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20-07 News Release – Elyria Catholic vs. Wellington High School

FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020

Contact: Jim Mehrling 440-234-6021   (Program of Mar. 9, 2020)

Headline:     ELYRIA CATHOLIC DEFEATS WELLINGTON ON THE SCHOLASTIC  GAMES  ACADEMIC QUIZ

The Scholastic Games radio quiz, which features academic teams from area high schools, continued its series of weekly programs with a decisive victory for Elyria Catholic High School over Wellington.  The final score was 320 to 210 on Monday’s broadcast (on WEOL AM930 and FM100.3).  The Elyria Catholic team consisted of Gina Rodgers, Celina Seo, and team captain Paige Miserandino, who won the program’s weekly “Standout Scholar” award, a $50 award given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team.  Representing Wellington High were Adele Pickering, Maya Feron, and Will Palmison.  Feron and Palmison serve as co-captains of the team.

Miserandino, left, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling

Elyria Catholic led throughout the competition, beginning with a 60 to 30 lead after the first round.  Wellington outscored EC in the Current Events round but not by enough to take the lead.  The third round of questions,  the first of the “buzzer rounds,” normally gives an advantage to the quicker team, and Elyria Catholic extended its lead to 50 points.

Wellington won round Four, the multi-clue series in which a correct answer to a first clue yields fifty points, with diminishing point values for additional clues.   Wellington got the biggest score, Palmison’s 30 points for identifying the Renaissance from three clues, followed by Feron’s 20 for naming New Jersey from four clues about the state.  EC’s Miserandino earned 20 points for Stonehenge and 10 for folksinger Woody Guthrie, sufficient to maintain the lead for her team.

In the final round of tossup and bonus questions, it was Elyria Catholic all the way, rounding out a solid victory.  It was not a high-scoring contest, but a strong enough win to slot EC into the program’s quarter finals.  The score of next week’s program between Clearview and Keystone will solidify the playoff schedule, which includes contests between the lowest-scoring winners and highest-scoring losers (“wildcards”) which must compete to enter quarter finals.  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:

3/16  Clearview vs. Keystone

3/23  First Quarterfinal: Avon Lake vs. Vermilion

3/30  Winners playoff for quarterfinals (teams to be announced)

4/6   Wildcard competition (teams to be announced)

4/13  Second Quarterfinal  (teams to be announced)

4/20 through May 18: Remaining elimination playoffs & Championship

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