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Second graders depict famous Kansan and husband

Staff writer

With the help of teacher Clare Galle, second grade extended learning program students Eli Winter and Nadia Ratzlaff wowed peers, teachers, and parents alike Friday when they gave a 15-minute presentation depicting Amelia Earhart and her husband, George Putnam.

Inspiration for the project came after students were prompted by a teacher about their favorite Kansan in honor of Kansas Day Jan. 29.

Winter named Earhart as his favorite famous Kansan, but he didn’t have a lot of background information.

“That spark really ignited the research,” said Galle.

Winter and Ratzlaff spent time reading books, researching, and writing and memorizing a script to perform while in costume.

Ratzlaff’s costume included a scarf, hat, and goggles as she portrayed the aviation pioneer, who was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

“My favorite part was reading the books,” said Ratzlaff.

Winter said his favorite part of the presentation was a 1932 incident in which Earhart landed in a cow pasture in Ballyarnott in Derry, Northern Ireland.

The duo gave their presentation to second through fifth graders, and ended with a showing to parents of presenters and Superintendent Ron Traxson.

Last modified April 26, 2018