Cooperstown sent 15 students to regionals this year, which were held in New Berlin and 12 moved on to the state contest.
“The only ones that got knocked out were knocked out by our own students,” said John Brotherton, a history teacher at CCS who serves as a co-advisor for the school’s National History Day Club.
Brotherton said that the contest experienced a bit of a revival at CCS this year because, for the first time, a club was established.
Dohner and LeCates won their category in regionals, as did Snyder.
The students said that none of them had expected to move on to the national competition.
“Going into states … Ilsa and I were not expecting to place,” said LeCates.
“I wanted to advance past regionals,” said Snyder, who said that his main goal had been to win the sports award at the state competition.
Snyder lost the award to an another Curt Flood project, but he says that he was ecstatic to go to nationals, and is aiming to win the baseball award at the national competition.
Brotherton had high praise for all three students and their projects.
“These girls did an amazing project on the Berlin Wall,” said Brotherton.
The Berlin Wall divided communist controlled East Berlin and non-communist West Berlin in Germany during the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Dohner said that she and LeCates learned a lot about the Cold War over the course of their research.
“Going into the project we really didn’t know anything about the Berlin Wall,” said LeCates, who said that they’d specifically chosen to select a topic that they didn’t know about beforehand.
For their exhibit, the girls made a wooden replica of the Berlin Wall, complete with barbed wire and graffiti.