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April 18, 2020

20-11 News Release – QF2 – Elyria Catholic vs. N. Ridgeville

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Contact: Jim Mehrling 440-234-6021 – (Program of Apr.6, 2020)


North Ridgeville High School has moved a step closer to the championship on the Scholastic Games radio quiz series with a 460 to 200 quarterfinal victory over Elyria Catholic.  The weekly series, broadcast (on WEOL AM930 and FM100.3), has been presenting academic teams from two area high schools each week in this, its 30th season.

Unfortunately, the quarterfinals may not be completed as this one was the last of those recorded prior to school closings precipitated by the novel corona virus.  If production cannot be resumed, program producer Jim Mehrling says a formula will be devised to determine a champion based on scores from completed competitions, but alternatives, including at-home online matches, are still being actively explored.  Starting Monday, April 13th, rebroadcasts of outstanding past competitions will be aired.

On this week’s broadcast, the North Ridgeville team consisted of Jonah Fechner, Tyler Johnson,

Cunningham, left, is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehrling. (photo predates corona virus directives)

and team captain Aiden Cunningham, who won the program’s weekly “Standout Scholar” award, a $50 prize given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team.  Representing Elyria Catholic were Gina Ridgers, Celina Seo, and team captain Paige Miserandino, who won the Standout award earlier this year.  North Ridgeville’s Fechner also won the honor on an earlier program.

The “initial round,” with answers that started with “B” from beluga whales to the Bay of Bengal and bicuspid teeth, gave an early edge to North Ridgeville.  It yielded a 20-point lead that disappeared with the Current Events Round, in which an Elyria Catholic’s performance tied the score.  The theme in the third round was the name James, with answers ranging from the James River to Jesse James.  It was the first of the “buzzer rounds,” which give an advantage to the quicker team.  It was clearly Ridgeville this time, with the team doubling its score to take a 40-point 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.  Though the round started with scientist Enrico Fermi stumping both teams, North Ridgeville paved its way to victory with three consecutive 40-point answers one from each team member: Fechner identified the Schism in the Catholic church, Cunningham the state of Connecticut, and Johnson the country Scotland, as well as adding an additional ten points by identifying president Grant.  This round added 130 points to the team’s lead entering the final round in which they also outscored their opponents.

Scholastic Games programs will continue to be heard Mondays with some repeats on Fridays, all broadcasts to be between 6:05 and 7 p.m.  There is a possibility of additional earned playoffs in this year’s competitions including the following:

  • Wildcard: Avon vs. Olmsted Falls (highest-scoring losing teams afforded a second chance at playoffs)
  • Third Quarterfinal: Brookside vs. winner of Avon-Olmsted Falls
  • Fourth Quarterfinal: Lake Ridge vs. Oberlin

There is yet to be a final determination of whether additional competitions will take place.  All sixteen scheduled high schools have taken part in the first round of competitions this year.

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.

The 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 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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