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March 14, 2013

Students advance to state contest

Staff Report
Cooperstown Crier

---- — Students from four area school districts competed regionally Saturday at Unadilla Valley Central School to advance to the state History Day Contest. 

Students in sixth through 12th grades researched history using the theme “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.” They demonstrated their knowledge and analysis through individual or group projects with documentaries, exhibits, historical papers and websites. 

Teams of judges, who included local historians, artists, writers, college professors, school teachers, experts in computer websites and students from the State University College at Oneonta and State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville interviewed the contestants on their projects. The student contestants also had to prepare a process paper that detailed their research development along with an annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources they used. 

The following students will advance to the state competition, which will be held on Monday, April 29, in Cooperstown: 

• Junior Individual Documentary: Nicholas Gage of Cherry Valley-Springfield, “Video Games: A Virtual Culture.”

• Junior Individual Exhibits: Whitney Fink, “Aircraft Carriers,” and Megan Wilmot,“Free Range vs. Fencing,” both from Cherry Valley-Springfield.

• Junior Group Exhibits: Jessica Voorhees, Eric Hladik and Spencer Finkelstien of Stamford Central School,“Race to the Moon,” and Nicholas Bonanno, Cameron Ferguson and Brenon Maynard of Unadilla Valley Central School, “Jackie Robinson.”

• Senior Group Exhibit: Lee Whelihan and Kaitlyn Webster of Cherry Valley-Springfield,“How did World War II Affect Japan?”

• Junior Paper: Teddy Trossett of Cooperstown Central School, “John Carlos and Tonnie Smith at the 1968 Olympics.”

• Junior Group Website: Than Garry, Evan Mendoza, Gina DelSantro and Hannah White of Unadilla Valley Central School, “The Fall of the Roman Empire.”

• Senior Individual Websites: Emma Harnett of Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School, “The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Decline of Communism,” and Alexander Greenberg of Cooperstown, “Social Security.”

The state winners will go on to compete at National History Day, at the University of Maryland at College Park on June 9-13. 

Special recognition awards were given on women’s history to Amber Spear of Cherry Valley-Springfield for her exhibit on “Amelia Earhart” and to Keanna Schrag, MeKayla Brown, Abigail Oglesby and Tia Peck of Unadilla Valley for their group exhibit on “Title IX: The Game Changer.” An additional recognition was given on local history to Sara Nogaret of Unadilla Valley for her exhibit “New York and the Underground Railroad” for including Preferred Manor in New Berlin, which was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. 

This year’s competition was sponsored by the Catskill Regional Teacher Center. Awards, materials and additional support were made possible through contributions from Catherine Barr, writer and editor; the Unadilla Valley Central School District; Vicky Gregory, president of the Chenango County School Boards Association and Afton teacher; the SUNY Oneonta Secondary Education Department student teachers and a volunteers from the nationally designated historical village of Gilbertsville.

If interested in serving as a judge, volunteer or research mentor for the 2014 Catskill Region History Day on March 8, or contributing awards and sponsorship, contact Mary Ann Luciano, director of the Catskill Regional Teacher Center, at 436-3920 or email the center at