The Sun Valley Hi-Q team put forth a great effort during the Delaware County Hi-Q Championship competition at Garnet Valley High School on March 8th. The team qualified for the championship after winning their semi-final round against Radnor and Haverford with a final score: Sun Valley 54, Haverford 51, Radnor 46. This was the first time in Sun Valley history that the Hi-Q team has made it to the championship round.
The team performed well against Garnet Valley and Penncrest in the final match up with a final score: Garnet Valley 59, Penncrest 27, Sun Valley 22. Sun Valley faced many challenging questions on Shakespeare, Geography, World History and tackled complex math equations with vigor. In the Championship round of the Hi-Q competition, the questions are significantly more difficult as to truly challenge the students that have made it this far.
During the Hi-Q competition, the three teams take turns answering questions presented by the Quiz Master. The questions can be about anything including current events, American history, world news, literature, Math and more. The team gets four attempts to answer their question, the point value decreasing from 4 to 1 with each attempt. If they miss the question, the other two teams may buzz in to answer correctly and gain 1 point. There are additional rounds where each team is asked the same questions and submit a written answer to the quiz master. The team with the highest point value at the end of two rounds wins.
The Delaware County Intermediate Unit and Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union co-sponsor the competition that has been around for 68 years. Sun Valley first entered the competition in 1994 and last year made their first appearance in the semi-finals under the leadership of now retired teacher, Mr. William Stull. With losing only one senior, Veronica Sieko, last year, and under the leadership of adviser Mr. Joe Kochersperger, the team was poised to have an outstanding year.
Mr. Kochersperger noted, "Our success this year has been built off of the foundation created by the retired coach, Mr. Bill Stull. Through his coaching he inspired the team to work hard and dedicate themselves to doing their best. I have been fortunate to take over a team of amazing students. We have a great group of seniors who set an example for their younger teammates so that we can be successful now and in the future. It has been very exciting to be a part of this team and to watch the team’s hard work and dedication pay off."
Garnet Valley may have taken home the trophy, but Sun Valley made history! Congratulations to the members of the Sun Valley Hi-Q team: Michael Costigan, Nick Garvey, Hannah McGinn, George Popov, Sumaiya Begum, Artricia Nou, Zoe Rogers, Jayna Suter, Grace Coleman, Caitlin Campbell, and Mr. Kochersperger.