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Waiting for Ameila
By: Laura B.
Florida, Age 10


It is hard to fly without fuel, don't you think? Amelia Earhart has just called in on her radio to report she is running low on gas.

Good morning, and today is July 2,1930. I'm reporting here on Howland Island in the South Pacific Ocean, just waiting for the famous Amelia Earhart to drop right in. Did you know she was determined to make a huge flight around the world? She should be coming in any second, if the fuel lasts. Amelia started her journey in Oakland, California on May 20, this year, continued, and is going to stop here. Everybody is stirred up with excitement. I'm almost too excited to wait!

Amelia became interested in flying one day in 1908. Amelia's father took her to a fair and she saw her first airplane. '' It was a thing of rusty wire and not at all interesting.'' she exclaimed. When she was older, she finally found her interest in airplanes and flying. She was a saleswoman for an airplane builder and on the weekends, she would fly a small airplane just for fun. Soon after Amelia got her job she, her mom, and sister moved away from her father, because he started to drink alcohol. Then in 1928 she was recruited to fly on the airplane the Friendship, across the Atlantic Ocean with two other men, Bill Stultz and Slim Gordan. After the flight, there was a parade for them.

However, the funny thing is pioneer Amelia Earhart has had this flight planned for months and months, and is determined to make the journey around the world. It was her dream to inspire many other women's dreams about flying. Just because a man can, does not mean a woman cannot. Before her longest flight, Amelia wrote a letter to her husband. It read, ''I am aware of the hazards. I want to do this. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failures must be but a challenge to others.''

Thinking back, Amelia Earhart was an inspiration to every woman who has followed her dream. If it was not for Amelia, women might not be inventors, engineers, or explorers!

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