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News Release 4/17/18 QF2 Avon Lake vs. Elyria

FOR RELEASE:  APR.  17, 2018


In the second quarterfinal round of  the Scholastic Games radio quiz,  presented each week on WEOL radio (AM 930), Elyria scored a 420 to 290 point win over Avon Lake High School.  Elyria will return in four weeks for the semifinal leading up to the show’s twenty-eighth annual academic championship in May.  Olmsted Falls won the first quarterfinal last week, defeating Oberlin, and quarterfinalist schools yet to compete are Avon, Firelands, Midview and North Ridgeville.

On Monday’s program, Elyria was represented by John Schuman, Garrett Worden, and team captain Erica Uszak,

Uszak, right, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling

who was awarded 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.  Schuman is a past winner of the honor.  The Avon Lake panel consisted of  Natalie Miller, Irwin Deng and team captain Connor McNeill, also a former Standout winner.

Avon Lake had an excellent start, scoring a maximum sixty points in each of the first two rounds, the first mainly on history and the second, the usually challenging Current Events round.  Luck was added to skill, as they scored on the randomly placed “plus points” questions (which yield double scores) in both rounds.   The team led 120 to 60 entering the third round, but the lead faded fast.

Starting with the third round, “buzzing in” gives an advantage to a team with quicker answers, and Elyria began to shine, erasing all but 20 points of Avon Lake’s 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.   Avon Lake’s McNeill made the biggest single score of the round with 50 points for identifying the nation of Bolivia from only one clue, but Elyria’s Uszak  provided two 30-point answers, one from clues describing the Civil War general George Mead and the other from information about the state of Wisconsin.  Elyria made another big score when Schuman identified the Library of Congress for 40 points, to end the round with a 220 to 190 lead for Elyria.

Elyria lost no momentum in the final round.  It is filled with rapid fire questions and the possibility of losing points with incorrect answers. With Uszak taking the lead, the team significantly outscored their opponents for an impressive victory.  Both teams have won Scholastic Games championships in the past, but Elyria holds the record for having done it in five different years over the program’s history.  The school’s last championship was in 2000, but hopes remain alive as the team advances to this year’s semifinals.  The schedule of remaining playoffs is below:

BROADCASTS ON MONDAYS, 6:06 p.m. (except when sports games move the quiz to a different day or time). There is often a rebroadcast on Friday at 6:06 if schedules allow

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

5/14  Second Semifinal: Elyria vs. Avon OR  Firelands

5/21  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.  Jeremy Secaur is the advisor for Elyria and the Avon Lake advisors are Mike Kaminski and Ryan Smylie.

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.