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March 30, 2021

07 News Release – Brookside vs. Elyria

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Contact: Jim Mehrling 440-234-6021


The academic team from Brookside High School defeated Elyria’s team on this week’s Scholastic Games broadcast, with a score high enough to win a position on the program’s quarterfinals in April. 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 320 to 220. Both schools were making return visits to the program, having been runner-ups the first time around.

Representing Brookside were Chase Holm, Nico Morello, and team captain Kassie Brooks, who earned her second Standout Scholar Award, which is presented to the student who contributed the most to his or her team according to judges and scorekeepers. She is the current season’s first two-time winner of the honor, which is presented on each weekly program, including for each a $50 prize which is provided at the end of the school year. The Elyria team consisted of Elena Runion, EmeseToth, and team captain Olivia Worden.

The ”Initial Round,” which featured questions with answers beginning with the letter “V” provided an early lead to Brookside. Subjects ranging from chemical valence to Vladivostok yielded the team a 50 to 20 lead, but Elyria outperformed them in the Current Events Round, narrowing Brookside’s lead to a 80 to 60 score.

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 opposing eam 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 famous pairs of individuals in the question, both of whom need to be named. They ranged from Helen of Troy and Paris to Bonnie and Clyde. Both teams did well in this round, but Elyria did better, and it ended in a tie score of 120 points for each team.

Brookside won its victory in the fourth round. Each answer in it follows up to five clues. A correct answer to a first clue yields fifty points, with diminishing point values for additional needed 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. The first clues were about the dictator Benito Mussolini. Elyria jumped in with a 30-point answer of Hitler, leaving remaining clues for Brookside, scoring 20 with the correct answer. The second item, about Senator Fullbright and Fullbright scholarships, stumped both teams. The third item, about the medieval trade group the Hanseatic League finally went to Brookside with the 10-point clue that “hansa” was a word for “guild.”

Brookside iced its victory with another 30 point answer, naming Eisenhower from clues that preceded any about World War II or his presidency and ten points following clues about the Bahamas. All of Brookside’s responses came from Brooks, leaving no doubt of her “standout” status.

The fifth round consists of nine and one half minutes of questions and bonus questions. In a round that often determines winners and losers, both teams scored exactly 100 points, maintaining Brookside’s 70 point lead from dominating round four. It also guaranteed the school’s place in the Scholastic Games quarterfinals next month.

Academic teams are all under the supervision of faculty advisors. Advisor for the Sheffield Brookside team is Lisa Rutger, and Jeremy Secaur is advisor for the Elyria 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. 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.

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

3/22 Returning teams: Midview vs. Oberlin

3/29 Returning teams: Keystone vs. Avon (with announcement of quarterfinalist teams)

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.



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