(July 24, 1897 – approximately 1937)
Amelia Earhart was a renowned American aviation pioneer and author. She was the first woman to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross, which was earned for becoming the first aviatrix to fly unaccompanied across the Atlantic Ocean.
Amelia was born in Atchison, Kansas. As a child, it is said that Earhart spent time climbing trees, hunting rats with a rifle and riding her sled downhill; described by many as a tomboy. Together with her sister, Amelia received a form of home-schooling, from her mother and a professor. She was enrolled in public school for the first time in 7th grade. Earhart graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1916. She began junior college at Ogontz School in Rydal, Pennsylvania but did not complete her program.