Scholastic Games Archived radio high school quiz programs

April 13, 2021

11 News Release – QF: Avon vs. Clearview

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FOR RELEASE: 4/7/2021 Contact: Jim Mehrling 440-234-6021


Avon High School’s academic team, which became the final designated quarterfinalist on last week’s Scholastic Games broadcast, scored a consecutive win on the program with a 310 to 280 defeat of the team from Lorain’s Clearview High.

This week’s win advances Avon to the semifinal level, the final step prior to the show’s 31st annual county championship. Scholastic Games is heard most Mondays, from 6-7 p.m., during the last half of each school year, on WEOL AM930 and FM 100.3, with programs archived on the internet after broadcast. Avon has won the championship four times in the program’s history, just one win short of the record for any individual school, which is shared by Elyria and Olmsted Falls. Remaining quarterfinalists are listed with broadcast dates in the schedule below:

April 12th – Sheffield Brookside vs. North Ridgeville

April 19th – Amherst Steele vs. Olmsted Falls

April 26th – Lake Ridge Academy vs. Oberlin

This week’s broadcast saw Avon represented by team captain Sam Golik, Lindsay McKenna, and Liam McCarthy, who earned his second Standout Scholar Award. Each of the weekly honors includes a $50 prize, and is presented to the student who contributed the most to his or her team according to a vote of judges and scorekeepers. The Clearview team consisted of team captain Caitlin McComas, Holly Mariner, and Sofia Calez, a previous Standout honoree.

It was far from an Avon rout, with Clearview putting in a strong performance, and the lead changing hands with almost every round of questions. The first round, consisted of answers beginning with the letter “L” ranging from Liszt to leprosy to Liberia. It ended with a 40 to 20 Clearview lead. The challenging Current Events Round ended in a 60 to 60 tie. Avon then took the lead in the theme round, which focused on the history and means of transportation. This round is the first in which the other team can answer a question that is unanswered or answered incorrectly by the team to which it is directed. Avon took advantage of the opportunity a couple of times and the round ended with a 100 to 70 point lead.

Then Clearview scored with what looked like a game-winning rally in the fourth round. In it, 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, each series ends with a final clue worth ten points. Avon’s McCarthy scored 50 points from the first clue of the first item, identifying Bangladesh as the location of the world’s largest river delta. The second set of clues identified George Gershwin, but Clearview’s early response of Scott Joplin and Avon’s later answer of Leonard Bernstein eliminated both teams. Then Clearview’s Calez scored three in a row: naming the White House for 30 points, Eleanor Roosevelt for 30 more, and 50 points from the first clue about the 30 Years War.

Clearview entered the final round with its biggest lead of the contest, a 180 to 150 advantage, but in the over nine minutes of questions in the fifth round it was Avon’s team that outscored its opponents, adding 160 points to Clearview’s 100, providing them with a decisive win and a position in May’s semifinals.

Academic teams are all under the supervision of faculty advisors. Advisor for the Avon team is Todd Sayers, and the advisor for Clearview is Joseph Strader. 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. The programs will continue on Mondays through May 24th, with the exception of exceptions for live sports coverage by WEOL, such as Monday’s Indians opener.

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), Olmsted Falls (2011, 12, 13, 14, 18), and as mentioned above, Avon (2009, 16, 17,19).

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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Attached Photos:

1, 2 -The teams in screen shots: Avon High School, left to right, Lindsay McKenna, Liam McCarthy and Sam Golik; and Clearview High School, left to right, Sofia Calez, Holly Mariner, and Caitlin McComas.

2. Standout Scholar winner Liam McCarthy of Avon High School was so honored for the second consecutive week.

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