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News Release 2/27/18 Brookside vs. Lorain

FOR RELEASE:  FEB.  27, 2018

2/26/18 CONTACT: Jim Mehrling (


The Scholastic Games radio quiz, featuring high school academic teams in Lorain County, continued its series of weekly programs on WEOL (AM 930) on Monday as Sheffield’s Brookside High School, scored a stunning 320 to 20 over Lorain High.

Brookside was represented by Lucia Morello, Lauryn Ruble, and team captain Sylvester Rabineau, whose efforts won her the program’s “Standout Scholar Award,”

Rabineau, right, is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehlring.

a $50 prize given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team each week.  The Lorain team consisted of Jada McCall, Maya Pappas, and team captain Madison Jones.

Brookside started strong, nearly acing the first two rounds and proved quicker with the buzzers in the remaining rounds which lead to the team’s definitive victory.  In succeeding weeks, a total of fifteen of Lorain County’s public and private high schools will have competed, 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, sometimes with rebroadcasts the following Friday.  The next two programs are exceptions because of sports coverage, notable in the schedule of programs below.

The teams are guided by faculty advisors.  Lisa Rutger is the advisor for Brookside, and Lorain’s advisor is Tamara Jones.  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.  Additional credits are awarded to schools when 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 these have participated in the program for a number of years.


MONDAYS, 6:06 p.m. (except when sports games move the quiz—notably next week. There is often a rebroadcast on Friday at 6:06 if scheduling permits)

3/7 (Wednesday at 6:06 p.m.) Amherst Steele vs. Firelands

3/12   Midview vs. Wellington

3/19   Elyria Catholic vs. North Ridgeville

3/26   “Wildcard competition” –second chance for the two highest-scoring losing teams

4/2  Playoff between the two lowest-scoring winning teams

4/9 through May: quarterfinals, semifinals & 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.


By Jim Mehrling, MEHRLING STUDIOS, BEREA, OH, 44017-2449,