NORMAN — As soon as “Norman,” was announced, screams of happiness escaped them and everything else became a blur for Irving Middle School students Nate Holladay and Chloe Low.
The students were ecstatic as they won the American Bar Association’s junior division special award at the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest.
Medals and $1,000 were their prize after a yearlong effort to perfect an educational website about the Magna Carta. American Bar Association President James Silkenat presented the award in celebration of the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary.
Holladay and Low recently placed second at the state level of the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest, which qualified them to compete in the finals at the University of Maryland in June.
Individuals and teams from all 50 states and U.S. territories competed in the history contest in junior and senior divisions. The competition’s theme was “Rights and Responsibility in History.”
Holladay is the son of Angela and Michael Holladay and the grandson of Don and Kay Holladay. Low is the daughter of Jan Low and Ann Guerrero. Both will enter the eighth grade this fall.
For their project, Holladay and Low wrote a thesis, process paper and annotated bibliography and created a website about the Magna Carta, which they claim is one of the most important documents in the world and — with its global significance — has inspired documents like the Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution.
Holladay said he looks forward to spending his winnings on soccer gear, while Low said she would purchase an iPad. Both said they were happy to relax the rest of summer and take a break from research before once again delving into a project for next year’s competition.
“I’m not burnt out. I’m always going to do History Day until high school,” Holladay said.