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Miss Northwest named first runner-up in Miss Minnesota

The 2014 Miss Minnesota Royal court includes, from left, Lauren Johnson, third runner-up; Chantal Wilson, first runner-up; Savannah Cole, Miss Minnesota 2014; Kate Wilson, second runner-up; Rachel Latuff, fourth runner-up. Photo courtesy of Sarah Morreim

The Miss Northwest franchise was just points away from a three-peat at the Miss Minnesota pageant this year.

Miss Northwest 2013 Chantal Wilson was named first runner up in the Miss Minnesota pageant last weekend.

Savannah Cole, Miss Southern Valley, took the crown this year. She is a student at North Dakota State University in Fargo and graduated from Brainerd High School.

The last two years’ winners were former Miss Northwest queens Siri Freeh and Rebecca Yeh.

Cole was the first runner-up to Yeh in 2013. Yeh was runner-up to Freeh in 2012.

“Chantal has worked very hard to develop her platform, become more physically fit and did multiple mock interviews and speaking engagements to share her platform but also to prepare for the interview segment of competition,” Miss Northwest Pageant Director Cindy Moore said.

“The most important part is that she lived her platform and shared that with many young women in our community trying to help them have a bright future.”

Wilson, who attends law school in Boston, speaks on the platform “The Power of Potential: Beat the Bully” and has initiated several programs to help girls be more self-confident and not put up with bullying.

“You’re in control of your own future,” she said earlier this spring while preparing for her trip to the Miss Minnesota pageant. “Develop what your interests are and run with it.”

She started the website to give young girls the tools to become more empowered and self-confident in who they are and who they want to become.

Wilson, who interned in Detroit Lakes last summer, has returned several times throughout the year to support Jaycees-sponsored events and will be back again next month to pass along the Miss Northwest title.

“I can’t tell you how impressive she is in all she does,” Moore said. “She is kind, compassionate, intelligent and truly the example of what a titleholder should be.”

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