Scholastic Games Archived radio high school quiz programs

April 4, 2020

20-09 News Release -QF1- Avon Lake vs. Vermilion

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Contact: Jim Mehrling 440-234-6021 –  (Program of Mar. 23 & 27, 2020)


Another come-from-behind victory, this time in a quarterfinal matchup, was what transpired on this week’s Scholastic Games radio quiz broadcast.  Each program in the series features two academic teams from area high schools.  On Monday’s broadcast (on WEOL AM930 and FM100.3), which was recorded prior to pandemic-related school closings, Avon Lake High School won by a score of 390 to 270 over Vermilion High, which had been in the lead through the first four rounds of questions.

The Avon Lake team consisted of Eva Ferrari, Cara Buck, and team captain Irwin Deng, who won for his second time the program’s weekly “Standout Scholar” award,

Deng, left, is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehrling (photo taken prior to COVID-19 advisories)

a $50 award given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team.  Representing Vermilion High were Rachel Miller, team captain Liberty Oliver, and Patrick Anders.  Anders, a freshman, had won the Standout award earlier this year.

After identical 40-point scores in the first round, Vermilion advanced to a 90-70 lead following the Current Events round. The third round of questions is the first of the “buzzer rounds,” giving an advantage to the quicker team. From a series of questions about men named Robert, inventors to writers to political figures, the round was dominated by Vermilion, widening its lead to 90 points.  Avon won the next round but not by enough to gain the lead.

The fourth round is a multi-clue series in which a correct answer to a first clue yields fifty points, with diminishing point values for additional clues.  Avon Lake’s Deng scored with 50 points for naming Hadrian’s Wall after only one clue and another 40 from only two clues arthropods.  Buck added 20 for the team by identifying New Orleans after four clues, giving a total of 110 additional points to the team, but Vermilion’s Anders scored 40 points by naming Alfred Hitchcock after the mention of two of his earliest films from the 1920s.  The answer allowed his team to maintain a 20-point lead entering the final round.

It was the final round of tossup and bonus questions that turned things around.  After only scoring one answer in the first buzzer round, the Avon Lake team dominated in the final round with quick buzzes and correct answers.  (Wrong answers do result in lost points in the final round.)  With a gain of more than three times the number of points scored by Vermilion in the final round, an impressive final score advances Avon Lake in championship finals.

This week’s exciting contest will be rebroadcast Friday the 27th and programs will continue to be heard Mondays and Fridays between 6:05 and 7 p.m.  It is uncertain whether recording sessions can be held to complete quarterfinals and semifinals to determine the program’s thirtieth annual county academic champion.  There are two more already-recorded programs as indicated in the following schedule:

To air 3/30, 4/3  Playoff: Brookside vs. Clearview—winner to quarterfinals (recorded)

To air: 4/6, 10   Second Quarterfinal: Elyria Catholic vs. North Ridgeville (recorded)

Tentative remaining competitions:

  • Wildcard: Avon vs. Olmsted Falls (highest-scoring losing teams)—winner to quarterfinals
  • Third Quarterfinal: Winners from Brookside, Clearview, and Avon, Olmsted Falls contests
  • Fourth Quarterfinal: Lake Ridge vs. Oberlin

Semifinals & Championship normally follow but the top team may be determined by winning scores from earlier competitions among quarterfinal and quarterfinal-qualified schools.

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.  Remaining shows, if they occur, will be recorded at the library main branch.  Programs were also 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 will be up to 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.



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