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Competition Heats Up Among Delco Hi-Q Squads

Delco Hi-Q teams from Springfield, Academy of Notre Dame, and Delaware County Christian School won their contests this week as the 71st Season of the nation’s oldest continuous academic quiz competition continued.

At a match on Monday at Springfield High School, the host school was in the lead at halftime with 24 points to Bonner & Prendie’s 23 and Cardinal O’Hara’s 11. Springfield continued to pile on the points in the second half to cement their lead and the win. Bonner & Prendie was happy to take second, only because it meant besting their rivals from Cardinal O’Hara. Final Scores: Springfield, 45, Bonner & Prendergast, 23; Cardinal O’Hara, 11.

Springfield High School Back (L to R): Faculty Advisor, Rob Hermann, Sanil Hira, Katie Jones, Andrew Fox, James Barbier, Faculty Advisor, Natalie Tanner Front (L to R): Emma Brune, Aidan Gallagher, Kate Kubiak, Sarah Lofland, Victoria Ryan

Academy of Notre Dame and Valley Forge Military Academy made the trip from Radnor Township to Lansdowne on Tuesday to take on Penn Wood High School. The contest was off to a patriotic start as the Penn Wood Marching Band performed the National Anthem. Notre Dame had an early lead but the home team moved ahead early in the contest scoring the only correct answer in the Sports toss-up. Notre Dame took the lead back late in the first half with correct answers in Shakespeare and Math. At intermission, Valley Forge had 2 points, Penn Wood 5, and Notre Dame led with 13. There were more points to be earned in the second half but the lead did not change; Notre Dame held on for the win. Final Scores: Penn Wood, 12; Academy of Notre Dame, 23; Valley Forge Military Academy, 9.

Academy of Notre Dame de Namur Back (L to R): Katie Lennon, Caroline Voegele, Sophia Skorup, Isabelle Molinari, Faculty Advisor, Dr. Norma DaCrema Front (L to R): Hendritta Panackalpurackal, Lauren Gunn, Lindsay Goldschmidt, Meghan O’Meara Absent from Photo: Faculty Advisor, Dr. David Califf, Francesca Giangiulio

On Wednesday, Radnor High School hosted Haverford High School and Delaware County Christian School. The home team faced tough competitors as DC is the season’s top scoring team and Haverford is the two-time defending champion. Teams were close through most of the first half. Radnor and Haverford tied late in the half and Delaware County Christian moved slightly ahead by intermission earning a 6 point lead by scoring in every category but Sports. Leadership didn’t change in the second half but Haverford did pull away from Radnor and was within 4 points of Delco Christian late in the game. DC buzzed in for the correct answer in Math earning 4 points to end an exciting contest. Final Scores: Radnor, 39; Haverford, 46; Delaware County Christian School, 54.

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 Hi-Q is a partnership between Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU) and Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union Foundation. FMFCU Vice President Rick Durante serves as 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.

The regular season ends next this week with competitions at The Christian Academy, Marple Newtown, and Interboro High Schools. The results of those final three contests will determine playoff positions. The season’s top scorer will take on the two semi-final winners for The Donna Zerby Trophy on March 6.

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