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Cordele girl gets to ride newest blimp

September 3, 2002

Cordele- It does not look like more than a sheet of paper, but an essay is actually April Lane's all expenses paid ticket to Akron, Ohio.

"First time getting on a plane, but I'm really looking forward to riding in a blimp," Lane said. 

April will be there Thursday when Goodyear unveils it's fourth blimp, 'The Spirit of America'. She entered her first ever essay contest through Big Brothers and Sisters of America, and it was one of the five winners chosen nationally. Also travelling with April will be her big sister and Ohio native Marlene Kimball.

"Once in a lifetime opportunity, excited April and Marlene get to share this together," Rose Thompson, match coordinator for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Georgia. 

Though both agree this will be their best experience so far, big and little sister say the program has been about much more.

"It means a lot for them to have a role model, other than parents or teachers," Marlene Kimball says.

"Been good friend, good advice, learned a lot from here," Lane says. 

The junior ROTC member, and Crisp County Freshman still unsure whether she wants to join the military or pursue a career as an author when she graduates. But one thing is for sure, she says she knows her new big sister will be there to guide her every step of the way. 

The three Goodyear blimps already flying over America are 'Spirit of Goodyear', the 'Eagle', and the 'Stars and Stripes'. 

If you want to look for April at the Spirit of America's christening you can see it on WALB Thursday morning during the Today show.

posted at 5:15 by dave.d'marko@walb.com