Defeating Firelands, Oberlin High School has emerged as the second semifinalist for the Scholastic Games of Lorain County, the radio quiz program on WEOL AM 930.
Scores were close throughout the contest, tied or within 10 points after each of the first four rounds, but Oberlin came out on top 290-230, advancing the team in the playoffs.
Eliminations will continue weekly until the program’s county championship scheduled to be broadcast on May 18. Programs are mostly on Tuesday evenings from 6:05-7 p.m.
Oberlin was represented by team captain Chris Schroth, Evan Smith, and Jack DeBouter, 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. It was his second such award this year.
Firelands was represented by Katie Iwanek, Ryan Martin, and team captain Julia Ohle. Martin was also a winner of two Standout awards earlier this year.
Firelands took a 10-point lead after the first round. In the second, based on current events, Oberlin tied the score at 60-60. The third round, based on bird names, resulted in a 100-90 lead for Oberlin. Then the teams were tied again after the fourth round.
It was the first time in the 25-year history of the program that scorekeepers could remember teams tying the score, breaking the tie, and then tying again.
However, it was the Oberlin team that came out ahead in the lightning-fast final round.
The teams are guided by faculty advisors Jason Craigo of Oberlin and Kelly Miller of Firelands.
While Firelands is out, Oberlin’s scholars will next play Avon in the first semifinal on Monday, May 2.
Continuing a 25-year tradition, each participating school will receive a $1,000 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.
Courtesy photos The academic team from Firelands High School includes Katie Iwanek, Julia Ohle, and Ryan Martin.