Scholastic Games Archived radio high school quiz programs

March 30, 2021

09 News Release – Midview vs. Oberlin

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FOR RELEASE: 3/23/2021

Contact: Jim Mehrling 440-234-6021


Midview and Oberlin were both winners in earlier visits this year to the Scholastic Games high school quiz show (Mondays 6-7 p.m. on WEOL AM930 and FM 100.3), but only winners with the highest scores advance to playoffs for the annual county championship. Up until this week, the two schools had this year’s two lowest winning scores, but with its 270 to 130 win over Midview, Oberlin went from the lowest to the third highest (tied with two other schools), guaranteeing a quarter final slot. A winning score of more than 220 points next week (Avon vs. Keystone) will take Midview out of the running.

Oberlin’s winning team consisted of team Captain Zenobia Calhoun, Sasha Chen, and Marcus Bertoni, 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 a vote of judges and scorekeepers. Each honor includes a $50 prize, which is presented at the end of the school year. Teammate Chen won the award following the team’s performance on the program earlier this year. The Midview team consisted of Lindsay Eakins, Evan McGuire, and team captain Joel Greenly, who won the Standout award in the team’s earlier appearance.

In the first round a questions, a “W” round in which answers ranged from James Watt to Oscar Wilde to the Warsaw Pact, Midview took a 30 to 20 point lead. Oberlin tied the score with a better outcome in the Current Events round, which ended with a 60 to 60 tally. The theme round which followed focused on the same names of common and proper nouns, such as President Grant and a foundation grant, Nobel winner Desmond Tutu or the garment of a ballet dancer, etc. Both teams did well, but Oberlin emerged with a ten-point 100 to 90 lead.

In the two remaining rounds, bigger scores are possible, and Oberlin forged ahead. In the fourth round, each of five answers can follow 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. The second clue describing the islnd of Sicily brought an answer from Oberlin’s Bertoni for 40 points. Clues about Thomas Becket stumped both teams, but Bertoni jumped at the first clue and scored 50 when he named the Whiskey Rebellion. Clues about salt as a valuable mineral went to the 30 point clue, and it was Bertoni again who scored. The final set of clues describing Ruth Bader Ginsberg went to 20 points before an Oberlin score, that time by Chen.

Oberlin’s 140 points in that round were devastating for Midview, as the round ended with a 240 to 90 point advantage. The final round, over nine minutes of tossup and bonus questions, is often a high scoring affair, but not this time. Midview won the round by ten points, but Oberlin’s scoring in the previous round provided a solid victory.

Academic teams are all under the supervision of faculty advisors. Advisor for the Oberlin team is Jason Craigo, and the advisor for the Midview team is Michael Filipiak. 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 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. 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.

3/29 Returning teams: Keystone vs. Avon. The quarterfinalists will be announced at the conclusion of this broadcast.

4/6 (Tuesday) through May: Playoffs & Championship

Programs, normally Mondays, in some weeks will move to Tuesday, same time, because of live sports coverage by WEOL.

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.



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