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standoutscholars.com

March 23rd, 2009 by admin
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standoutscholars.com is the official website of the Scholastic Games high school quiz , a radio program designed to be both entertaining and informative.  It has showcased outstanding students in Lorain County, Ohio, since 1990.

LINKS:  You may listen to or download recent programs (below), read about the programs history and philosophy, and review the format and rules with sample questions.

weollogo2-08The program is heard locally on WEOL radio (AM 930),  Mondays between 6 and 7 p.m. local time (most weeks) from January through May.  After broadcast the programs are archived here.  The program is produced under the auspices of the Educational Service Center of Lorain County,ESC-logo and supported by grants from the Nordson Corporation Foundation, education funds managed by the Community Foundation of Lorain County, and the Nord Family Foundation.  Check out the list of recipients of the STANDOUT SCHOLAR AWARD, an honorarium of $50 for each program, designated to the student who contributes the most to his or her academic team.  Links are also provided to the  Ohio colleges and universities that participate in the Scholastic Games TUITION CREDIT AWARD PROGRAM, the procedures for which are described in detail including the forms sent to educational institutions.

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Dialogues 15-02

February 10th, 2015 by admin
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IN DEFENSE OF COMMON CORE

Gojak

Gojak

Common Core, a phrase that has come to mean the establishment of national standards for school curricula, is a controversial issue.  Many believe it is a threat to local control of schools.JCU-ed logo

Linda Gojak, a professor at John Carroll University and a former president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, is an outspoken defender of Common Core.  In this conversation with Bob Tayek she tackles the controversy, identifies misconceptions, and sheds light on what is really needed in America’s schools today.

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Dialogues 15-03

February 10th, 2015 by admin
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A POSITIVE VIEW OF UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

Jones

Jones

Intercollegiate athletic programs have come under fire because of scandals and controversies but these tend to be among the largest of universities.  Dr. Rock Jones of Ohio Wesleyan University looks at thOWULogoe subject from a different perspective, that of a division three school.  Competition is at a high level and it actually enhances the educational experience.   Dr. Jones presents his views to Bob Tayek in this enlightening conversation.

 

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SG15-02 Avon vs. Keystone

February 10th, 2015 by admin
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AVON HIGH AND KEYSTONE MEET IN SEASON’S SECOND PROGRAM

SG-Avon HS Team-2015SG-Keystone Team-2015Two more able teams vie for the honors in this week’s program, which was first aired on February 3, 2015.  Avon High School is represented by, left to right, Navi Baskar, Pete Stamatis, and Nick Coffey, with Stamatis acting as team captain.   The Keystone team, from LaGrange, Ohio, consists of, left to right,   Koral Kasnyik, Steven Speck, and Ian Schank, with Speck as captain. Click above to hear the program.  If you read on, the final results will be revealed in our official news release. [Read more →]

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Dialogues 15-01

February 4th, 2015 by admin
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Free Tuition Community College?  The LCCC President Gives His Views

Dr. Church

Dr. Church

lccc logoIn this interview, Dr. Roy Church, the long-term president of Lorain County Community College expresses his thoughts to Bob Tayek concerning President Obama’s ambitions plan to make community college education tuition free throughout the United States.  Under his leadership, LCCC has come to be rated as Ohio’s top community college.   The institution’s history of excellence in education and innovative programs such as the University Partnership make Dr. Church uniquely qualified to assess the prospects and pitfalls that are faced in the pursuit of this goal.

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25th Season Starts: Midview vs. Oberlin

February 2nd, 2015 by admin
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TWO FORMER CHAMPION SCHOOLS BEGIN 25TH SEASON WITH CLOSE CONTEST

SG-Midview Team-2015SG-Oberlin Team-2015Grafton’s Midview High School and Oberlin High School met for academic competition on the first program of the 2015 season for an end-of-January program where the score see-sawed and the outcome was very close.  Click above to hear the program or click below to read our official news release for the final results.  The teams consisted of, left to right, Ethan Greenly, Liz Kleinhenz, and Michele Manuk for Midview, and for Oberlin, Jack DeBouter, Cherokee Toole, and Chris Schroth[Read more →]

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SG14-17 Championship Broadcast 2014

May 22nd, 2014 by admin
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AMHERST STEELE CHALLENGES THE DEFENDING CHAMPION AS OLMSTED FALLS SEEKS RECORD FOURTH CONSECUTIVE CROWN

The teams are in place for recording the year's final competition.

