HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By Taylor Preza
Surpassing competitors from all around the world, Kahuku High and Intermediate students, freshman Essie Workman and sophomore Truman Spring, have placed seventh and eighth at the National History Day Contest.
Before securing their high rankings, both spent their summer traveling to the University of Maryland where they were up against 3,000 other students. They survived the preliminaries, during which 85 percent of the entries from the sixth through 12th grade contestants were eliminated.
Making it to the finals, they were among the top 15 percent with some 14 entries in five categories.
Spring placed first in the "Senior (9-12) Paper" category at the Hawaii History Day contest, the qualifying leg for June's national competition. His paper, "The Legacy of Caesar Augustus: The Prince of the Senate, The Prince of the Peace," explored Caesar's quest for peace and his leadership style that still exists today.
At the national competition he also won the Outstanding State Entry - Senior Division award.
Workman played various roles in her performance called, "Captain America: A Man Before His Time," that conveyed the impact that the super hero inspired in minorities, women and the physically challenged during WWII. With that, she also earned a special World War II award.
In the state contest she placed first in her category.
Competitors in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest came from all over the world including China, South Asia, Korea, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Central America, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and Guam.