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17-09 News – Q’Final #1 – Amherst vs. Midview




The Scholastic Games high school quiz, heard weekly on WEOL (AM 930), broadcast its first quarterfinal playoff of the current school year on Monday, March 27th. The academic team from Amherst Marion L. Steele scored a 250-240 win over Grafton’s Midview High School. Amherst led throughout the program, but a final-round rally by Midview nearly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

Frankart, right, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling.

Frankart, right, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling.

Amherst’s team consisted of Olivia Krugman, Emma Macartney, and team captain Nathan Frankart, who earned his second “Standout Scholar Award,” a $50 prize given each week to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team. Midview was represented by Ryan Urig, Kellen McGuire and team captain Ethan Greenly, a Standout winner earlier this season.

Amherst ended the first round with a 50 to 40 lead. The Current Events Round was challenging to both team. The only score was by Amherst, increasing the team’s lead to 60-40. The Theme Round followed with questions about historic wars, and Amherst caught fire, scoring 100 of a possible 110 points as Midview added only ten, resulting in a 160 to 50 lead for Amherst.

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. This was Midview’s big round with two big scores by Urig, a forty-point score naming the nation of Iceland from only two clues and fifty points when, after only one clue, he identified Jason and the quest for the golden fleece. Amherst buzzed early but with incorrect answers to two items, eventually scoring 10 points when Frankart identified scientist Robert Hooke. This round ended with a 170 to 140 lead for Amherst.

In the final round, the longest with many questions but the possibility of losing points for incorrect answers, both teams did well.   Midview outscored Amherst by twenty points, but remained ten points short of victory.

Amherst Steele will advance to the semifinals as playoffs continue. A total of sixteen of Lorain County’s public and private high schools have competed this year, and the season will end with the broadcast’s 27th annual county championship in May. 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. Mitch and Beth Gillam are co-advisors for Amherst Steele and Mr. Michael Filipiak advises the Midview 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, Ashland University, Case Western Reserve, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Notre Dame College of Ohio, Baldwin Wallace University, Ohio Wesleyan, Oberlin College, Ursuline College, and Tiffin University, many of which have participated in this program for a number of years.


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

4/3 (early start of 5:30pm) Qualifying Playoff: Brookside vs. Keystone (winning team advances to quarterfinals)

4/10 “Wildcard” playoff: highest-scoring runner-ups: Avon Lake vs. Firelands              (the winning team advances to quarterfinals)

4/17 Second Quarterfinal – Avon vs. one of the above winning teams

4/24 Third Quarterfinal – Olmsted Falls vs. one of the above winning teams

5/1   Fourth Quarterfinal – Vermilion vs. Lake Ridge Academy

5/8   First Semifinal – Amherst Steele vs. team to be determined

5/15-22 Remaining Semifinals and 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 Amherst Marion L. Steele High School, left to right, Olivia Krugman, Nathan Frankart and Emma Macartney, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).

The academic team from Midview High School, left to right, Ryan Urig, Ethan Greenly, and Kellen McGuire, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).

Nathan Frankart, right, of Amherst Marion L. Steele 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).