March 6, 2023 (Newtown Square, PA) – The top three Delco Hi-Q teams faced off for the 75th Delco Hi-Q Championship last week in Newtown Square. Garnet Valley finished the season second overall but overcame two tough challengers, Delaware County Christian School, and Radnor High School. Delaware County Christian played host as the top-scorer in the regular season but placements didn’t matter in this winner take all Championship. Twenty-one teams started the season and it all came down to this three school battle.
The DeMoss Center at Delaware County Christian School (DCCS) was standing room only as an audience of students, parents, administrators, elected officials, and sponsors filled the seats during the 75th Championship Contest on March 2, 2023. All three teams started off strong with correct answers across the board in Current Events. Radnor missed the next two questions, giving both DCCS and Garnet Valley the chance to gain a bonus point. DCCS had the lead in the majority of the first round but by half-time Garnet Valley was two points ahead of DCCS and 10 points ahead of Radnor.
Despite a valiant effort from both competitors, GVHS never lost the lead in the second round. Radnor and DCCS duked it out for second place, finishing only 3 points apart. Final Scores: Delaware County Christian School: 33; Garnet Valley: 49; Radnor: 36.
This win gave Garnet Valley their 10th Championship title. They have made playoff appearances for the past 9 consecutive years. Faculty Advisor Sandy Dubnansky is in her 12th year leading the team with co-advisor, Dr. Alex Hilemeyer in his first year. The coveted Donna Zerby Trophy will be theirs for the next year. In addition to the trophy, Garnet Valley’s Hi-Q team earned $3,000 for their school. Second place Radnor earned $2,500 for their school, and Delaware County Christian School earned $2,000. Garnet Valley will represent Delco Hi-Q in the Hi-Q National Championship on March 24th in an online contest against regional Hi-Q teams from Alabama, Washington, and Wisconsin.
The teams will receive their cash awards and recognition at the annual FMFCU Foundation Celebration, April 27 at Drexelbrook.
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 CSR and Program Manager 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.