Scholastic Games Archived radio high school quiz programs

February 17, 2021

Dialogues 21-03 Tonya Birney on Mental Health Challenges

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The Covid-19 pandemic and its effect on the mental health of Lorain County students, kindergarten through High school, is discussed with Tonya Birney.  She is the Dissemination and Implementation  Officer for Prevention Services at the Mental Health Addiction and Recovery Services Board of Lorain County.  A licensed Independent Chemical Dependency  Counselor and Consultant, Tonya explains the programs that are now being administered by several school districts to assist students and their families in coping with  issues that have arisen due to the isolation created by the pandemic.

Quiz Show 21-04 Brookside – Olmsted Falls

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The February 15th program on WEOL (AM 930/FM 100.3) featured two well-matched teams in a competition that ended with high scores for both sides. From Brookside High in Sheffield Village, the academic team consisted of Nico Morell, Oliver Palmer and team captain Kassie Brooks; representing Olmsted Falls were Rachel Allen, Elena Strozewski, and team captain David Vidovich.   Click above to hear the program. Choose opening it in a new window to continue browsing as you listen. For a peek at the final results, click here to read our official news release.

February 10, 2021

Quiz Show 21-03 Elyria vs. Midview

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The third program of the season is between Elyria High School and Grafton’s Midview High School. Student participants, as they participated on Zoom, are pictured above. Listen by clicking above; we recommend opening the audio file in a new window. To read about the final results, check out our official news release.

February 2, 2021

Dialogues 21-02 Scholarship & Essay Deadlines

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In this “Dialogues” presentation, Executive Director Cindy Andrews of the Community Foundation of Lorain County informs us of  the deadlines (in the beginning of March)  for college scholarship and grant applications which are eligible to Lorain County students.  She  also discusses the “Toni Morrison” essay contest which has a February 12th deadline.  Director Andrews explains that students  are required to have a 2.0 grade point average or better to apply for these scholarships and grants which  can be applied to 2 year schools, trade schools, as well as four-year institutions.  More details at

21-02 Quiz Show: Avon Lake vs. Oberlin High Schools

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The academic team from Avon Lake, the championship-winning school from 2020, faces a team from Oberlin High School in this, our second “Zoom” competition, as students compete from home locations with our special physically-distanced format. Click above to hear the episode. Open in a new window to continue browsing as you listen. You can jump ahead to the final results by this link to our official news release.

January 26, 2021

21-01 Quiz Show: Clearview vs. Keystone


Our first competition, physically distanced this year because of the corona virus pandemic, introduces a modified format. The competitors include the team from CLEARVIEW HIGH SCHOOL in Lorain, pictured left to right, Sofia Calez, Holly Mariner, and Caitlin McComas, and the team from KEYSTONE HIGH SCHOOL in Lagrange, consisting of left to right, Serena Owens, Noah Weaver, and Tristan Magel. Click above to listen: we recommend opening the file in a new window so you can listen as you continue to browse our site. For a “spoiler” (instant look at the final score!) you can go right to our official news release.

Dialogues 21-01 Lorain County Health Dept.

The Coronavirus pandemic and its effect on education in Lorain County is the topic of this first Dialogues program of the 2021 season.
Lorain County Health Commissioner David Covell explains the detailed process and evaluations which have gone into enabling students, teachers and administrators to keep the education process functioning during these trying times. Commissioner Covell offers some timely advice as the county moves into the vaccine phase of the pandemic.”

June 2, 2020

20-14 Scholastic Games-“Best of” 2000 Championship

BACK TO 2000: Elyria High Sets 20-Year Win Record

Back in 2000, Elyria High School set a record when it won five championships over the ten years the program had been broadcast. In the twenty years since then the record still stands, having been matched only once by Olmsted Falls High School, which won its fifth in 2018. In this, the 30th year of our competitions, we rebroadcast for the first time that fifth championship by Elyria in 2000. Though many of the academic questions might still be asked of high schoolers today, it may be of particular interest to hear round two, the “Current Events Round,” which actually begins with what was then a historic milestone. By the way, the competing team is from Amherst Marion L. Steele High, which had reached the championship for a third consecutive year, but sadly came in second all three times (to eventually win top honors in 2015). Over the years, 12 different high schools have won the Scholastic Games championship.

May 25, 2020

20-13 Scholastic Games – Flashback to 2011

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In 2011, Jim Coury was the “Standout Scholar” on the Scholastic Games championship (and on previous appearances, too).  In 2013 he moved on to a national stage and won the Jeopardy! College Championship.  In this our 30th season, we are able to present again, from our archives, the first rebroadcast of that 2011 program.  Listen and you’ll undoubtedly agree he has the “right stuff!” Click above to hear the show.  Read more about it in this news release.

April 11, 2019

SG Producer Wins Broadcasting Award

Host & Producer of Scholastic Games is Honored by Broadcast Organization

Mehrling holds his CAB Presidents Award following the ceremony at Windows on the River in Cleveland’s Flats.

Jim Mehrling, the long-time host of WEOL-AM’s Scholastic Games High School Quiz  program was honored today with a Presidents’ Award from the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters (CAB).  The presentation included description of his 50 years in radio production and programming, dating from his years as WEOL’s Chief Announcer in the 1970s, followed by 13 years at Cleveland’s News-Talk WERE, and twenty-five years at Cleveland’s classical music station, WCLV.  He recounts some of his WEOL accomplishments as the most meaningful.

During his years in Cleveland he created a high school quiz program which he thought would be a great addition to the airwaves in Lorain county.  He returned to WEOL as a program producer in 1989 and with the support of WEOL and a generous grant from the Nordson Corporation, Scholastic Games was born.  The program is poised to enter a thirtieth season next year.

The CAB is dedicated to preserving the legacy of broadcasting in the Greater Cleveland area and recognition of service and excellence in the industry.  In annual awards presentations held since 1991, past honorees have ranged from Dorothy Fuldheim to Ernie Anderson, Linn Sheldon, Mike Douglas and Tom Hamilton.  Broadcast executives such as Betty Cope, Milton Maltz and Tom Embrescia have also been recognized as well as WCLV’s co-founder Robert Conrad, an honoree in 2001.  Other award recipients this year included a Presidents’ Award to veteran station owner Tom Wilson,  and special awards to Sally Spitz, Director of Local Sales at WNWV for “Excellence in Leadership,” sports host Les Levine of WKRK for “Excellence in Radio,” and News Anchor Wayne Dawson of WJW-TV for “Excellence in Television.”

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