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March 5, 2021

06 News Release – Amherst Steele vs. Lake Ridge Academy

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  3/3/2021

Contact: Jim Mehrling 440-234-6021

Headline:    LAKE RIDGE ACADEMY DEFEATS AMHERST STEELE ON THE SCHOLASTIC GAMES  HIGH SCHOOL QUIZ

The academic team from Lake Ridge Academy matched the highest winning score of the season, defeating Amherst Steele’s team on this week’s Scholastic Games broadcast.  The weekly quiz show is heard most Mondays at 6 p.m. on WEOL (AM 930/FM 100.3).  It was a final score of 350 to 150 matching the season-high winning score of Olmsted Falls two weeks ago.  Both schools have earned spots in the program’s quarterfinal broadcasts which will be heard in April. 

Representing Lake Ridge were Abby Rosu, Alex Masgras, and team captain Tyler Young, who earned the program’s Standout Scholar Award, which is presented each week to the student who contributed the most to his or her team according to judges and scorekeepers.  The honor includes a $50 prize, which is presented at the end of the school year.  Amherst’s panel consisted of Lia Morrison, D. J. Theisen, and team captain John Perez-Strohmeyer.

Amherst Steele took an early lead on the program.  The first of five rounds of questions, called the “Initial Round,” is comprised of answers starting with the same letter.  “D” answers, ranging from Detroit to duodenum, brought Steele a 30 to 20 lead, which it extended to 80 to 60 following near-perfect scores from both teams in the Current Events Round. 

In the pre-pandemic years, remaining rounds were “buzzer rounds,” in which the first team to respond gets to answer.  In the show’s “Zoom format,” questions are assigned alternately to the teams in the third and fifth rounds.  One thing retained from the old format is that the third and fifth rounds allow the other team to answer questions that are unanswered or answered incorrectly by the team to which they are directed.  This week’s third, or Theme Round, featured “Numbers in the Answer,” ranging from atomic numbers of an element to the number of rivers in Hades.  The Lake Ridge team outscored their opponents in this round and took the lead, making the score 120 to 100.

Lake Ridge continued to expand its lead in the final two rounds.  Each answer in the fourth round follows up to five clues.  A correct answer to a first clue yields fifty points, with diminishing point values for additional clues.  If still unanswered, the series 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.  After a slow start, in which clues about Sam Houston stumped both teams, Lake Ridge 30 points identifying the Red Cross, and then 40 by naming Wilhelm Roentgen, the discoverer of X-rays, after the second clue.  Steele jumped in with a 30 point answer identifying the nation of Wales, but Lake Ridge ended the round with a first-clue fifty points naming the legendary King Arthur.   

After Lake Ridge had doubled its score, taking a 240 to 130 lead, it was possible but unlikely for Amherst to come back for a victory in the long final round.  In fact, the Lake Ridge team continued to outscore their opponents for a solid win.  In two weeks, Amherst will be among other runner-up teams in a March series of second matches, in which a victory with one of the eight highest scores can still secure its placement in the quarterfinals. 

Academic teams are all under the supervision of faculty advisors.  Advisor for the Lake Ridge Academy team is Justin Schaefer, and Alexander Baldwin is advisor for the Amherst Marion L. Steele 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, weol.com and standoutscholars.com 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.  May’s academic championship will conclude the Scholastic Games’ 31st season. 

Here is the upcoming schedule as determined so far, with programs running between 6 and 7 p.m. on Mondays, to be followed by playoff rounds.

3/8   Returning teams: Brookside vs. Elyria

3/15 Returning teams: Amherst Steele vs. Avon Lake

3/22 Returning teams: Midview vs. Oberlin

3/29 Returning teams: Keystone vs. Avon

4/5 through May: 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 are 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,  

BEREA, OH, 44017-2449, telephone 440-234-6021 (leave message)

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