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April 11, 2013

Student, public polls to offer feedback on four mascot choices

Deerslayers gets ax; Huskies replaces Wolves

 

The selection process for Cooperstown's new school district nickname has entered into its own final-four phase with a winner possible by Wednesday.

Students vote today and a public poll is open through April 15 to help Cooperstown pick which of four nicknames will replace Redskins.

CCS Hawkeyes, Huskies, Pathfinders and Pioneers are the final four names. Deerslayers, which was one of five leading vote getters in a previous student survey taken in February, was taken out of the running because of alternative connotations, according to CCS Board of Education President David Borgstrom. 

“I think you have to look at all the connotations to these names,” Borgstrom said. “It didn’t seem to sit well.” 

Huskies is the nickname used in Hartwick before the merging of Cooperstown and Hartwick schools. The elementary schools were merged in 1976 and the high schools in 1958. Huskies was not on the previous short list of five names but replaced Wolves as a final option because of local groundswell in its favor. 

“From what I have heard, I think Huskies is a relevant option,” Borgstrom said. “There are still people around from before (the merger) that remember that history. I think it was seventh or eighth (in the first student poll), but you can see how some of the names have risen and fallen in discussion over time.”

Students in seventh through 12th grade will vote during social studies class today. According to school Superintendent C.J. Hebert, the students and the board will be notified of the results of the school vote on Friday.

Community members and alumni are encouraged to submit input via a Survey Monkey poll on the Cooperstown Alumni Association’s Facebook page. It can be found at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cooperstown-Alumni-Association/143193722407644?id=143193722407644&sk=app_127709503932081. The Alumni Association has indicated it will release its results on Facebook. 

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