Two students from Downtown Elementary School earned the chance to compete in the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C., but they could use a little help getting there.

After winning in county and state competitions, Clara Doll and Sophia Resolme have their eyes set on the next competition, taking place in the U.S. capital on June 10 through 14. But it will cost an estimated $3,000 make the trip happen.

"Although we are thrilled to be given this opportunity, there are also some major expenses that come along with the immense honor," the girls wrote in a news release. "In order to attend the competition, we will need to pay for the flights, hotel, food, and transportation fees while in D.C. for us and our chaperones."

Doll and Resolme, in eighth and seventh grades respectively, started their project in the fall, choosing the topic "The Woman Plays Today: The First English Actresses." They spent several months writing their script, gathering props, completing the annotated bibliography and rehearsing the 10-minute scene. All the hard work has already paid off, but they're hoping to prove themselves one more time.

To help raise money, the school teamed up with Centro 18 Latin Steakhouse for a dinner that will benefit the girls. On Monday, the restaurant (1517 18th St.) will host two seatings: one from 5 to 7 p.m. and another from 7 to 9 p.m. 

Dinner will be a taco bar buffet with chicken, steak and portobello mushroom, along with rice, beans, chips, tortillas, salad and all the fixings. Iced tea, water and lemonade will also be served. 

Doll and Resolme will also perform their award-winning piece at both dinner seatings.

Tickets are available at Downtown Elementary School's office (2021 M St.). They cost $20 for adults and $15 for children, by cash or check made payable to Centro 18. 

For anyone who wants to help out but cannot make the dinner, donations are welcome. Online donations can be made through a GoFundMe campaign ( Checks can also be mailed to the District Office at 1300 Baker St., 93305. Make those checks out to Bakersfield City School District and note on the check that the donation is to go to Doll and Resolme's NHD trip.

"We would be grateful for any donation you could possibly give to help us get to Washington D.C.," the girls wrote.

Kelly Ardis can be reached at 661-395-7660. Follow her on Twitter at @TBCKellyArdis.

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