NORMAN — Irving Middle Schools students Nate Holladay and Chloe Low are setting the bar for success with a recent second-place win at the state level in the National History Day competition.
The pair will travel to the University of Maryland to compete in nationals in June. Holladay and Low have worked on their project, which is about the Magna Carta, for more than a year — with many hours outside of school.
Nate and Chloe are both in seventh grade.
Nate is the son of Angela and Michael Holladay and the grandson of Don and Kay Holladay.
Chloe is the daughter of Jan Low and Ann Guerrero.
Margaret Wadleigh, a resource coordinator who introduced students to the competition, said 19 Irving Middle School students — including Holladay and Low — competed in the National History Day competition and she is proud of everyone because the competition takes an incredible amount of work.
“It’s been most inspiring to see the way they’ve overcome obstacles. This has required a lot of research and problem solving,” Wadleigh said.
The competition’s theme is “Rights and Responsibility in History.”
Chloe said she was interested in the Magna Carta and when Nate joined her project, they decided to stick with that subject matter. Both students competed in the competition individually in previous years, but neither had made it past the state level.
“I wanted to do it again because it’s a pretty fun experience. It doesn’t feel like work when you’re doing something you’re passionate about,” Chloe said.
For the project, Nate and Chloe had to come up with a a thesis, process paper and annotated bibliography. Their thesis is that the Magna Carta is one of the most important documents in the world and — with its global significance — it has inspired important documents like the Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution.