Tessa Varney and Emily Baier represented SDA High School at the National History Day Competition in Washington, D.C., June 10-16.  
They earned their place in the competition by placing at the district and state levels in Nebraska earlier this year.
Their presentation, “Amelia Earhart: Standing Against the Odds” focused on Earhart’s entire life, and Baier said she was very surprised by what they learned about her through their research.
“In addition to flying, she also did social work, nursing, editing for a newspaper, and clothing design,” Baier added.
Neither Baier nor Varney had ever been to Washington D.C., and they enjoyed many sights and experiences while there.
Baier’s favorite part of the trip was visiting the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and standing next to Amelia Earhart’s plane.
Varney enjoyed meeting people from other states at the group events.  She was really impressed with the architecture at the buildings, mall, and monuments.  
Mostly, Varney noted, she enjoyed those visits that included a guide who gave explanations with more details than what was immediately evident.
Though their project involved a big time commitment and a lot of research, Varney said that it was definitely worth all the effort.  Baier enjoyed the whole experience and values what can be learned about the future by studying the past.  She said, “History can be so interesting and it can be so much fun!”