Friday, January 29, 2021

Juliette Valle Visits Section 36!

Section 36 has another visitor! Juliette Valle is passionate about promoting organ donation, a talented singer, and the current Miss South Florida Fair. I was glad that she was willing to visit with us to discuss those topics, and a few more. 

So, let's see what happens when Juliette Valle visits Section 36!

How did you celebrate winning the Miss South Florida Fair crown?

I celebrated the win of my first Miss title with my parents who came and supported me! I wanted my family and friends to come, but I was so nervous for this competition that I kept it secret to everyone except my mom and dad. By the grace of God I ended up winning, and the looks on my parents’ faces were unforgettable. Whenever I think about it I almost want to cry. Despite it being just a local title (although local titles are SO important), I treated my preparation for this competition like it was that of a state or national level. A lot of hard work, determination, and prayer went into this process, so when it all paid off, me and my family were ecstatic! Of course, afterwards I celebrated with my South Florida Fair family, my mom and dad, and my sister queen, Miss Palm Beach County 2019 (Ashley Klement), who was crowned on the same night. It was one of the best moments of my life so far and one I will cherish forever! 

What has been the most pleasant surprise about your time as Miss South Florida Fair? 

Every experience I have had as Miss South Florida Fair 2020 has been an absolute joy! But my favorite moment I’d have to say is participating in the parades! The South Florida Fair puts on these huge, wonderful parade spectaculars with decorative floats, performers, etc., so when I got to ride an amazing float, I was so excited! I also got to ride in the back of a vintage Mercedes convertible on my first day as the Queen of the Fair- how cool is that?! 

I also got to meet the legendary Johnny Bench, who was a catcher for the Cincinnati Reds for 16 years! He was the Grand Marshal for one of the parades, and meeting him was very exciting! 

And lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge my fair family. They made my experience what is was-truly. Every step of the way their love, enthusiasm, and support made my journey so amazing! The volunteers for the fair work tirelessly to make sure that it is unforgettable for all who attend. Their dedication to helping others have an incredible experience is so admirable. My local director, Theresa Lepore, has been volunteering for the fair for decades, she is just one of the extremely generous people that help the South Florida Fair be as magical as possible. I so admire their commitment and generosity and appreciate them more than I could ever express!

What did you learn about yourself at the Miss South Florida Fair competition that will help you when you compete for Miss Florida?

While preparing for/competing at this Miss South a Florida Fair 2020 competition, I realized how wonderful it is to be surrounded by incredibly intelligent, hard-working, and beautiful young ladies. An interesting thing about the MSFF Competition is that we had months and months of meetings, rehearsals, and preparations before the big night. We began the process of auditioning for a spot in November 2019 and the competition was in January 2020. Now, this may not sound very long, but when you meet up with the same group of girls each weekend for several hours a day, you form a bond. By the end of the pageant, I felt like I had a sisterhood behind me that I was so elated to be a part of. We all grew so close because we were all experiencing the same things- nerves, excitement, feelings of hope- and having them by my side when I won was truly an incredible feeling. 

Because I got experience that sisterhood at my local, I am even more excited to see (and hopefully hug) my Miss Florida sisters! These ladies are the real deal. They are all winners and queens who work everyday to promote their social impact initiatives! I am so proud to be a part of this class of incredible MAO titleholders who love this organization just as much as I do. Of course, COVID-19 put a damper on our ability to see each other during 2020, but I know Spring/Summer of 2021 will bring exciting opportunities and the chance to finally interact with my sisters in person. It is because of these women (both my friends from local and state levels) that I have learned how genuinely motivating it is to have them as a support system, especially during a time as nerve-wracking as competing for a pageant. There is nothing more special than powerful women supporting other powerful women, and that genuine sense of friendship and comradery can change one’s entire experience.

How did you select your social impact initiative, “Life is Awesome, Pass it On”?

