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March 2, 2020

20-04 News Release – Midview vs. N. Ridgeville

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

(Program of Feb. 17, 2020)



The Scholastic Games radio quiz, which features academic teams from area high schools, continued  its series of weekly programs with an decisive win for North Ridgeville High School.  The team defeated Midview by a score of 170 to 130 on Monday’s broadcast (on WEOL AM930 and FM100.3).  The Ridgeville team consisted of captain Tyler Johnson, Connor Hensley, and Jonah Fechner, who 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.  That award includes a $50 prize.

Fechner, left, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehlring

Representing Midview were Meghan Hubbard, Evan McGuire, and team captain Joel Greenly.

Both teams had a slow start but had nearly perfect scores in the Current Events round, which ended with a 20 point lead for North Ridgeville.  In round three, first of the “buzzer rounds,” which normally give an advantage to the quicker team, Midview managed to tie the score by outscoring their opponents in a series of questions on American presidents, the selected theme for the program’s Presidents’ Day show, but Ridgeville regained the lead on presidential questions in the next round.

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.   North Ridgeville’s Johnson scored forty points by naming William Howard Taft with only two clues, the highest scoring in the round.  Fechner followed up with 20 points from clues about the Kennedy assassination.  Midview’s sole score was Fechner’s 20 points from clues about the state of New Mexico.  Neither team scored on clues about the city of Budapest or author Toni Morrison.

Continuing its momentum, the North Ridgeville team dominated in the final round of tossup and bonus questions to win a solid victory.  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:

2/24   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.


By Jim Mehrling, MEHRLING STUDIOS, BEREA, OH, 44017-2449


The Academic team from North Ridgeville High School, left to right, Jonah Fechner, Tyler Johnson, and Connor Hensley, competing in the Scholastic Games quiz program on WEOL Radio (AM 930/100.3FM)

The Academic team Midview High School, left to right, Evan McGuire, Joel Greenly, and Meghan Hubbard, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz program on WEOL Radio (AM 930/100.3FM)

Jonah Fechner, left, of North Ridgeville 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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