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News Release 5/1/18 QF4 Midview-N.Ridgeville



In the last quarterfinal competition of  the Scholastic Games radio quiz,  presented each week on WEOL radio (AM 930), North Ridgeville defeated Midview High School by a score of 260 to 170.   The team becomes the last of the semifinalists, joining Elyria High School , Firelands, and Olmsted Falls High, which Ridgeville will face next Tuesday in the next playoff broadcast.  The show’s twenty-eighth annual academic championship will be broadcast on May 21st.

On Monday’s program, North Ridgeville was represented by Aiden Cunningham, Jonah Fechner, and team captain Emily Hiles,

Hiles, left, 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.  The Midview team consisted of  team captain Jillian Plas, Gavin Maziarz and Richard Dummitt, a previous Standout winner.

Midview started out with a strong lead, ending the first round of questions on a variety of topics with a 40 to 10 lead.  The Current Events Round followed and Midview maintained its 30-point advantage, which narrowed to 20 after the third round, the first in which teams “buzz in” making quickness as important as accuracy.

The fourth is often the make-or-break round.  It is a multi-clue affair 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.  Plas scored two 20-point answers for Midview, identifying King Solomon, and the theatrical Booth family from a clue about an actor “sympathetic to the Southern cause.”  The biggest score of the round was 40 points by Ridgeville’s Fechner for naming Finland following a clue about payment of war debts.  Then Hiles added 30 from clues about anesthesia to raise North Ridgeville to a 10-point lead entering the final round.

The final round has tremendous scoring potential, but it is the only round in which teams can lose points with incorrect answers, and both teams did.  Starting with a near tie, both teams added points, but it was North Ridgeville, with Hiles leadership. that doubled its score for a decisive victory.   It was a strong win, but the challenge is ahead, as next week the team faces Olmsted Falls, the team that achieved the highest winning score of the year (590 points) this past February.

REMAINING PLAYOFFS:  Airing 6:06 p.m. (except when sports games move the quiz) Shows are often a rebroadcast on Friday at 6:06 if schedules allow

5/8 (TUESDAY)    First Semifinal: Olmsted Falls vs. North Ridgeville

5/14 (MONDAY) Second Semifinal: Elyria vs. Firelands

5/21 (MONDAY) 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.  Mr. Sam Rufener is the advisor for North Ridgeville and the Midview advisor is Mr. Michael Filipiak.

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.