I grew up in a family where my father is a nephrologist, which is a kidney doctor, and my mother is a transplant nurse, so I have seen firsthand just how hard a kidney transplant, or any transplant, can be to achieve. This is what inspired me to create my platform “Life is awesome, Pass it on”, which is all about promoting organ donation awareness. I feel very strongly about this cause because I know that there are currently 110,000 people waiting on the list for a transplant. If I could possibly serve as a voice for their cause and become an ally for them, help to dispel myths that people believe about organ donation, and continue to raise money to donate to organ donation charities such as Donate Life America (which I am now a partner of), then I know all my hard work will have been worth it! 

I have spoken to many transplant patients who have either had

successful surgeries or who are still currently waiting for their perfect match. I have spoken to donors, many of whom are altruistic donors about the impact their act of generosity has had on their life. And I’ve spoken to friends and family of these people, whatever role they have played in their journey, and how it has affected them as a whole. Sharing peoples stories is the best way to raise awareness for an underrated cause such as this. In my life, organ donation is talked about every single day, but I do know that that is not the case for everyone, which is exactly why I am so passionate about advocating for my platform. Many people from across the world have direct messaged me and told me that they are either going to join the registry because they’ve been inspired by my work, or they applaud me for my advocacy because it makes the list that much shorter. On my social media accounts, I do a segment every single Tuesday called “Organ Donation Story” where I post inspiring tales of people who heroically stepped in to save another persons life. I also have a YouTube show called “The Silver Lining Show” where I do a segment called Donation Inspiration. This is my personal favorite because it allows me to speak one-on-one with these incredible people and share their stories with my audience. I am currently developing a podcast based on my web show entitled “The Silver Lining with Juliette Valle”, and I am so excited because I know this will help me increase my reach! 

In December you released a wonderful holiday single. Will there be more musical releases from you coming along?

Yes! On December 14th, 2020, I released my first single EVER, “Winter Wonderland”. I was lucky enough to collaborate with Vanquish Studios on this wonderful project. The full album is called “The Giving Season”; Christmas is the season of giving back and spreading cheer, and since 100% of my album proceeds are going directly to charity, I knew I wanted my album centered around that concept. 

I will be releasing six more songs (perhaps seven, if I add one more bonus, wink wink), and the full album will be released in the Fall of 2021. The 10 month gap between the single release and album debut is due to COVID delays; because my producer wanted to the process to be safe and comfortable during the pandemic, we pushed back recording time quite a bit. I decided to release the album in the fall of this year because I wanted it to have get all the promotion and glory it deserves! After all, the more attention it gets, the more money we raise for charity! Of course, I am anxious to get the album out, but at the same time, I am so excited to wrap up recording and start devising my marketing plan!

Please buy the album when it comes out, it’s for a great cause! 

I really enjoy the “The Silver Lining” video series on your YouTube channel. What is it like to put those together?

Aw, thank you very much! That means the world to me. 

In all honesty, it is a lot of work, but it is an absolute blast! It is honestly the project that got me through quarantine. The ability to connect with many inspiring and accomplished figures from across the country has been a privilege and a huge motivation for me to do better and think bigger! There is a process to making the show happen: 1. Getting the guest (usually they’re a public figure, so getting their attention can be a tad hard, but it’s so worth it!), 2. Drafting up the questions & Conducting the interview, which is always so much fun!, and 3. Editing in clips/music/captions/etc., which makes the video amazing, but takes HOURS!

“The Silver Lining Show” is like another job for me, but I absolutely adore it with all my heart and am very grateful for how it has changed my life. And as I mentioned earlier, I am producing it into a podcast format as well as a web show, so stay tuned for that announcement (early 2021)! Yay! 

If you could be a Disney Character for a week, who would you choose? Why?

I love this question! I would hands-down say Princess Belle. I

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Carlos Velez Studios
 have always loved her best; she loves to read, she is incredibly kind and caring, and she is extremely intelligent. I am a very outgoing person by nature, but as a child and pre-teen I felt very excluded by my classmates, so as a distraction, I would always read. When I watched “Beauty and the Beast” and could identify with the way Belle felt in her town, I felt so much more at ease. She will always have a soft spot in my heart; I am such a sucker for all things Disney! 

