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Amelia Earhart

by Mackenzie from Columbus

“Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from the little things”

For some, a hero is an amazing person with a lot of money and lots of fame. For others, a hero is a family or friend whom you can always look up to. And for others, a hero is a flying guy in tights. But my definition isn’t any of those. Mine is an amazing women who chased after her dreams and lived those dreams despite the difficulties!

Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897. But due to early family circumstances, Amelia didn’t get to live with her real parents until she was ten years old. Amelia was a tomboy growing up. Her interests were climbing trees, playing outside, and sledding in the winter snow! And when she was ten years old, Amelia went to the State Fair and saw her first airplane. She was not at all impressed. "It was just a thing of rusty wire and wood and looked not at all interesting," she thought. But when she got her first flight in an airplane in her later years, she knew she was born to fly! Being a woman in the early 1900’s was difficult, especially when trying to accomplish goals. Even though many people doubted Amelia, she still hung in there. Being a pilot took many years to be able to fly seriously. Many of her accomplishments also meant a lot of failing tries.

In 1928, Amelia was the first women to make a solo-return transcontinental flight. From that moment, on she began to set and break her own speed and distant records. Amelia was also the first women (second person) to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. When Amelia tried to circle the globe with Fred Noonan, a former pilot, who would be Amelia’s navigator, (and after many attempts and fails at this goal) contact was lost and neither a plane nor either pilot was found.

Amelia Earhart has shown me never to doubt my dreams and to strive for them no matter what the odds are. With this woman, I can finally look up to someone and say, "Amelia guide me the way!" And I know that whatever happens I know things will get better.

Amelia’s dreams will never be forgotten. Thanks to her, many children (including myself) can look up to her, and no one will ever have to doubt her again. Her accomplishments are still soaring through the air along with all memories of her. Amelia Mary Earhart was the world’s best female pilot, and a wonderful role model!

Page created on 1/23/2008 12:00:00 AM

Last edited 1/23/2008 12:00:00 AM

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