Avon Defeats Keystone in Quarterfinals of High School Scholastic Games Quiz Show

Alex Stamatis, left, of Avon High School, is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehrling for winning “Standout Scholar” honors.

Alex Stamatis, left, of Avon High School, is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehrling for winning “Standout Scholar” honors.

The Scholastic Games high school quiz, heard weekly on WEOL (AM 930), broadcast its second quarterfinal on Tuesday, April 18th, a stunning 470 to 100 victory for Avon High School over LaGrange’s Keystone High. Keystone’s academic team took an early lead but was left behind when Avon piled on the points in the latter rounds. Avon is the quiz show’s defending champion, even though the school is represented by an entirely different team this year, following the graduation of last year’s stars.

The winning team consisted of Bree Collins, Sam Gerak, and team captain Alex Stamatis, who his second “Standout Scholar Award,” a weekly $50 prize given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team. It is noteworthy that it was Stamatis’s older brother who led the school to the championship last year. Keystone’s team consisted of Annali Perez, Cole Stoots, and team captain Luke Peters, another two-time Standout winner earlier this season.

It was a near-perfect start when the opening round of questions ended with a tie score. Then the often challenging Current Events round followed, providing Keystone with a 10-point lead. Equal numbers of questions are randomly assigned in the first two rounds, after which teams buzz in to answer, and Avon again proved to be quick and accurate. The Theme Round followed with questions about diverse topics, and Avon advanced to a 140 to 80 point lead.

The fourth round provides a number of clues in which a correct answer to the first clue yields fifty points and a final clue provides only ten, with intermediate scoring possibilities in between. Stamatis did all of the scoring in the round, piling on 100 points with his knowledge of history. To that solid lead, more than 200 additional points in the final round solidly advanced the Avon team to the semifinal level.

A total of sixteen Lorain County public and private high schools have competed this year, and the season will end with the broadcast’s 27th annual county championship in May. The program, sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Lorain County with foundation support, will be heard most Monday evenings (6:05 to 7 p.m.) with two schools in competition each week. The schedule of broadcasts is below.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS ON WEOL (AM 930): MONDAYS, 6:06 p.m. (except when sports games delay the quiz to Tuesday, same time); 4/24 Third Quarterfinal – Olmsted Falls vs. Avon Lake; 5/1 Fourth Quarterfinal – Vermilion vs. Lake Ridge Academy; 5/8 First Semifinal – Amherst Steele vs. Avon; 5/15 Second Semifinal – winners of quarterfinals 3 and 4; 5/22 Championship

The teams are guided by faculty advisors. Mr. Todd Sayers is the advisor to the Avon team and Mr. Tom Habenicht advises the Keystone team. Continuing a 26-year tradition, each participating school will receive a $1000 tuition credit to be given to a deserving student that will attend an area college or university. Additional credits are awarded to schools as they compete and win in playoffs. Contributing institutions include Lorain County Community, Ashland University, Case Western Reserve, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Notre Dame College of Ohio, Baldwin Wallace University, Ohio Wesleyan, Oberlin College, Ursuline College, and Tiffin University, many of which have participated in this program for a number of years.

CWF LogoScholastic 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 Nordson Corporation, the Nord Family Foundation, the Community West Foundation, and the following funds administered by the Community Foundation of Lorain County: the William J. and Flora Hearn Durling Fund, the Dorothy and Elizabeth King Memorial Charitable Fund, and the Miraldi and Barrett Fund. The Elyria Public Library System and the Elyria Days Inn provide recording venues, and following broadcast, weol.com and standoutscholars.com offer the programs as “podcasts.”

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 for over twenty years has been with Cleveland’s WCLV-FM, now a part of Ideastream public broadcasting. Again this year, most Scholastic Games programs will be 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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