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March 2, 2020

20-06 News Release – Oberlin vs. Olmsted Falls

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FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020 – Contact: Jim Mehrling 440-234-6021

(Program of Mar. 2, 2020)



The Scholastic Games radio quiz, which features academic teams from area high schools, continued its series of weekly programs with highly competitive contest between Oberlin High School and Olmsted Falls High School.  After an unprecedented series of rounds ending in tie scores, Oberlin emerged with a 370 to 300 victory on Monday’s broadcast (on WEOL AM930 and FM100.3).  Oberlin’s team consisted of Zenobia Calhoun, Risa Jackson, and team captain Nicole Bertoni,

Bertoni, left, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling

who 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,  which includes a $50 prize, is Bertoni’s fourth, including those in past years.

Representing Olmsted Falls were Jacob O’Connor, David Vidovich, and team captain Harrison Graham.  Both teams ended the first round with perfect scores.  Answers starting with the letter “I” ranged from isotopes to playwright Henrik Ibsen.  The round ended with a ten point advantage for Olmsted Falls only because they had drawn the “plus points” question.  The next three rounds ended with tied scores, which has never happened before in the program’s thirty years!

Oberlin scored ten points more in the Current Events round to even the score.  In the third round, the first “buzzer round” which gives an advantage to the quicker team, each team buzzed and scored on four of the ten questions based on events in the 1980s.  The fourth round, which also ended in a tie, saw the most unusual succession of events.

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.   Oberlin’s Bertoni registered the biggest score in the round, a single clue fifty-point answer for the War of 1812.  All of the other scoring in the round was from Olmsted Falls, Harrison’s thirty points for naming Harriet Tubman and two ten-point scores by O’Connor for identifying the book “Crime and Punishment” and the invention of the pistol.  Those three answers yielded 50 points, so yet another round ended in a tie score.

The tie was finally broken in the final round of tossup and bonus questions.  Both teams buzzed first a near-equal number of times, and it was lost points for incorrect answers as much as added points for correct ones that made the difference.  It was a battle up to the final gong, and a hard fought victory of Oberlin

Both schools are former championship winners on Scholastic Games. In fact, Olmsted Falls shares the record for the most wins with Elyria High School.  Oberlin will go directly to the quarterfinals which start later this month, but Falls also has a chance at the playoffs.  So far the team has scored the highest losing score of the year, which is likely to position the school for the program’s “wildcard” competition, the winner of which advances to the quarterfinals.  These two teams could well meet again!

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:

3/9   Elyria Catholic vs. Wellington

3/16  Clearview vs. Keystone  (end of first round competitions)

3/23  First Quarterfinal: Avon Lake vs. Vermilion

3/30  Playoff:  Two lowest-scoring winning teams (winner to quarterfinal)

4/6 through May: More elimination playoffs & Championship

The season will conclude with the broadcast’s annual county championship in the week before Memorial Day.  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 Oberlin High School, left to right, Zenobia Calhoun, Risa Jackson and Nicole Bertoni, competing in the Scholastic Games quiz program on WEOL Radio (AM 930/100.3FM)

The Academic team Olmsted Falls High School, left to right, Jacob O’Connor, Harrison Graham, and David Vidovich, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz program on WEOL Radio (AM 930/100.3FM)

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

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