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March 2, 2020

20-05 News Release – Brookside vs. Firelands

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FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 – Contact: Jim Mehrling 440-234-6021

(Program of Feb. 24, 2020)



The Scholastic Games radio quiz, which features academic teams from area high schools, continued its series of weekly programs with an exciting slim victory for Sheffield’s Brookside High School over Firelands.  One question virtually made the difference, with a final score of 310 to 290 on Monday’s broadcast (on WEOL AM930 and FM100.3).  Brookside’s team consisted of Kassie Brooks, Nico Morello, and team captain Lucia Morello.  Representing Firelands were Alessandra Davis, Robert Rose, and team captain Samuel Formholtz.

Formholtz, left, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling

Though the Firelands team lost the match, Formholtz won the program’s weekly “Standout Scholar” award, an honor given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team.  That award includes a $50 prize.

Both teams scored equally well in the first round of questions, followed by the Current Events round, from which Brookside emerged with a ten-point lead.  Brookside expanded its lead in round three, the first of the “buzzer rounds,” which normally give an advantage to the quicker team.  It was a theme round concerning mammals, which ended with Brookside leading 150 to 110 points.  This is followed by the final two rounds with the highest scoring potential.

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.   The biggest score in the round was from Brooks, who identified the Dred Scott case after only two clues.  Formholz was the only one to score for Firelands, adding 30 points to his team’s score with his knowledge about the 30 Years War, but Lucia Morello added another ten points with clues about Harriet Beecher Stowe’s family, extending Brookside’s lead to 60 points entering the final round.

In the final round of tossup and bonus questions, Brookside’s likelihood of a sure win evaporated quickly as Firelands caught fire (no pun intended) with the team, led by Formholtz, outscored their opponents by 40 points.  At the final bell they were just 20 points short of claiming victory.

The competitive nature of the contest yielded Brookside one of the lower winning scores, which may make a playoff necessary in order to enter the quarterfinals, but they will return for playoffs.  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 in the same time period.  Here is the schedule:

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 Brookside High School, left to right, Kassie Brooks, Lucia Morello and Nico Morello, competing in the Scholastic Games quiz program on WEOL Radio (AM 930/100.3FM)

The Academic team Firelands High School, left to right, Robert Rose, Samuel Formholtz, and Alessandra Davis, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz program on WEOL Radio (AM 930/100.3FM)

Samuel Formholtz, left, of Firelands 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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