Delaware County Council Cheers on Competitors at Hi-Q Academic Quiz Championship

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Released: March 6, 2023

Delaware County Council Vice Chair Elaine Paul Schaefer joined students from Delaware County Christian School, Radnor High School, and Garnet Valley High School on March 2 to cheer on the academic teams representing each of the schools at the 75th Annual Delco Hi-Q Academic Quiz Championship held at the Delaware County Christian School in Marple Township.

The Delco Hi-Q Championship is the oldest continuous academic quiz competition in the United States, dating back to 1948. Delco Hi-Q is a partnership between the Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU) and the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union Foundation.

Teams of up to ten students, representing 21 different Delaware County high schools, compete throughout the academic year to earn one of three spots in the Championship match. Students are quizzed on a range of topics, including art history, biology, chemistry, current events, geography, literature, mathematics, physics, Shakespeare, sports, U.S. Government, U.S. history, and world history.

This year, the Delaware County Christian School, coached by Thom Houghton, entered the match as the season’s highest-scoring team which earned them the opportunity to host the Championship. Radnor High School, coached by Robert Spear, and Garnet Valley High School, coached by Sandra Dubnansky and Dr. Alex Hillemeyer, rounded out the three-way battle, but in the end it was Garnet Valley that walked away with the victory, scoring 49 points to Radnor’s 36 points and host Delaware County Christian School’s 33.

Congratulations to Garnet Valley High School, all the brilliant students from each of the schools that competed this year, including semi-finalists Haverford, Marple Newtown, Penncrest, and Springfield.

Special thanks to Rick Durante, the Hi-Q Executive Director and Quizmaster, for his nearly 20-year involvement in the games, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, the primary corporate sponsor since 2004, and to the Delaware County Intermediate Unit for their program management and production support.

For more information about the Delco Hi-Q, including an explanation of how scoring works, a list of past winners, and details about current and past member of the All-Delco Team and the Hi-Q Hall of Fame, visit

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