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17-04 News: Brookside vs. Clearview

FOR RELEASE: FEB. 21, 2017

2/20/17  CONTACT: Jim Mehrling (



 The Scholastic Games radio quiz, heard weekly on WEOL (AM 930), presented a 230-130 victory for the academic team from Sheffield’s Brookside High School on the broadcast of Monday, February 20th.

Rabineau, right, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling

Rabineau, right, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling

The winning team consisted of Lucia Morello, Maddie Camp, and team captain Sylvester Rabineau, who earned the program’s “Standout Scholar Award,” a $50 prize given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team. Lorain’s Clearview High was represented by Nathaniel Suprun, Aaron Lien and team captain Joshua Ramos.

Brookside had the strongest start of any team so far this season, with a near perfect score in the first round.   The second round, featuring current events, was stronger for the Clearview team, but Brookside retained its lead with a 70 to 50 score entering the first “buzzer round” in which quicker teams have the advantage. As it was the Presidents’ Day broadcast, past chief executives provided the theme of that fast-moving round. Clearview again outscored Brookside and tied the score prior to the two rounds with the highest scoring potential.

The fourth round is a multi-clue affair in which a correct answer to the first clue yields fifty points and a final clue provides only ten, with intermediate scoring possibilities in between. The biggest score of the round was Lien’s 30 points for identifying the New York landmark Rockefeller Center, but Brookside score with three answers.   Camp scored 20 points from clues about Osama Bin Laden and Rabineau identified Sparta for 20 points and Joseph Pulitzer for 10 adding 50 to their side of the ledger.

Brookside entered the final round with only a 20 point lead and answered few questions than Clearview. However the final round offers 20-point bonus questions for correct answers and 10-point deductions for incorrect answers. Brookside buzzed in with only correct answers and Clearview missed on several, leaving Brookside with a 100-point lead at the final bell.

In succeeding weeks, a total of sixteen of Lorain County’s public and private high schools will have competed, 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 Monday 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. Ms. Lisa Rutger is the advisor for Brookside and Ms. Deby Cokain advises the Clearview 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)

2/27 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 First Quarterfinal – high-scoring winning teams return: Amherst vs. Midview

4/3 Qualifying Playoff: winning team advances to quarterfinals (teams TBA)

4/10 “Wildcard” playoff: highest-scoring runner-ups:

winning team advances to quarterfinals (teams TBA)

4/17 through May: Remaining 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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 The academic team from Brookside High School, left to right, Lucia Morello, Maddie Camp and Sylvester Rabineau, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).


The academic team from Clearview High School, left to right, Nathaniel Suprun, Joshua Ramos, and Aaron Lien, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).


Sylvester Rabineau, right, of Brookside 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).