Scholastic Games Archived radio high school quiz programs

February 17, 2021

04 News Release – Feb 16 – Brookside – Olmsted Falls

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Contact: Jim Mehrling 440-234-6021


The weekly quiz show featuring academic teams from Lorain County high schools, Scholastic Games, ended with both the highest winning score and the highest losing score of the season.   The February 15th program on WEOL (AM 930/FM 100.3) featured two well-matched teams in a competition that ended with a score of Olmsted Falls 350, Brookside 290. 

Representing Olmsted Falls were Rachel Allen, Elena Strozewski, and team captain David Vidovich.   From Brookside High in Sheffield Village, the academic team consisted of Nico Morell, Oliver Palmer and team captain Kassie Brooks, who was awarded the program’s Standout Scholar Award, which is presented to the student who contributed the most to his or her team according to judges and scorekeepers.  It is a weekly honor which includes a $50 prize.

Two of the five rounds of questions ended with tie scores.  The opening “Initial Round,” which was comprised of answers starting with the same letter, “O” responses ranged from Shakespeare’s Ophelia to Oceania.  It concluded with a 40 to 40 tie.  Olmsted Falls emerged with a ten-point lead following a Current Events round with near-perfect results from both teams.

The Theme Round subject, tailored for the Presidents’ Day broadcast, was twentieth century chief executives.  In this first of rounds allowing the opposing team to respond to questions missed by the other, Olmsted Falls corrected an inaccurate answer from Brookside and then Brookside supplied a correct response to a question unanswered by Falls.  The round ended with the return of a tie score, 140 to 140.

It was the fourth round in which Olmsted Falls secured its victory.  It is a multi-clue series in which, for each item, a correct answer to a first clue yields fifty points, with diminishing point values for additional clues.  If still unanswered, each ends with a final clue worth ten points.  In prior years a “buzzer round,” the first response was determined by a team member calling out the name of the team.  Brookside scored first in the round, as Brooks earned 30 points identifying President McKinley.  In the second item, an attempt at 50 points brought an incorrect response from Falls, followed by a 30 point score by Brookside’s Palmer.  Then Vidovich hit his stride for Falls with three scores in a row, identifying clues on the history of subways for 30 points, naming Sigmund Freud for 40, and the mathematician Fibonacci from the first clue for 50 points!

Olmsted Falls entered the final round with a lead of 260 points to 200.  The final round, alternating questions between the teams and rewarding correct answers with bonus questions, is the longest with the most scoring potential.  The situation was further complicated by Strozewski of the Falls team having a poor computer connection.  She could only be understood by sending texts, but still managed to score several times.  Amazingly, it was another tying round with both teams scoring 90 points.  Of course, that meant Olmsted Falls retained its sixty point lead to claim victory.

This year’s eight highest winning scores will earn them positions in the quarterfinals, which begin eliminations in April broadcasts for May’s academic championship, which will conclude the Scholastic Games’ 31st season.  Higher-scoring runner-up teams will have a second chance to achieve a winning score, and with the season’s highest losing score so far, Brookside heads the list of wildcard nominees.

Academic teams are all under the supervision of faculty advisors.  Advisors for the Olmsted Falls team are Erin McCreery and Alexandra Flanigan, and Ms. Lisa Rutger is advisor for the Brookside team.  Scholastic Games began in the fall of 1990 with the support of Nordson Corporation and has continued on radio station WEOL during every school year since.  Operating under the auspices of the Community West Foundation, in addition to Nordson Corporation, the program has received additional support this year from the Alfred T. Askew Fund of the Community Foundation of Lorain County, and from the Nord Family Foundation.  The Elyria Public Library System has been sponsoring the program on WEOL and providing venue space for program sessions for several years. 

Following broadcast, and offer the programs as “podcasts,” which make the programs available on the World Wide Web.  Through the years, all public and private high schools have been invited to compete.  Here is the balance of the first round schedule, with programs running between 6 and 7 p.m. on Mondays, to be followed by playoff rounds.

2/22  Avon vs. North Ridgeville

3/1   Amherst vs. Lake Ridge Academy

3/8   Returning teams: Brookside vs. Elyria

3/15 through May: more return matches, Playoffs & Championship

In some weeks, live sports coverage will delay the quiz to Tuesday, same time.  This may affect some of the dates.  

Over the years, twelve different schools have won the championships, including Amherst Steele (1991, 2015), Elyria (1992, 93, 94, 97, 2000), Admiral King (1995, 1998), Oberlin (1996), North Ridgeville (1999, 2002), Avon Lake (2001, 05, 20),  Midview (2003), Keystone (2004), Lake Ridge Acad. (2006, 10), Vermilion (2007, 08), Avon (2009, 16, 17,19), Olmsted Falls (2011, 12, 13, 14, 18).

Area colleges and universities participate by providing $1000 tuition credit awards for allocation by participating high schools.  Participating for all or most of the program’s thirty-year history were Lorain County Community College, Oberlin College, Ursuline College, Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve, Heidelberg University, John Carroll University, with more recent additional awards from the University of Findlay, Lake Erie College, Tiffin University and Notre Dame College of Ohio.

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 25 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, telephone 440-234-6021 (leave message)

PHOTO CAPTION: The teams in screen shots: Brookside, left to right, Kassie Brooks, Oliver Palmer, and Nico Morello; and Olmsted Falls, left to right, David Vidovich, Rachel Allen and Elena Strozewski

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