Fayetteville-Manlius High School was named a New York State Public High School Athletic Association 2019-20 Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction.
The purpose of the School of Distinction Awards is to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide academic honor. This year, 56 schools earned the School of Distinction Award. Compared to the 2018-19 school year, 21 more schools received the School of Distinction Award.
“We are excited once again to see the numbers of schools honored increase, and it is a true testament to the kind of student-athletes we have here in New York state,” said Robert Zayas, executive director of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. “We continue to be proud of this program, which highlights and celebrates schools that value the importance of academics, as well as athletics. The fact that so many student-athletes thrived in the face of a pandemic this past winter is truly remarkable.”
Schools can apply for School of Distinction status by having 100% of its varsity teams qualify for and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award during their respective sports seasons.
Because the spring 2020 program was canceled, School of Distinction winners were based on fall 2019 and winter 2020 Scholar-Athlete submissions. The full list of School of Distinction winners is available online.