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February 11, 2020

20-01 News Release-Amherst Steele vs. Vermilion

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FOR RELEASE: JAN. 28, 2020
Contact: Jim Mehrling 440-234-6021


The Scholastic Games radio quiz, which will feature academic teams from sixteen Lorain County high schools, began its 30th annual series of weekly programs with an impressive win by the team from Vermilion High School.  The program, presented Monday on WEOL (AM 930 and 100.3 FM) on Monday January 27th saw Vermilion finish with a winning score of 600 to 100 over Amherst Steele after the team dominated in the two rounds of questions with the highest scoring potential.  It is one of the highest scores in the history of the quiz show

Anders, left, is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehrling.

Vermilion was represented by Rachel Miller, team captain Liberty Oliver, and Patrick Anders, who was awarded the program’s weekly “Standout Scholar” award, an honor given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team.  The first week’s associated $50 prize will go to Anders, who is a freshman at the school, which is also a rare circumstance in the history of “Standout” awards.

The Amherst team, Connor Wood, Donald Theisen, and captain Aum Desai, had the lead at the end of the first round, which featured questions ranging from science to Roman mythology.   However, Vermilion advanced to the lead with a strong showing in the current events round, which was followed by round three, first of the “buzzer rounds.”  These give an advantage to teams with quicker responses, which turned out to be Vermilion’s specialty.
The fourth round is a multi-clue series in which a correct answer to a first clue yields fifty points, with diminishing point values for additional clues, ending with a final clue worth ten points.   The round went quicker than usual, with three of the five answers earning forty points.  Anders earned fifty with the first answer, identifying the Boston Massacre hearing little more than its date.  He added 40 points naming New Mexico and 30 from biographical clues about Woodrow Wilson.  His teammate Oliver earned 40 points naming the planet Mercury rounding out a 160 point bonanza for the Vermilion team.  Amherst’s sole score in that round was Wood’s forty points from clues describing the human ear.
Vermilion dominated the final round as well, nearly doubling its score for a victory approaching an all-time record for the show.  This will surely advance the team directly to the quarterfinals, clearly the team to beat as the program advances through the season.
Upcoming programs will heard on mostly Monday nights between 6 and 7 p.m., with occasional variations due to live sports coverage on WEOL, the first of which will be next Tuesday.   Many of the programs will be repeated on Friday evenings at the same time.  Here is the schedule:
2/4 (Tuesday 6 p.m.)  Avon (defending champion) vs. Lake Ridge Academy
2/10  Avon Lake vs. Elyria High
2/17  Midview vs. North Ridgeville
2/24   Sheffield Brookside vs. Firelands
3/2     Oberlin vs. Olmsted Falls
3/9   Elyria Catholic vs. Wellington
3/16  Clearview vs. Keystone
3/23 through May: Elimination Playoffs & Championship
The season will conclude in May with the broadcast’s  annual county championship.  Playoffs will include all winning teams and the highest-scoring runner-up teams, returning as “wildcards.”
Sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Lorain County, the quiz enjoys continued sponsorship from Nordson Corporation, as well as long-term support from funds of the Community Foundation of Lorain County, the Nord Family Foundation and the Community West Foundation.   Philanthropic funds supporting the program this year include the Alfred T. Askew Fund, the Mercedes Campana Memorial Fund, the Ruth and Ted Jacobs Fund, the Miclat Family Fund and the Stocker Foundation Fund.
Area high schools have provided necessary support for the teams, including at least one faculty advisor assigned to each.  The Elyria Public Library System has been sponsoring the program on WEOL and providing venue space for program sessions for several years.  Programs are also being hosted this year by the Hampton Inn and Suites of Elyria.
Area colleges and universities participate by providing $1000 tuition credit awards for allocation by participating high schools .  There are collectively thirty-seven such awards this year from the University of Findlay, Lorain County Community College, Oberlin College, Ursuline College, Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Heidelberg University, John Carroll University, Lake Erie College, Tiffin University and Notre Dame College of Ohio.  The majority of these institutions have supported the quiz since its outset.
A member of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame of Akron and Cleveland, the program’s host and 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 filled a similar role with Cleveland’s  WCLV-FM for over twenty years.  He is recipient of a 2019 President’s Award from the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters.  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.
BROADCAST ON AM930/100.3FM – WEOL, Elyria, Ohio, USA

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