The Audience at UDHS“Nail biter” is the best way to describe the Delco Hi-Q competition between Upper Darby, Interboro, and Academy of Notre Dame. Host team Upper Darby took an early lead but was unable to keep it and missed tying their competitors by two points. Interboro and Notre Dame volleyed for the lead from about mid-point until the very end when the Bucs correctly answered the Toss-Up Math question to tie the ladies of Notre Dame at 33. Upper Darby was the only team to correctly answer the Sports and Team Choice categories.

Final Scores: Academy of Notre Dame de Namur 33, Interboro 33, Upper Darby 31

Springfield High School was on fire at Delaware County Christian School in Friday’s match, where Chichester High competed as well. During the first half of the competition, the Cougars gained maximum points for correct answers in all categories, but three bonus points gave the home team an early lead. Chichester picked up steam in the middle of the competition but despite earning two bonus points toward the end, were not able to keep up with their competitors. Springfield catapulted past the Knights with correct answers in Team Choice (Shakespeare) and Toss-Up Math. DC and Springfield earned enough points to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Final Scores: Springfield 55, Delaware County Christian 48, Chichester 14

Just five more matches remain in this 69th season, three of which are slated for the week of January 30. That day, Penn Wood hosts Archbishop Carroll and Bonner/Prendie. Valley Forge Military Academy plays host for the first time—this being their first season—when Academy Park and Cardinal O’Hara visit on Wednesday. On Thursday, Radnor High will host Sun Valley and Penncrest High Schools.

How Hi-Q Works

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.

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