WASHINGTON, D.C.—Twelve high school students from across the U.S., each accompanied by mentor teacher, have been selected to participate in Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute, a student-teacher cooperative learning program. The program, coordinated through National History Day®, is sponsored by the Pearl Harbor Historic Site Partners, including Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, Pacific Historic Parks, USS Missouri Memorial Association, and Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum at Pearl Harbor. This program brings six student-teacher teams from Hawaii together with six teams from the U.S. mainland to study World War II in the Pacific.

During spring 2019, students and teachers engage in readings, participate in online discussions, and research a Silent Hero® who never returned home and is buried or memorialized at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In July, the teams will meet in Oahu where they will walk in the footsteps of history, engaging in on-site learning at the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites and across the island of Oahu. Travel and program expenses are provided for all participants.

At the culmination of the Sacrifice for Freedom® program, the students will develop Silent Hero® profile. The profiles will be published online during the 2019-2020 academic year at

The following teams have been selected for this program:

Mrs. Amy Boehning & Tabitha (TJ) Maize
Mililani High School
Mililani, Hawaii

Mrs. Kimberly Brownlee & Katherine Mackenzie
Liberty North High School
Liberty, Missouri

Mrs. Katherine Corrado & Charlotte Walker
Woodgrove High School
Purcellville, Virginia

Mr. Donald Davis & Julian Rincon
George Washington High School
Chicago, Illinois

Mr. Rudy Domingo & Natalianna Ferrara
Leilehua High School
Wahiawa, Hawaii

Mrs. Elizabeth Green & Alondra Reyes
Pascagoula High School
Pascagoula, Mississippi

Mrs. Emy Keola & Antoinette Pinera
Waipahu High School
Waipahu, Hawaii

Mr. Frank O’Grady & Jacob Gibson
Menlo Park Academy
Cleveland, Ohio
St. Edward High School
Lakewood, Ohio

Mrs. Janyce Omura & Sarah Sakakihara
Maui High School
Kahului, Hawaii

Mrs. Sarah Razee & Kaiwi Greaney
Kamehameha Schools Kapālama
Honolulu, Hawaii

Mrs. Kelly Uyeda & Neve Enriquez
Waiakea High School
Hilo, Hawaii

Mrs. Jennifer Westerhoff & Matthew Helmers
Manson Northwest Webster Junior / Senior High School
Manson, Iowa

About National History Day (NHD)
NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park that seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently engages more than half a million students in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local and affiliate levels. The top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, and Southwest Airlines. For more information, visit

About Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization located on Historic Ford Island at the central site of the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. Its mission is to steward America’s first aviation battlefield of World War II, sharing the artifacts, personal stories, impact, and response to the Pearl Harbor attack and the Pacific region battles that followed, honoring those who have defended our freedom to educate and inspire future generations. Visitors walk the Pearl Harbor flightline where the attack began, enter the bullet-scarred hangars, see the control tower and vintage aircraft, and learn the stories of WWII heroes and events that changed our nation and the world.

About Pacific Historic Parks
Headquartered in Waipahu, HI, Pacific Historic Parks is the non-profit cooperative association of the National Park Service and has been raising funds and providing support to NPS operations at Pearl Harbor since 1979, when the organization was known as the Arizona Memorial Museum Association. PHP’s mission is to “support the USS Arizona Memorial and other Pacific historic locations through education and interpretive programs, research, preservation, and restoration, to perpetuate the memory of events and honor the people involved in these sites.” PHP also supports NPS operations at: Kalaupapa National Historical Park on Molokai; the War in the Pacific National Historical Park on Guam, and the American Memorial Park on Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. Since 2014, Pacific Historic Parks has also partnered with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to support the Diamond Head State Monument. See

About the USS Missouri Memorial Association
The USS Missouri Memorial Association operates the Battleship Missouri Memorial as a historic attraction and oversees her care and preservation with the support of visitors, memberships, grants, and donations. The USS Missouri had an astounding career over five decades and three wars – World War II, the Korean War, and Desert Storm – after which it was decommissioned and donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Since opening in January 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than 8-million visitors from around the world with a fascinating tour experience showcasing the USS Missouri’s unique place in history. Located a mere ship’s length from the USS Arizona Memorial, the Mighty Mo completes a historical visitor experience that begins with the “day of infamy” and sinking of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and ends with Japan’s formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.

About the Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association
The Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that was founded in 1978 with the purpose of acquiring the WWII fleet submarine USS Bowfin and placing her on permanent display at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. USS Bowfin opened to the public in 1981, and last year welcomed her nine millionth visitor.

With an average of 400,000 visitors per year, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park is the most visited submarine museum in the world and one of the few places that the public can learn about the history of our “Silent Service.”
The submarine museum is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 11 Arizona Memorial Drive at Pearl Harbor, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, call (808) 423-1341 or go to


Lynne O'Hara
Director of Programs
Phone: 484-919-2595