UPDATE: F-M High School student wins award at statewide history competition

Fayetteville-Manlius High School student Sarah Olson earned the Best Entry in Community Social History OR Outstanding Entry in Native American/Ethnic History award at the New York State History Day Competition on April 14.

Olson’s project, an essay titled “The Invention of Blackface Minstrelsy: An Assertion of White Supremacy in Popular Culture,” won first place at the Central New York History Day Competition held in March.

Original article published April 3, 2024

F-M High School students advance to statewide history competition

Ten Fayetteville-Manlius High School students will be taking their history projects to compete in the 2024 New York State History Day Contest.

On March 23, 18 F-M High School students participated in the Central New York History Day Competition held at Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES.

The competition encourages students in grades 6-12 to research a historical topic and demonstrate through a paper, performance, exhibit, website or documentary their knowledge of the topic and its effects on society.

This year’s contest theme is Turning Points in History.

Students who placed first or second in the regional competition qualify to compete at the state contest to be held at SUNY Oneonta on April 14.

Results from the Central New York History Day Competition

Individual Exhibit

  • 1st Place – Lilly Meagher – “The Mary Tyler Moore Show’s Effect on Women Breaking Into The Workforce and Female Representation in the Media”
  • 2nd Place – Vanessa Gaffney – “Détente: The Superhero Who Saved The America”
  • 3rd Place – Sonia LaHaye – “I Love Lucy:” Where Fame, Film, and Flair, Met Feminism”

Group Exhibit

  • 1st Place – Zoey Anastasiou and Jocelyn Silvis – “Turning Point of the Civil Rights Movement: Church Bombing in Birmingham (1963)”
  • 2nd Place – Addison Trussell and Amelia Williams – “Locked Behind Doors”
  • 3rd Place – Anabel Bartkowiak, Ava Hathorn, and Emmy Murphy – “Carries Better Nation: The Time for Temperance”

Group Documentary

  • 1st Place – Sydney McIntyre and Ella Stephenson – “18 Lives Continued”


  • 1st Place – Sarah Olson – “The Invention of Blackface Minstrelsy: An Assertion of White America’s Definition of Blackness”
  • 2nd Place – Ethan Kotoklo – “The Sins of Freedom”
  • a female student holding a gold trophy in front of a table