She was an American adventurer, aviator and author. The first female to ever fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received many awards, set many records, and wrote best-selling books. And she is the symbol of perseverance and power in the American woman. This is Amelia Earhart

Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24th 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. Daughter of Samuel and Amelia ‘Amy’ Earhart, she was the oldest and she had a younger sister named “Muriel”.  Amelia was named after her two Grandmothers, Amelia Harres Otis and Mary Wells Earhart, which was a family tradition. When her sister Muriel was young, she wasn’t able to pronounce Amelia’s name correctly, so that’s how she got her nickname “Meelie”. Until the 7th grade, both Amelia and Muriel were homeschooled by their mother and a governess, and then when she was 12, she entered the public school system for the first time.

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When Amelia was 21, she took a course in Red Cross First Aid, and became a nurse’s aide at Spadina Military Hospital in Toronto during the First World War. The next year she enrolled at Columbia University in New York for a premedical course.

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Shortly after, she joined her family in California, where they were already living, and she took up aviation as a hobby. She would work odd jobs to pay for flying lessons, and then finally in 1922, she bought her first Kinner Airster, with the help of her mother and sister. But it wasn’t until 1928, when she was working at Denison House in Boston that she was chosen to be the first female passenger on a transatlantic flight by her future husband George Palmer Putnam. Later that year, she became the first woman to fly alone across the U.S. and back.

While Amelia was in LA, she became engaged to an engineer by the name of Samuel Chapman, but broke off the engagement on November 23, 1928. After, she began to spend a lot of time with George Palmer Putnam, and who proposed to her six times before she finally agreed. They got married on February 7, 1931.

It was May 1932, when she set out to fly solo across the Atlantic, and she became the first female to fly across the Atlantic. For that she received the U.S Distinguished Flying Cross, then after that it was record after record that she set. She became the first person to fly solo from Honolulu to Oakland and from LA to Mexico City, and Mexico to Newark.

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Because of all her record flights, she began endorsing athletic clothes for women and flight luggage.

In June 1937, she would start the first around the world trip. But on June 2, completing 2/3 of the trip, her and her navigator Fredrick Noonan disappeared. They took off from New Guinea headed to Howland Island when they vanished. There was a Naval, Air and Land search for Amelia and Fredrick, but to this day their fate is unknown.

Well since this is my first year doing eminent, I am a bit anxious for what it’s going to be like. I don’t have a lot in common with Amelia Earhart, but we both have a sense of adventure and I admire her as a symbol of perseverance and power in the American woman (or in my case Canadian Woman). She is a great role model and an amazing influence for the young women of my generation. I would like to improve my presentation and time management skills. I hope that this project will also teach me skills about researching. Also, after listening to some Grade 10’s and their past experiences, hopefully I can learn from their mistakes and take their advice for a successful Eminent Person Study.