Blue Hen

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The Blue Hen is a high school quizbowl tournament held every March at the University of Delaware. Run on NAQT questions, it tends to attract a mid-size field of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. teams.

Originally the tournament only allowed Delaware teams to participate. Starting with Blue Hen III the field was opened up to outside schools. The top Delaware school receives the Founders' Trophy, which contains the names of the Delaware ACC members on the team in 1999. There was a four-year stretch when non-Delaware teams won the overall title, but now this trophy has become less important since Wilmington Charter has won the tournament (and thus won both trophies).

The names listed on the Founders Cup are David Balseiro, Richard (Hayden) Hurst, Dave DeForge, Kate Gample-Wallenjeck, Rajeev Gorowara, Arnadlo Gutierez, Eric, and Michael Rulon.

One feature formerly popular with some teams is the trash round. Many years this was run while a set of pairings is being calculated, either a late preliminary or the playoff bracket.

Results

Blue Hen Champion Second Third Fourth Field size Notes
XVI (2014) Manheim Township A Manheim Township B Caravel Newark Charter B 12 results
XV (2013) Manheim Township A Wilmington Charter A Georgetown Day Camp Hill A 18 results
XIV (2012) Georgetown Day A Richard Montgomery A Wilmington Charter B Oakland Mills 18 results
XIII (2011) Saint Joseph A Wilmington Charter A Georgetown Day A Wilmington Charter C 20 results
XII (2010) Georgetown Day A Caesar Rodney A Wilmington Charter A Richard Montgomery A 24 results
XI (2009) Wilmington Charter A Half Hollow Hills West A Wilmington Charter C Moravian 34 results
X (2008) Wilmington Charter A Moravian Half Hollow Hills West A Wilmington Charter B 26 results
IX (2007) Wilmington Charter A Gonzaga Walter Johnson Wilmington Charter B 20 About 36 teams were expected, but a snowstorm made travel from the north difficult.
VIII (2006) Wilmington Charter B Wilmington Charter A Wilmington Charter C Gonzaga 24 results
VII (2005) Gonzaga Montgomery Blair Wilmington Charter A Manheim Township A 17 results
VI (2004) Benjamin Banneker Howard A A.I. Dupont A Kellenberg Memorial 24
V (2003) Gonzaga Wilmington Charter A Manheim Township A Blake 41 results Around 48 teams were expected, but several had to drop out when the U.S. invaded Iraq and districts banned outside travel.
IV (2002) Kellenberg Memorial A Wilmington Charter A Seton Hall Prep A Manheim Township A 31 results
III (2001) Archmere A Council Rock A Wilmington Charter A Warwick B 30 results
II (2000) Caesar Rodney A Wilmington Charter A Archmere A Archmere B 14 results
I (1999) Archmere A Caesar Rodney A Caesar Rodney B Archmere B 12 results

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