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News Release 3/20/18 Lake Ridge vs. Midview

FOR RELEASE:  MAR.  20, 2018

3/17/18 CONTACT: Jim Mehrling (



 The academic team from Midview High School was victorious on this week’s Scholastic Games radio quiz on WEOL radio (AM 930), upsetting a returning team from Lake Ridge Academy with a score of 310 to 190.   It was a second visit from Lake Ridge, which was designated as a “wildcard” after achieving the highest losing score of the year in an earlier competition against Olmsted Falls, which had earned the highest score of the year.   Midview’s win is actually the lowest winning score of the season, but the school, which last won a Scholastic Games championship in 2003, has reason for optimism in the program’s playoffs.

The program features two high school academic teams from Lorain County each week with playoffs ending with its annual championship in May.  Midview was represented by team captain Jillian Plas, Gavin Maziarz, and

Dummitt, left, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling

Richard Dummitt, who was voted the program’s “Standout Scholar Award,”  a $50 prize given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team each week.

The Lake Ridge team consisted of brothers Taha and Humza Akbar, making their first visit to the program, and team captain Ryan Rosu, who was part of the school’s previous competition this year.  The “Initial Round,” with answers starting with the letter D, mostly from history and literature, ended with a solid lead for Lake Ridge, but Midview scored higher in a challenging Current Events round, coming within ten points of their opponents.  Lake Ridge increased its lead in a “little” theme round (answers including Little Big Horn, “Little Women,” Little Rock, etc.)  but Midview dominated in the two final rounds which have higher scoring potential.

In the multi-clue fourth round Midview scored over 100 points.   For each answer in that round, a correct response to the first clue yields fifty points but a fifth and final clue will yield only ten.   Both Plas and Maziarz  scored with 50-point answers (naming Hannibal and the state of Nevada).   The team’s advantage going into the final round gave Midview the victory.  That round is the longest with many tossup questions paired with bonus questions.   Midview’s Dummit was the biggest scorer, but the two teams scored nearly equally in the round (120 points to 110).

Playoffs will comprise the rest of the Scholastic Games season.   Two more wildcard teams meet on next week’s program with a competition between the two lowest-scoring winning teams (including Midview’s return) the following week.  Those winners, plus all other previous winning teams, will then compete in eliminations.  A schedule of playoff programs is below.

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.), sometimes with rebroadcasts the following Friday.  The teams are guided by faculty advisors.  Michael Filipiak is the advisor for Midview and the Lake Ridge Academy advisor is Justin Schaefer.  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 such 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 to later in the week). There is often a rebroadcast on Friday at 6:06 if scheduling permits

3/26   “Wildcard competition” –(Elyria Catholic and Elyria High School)

4/2  Playoff between the two lowest-scoring winning teams (Brookside & Midview) and final announcement of all quarterfinalists

4/9  First Quarterfinal: Oberlin vs. Olmsted Falls (high-scoring winning teams)

4/16 through May: remaining 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.



Attached Photos:

The academic team from Midview High School, left to right, Gavin Maziarz,  Jillian Plas, and Richard Dummitt, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).

The academic team from Lake Ridge Academy is represented by, left to right, Taha Akbar, Ryan Rosu, and Humza Akbar.  They were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).

Richard Dummitt, left, of  Midview 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).