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News Release 3/27/18 Wildcard: Elyria vs. Elyria Catholic

FOR RELEASE:  MAR.  27, 2018   CONTACT: Jim Mehrling (



It was the tightest competition of the year, as high school academic teams from Elyria and Elyria Catholic ended five rounds of questions and answers in a near tie.  At the end, Elyria was victorious by a score of 190 to 180, equivalent to one correct answer on the program.   It was the “wildcard competition,” in which two schools with the highest losing scores in their first match get one more chance to advance to quarterfinals.   The Scholastic Games radio quiz airs each week on WEOL radio (AM 930), continuing until the show’s annual academic championship in May.

Schuman, left, is congratulated by show host Jim Mehrling

Elyria was represented by team captain Erica Uszak, Garrett Worden, and John Schuman,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 Elyria Catholic panel consisted of  captain Ivelysse Gracia, Elizabeth Parkey and Paige Miserandino.

The first round ended with a ten-point lead for Elyria.  The Elyria team did considerably better in the Current Events Round, which ended with the biggest lead for the team, 70 to 30.  The third round was the first buzzer round, giving an advantage to the quicker team.  In that round, with a theme of states of the Union, the Elyria Catholic team gained some ground, then in the fourth they closed the gap.

The fourth is a multi-clue round in which an answer on the first clue yields fifty points, the second forty and so forth, with the fifth and final clue yielding only ten.   Two sets of clues stumped both teams and Elyria’s only score with Uszak gaining 20 points by naming Angela Merkel of Germany.  Elyria Catholic gained fifty points in the round, with Parkey earning 30, the biggest score, from clues about Korea and 20 when Miserandino identified the emperor Nero.

The fifth round, a timed, rapid-fire succession of questions on many topics began with a tie and, with Elyria’s Schuman answering the most questions, concluded with Elyria’s ten point advantage, giving that team the win.   Elyria will return in three weeks for the program’s quarterfinal.   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.  Jeremy Secaur is the advisor for Elyria and the Elyria Catholic advisor is Michael Brown.  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

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  Second Quarterfinal: Elyria vs. Avon Lake

4/23  Third Quarterfinal:  4/2 winner (Brookside or Midview) vs. North Ridgeville

4/30 through May: 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 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 Elyria Catholic High School is represented by, left to right, Paige Miserandino, Elizabeth Parkey, and Ivelysse Gracia.  They were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).

John Schuman, left, of  Elyria 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).