If you had an extra ticket to a Miami Marlins game, who would you bring with you? Why?

Definitely my amazing brother-in-law, David “Espy” Espinosa! The husband of my sister Cristin, Espy is extremely close to me and my family and has taken our existing love for baseball and increased it tenfold. 

Espy was selected as First Round Draft Pick by the Cincinnati Reds as a high school senior. Since then, he had an amazing career in MiLB, spanning over 15 years. He now works for the Cincinnati Reds as their International Crosschecker, so he knows everything it takes to become a legendary baseball player. If he attended a game with me, I know he would be teaching me so much, and learning from a professional like him would be so awesome! I am so proud of him; he is an incredible athlete, but I promise you it’s his heart of gold that is the best thing about him. 

Is there a feature or activity at a baseball game that you’d especially like to experience?

I know it sounds very far-fetched (because it is), but it’s always been my dream to play IN a baseball game. Yes, you read that right, no need to adjust your reading glasses. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been obsessed with the movie, “A League of Their Own”, and I have always wanted to play ever since then. I am by no means a gifted athlete, but any time I watch Dottie catch a fastball with absolutely no effort, I think it is just the coolest thing! Bring female baseball leagues back- pretty please?


Now, that's what I call a goal

As always, I want to thank Juliette for visiting with us, and for sending along the wonderful pictures to go with the interview.

As Juliette continues her time as Miss South Florida Fair, I encourage you to check out her Instagram account, and official Facebook page. They're great ways to keep track of everything she has going on!

I also definitely want to wish her the best of luck when she competes for the Miss Florida title. It would be wonderful to have the first Section 36 visitor wear that crown!


Thanks again Juliette, and good luck!

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

2020 Topps Update Blaster!

It's time to open another blaster! This time we'll go with 2020 Topps Update! I know. I just opened one of these. You probably weren't very interested in my post about the last blaster. So, you're probably not interested in this one either. But, I'm writing about it anyway. So there. How'd I do? Let's see!

Here are the highlights...

Here's what the box looks like after it's been opened. It looks a like what it looks like before it's opened.

Again, I enjoy the substitute for the all-star cards. Going back in time and celebrating past all-star game accomplishments was a great solution to a unique problem. Plus, it gave me a chance to get a new David Ortiz card.

It also allowed me to get a duplicate Chris Sale card. You may remember I got this card last time.

This one too. But, let's be honest. You can't have too many Ryan Webber cards. Can you?

And here's Sox newbie Kevin Plawecki. An actual update card. Not bad.

So, there you have it. Four Sox cards, but two doubles. I guess I'd still call this box a success.

How did your box go?

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Carlie Spencer Visits Section 36!

Photo by Karl DeBlaker
Section 36 has another visitor! Carlie Spencer is passionate about helping others achieve success, a talented dancer, and the current Miss Raleigh. I was thrilled that she was willing to visit with us to discuss those topics, and a few more. I am also excited that she is our first visitor from the state of North Carolina!

So, let's see what happens when Carlie Spencer visits Section 36!

How did you celebrate winning the Miss Raleigh crown?

Ironically, I won Miss Raleigh the exact day that COVID-19 shut-downs began. At this point nobody had any idea what Coronavirus would do to our lives, so there we were. There were over 30 women huddled backstage in our opening number attire straining to listen to the emcee's announcements. Fifteen minutes prior to the pageant starting, we were still uncertain whether the show would go on. The governor had just issued the first limit on groups to 100 people, and the Miss North Carolina Board was waiting to hear back from our lawyer about how we could proceed safely. Then we hear the announcement! The show will go on and the audience will simply be limited to 100 people! My heart fluttered with joy, because the Miss Raleigh title was my dream title. This was the last preliminary competition of the season, and I was 25 years old. This was my last shot.

