctly on the first try, earning maximum points. They only missed three questions but picked up five bonus points to claim the season’s highest score to date, 57. History and Science were Penncrest’s strongest suits, earning maximum points for answering nine questions correctly on the first try. Strath Haven’s sweet spot was Literature and Math, and they answered eight questions correctly on the first try. Final Scores: Garnet Valley 57; Penncrest 39; Strath Haven 35

By mid-point in Thursdays meet, host team Haverford jumped into the lead, threatening Radnor’s lead by earning four points with a correct answer to the Art History question. In the end, however, the Red Raiders catapulted to the lead by answering their last four questions correctly on the first try and picking up a bonus point. Only the Toss-up Sports and three other questions stumped the winning team. Haverford and Delco Christian were hard to stump, too. All in all, the meet was competitive with all three teams earning maximum points by answering many questions correctly on their first try. A strong finish put DC at a tie with Haverford, and both teams finished 13 points behind Radnor. Final Scores: Radnor 49; Haverford 36; Delco Christian 36

Delco Hi-Q is on hiatus for the holidays and will resume Wednesday, January 6 when Interboro and Academy Park travel to Marple Newtown. Academy of Notre Dame will host Penn Wood and Sun Valley January 7. The complete Delco Hi-Q 68th Season Schedule, information about the 21 participating teams, contest rules, and more can be found here.

Delco Hi-Q is a partnership between Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU) and Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU). Veteran actor Tom McCarthy is Quizmaster, FMFCU Vice President Rick Durante serves as Director, FMFCU Community Education Manager Karen Hassett is Hi-Q Coordinator, and DCIU’s Dave Bramble is the production engineer.

In addition to support from participating schools, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union and the Wilbur C. and Betty Lea Henderson Foundation are the primary corporate sponsors. Additional support comes from longtime sponsor Kimberly-Clark Corporation and the Delaware County Daily Times.

Donations to Delco Hi-Q and all Partners in Education programs are much appreciated and can be submitted here.