Scholastic Games Archived radio high school quiz programs

April 30, 2021

14 – News Release – QF: Lake Ridge vs. Oberlin

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The teams in screen shots: Lake Ridge Academy, left to right, Tyler Young, Finley Pasatta, and Alex Masgras; and Oberlin High School, left to right, Sasha Chen, Zenobia Calhoun, and Marcus Bertoni.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/27/2021 Contact: Jim Mehrling 440-234-6021


Scholastic Games, the weekly quiz show competition between Lorain County high schools, completed its quarterfinals as the academic team from Lake Ridge Academy scored a 560 to 180 victory over Oberlin High School. The program is heard Mondays, from 6-7 p.m., on WEOL (AM930 and FM 100.3) with final rounds to be broadcast the first three Mondays in May. The other quarterfinalists include Avon, Amherst Steele, and North Ridgeville, which will face Lake Ridge on the May 10th program.

Representing Lake Ridge Academy were Alex Masgras, Finn Pasatta, and team captain Tyler Young, who earned his second Standout Scholar Award. Each of these 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 Oberlin team consisted of Sasha Chen, Marcus Bertoni, and team captain Zenobia Calhoun. Chen and Bertoni are both previous Standout winners.

The first round of questions contained answers beginning with the letter “R,” with answers ranging from the Renaissance to the Rio Grande. Questions in this round are It was a powerful start for Lake Ridge, as the team scored a perfect 60 points to Oberlin’s 40. Number selections match questions to the teams to create a random mix, and Lake Ridge was helped by luck of the draw including the double-score “plus points” question. The team continued its lead in the Current Events Round which ended with a 100 to 40 point score.

The third round had a historical theme focused on events that occurred in the month of April. The change in this round was an opportunity for the opposing team to answer when the first team fails to answer or answers incorrectly. Both teams did so, but Lake Ridge continued to outscore, ending the round with a 180 to 60 advantage.

The fourth round offers big scores to students who can respond to clues on diverse subjects that are factual, but deliberately obscure at first, to all but someone with specialized knowledge. Each of five answers follows up to five clues. A correct answer to a first clue yields fifty points, with diminishing point values for additional clues, diminishing to a final ten point clue.

Tyler Young of Lake Ridge scored on three items for a total of 100 points. First was 40 for naming Rosa Parks as a person honored for a “courageous act” for which she won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but not until over forty years later. He answered long before any mention of race or segregation or the South. He than identified President Truman for 30 points from a few facts about his early career. His last score was 30 for knowing Cincinnati was once known as the “Queen City of the West.” It was Pasatta of the Lake Ridge team who made the biggest score of the round, 50 points for naming Portugal from a mention of Macau in China being a former territory in the first clue.

Oberlin made one score in the fourth round, when Chen scored an impressive 40 points to name the Dalai Lama. It brought Oberlin to 100 points, but Lake Ridge had advanced to 330 points, and continued to dominate scoring in the final round, which also has great scoring potential. As the timer went off to end the questioning, Lake Ridge had amassed 560 points. It was not only the highest winning score of the year but it actually surpassed the second-highest winning score by over 200 points!

Academic teams are all under the supervision of faculty advisors, who deserve much credit for their dedication to team preparation, particularly when those teams reach the playoff level. Advisor for the Lake Ridge team is Justin Schaefer, and the advisor for Oberlin is Jason Craigo.

Lake Ridge Academy is surely on a winning track as it enters the semifinals. Surprisingly, the private school has not won the Scholastic Games championship since back in 2015. In fact, all four of the schools that are still in the running have won in past years and surely feel they are due to win again. One interesting fact is that among the four, only two have competed earlier this year, and they are Lake Ridge and Amherst Steele. That program will be rebroadcast next week, a hiatus week prior to the semifinals. It is a real possibility they will meet again in the championship.

Here is the remaining schedule: May 3-rebroadcast of LRA vs. Amherst

May 10th – SEMIFINAL: North Ridgeville vs. Lake Ridge Acad.

May 17th – SEMIFINAL: Avon vs. Amherst Steele

May 24th – Championship

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.

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), and 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.


By Jim Mehrling, MEHRLING STUDIOS, BEREA, OH, 44017-2449, telephone 440-234-6021 (leave message)

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