Clara Cullen of Ada Michigan won critical acclaim and the top award at National History Day at the University of Maryland for her website on the Gaelic Athletic Association’s impact on preserving the Irish nation. National Historian, Mike McCormack asked past Michigan State President Pat Maguire and St Patrick’s Division President Sean Murphy to make the presentation to Ms Cullen. The presentation was made front of the Michigan State Capital at Lansing. Clara’s Mother, Susan Cullen, and Grandmother Clara, attended the event where Pat Maguire presented the winning check of $1500 to Clara.
At the New York State Finals for NHD held at Cooperstown, NY, four young ladies from Connetquot High School captured top honors with a presentation of how Irish step dancing led to the development of Jazz Tap dancing. They were Nina Franza, Dara Copolone, Brittany Holloway and Jacqueline Schrage. National Historian Mike McCormack joined with Suffolk County AOH Historian Dr. Dave Ring to make the Award presentation.