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17-01 News: Elyria vs. Vermilion


1/30/16CONTACT: Jim Mehrling (



The Scholastic Games radio quiz, featuring academic teams from Lorain County high schools, began a new season of weekly programs on WEOL (AM 930) on Monday January 30th with a competition between quiz teams from two former championship-winning high schools, Elyria and Vermilion.

Vermilion emerged victorious by a score of 260 to 220 after five rounds of questions on a wide range of academic subjects.

Lowe, right, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling

Lowe, right, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling

The team consisted of Chase Armstrong, Luke Hoerig, and team captain Riley Lowe, who was awarded the program’s “Standout Scholar Award,” a $50 prize given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team. Elyria was represented by team captain Erica Uszak, Michael Pandy, and Garrett Worden.

The teams were within ten points after each of the first three rounds, the second being the often challenging Current Events Round. Vermilion lost its slim lead when the panel was outscored by Elyria in the Theme Round, the topical subject of which was presidential inaugurations. Questions included the name of the man who administered the oath this year (Chief Justice John Roberts) the circumstance of a woman swearing in a president aboard a plane (to Lyndon Johnson after the Kennedy assassination) and quotable inaugural addresses.

That afforded Elyria a ten point lead that was short-lived, as Vermilion scored two thirty-point answers in the multi-clue fourth round in which Elyria scored one thirty point answer. It is a round in which a correct answer to the first clue yields fifty points and a final clue provides only ten. It is unusual for three thirty-pointers to be scored, but Elyria’s Garrett earned that score by identifying Fidel Castro and Lowe and Armstrong each earned identical scores for Vermilion when they named, respectively, Mount Rushmore and the Sphinx, from the same number of clues. Consequently, Vermilion entered the final round with a twenty point lead, which the team managed to double in a fast-moving final round.

In succeeding weeks, fourteen more teams from most of Lorain County’s public and private high schools will compete, leading up to the broadcast’s 27th annual county championship. The program, sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Lorain County with foundation support, will be heard most Tuesday evenings (6:05 to 7 p.m.) with two schools in competition each week. The schedule of broadcasts is below.

The teams are guided by faculty advisors. Rebecca Jessen and Jim Klein are co-advisors for the Vermilion team and Jeremy Secaur advises the Elyria team. Continuing a 26-year tradition, each participating school will receive a $1000 tuition credit to be given to a deserving student that will attend an area college or university. Many additional credits are awarded to schools as they compete and win in playoffs. Contributing institutions include Lorain County Community, Baldwin Wallace University, Ohio Wesleyan, Oberlin College, Ursuline College, Ashland University, Case Western Reserve, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Notre Dame College of Ohio, and Tiffin University, many of which have participated in this program for a number of years.



TUESDAYS, 6:06 p.m. (except when sports games delay the quiz to Tuesday, same time)

2/13 Lake Ridge Acad. vs. Oberlin

2/20 Brookside vs. Clearview

2/27 Amherst Steele vs. N. Ridgeville

3/7 (Tuesday) Elyria Catholic vs. Midview

3/13 Avon (defending champion) vs. Avon Lake

3/20  Firelands vs. Olmsted Falls

3/27 through May: Elimination Playoffs & Championship


Scholastic Games, on WEOL radio since 1990, is presented on the station by the Elyria Public Library System. Production of the program is made possible by funding from Nordson Corporation, the Nord Family Foundation, the Community West Foundation, and the following funds administered by the Community Foundation of Lorain County: the William J. and Flora Hearn Durling Fund, the Dorothy and Elizabeth King Memorial Charitable Fund, and the Miraldi and Barrett Fund. The Elyria Public Library System and the Elyria Days Inn provide recording venues, and following broadcast, and offer the programs as “podcasts.” A member of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame of Akron and Cleveland, the program’s producer, Jim Mehrling, is a veteran northeast Ohio broadcaster. After seven years as Chief Announcer at WEOL, he was Production Manager at Cleveland’s WERE-AM for over a decade, and has for over twenty years been with Cleveland’s WCLV-FM, now a part of Ideastream public broadcasting. Again this year, most Scholastic Games programs will be followed by a talk feature, “Dialogues in Education,” which presents education success stories with its host, award-winning journalist Bob Tayek.





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Attached Photos:

The academic team from Elyria High School, left to right, Michael Pandy, Erica Uszak, and Garrett Worden, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).


The academic team from Vermilion High School, left to right, Luke Hoerig, Riley Lowe, and Chase Armstrong, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).


Riley Lowe, right, of Vermilion High School is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehrling for winning “Standout Scholar” honors on the Scholastic Games quiz program on WEOL radio (AM 930).