Eau Claire (WQOW) - A group of Eau Claire middle school students will be heading to Washington D.C. next Saturday as part of a national history competition.
Three girls from Northstar Middle School were chosen to represent Wisconsin at the junior level of the National History Day Competition. The event is open to middle and high school students, and is designed to encourage them to do research on historical events and present what they learned. The Northstar students chose to make an exhibit to present their findings on the Greensboro sit-ins. They said the most memorable part of the work was a phone interview they did with a woman who participated in the civil rights protest.
"I asked her if she was hesitant at all, and she said it was a call to act. She knew she had to, and I think that's really cool," said Taylor Kust, one of the 8th graders going on the trip.
"It wasn't something that you just read out of a history book, it was actually us talking to someone who had participated in a sit in," added Lindsey West.
The girls will leave next Saturday and spend a week in the nation's capital. They are three of just 60 Wisconsin middle and high school students that will compete against students from around the country.