As the team scoring the most cumulative points in the 69th Season of Delco Hi-Q, Haverford High School earned a berth in the championship round with 180 total points. The Fords will face two of six teams vying for the coveted Donna Zerby Trophy in early March.

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Haverford High School Hi-Q Team Back (L to R): Jack McGovern, Elliot Miciek, Steve Mittleman, Pryce Davies, Jacob Kaufhold, and Faculty Advisor Mr. David McCauley. Front (L to R): Peter Martin, Isabel Weir, Emma Davies, Amy Kushlan, and Quinn Gallagher.

Haverford handily won their final match on February 6, with correct answers across a variety of subjects and picking up five bonus points in their match-up with Strath Haven and The Christian Academy. TCA, the host team, had a strong first half and held their own through the end of the competition but two bonus points put Strath Haven ahead of them by two points. Haverford was the only team to provide correct answers in the Sports, Team Choice, and Toss-Up Math categories.

Final Scores: Haverford 56, Strath Haven 36, The Christian Academy 34

Garnet Valley entered the final regular season competition \with hopes of attaining a high enough score to secure the automatic championship seat. They fell short at the February 7 contest, but not by much. After stumbling on their first two questions, the Jaguars answered a dozen consecutive questions correctly on the first try and picked up five bonus points. Competing teams Marple Newtown, the contest host, and Ridley held their own, volleying for a second place finish. All three teams answered the Toss-Up Sports question correctly. Ridley High was quick with the buzzer and provided a correct answer in the Toss-Up Math category to secure second place. Marple Newtown added enough points to its cumulative season score to earn a playoff spot. The final competition in the regular season will be remembered as high-scoring, with a total of 149 points earned.

Final Scores: Garnet Valley 60, Ridley 46, Marple Newtown 43

Garnet Valley’s strong finish puts the team at 3rd seed in semi-final competition, where they’ll square off against rivals Penncrest (4th seed) and 5th seed Delaware County Christian School on February 21. Radnor has 2nd seed advantage, competing in the semi-finals against Marple Newtown and Springfield High Schools on February 23.

Rankings in the semi-finals serve only to place teams in their respective competitions. No team can take victory for granted in these highly competitive cerebral gymnastics. All teams are to be commended for their persistent hard work as are their schools for the support they provide.

The winners of each match-up will face Haverford High for the championship title on Tuesday, March 7. This will be Haverford’s twenty-first appearance in the Championship since 1955. The team that takes the crown will then move onto the national Hi-Q Championship March 30, where they’ll play three other local Hi-Q champs via teleconference.

Prizes will be awarded and all Delco Hi-Q teams will be recognized at the annual Partners in Education Celebration being held April 27 at Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center. More than 600 students, parents, teachers, businesspeople, and local dignitaries will attend the region’s premier academic awards ceremony.

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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