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Students Celebrate Amelia Earhart Day

Students Celebrate Amelia Earhart Day

Did you know that January 11th commemorated Inductee Amelia Earhart's record setting first solo flight from Hawaii to California (1935)?  In celebration of this occasion, students at Valleyview Elementary School in Oneonta, New York, were invited to participate in an essay contest, Why I would like to have flown with Amelia Earhart,  to learn more about one of history's most insprational female figures.

The National Women's Hall of Fame is proud to partner with the school to post the first place essay on our website.  Congratulations to the first place winner, 4th grader, Eva Barberio!  Read her essay below.

The second place winner was awarded a set of family passes to the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the third place winner received a copy of Amelia Lost! from the Valleyview Elementary School Library.

Amelia Earhart
By Eva Barberio

I would have loved to meet Amelia Earhart. I don’t think I would have been brave enough to have flown with her though. I would have been terrified to have been in the air without a roof over my head, so Amelia was much braver than me. Amelia Earhart was a big influence to everyone in her time and still is to everyone today, and I think it is good we still honor her for everything she did. I don’t think our society would be like it is today without her. When she died, people started making stronger airplanes so things like that would not happen as much. Also, American women might still be afraid to take charge without Amelia. She proved that women could do the same things men could. She was a big sister, daughter, wife, friend, and of course an aviator and she cared about being good at them all.

When Amelia was 10 she saw her first airplane at a state fair. Airplanes back then were much less extravagant than ours are today, and not even quite as safe as they are today. She enjoyed watching them do stunts, like dropping into a nosedive and speeding back up.

The reason I would have liked to have met Amelia Earhart was that she was always caring for people. Before she ever wanted to even set foot in an airplane, she wanted to be a doctor. One day when Amelia was visiting her little sister Muriel’s school in Toronto, Canada, she saw four soldiers with crutches. Amelia decided to stay in Toronto to become a nurse’s aid, and help the soldiers.

Another reason is that she was incredibly brave. It would have taken a lot of courage to be the first one to ever fly over the Atlantic, even if she was just a passenger the first time. No woman had done it before and no men either, so she got a lot of credit for doing it, and she deserved it! But, the second time she did it solo! That would have been even worse!

Amelia Earhart was an amazing lady, and her career helped people everywhere, especially women. She was incredible, brave, smart, caring, and just plain amazing!  She had many extraordinary adventures that helped form our world. I would have loved to meet Amelia Earhart.

Quote from Amelia Earhart: “I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”

Research sources:; Official Amelia Earhart website; Amelia Earhart by John Parlin.