On this week’s broadcast of the Scholastic Games of Lorain County, the radio quiz program (on WEOL, AM 930) featuring academic teams from Lorain County high schools, Avon Lake High School scored a decisive 570 to 170 point win over Midview High School, matching Elyria High School’s winning score from last week, the highest of the year. It qualifies Avon Lake for the program’s quarterfinals, which begin in three weeks. The program will continue to be broadcast most Tuesdays from 6:05 to 7 p.m. until its championship in late May.
Avon Lake’s winning team consisted of Hannah Lipka, Jay Leiden, and team captain Alex Loar, who was named recipient of the weekly “Standout Scholar Award,” a $50 prize given to the student judged by scorekeepers to have contributed the most to his or her team. Midview was represented by Michele Manuk, Kellen McGuire, and team captain Ethan Greenly. Both schools have produced championship-winning Scholastic Games teams in past years.
Midview ended the first round with a 20 point lead and still led at the end of the second, despite a rare perfect score from Avon Lake in Current Events. It was the buzzer rounds, in which quick responses gain advantage, where Avon Lake piled up points. The Theme Round, with “how many” questions ranging from the number of counties in Ohio to the number of neutrons in a carbon atom, went almost entirely to Avon Lake. In the fourth round, in which successions of clues can win a team up to 50 points for a single answer, Greenly earned 50 points by identifying the state of Colorado, but Loar scored three 40-point answers (Richard Nixon, rainforests, and the Carthaginian Hannibal). The team’s lead was increased further in the fast moving final round, added an additional 270 points before the final bell.
The teams are guided by faculty advisors. Mr. Mike Kaminski and Mr. Ryan Smylie are advisors for Avon Lake and Mr. Michael Filipiak advises the Midview team. Continuing a 25-year tradition, each participating school will receive a $1000 tuition credit to be given to a deserving student who will attend an area college or university. Many additional credits are awarded to schools as they compete and win in playoffs. Contributing institutions include Lorain County Community, Baldwin Wallace University, Ohio Wesleyan, Oberlin College, Ursuline College, Ashland University, Case Western Reserve, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Notre Dame College of Ohio, and Tiffin University, many of which have participated in this program for a number of years.
UPCOMING PROGRAMS ON WEOL (AM 930):
TUESDAYS, 6:06 p.m. (except when sports games delay the quiz to Tuesday, same time) This schedule is slightly revised from those previously published.
3/15 North Ridgeville vs. Vermilion (returning “Wildcard” team)
3/22 Firelands vs. Lake Ridge Academy
3/29 First Quarterfinal: Avon vs. (winner of Firelands vs. Lake Ridge)
4/5 to 5/24 – remaining elimination playoffs & Championship
Scholastic Games, on WEOL radio since 1990, is presented on the station by the Elyria Public Library System. Production of the program is made possible by funding from the Nordson Corporation Foundation, the Nord Family Foundation, the Community West Foundation, and the following funds administered by the Community Foundation of Lorain County: the Nelson Stud Welding Fund, and the Oscar H. Steiner Memorial Fund.
A member of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame of Akron and Cleveland, the program’s 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 has for over twenty years been with Cleveland’s WCLV-FM, now a part of Ideastream public broadcasting. Again this year, most Scholastic Games programs are being followed by a talk feature, “Dialogues in Education,” which presents education success stories with its host, award-winning journalist Bob Tayek.