What do Sherman Fairchild, David W. Brenner, Griffin Brooks and Mark May have in common?
And, they were chosen, among others, by some local fourth-graders to be topics of a research project and history competition focusing on “Famous Oneonta People.’’
About a dozen Oneonta figures were chosen by fourth-graders at Oneonta’s three elementary schools to be subjects for the ninth annual Sally Mullen Local History project.
The Greater Oneonta Historical Society sponsors the project and contest, and the GOHS History Center on Main Street downtown was standing room only when results were announced Tuesday night.
“There were some outstanding written pieces and very creative displays,’’ said Mark Parmerter, chairman of the GOHS Education Committee, which organized the contest.
Among other subjects chosen by the pupils were George Fairchild, Henry E. Huntington, Carl J. Delberta Sr., Percy I. Bugbee, George I. Wilber, Charles A. Belden and Harold deGraw.
Eight students were recognized for their work, and the recipients, their schools, project topic and honors were:
• Quinn Hansen, Greater Plains, Frank Bresee, first place, $75.
• Dylan Marlatt, Greater Plains, David W. Brenner, $50.
• Madelyn Eggler, Greater Plains, Sherman Fairchild, $25.
• Adrianna Dugan, Greater Plains, Henry E. Huntington, certificate for best display.
• Elizabeth Dixon, Greater Plains, Sherman Fairchild, certificate for most-creative display.
• Tiffani Lincoln, Greater Plains, Charles A. Belden, honorable mention.
• Kaylee DeFalco, Riverside, George Fairchild, honorable mention.
• Nick Stalder, Valleyview, Griffin Brooks, honorable mention.
The eight exhibits and papers will be on display for about a week at the center, Robert Brzozowski, GOHS executive director, said Tuesday.
Participating schools were Greater Plains, Valleyview and Riverside elementary schools. The project is named in memory of Sally Mullen, a longtime elementary school librarian and former president of GOHS.
Helen Rees, a GOHS board member and an education committee member who judged submissions, said that the pupils did marvelous work. This year was the first year the project focused on people instead of buildings or events, she said.
Wayne Wright, GOHS vice president and an education committee member, said that choosing “Famous Oneonta People” for a change was a success.
“Kids can get into a person,” Wright said. “It was a very good theme.”
Jill Dixon said the project gave her daughter Elizabeth a “great opportunity’’ to learn about the area and find a creative way to present an historic topic. Elizabeth’s display on inventor Sherman Fairchild resembled a camera.
The Oneonta High School auditorium is named after Charles A. Belden, and
Tami Lincoln said she learned a lot from her daughter’s project on the former educator. Other students’ projects for the GOHS contest also gave her insight into “Famous Oneonta People,” she said.
“It was a wonderful project,” Lincoln said. “It really brought Oneonta’s history alive for me.”