Avon Scores Narrow Victory Over Oberlin in Scholastic Games Academic Quarterfinals

The Scholastic Games radio quiz, a weekly program featuring academic teams from Lorain County high schools, continued its quarterfinal competitions on a Tuesday evening broadcast. The quiz team from Avon High School scored a 380 to 340 victory over Oberlin High School to become this year’s second semifinalists.

Representing Avon were Jacob Boesger, Cade Grant, and team captain Alex Stamatis. On the Oberlin side were Ario Thompson and team captain Nicole Bertoni, who won for a second time this season the program’s “Standout Scholar Award,” a $50 prize given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team. Bertoni also won the award one time last year. In the three years Avon’s Stamatis has competed, he has won “Standout” honors six times. His team will return for this year’s semifinals in May. Upcoming playoffs are listed in the schedule below.

Avon ended the first round of questions with a perfect score of 60, including the random-placed “plus points” question to Oberlin’s 30. The team widened its lead in the Current Events and theme rounds, to enter the fourth with a 170 to 70 point lead. That fourth round is a multi-clue series in which a correct answer to a first clue yields fifty points, with diminishing point values for additional clues, ending with a final clue worth ten points.

Oberlin recovered considerably in the fourth round, earning 40 points when Bertoni identified Henry VIII’s second wife Ann Boleyn after only the second clue. He earned another 30 on clues about tides. Avon was unable to score on any of the items in the round, answering incorrectly after early buzzes on two items. Both teams responded to clues about Morse, the inventor of the telegraph, guessing Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Graham Bell. The same happened with clues about the state of Alabama, as the teams answered Texas and Florida (following mention of the Marshall Space Flight Center (in Huntsville).

Round Four narrowed Avon’s lead to only 30 points. The teams performed nearly equally well in the final high-scoring round five. Unfortunately for Oberlin, Avon outscored them by 10 points and won by 40.

The program, sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Lorain County with foundation support, will continue to be heard mostly on Monday evenings (6:05 to 7 p.m.) with two schools in competition each week. Here is the schedule:

Upcoming programs, to be broadcast on Mondays, except as noted:

  • 4/8 (Monday) Wildcard #2: Amherst Steele vs. Avon Lake (this playoff determines last of the quarterfinalists)
  • 4/15 (Monday) Quarterfinal #3: Elyria vs. Olmsted Falls
  • 4/22 (Monday) Quarterfinal #4: Clearview vs. either Amherst or Avon Lake
  • 4/29 (Monday) Final Four Preview Special
  • 5/6-5/20: Semifinals and Championship broadcasts

The teams are guided by faculty advisors, Mr. Todd Sayers for the Avon team and Mr. Jason Craigo for Oberlin. Continuing a 28-year tradition, each participating school will be assigned a $1000 tuition credit to be given to a deserving student that will attend an Ohio college or university. Many additional credits are awarded to schools as they compete and win in playoffs. Contributing institutions include Lorain County Community College, Baldwin Wallace University, Oberlin College, Ursuline College, Ashland University, Case Western Reserve, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Lake Erie College, Notre Dame College of Ohio, the University of Findlay, and Tiffin University, many of which have participated in this program for a number of years.

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 charter sponsor, the 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, the Ridge Tool Company Fund, and the Bowers Family Fund. The Elyria Hampton Inn and Suites provided the recording venue for Monday’s program and following broadcast, weol.com and standoutscholars.com will 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 has for over twenty years been with Cleveland’s WCLV-FM, a part of the Ideastream public broadcasting organization. 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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