The teams are in place for recording the year’s final competition.

After matching strings of victories this year, two exceptional teams vie for the top spot.  Representing the schools as in their past visits to the program are, left to right, Matt Cecil, Chad Johnson, and Stephen Sekoulopoulos for Amherst Marion L. Steele High School and Xavier Rivera, Andy Nageotte, and Zach Buchta for Olmsted Falls High School.  Click above to listen to the program.  Keep the suspense going–and there are a number of surprises in this competition–by not reading further yet, because the final results are revealed below in the original news release which was distributed following original broadcast. [Read more →]

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Dialogues on Education – SMART Consortium, pt. 2

May 21st, 2014 by admin
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MORE ABOUT S.M.A.R.T.

 

Cleveland's Idea Center, home of Ideastream

Cleveland’s Idea Center, home of Ideastream

SMART (Science and Mathematics Achievement Required for Tomorrow) is a statewide consortium based at Ideastream, Cleveland’s public broadcasting organization.  An earlier interview barely “scratched the surface” in describing the myriad services it offers to serve teachers and students in Ohio.  Therefore, the consortium’s Executive Director, Linda Williams, agreed to a second interview with Bob Tayek to provide more information about what it is all about.   If you still want more, here is a link:  http://www.smartconsortium.org

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14-12 Dialogues on Education – Elyria Public Library

May 5th, 2014 by admin
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ELYRIA PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM – A MODERN LIBRARY WITH A PROUD HISTORY NEEDS CONTINUED COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Pillivant, left, with Bob Tayek

Pillivant, left, with Bob Tayek

The EPL North Branch location

The EPL North Branch location

The Elyria Public Library system, the local radio sponsor of Scholastic Games, and for the first time this year, the provider of the venue for our championship eliminations, presents its story to Bob Tayek in this interview with the library’s Public Relations Director, Debra Pillivant.  She describes the many services the library provides, how its roles have changed over the years, and the need for passage of the current tax levy to maintain the level of quality this organization proudly maintains.

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Dialogues on Education – SMART Consortium

April 17th, 2014 by admin
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PUBLIC BROADCASTERS PROMOTE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS

Ideastream SMART Ideastream small logoAn arm of Ideastream, Cleveland’s public broadcasting organization, SMART (Science and Mathematics Achievement Required for Tomorrow) is a statewide consortium focused on how to better serve the students of Ohio.  In this conversation with Bob Tayek, its Executive Director Linda Williams describes the many ways SMART contributes to teacher preparation and provides services and resources to meet the organizational needs of schools to improve mathematics, science, and technology education.

 

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Dialogues on Education – The Nord Family Foundation 2014

April 16th, 2014 by admin
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Virginia and Walter Nord

Virginia and Walter Nord

EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES OF THE NORD FAMILY FOUNDATION

NordFF-LogoThe Nord Family Foundation, one of the benefactors of Scholastic Games, supports many projects and organizations in the community, including many in the area of education.  The foundation is a successor to a charitable trust established in 1952 by the entrepreneur and industrialist W.G. Nord.   Mr. Nord and his family believed that it was both responsible and prudent for a business to invest in the community it served, and formed a private foundation to be consistent in that investment even as the business reflected the cyclical nature of its earnings.

Mullaney

Mullaney

The family and the corporation founded by Mr. Nord, the U.S. Automatic Corporation, which later became the Nordson Corporation, established and maintained a long tradition of philanthropy which is evident in many places today.  In this interview, John Mullaney, the current Executive Director of the Nord Family Foundation, describes not only the history and philosophy of the organization, but some of the exciting educational efforts it is supporting.  Click above to hear Bob Tayek’s interview with Mr. Mullaney.

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