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13-Year-Old Sells Jewelry to Fulfill Homebuilding and College Dreams
By Megan Esau and Nicole Kiefert
July 23, 2015 - Rachel St. Louis may be young, but she knows how to dream big. The 13-year-old from Machias, Maine handcrafts and sells her own jewelry in hopes of raising enough money to send herself to college and build her own airplane.
“I was just doing it as a hobby at age 8, and one day I guess I started making more and my mom thought why don’t we try it at a craft fair,” Rachel said.
Although Rachel has been to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh eight times, this is her first year working the event. She has a trailer located near the southwest corner of the Fly Market where she sells different lines of jewelry, including sea glass and aviation lines.
As far as her goals for the future, Rachel said she hopes to start out small, building a STOL 701, and possibly enlisting in the military to fly jets.
“I’m thinking about going to Embry-Riddle and I’m trying to build my own plane,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to fly a jet. I’ve loved F-22s and F-35s.”
Rachel credits her parents for her love for aviation.
“My dad bought a plane when I was 4 or 5 and got his pilot’s license and I’ve loved it ever since,” she said.
Not only did Rachel’s love for flying come from her parents, she said she is also thankful for the support they have provided for her small business, especially with the amount of driving they do for her.
Rachel’s Jewelry sells earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and key chains, and she also takes custom orders on her website, www.rachelsjewelrymachias.com.