If you would have asked Savannah Cole three years ago if she ever thought she would be a Miss America candidate, her answer would have been “No.”
“I grew up as a tomboy, in plain clothes, a pony tail with no makeup,” Cole, who is studying physical therapy at North Dakota State University, said in a phone interview from Atlantic City.
Well here she is. Savannah, a 2013 Brainerd High School graduate, who was crowned Miss Minnesota last June, joins 53 other candidates who will compete at 8 p.m. Sunday for the title in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. The pageant will be broadcast live on ABC.
Savannah’s platform is on epilepsy, “Bringing it Out of the Shadow.” Savannah has a close friend who has had to deal with having many seizures while going to class. Savannah said she wants to educate people about epilepsy on her friend’s behalf.
During the preliminary interview competition, Savannah was asked, “What should we do if someone with epilepsy is having a seizure.” She responded that there is a three step action: “Clear, call and calm.” Savannah said people must clear the area around the person so they don’t hurt themselves; call 911 or ask someone to call for help; and calm the person when they wake up because they may be disoriented about what had just happened.