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News Release 1/30/18 Elyria vs. Oberlin

FOR RELEASE:  JAN. 30, 2018

1/20/18 CONTACT: Jim Mehrling (



The Scholastic Games radio quiz, featuring academic teams from Lorain County high schools, began another series of weekly programs on WEOL (AM 930) on Monday with Oberlin scoring a 440 to 170 win over Elyria High.

Scoring the highest winning score ever for a season opener, Oberlin was represented by Elias Bullock and Nicholas Bertoni,

Bertoni, right, is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehrling.

Bertoni earning 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’s team consisted of John Schuman, Garrett Worden, and team captain Erica Uszak.

In the final round both teams did very well, achieving nearly identical scores.   It was in the early rounds that Oberlin won the contest, notably acing the first round, with 60 points against 30 for the Elyria team.   Elyria was scoreless in the Current Events Round as Oberlin scored on four of five questions.   In the multi-clue fourth round a correct answer to the first clue yields fifty points and a final clue provides only ten.   Oberlin scored with two 40 points answers against a 10-point score for Elyria.    Elyria came alive in the final round, a fast barrage of questions with bonus points, keeping pace with Oberlin, but Oberlin maintained the lead to the end.

In succeeding weeks, a total of sixteen of Lorain County’s public and private high schools will compete, leading up to the broadcast’s  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.  Jason Craigo is the advisor for the Oberlin team and Jeremy Secaur advises the Elyria team.  Continuing a 27-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, 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.


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

with a rebroadcast on Friday, same time, if scheduling permits)

2/5   Avon Lake vs. Keystone

2/12  Lake Ridge Academy vs. Olmsted Falls

2/19  Avon (defending champion) vs. Vermilion

2/26   Lorain vs. Sheffield Brookside

3/5     Amherst Steele vs. Firelands

3/12   Midview vs. Wellington

3/19   Elyria Catholic vs. North Ridgeville

3/26 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 Dr. Howard A. and Pearl L. Keiser Living Memorial, the Dorothy and Elizabeth King Memorial Charitable Fund, the Del Lumber Fund, the Ted Jacobs Fund, the Joanne MaGirl Arnold Memorial Fund and the David and Marilyn Koethe 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, Garrett Worden, Erica Uszak, and John Schuman, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).

The academic team from Oberlin High School, was represented by Elias Bullock, left, and Nicholas Bertoni, right.  They were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).

Nicholas Bertoni, right, of Oberlin 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).