At this point in the Delco Hi-Q season, every point becomes important and teams are competing vigorously for each and every one. If they maintain momentum, chances are Radnor and Penncrest High will be playoff contenders, as each bested their first round scores in their respective second competitions of the season.
Radnor and Delaware County Christian School competed at Archbishop Carroll Tuesday. The Raiders commanded the lead from the start with correct answers to some tough questions posed by Quizmaster Tom McCarthy through the first half of the competition. DCC and Carroll rallied in the second half. The home team scored particularly well in the science categories. Delaware County Christian was sharp in Literature, Art History, and Geography. Seven bonus points propelled Radnor past its previous score and they head into the third round with a cumulative score of 110. Final Scores: Radnor 56, Delaware County Christian School 43, Archbishop Carroll 27
Interboro hosted Penncrest and Strath Haven in a very competitive Wednesday meet. After welcoming remarks from Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union representative, Larry Schuelie, the host team went toe to toe with 2015-16 semi-finalist’s Penncrest, each earning maximum points for three out of their first four questions, but it was bonus points that propelled Penncrest to the lead, a lead they would hold throughout the match. Strath Haven rallied mid-way through the competition, showing strength in the math and science categories but fell shy of the points needed to surpass their competitors. Final Scores: Penncrest 55, Interboro 30, Strath Haven 29
A pair of contests next week will wrap up the second leg of the season. On Wednesday, Academy of Notre Dame hosts Marple Newtown and The Christian Academy. Springfield hosts Garnet Valley and Academy Park on Thursday. The season’s schedule and scores can be found at DelcoHiQ.org.
Each school team has ten members, and each school hosts one contest during the regular season. Three teams compete at each contest, and in the regular season competition there are three rounds. Questions prepared from 13 categories cover standard high school course content as well as general scholastic knowledge that students are expected to have acquired.
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, Rachel Murray 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.