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WVNCC students learn of Amelia Earhart’s life

Updated: Wednesday, March 26 2014, 06:35 PM EDT

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HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va. In honor of National Womens History Month, West Virginia Northern Community College held a special lunch and learn presentation Wednesday afternoon with a portrayal of Amelia Earhart.
Each year, the college looks to shed light on prominent female figures in history. This year, it was Earhart. And much of her story left attendees surprised.
I loved hearing the breakdown and the last transmissions from Amelia, program coordinator Ida Williams said. I never realized that they had that much info of her last moments.
Students and teachers all gathered in room 242 of the Weirton branch of WVNCC for the performance.
Amelia Earhart was an honorable woman, student Erica Murphy said. And at that time period, its amazing of what she did and how she showed her courage and how women can do as much as men can.
Seventy-five cents is all it would have cost back in the day to listen to Amelia speak, and 77 years later people are still wondering what happened to her.
They knew Amelia was gone, said historical interpreter Patty Sue Cooper, who put herself in Earharts shoes to tell her story Wednesday.
Earhart set records and wrote best-selling books about her experiences. She even had a luggage line.
The American Aviation pioneer and author continues to inspire young students.
Shes pretty exciting, and I think a lot of women should look up to her, student Jesse Collins said.
Cooper has been doing this for the past 15 years. She grew up in Wheeling, W.Va. and says if you want make history fun and exciting, find someone that can be your hero and tell that story.
The program was made possible by a grant through the Diversity for Equity Program of the Higher Education Policy Commission and the Community and Technical College system in West Virginia.
Cooper said she thinks its wonderful what they do for the students.

WVNCC students learn of Amelia Earhart’s life


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