The academic team from North Ridgeville High School was victorious on this week’s Scholastic Games radio quiz on WEOL radio (AM 930), defeating the Elyria Catholic team by a score of 330 to 160. It was a solid win for Ridgeville, but the EC runner-up score was one of the highest of the season, so that team is also eligible for playoffs as a wildcard team. The score was close through the first three rounds of questions on the quiz program but the final rounds gave Ridgeville its clear victory. The program features two high school academic teams from Lorain County each week with playoffs ending with its annual championship.
North Ridgeville was represented by team captain Emily Hiles, backed by Aidan Cunningham, and Jonah Fechner. Elyria Catholic’s team consisted of captain Ivelysse Gracia, Elizabeth Parkey, and Nicholas Ziegelmeyer, who was awarded the program’s “Standout Scholar Award.” This $50 prize, which usually goes to a member of the winning team, is given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team each week.
Both teams started well, ending the first round with a 40-40 tie, and with only a ten-point lead for Ridgeville at the end of the challenging Current Events Round. In the third round, buzzers come into play which give an advantage to those with quicker answers, but the teams did equally well on questions about presidential achievements, and North Ridgeville maintained its ten point lead.
It was the multi-clue fourth round in which the Ridgeville team began to build a significant lead. For each answer in that round, a correct response to the first clue yields fifty points but a fifth and final clue will yield only ten. EC’s Ziegelmeyer scored 30 points identifying historic Chief Justice Roger Taney, but all three members of the NR team scored, Cunningham on Yellowstone and Hawaii clues for a total of 50, Hiles with 20 naming Norway, and Fechner, with the teams biggest individual score, forty for identifying gunpowder (on an early clue that mentioned China). This gave the team a 90-point advantage going into the final round.
The final round is the longest with many tossup questions which are paired with bonus questions. North Ridgeville continued to outscore its opponents, ending with the team’s strong victory. However, Elyria Catholic ended the contest with the third highest losing score of the season, giving the school wildcard status. Wildcard teams return in the next two weeks for second chances at playoff rounds. Midview, the last of fifteen of Lorain County’s public and private high schools, will compete with Lake Ridge Academy next week, the first of the wildcard teams. A schedule of upcoming playoff programs is below.
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.), sometimes with rebroadcasts the following Friday. The teams are guided by faculty advisors. Sam Rufener is the advisor for North Ridgeville and Elyria Catholic’s advisor is Michael Brown. Continuing a 27-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 when they compete and win in playoffs. Contributing institutions include Lorain County Community, Baldwin Wallace University, Oberlin College, Ursuline College, Ashland University, Case Western Reserve, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Notre Dame College of Ohio, and Tiffin University. Many of these have participated in the program for a number of years.