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High Scores Dominate Delco Hi-Q Competitions



Radnor High School Back (L to R): Priya Ganesh, Annabel Zhao, Rishi Khanna, Aanchalika Chauhan, Faculty Advisor, Robert Spear Front (L to R): Josh Yoo, Jesse Conen, Samuel Chung, Samuel Vizzeswarapu Absent from Photo: Carina Vale, Brian Chettle

Chichester kicked off the final contests of the second Delco Hi-Q round on January 14th and played host to Radnor and Interboro High Schools. After placing second in last year’s regular season, Radnor was looking for an opportunity to raise their point total to earn a return trip to the playoffs. Their season record high score, which stood for just a day, certainly increased their chances. Radnor was perfect in the first half. The team answered every question on the first try and picked up seven bonus points from the other team’s missed questions. Chichester and Interboro showed improvement in the second half but Radnor only missed two questions and cemented their lead ending with 60 points, more than any Hi-Q team had scored all season. Final Scores: Chichester, 17; Radnor, 60; Interboro, 15.

Delaware County Christian School had a similar performance the next day when Bonner & Prendergast hosted with Ridley High School. The visiting Knights scored in every first half category and picked up seven bonus points. At the half, Delaware County Christian led second place Ridley by 23 points with the home team in third.

Delaware County Christian School Back (L to R): Faculty Advisor, Thom Houghton, Aj Gerow, Ethan Cai, Yide Cai, Sam Master Front (L to R): Rachel Yeung, Hannah Master, Peter Yeung, Yewan Jeong, Hannah Gifford Absent from Photo: Caleb Chung

Delco Christian continued to dominate in the second half earning enough points to score the new season high record and the win. It was Bonner & Prendie with the last word by scoring on the toss-up Math question after the other two teams missed. That left the host team one point shy of taking second place from Ridley. Final Scores: Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast, 14; Delaware County Christian School, 64; Ridley High School, 15.

The week and the second round concluded on January 16th at Cardinal O’Hara with cross-township school Marple Newtown, and The Christian Academy. The home team led by eight points after the third category. It didn’t take too long for Marple Newtown to catch up. They picked up momentum when they were the solo team to score in Sports. O’Hara and TCA battled to gain the upper hand but Marple Newtown took the lead mid-way through the early categories and held it for the rest of the contest. Final Scores: Cardinal O’Hara High School, 20; Marple Newtown, 46; The Christian Academy, 11.

Marple Newtown High School Back (L to R): David Hasani, Mason Quinn, Freddie Furia, Ganesh Selvakumar, Jonathan Kim, Faculty Advisor, Liz Landes Front (L to R): Amanda Reed, Onisha Rahman, Midhula Pillai, Hong Yu Liu, Gloria Zacharias

Each team has competed two times this season and will have one more opportunity to score points. The third round begins Wednesday, January 23rd in Aston when Sun Valley hosts Chichester and Academy Park. The season’s top-scorer skips the playoffs while the next six teams compete in a semi-final round to determine the remaining finalist teams. Delco Hi-Q Championship will take place on March 6th with the winner taking home the Donna Zerby Trophy.

Delco Hi-Q is a partnership between Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU) and Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union Foundation. FMFCU Foundation Executive Director Rick Durante serves as Hi-Q Director and Quizmaster, FMFCU Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist Danielle Griffin is Hi-Q Assistant Director, and DCIU’s Dave Bramble is the production engineer. In addition to support from the 21 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 Chester Operations and the Delaware County Daily Times.

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