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Chadds Ford, PA (April 30, 2024) – The Delaware County Christian School Hi-Q team won their first ever National Hi-Q Championship in a competitive contest against regional Hi-Q champions. Teams from Monroe High School in Washington, Gillet High School in Wisconsin and Murphy High School in Alabama competed against Pennsylvania’s DCCS for the national crown via video-conference on Tuesday, April 30.


The national championship was similar to all standard Hi-Q meets. Teams answered a total of 16 questions, including sports, math, and team choice with the variation of competing online. Teams had four chances to answer their questions. Four points were awarded for correct answers, with the point value decreased by one for each try. Unlike in-person contests, every team could participate in toss-up questions and no buzzers were used for missed point opportunities.


Delco Hi-Q Director and Quizmaster, Rick Durante hosted the match as teams viewed each other on-screen. Over 100 people logged in to watch the contest via Zoom. DCCS only missed one of their questions in the first half, giving them a strong lead before intermission. They remained strong in the second half, securing the win. The final score was Monroe: 33; DCCS: 47; Gillet: 30; Murphy: 27.


Congratulations to the DCCS Delco Hi-Q team and their veteran faculty advisor Thom Houghton and team members Joey Couchara, Luke Fox, Karis Lo, Emma Morton, Seth Nelaturi, Sidney Petrulis, Anna Sterious, Billy Sterious, Josh Thomas, and Josh Yuen. Following their virtual win the DCCS team headed to the adjacent DeMoss Center to an audience full of enthusiastic peers. The whole school had gathered to watch the contest and subsequently celebrate the win. Delaware County Christian School will receive the Henderson Trophy, named after Delco Hi-Q advocate Wilbur C. Henderson, after whom the Wilbur C. and Betty Lea Henderson Foundation was created.


DCCS advanced to the national level after winning the Delco Hi-Q title last month in a match against this year’s finalists Radnor and Garnet Valley.


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.


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