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March 2, 2020

20-03 News Release – Avon Lake vs. Elyria

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –Contact: Jim Mehrling 440-234-6021

(Program of Feb. 10, 2020)



 The Scholastic Games radio quiz, features academic teams from area high schools each, continued  its series of weekly programs with an impressive win Monday (on WEOL AM930 and FM100.3) by the team from Avon Lake High School.  In a strong and consistent performance the team defeated Elyria High School with a final score of 560 to 120.   They were led by team captain Irwin Deng, who was part of last year’s team which was undefeated until losing the county championship.  Rounding out the team were Eva Ferrari and Emmet Fink.

Deng, left, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling

Deng won his first “Standout Scholar” award, the program’s weekly honor given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team, which includes a $50 prize.  Representing Elyria were Elena Runyon, Em Toth, and team captain Matt Carson.

Avon Lake started with a perfect score in the first round, giving the team a forty-point advantage.  Both teams did equally well in the Current Events round but Avon Lake managed to only increase its lead throughout the program.  Starting with round three, “buzzer rounds” give advantage to the team with quicker answers.

Round Four is a multi-clue series in which a correct answer to a first clue yields fifty points, with diminishing point values for additional clues.   Sweeping the round, Deng scored on four of the five items, scoring 50 points for naming Spain after the first clue, another fifty for identifying Marco Polo after the first clue, then 30 points from clues about the history of plastic, and 40 after two clues about the nation of Chile.  He missed one answer but managed to pick up 170 points in that one round.  Then the team more than doubled the score in a frenetic final round.

Avon Lake’s will be “a hard act to follow,” yet their winning score is only the second highest of the season, still below Vermilion’s 600 point win in the season opener two weeks ago.  Producers are looking to an exciting and unpredictable season.  Upcoming programs will continue to be heard on mostly Monday nights between 6 and 7 p.m. Some programs may be moved to Tuesdays due to live sports coverage on WEOL.   Many will be repeated on Friday evenings at the same time.  Here is the schedule:

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  First Quarterfinal: (Likely Avon Lake vs. Vermilion)

3/30  through May: More elimination playoffs & Championship

The season will conclude 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 AM 930 – WEOL – By Jim Mehrling, MEHRLING STUDIOS, BEREA, OH, 44017-2449


The Academic team from Avon Lake High School, left to right, Emmet Fink, Irwin Deng, and Eva Ferrari, competing in the Scholastic Games quiz program on WEOL Radio (AM 930/100.3FM)

The Academic team Elyria High School, left to right, Elena Runion, Matt Caarson, and Em Toth, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz program on WEOL Radio (AM 930/100.3FM)

Irwin Deng, left, of Avon Lake High School, was the “Standout Scholar” award winner in this week’s Scholastic Games quiz program on WEOL Radio (AM 930/100.3FM).  He is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling.

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