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News Release 4/10/2018 Oberlin vs. Olmsted Falls

FOR RELEASE:  APR.  10, 2018


In the first quarterfinal round of  the Scholastic Games radio quiz,  presented each week on WEOL radio (AM 930), Olmsted Falls scored a 440 to 270 point win over Oberlin High School.  Falls will return in four weeks for the semifinal leading up to the show’s twenty-seventh annual academic championship in May.  The other quarterfinalist schools are Avon, Avon Lake, Elyria, Firelands, Midview and North Ridgeville.

On Monday’s program, Olmsted Falls was represented by Jakc Dahlinger, Ben Meredyk,

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

and team captain Joey Calabrase, who was awarded his second “Standout Scholar Award,”  a $50 prize given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team each week.  The Oberlin panel consisted of  captain Elias Bullock, Emerson Rosen-Jones and Nicholas Bertoni, a former Standout winner.

Both teams did well in the first round, with questions on a variety of topics, ending with 50 to 40 lead for Olmsted Falls.  The Falls team did considerably better in the Current Events round, extending their lead to 40 points.  Beginning in the third round, “buzzing in” gives an advantage to a team with quicker answers, and again Falls extended the team’s lead to enter the fourth round with a 150 to 90 point lead.

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.   Oberlin achieved a strong win in this round  when Bullock  scored two 40 point answers, identifying both Leon Trotsky of Soviet history and Pickett’s Charge of the Civil War after only two clues.   Clues for Annapolis yielded incorrect answers from both teams (Camp David and West Point) from early clues, and Calabrase of Olmsted Falls scored 20 points identifying the Appian Way and 10 for Mexican dictator Santa Anna.   Oberlin had nearly tied the score.  The round ended with Olmsted Falls leading 180 to 170.

Unfortunately for Oberlin, it was Olmsted Falls that dominated the final round with Calabrase leading the way, more than doubling Oberlin’s tally.   With this win, Falls is semifinal bound.  The playoff schedule is below:

BROADCASTS ON 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

4/23  Third Quarterfinal:  Avon vs. Firelands

4/30  (special time: 5:05-6 p.m.) Fourth Quarterfinal: Midview vs. North Ridgeville

5/7    First Semifinal: Olmsted Falls vs. Midview  OR  N. Ridgeville

May 14, 21: Semifinal #2  & 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.), sometimes with rebroadcasts the following Friday.  The teams are guided by faculty advisors.  Erin Stanton is the advisor for Olmsted Falls and the Oberlin advisor is Jason Craigo.  Falls has won the Scholastic Games championship four times (just short of Elyria High’s record of five) and Oberlin has one championship to its credit.

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.

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.