“These kids … come from small schools, so they tend to be the tops of their class,” said Andy Wolford, the team’s coach and adviser. “So it’s good to see kids at the tops of other schools as well, to where you match up. … It’s good for them.”
One of the smallest schools, Andes, which has about 150 students in the entire district, did make it as far as the quarterfinals Tuesday, Lentner said.
Oneonta coach Jenn Sitts agreed that the competition helped the students.
“I think it’s good for their self-confidence, for their ability to speak,” she said. “I have kids that are very quiet in class. … It’s good to see them start to come out.”
“And it’s good for them to meet students of a similar caliber from other school districts,” Lentner added.
“That’s really important,” said Cooperstown coach Tim Iverson.
In the end, the Cooperstown B team, whose members are Hope Dohner, Tom Franck, Erik Mebust, Jacob Miller and Abigail Brown, defeated Oneonta A for the championship, the second straight year Cooperstown has won.
Iverson, who is in his second year as coach, said: “Those two facts are entirely coincidental.”
He said the next step will be to decide which national competition to attend: Washington, New Orleans or Chicago. The school’s team went to Washington last year.
The Catskill Area School Study Council is a partnership between SUNY Oneonta and school districts covered by Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES and Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES. It is based at the Oneonta campus.