• Faculty advisor:  Bill Rothenbach, wrothenbach@wssd.org
    About Delco Hi-Q
    Delco Hi-Q is the oldest continuous academic quiz competition in the United States. The Hi-Q academic competition began in Delaware County, PA as a community relations program of Scott Paper Co in 1948. The success of Scott’s Hi-Q in Delaware County led Scott Paper to introduce the program across the country. The competition expanded in 1976 to Washington State, in 1977 to Wisconsin/Michigan, in 1982 to Maine, in 1984 to Arkansas, and in 1987 to Alabama.
    Contest Information

    Twenty-one Delaware County high schools participate in Delco Hi-Q.

    • Each school team is composed of ten students.
    • Each school hosts one contest during the standard season.

    Questions are prepared from 14 subjects.

    • Based primarily on the content of standard high school courses.
    • General scholastic knowledge that the students can be expected to have acquired at school or elsewhere.
    • Guidelines and/or specific reference material are provided when the category is not usually a standard high school course.
    • In Standard season competition, there are three rounds: Each team plays once in each round. Three teams compete on stage in each contest. The total cumulative points each team earns in the three contests in which it competes determine standings.
    • Total points determine entry into the Semifinal Round and Championship Match.

    The highest-scoring team at the end of the regular season automatically becomes a participant in the Championship Match and does not compete in the Semifinals. The Semifinal Round is a six-team competition. From points accumulated during the regular season, the second highest-scoring team will play teams in positions six and seven. The third highest-scoring team will play teams in positions four and five. In the single-contest Championship Match, the two semifinal winners compete against the highest-scoring team from the standard season. All teams start at zero in the semifinal and the championship match.


    In the Championship Match, first, second and third place teams win cash awards for their schools of $3,000, $2,500 and $2,000 respectively.

    A revolving trophy is presented annually to the Champion for display by that school throughout the next season. A permanent award is also presented to the top school. Individually engraved plaques are awarded to each school. Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union and Kimberly-Clark Corporation Chester Operations sponsor awards for each team.

    Certificates are presented to each member of every team.

    How to attend a competition: Competition schedule is available by calling the Hi-Q hotline at 610.359.3992. Audience participants must call the school hosting the particular competition and register for security reasons. Attendance is free and open to the public. All are welcome!
    For more information, visit the Official Delaware County Hi-Q Website: