Students excel at National History Day event

In an effort to earn a local competition’s top honors, several Fayetteville-National History Day logoManlius High School students recently stepped back in time.

Three Fayetteville-Manlius High School students recently participated in the regional National History Day contest, which was held March 18 at Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES in Liverpool. The local competition, dubbed Central New York History Day, marks the start of the annual contest, which culminates with a national event held in June.

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

This year’s contest theme is Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas.

All three F-M students who participated in the regional event received awards for their projects, including:

  • Senior Mae Cohen, who achieved first place in the Individual Senior Exhibit category for her project, “Frontiers of Art in New York City 1972-1989: Hip Hop, Graffiti, and the Fight Against Poverty, Racism, and AIDS.”
  • Junior Emma Pierie, who placed second in the Individual Senior Exhibit category for her project, “The Cultural Revolution’s Impact on China’s Youth.”
  • Junior Arusha Ramaswamy, who placed third in the Individual Senior Exhibit category for her project, “But What is to be Done with the Girls: Nellie Bly at the Frontlines.”

As a result of their regional performances, Mae and Emma have each qualified for the state-level National History Day Competition, which will be held April 24 at SUNY Oneonta.