ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A Western Albemarle High School student-teacher team is one of only 16 teams in the country selected to participate in a program in Hawaii coordinated through National History Day®, according to a press release from NHD.

WAHS student Virginia Peng and social studies teacher Elizabeth Mulcahy will participate in the second annual Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute, which is a program that gives teams the opportunity to study World War II in the Pacific, according to NHD's website.

The website stated student participants reported the research and Hawaii-based learning activities challenged their thinking as well as expanded their perspective of history. Teacher participants in the 2019 pilot program noted the institute was a significant professional development experience that changed their view on World War II in the Pacific.

The program began in January with online course work and the teams will travel to Honolulu during the summer. During the next six months, the teams will read books and selected materials, engage in online discussions and research a Silent Hero.

The Silent Heroes are military service members who died during WWII and are buried or memorialized at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

In June, the teams will go to Oahu, with everything wrapping up in a presentation of the teams' Silent Hero profiles.

The release stated the program is sponsored by Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum, the USS Missouri Memorial Association, and Pacific Historic Parks.

There were 129 applications for the program from across the country. Selected teams represent American Samoa, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New York, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania as well as Virginia.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in the Pacific theater.