WASHINGTON — Anna Elsen, a student at Ellendale High School, and her teacher, Candice Klipfel, comprise one of only 16 student-teacher teams from across the country selected to participate in the second annual "Sacrifice for Freedom: World War II in the Pacific Student and Teacher Institute."

The program is coordinated through National History Day and is sponsored by Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum, USS Missouri Memorial Association and Pacific Historic Parks.

Student-teacher teams from Hawaii and Samoa will be brought together with teams from the U.S. mainland for the opportunity to study, consider and reflect upon World War II. Students and teachers will read books and selected materials, take part in online discussions and research a silent hero — a military service member who died in WWII and is buried or memorialized at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

The teams will meet in Oahu in June to learn about the impact of WWII in the Pacific. Travel and program expenses are provided for all participants. Teams will present their silent hero eulogies and profiles, which will be featured on NHDSilentHeroes.org, as well as the websites of the sponsoring organizations.

Applications for the program were submitted by 129 teams from around the country. The 16 teams chosen range from American Samoa, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Virginia.