My usual celebration is going to eat with my team and eating a ton of bread; however, at the end of the night, most restaurants were at their new COVID-era "full capacity." So, my celebration of winning Miss Raleigh was simply going to my hotel with a heart full of gratitude! My Carolina Princess was also staying at the same hotel, so we threw on our swimsuits and did cannonballs into the pool for hours. It was the most unplanned, but perfect, celebration! Then my mom and I went to our room to do what we do best: Strategize for the state competition!

Which part of the upcoming Miss North Carolina competition are you most nervous about?

At this point, I am most nervous about whether or not I will be able to compete at Miss North Carolina. When I was crowned Miss Raleigh, I was in my final semester of law school and looking forward to one last opportunity to represent North Carolina at Miss America and spread my Social Impact Initiative, Strive for Success. I was hopeful and optimistic about the competition, and truly don't think there was anything that made me "nervous."

Now, my life looks much different. I am a full time attorney, podcast producer, and serial entrepreneur hopeful. Beyond juggling my legal clients, I spend my free time working on various side hustles that I pray will turn into a career, or at the least will help pay off my student debt faster! Because of my career in law, I have very few vacation days. I am nervous about the Miss North Carolina week structure and timeline. I am nervous that my job will keep me from being able to chase the longtime dream one last time. I am nervous that COVID might also keep hundreds of women across the country and in NC from chasing and living their dream as well. 

How did you select your social impact initiative, “Strive for Success”?

Strive for Success is centered around encouraging and
educating others how to achieve personal and professional success. Through carefully created and tested methods and tips, Strive for Success helps equip others with the skills to build proper resumes and cover letters, develop interview answers based on self-reflection, and most importantly to use the skills they’ve acquired through many years of education to land and excel at their dream job. 

At twenty-five years old, I often wonder who I would be had I never stumbled across the Miss America Organization. Because of this organization, I have been empowered to live my life in the service of others. My journey in this program began back in 2013 as a high school senior who stood on stage at that first local competition naively believing I was worthy of winning. Afterwards, looking at my competition I realized there was a lot of work that needed to be done on Carlie Spencer before she would be able to feel confident standing next to these motivated, smart, and exceptional young women. I had no social impact initiative. Was I affecting my community in a good way? Was I a leader?

At eighteen years old, I had much to figure out.  But, had I not started competing in the MAO,  I do not think I would have been asking those questions. The MAO was the spark that forced me to do self-reflection and cultivate a social impact initiative that turned into the passion that now drives my entire life and sets my heart on fire. 

Admittedly, I struggled the first few years trying to ignite a definable social impact initiative. My whole life, I had delivered Meals on Wheels with my family and volunteered with various community organizations, but I needed something that really lit a fire in my heart. In 2015, I began to see a consistent theme during college. Through my leadership roles and responsibilities in college as well as my Leadership Development courses, I realized helping others reach their own professional and leadership-related goals was exactly the type of service that inspired me. This realization sparked the birth of Strive for Success five years ago, and has now developed into a constant burn and yearning to reach more people who can benefit from these programs.

After more than five years of evolving and growing, Strive for Success has reached more than 100,000 people through podcast episodes, blog posts, YouTube videos, individual training and consulting sessions, curated interview question packets, online materials, social media videos, and more. Strive for Success has, in essence, taken over my life through the production of original educational podcast episodes, drafted legislation awaiting passage into law, pending eBook publications, hosting a national live interview video series, creating a nationwide mentorship program, and the incorporation of a non-profit (“Strive 4 Success”) to help connect all the various Strive for Success resources and tools. 

As a talented dancer, what do you enjoy about going out on stage?

Being called a talented dancer might be the nicest thing anyone has ever said about my dancing! I enjoy stepping out onto the stage in ANY situation where I have the challenge of captivating the audience. Dancing at Miss North Carolina or presenting to a jury at trial are not all that different. At the end of the day, I enjoy connecting with others. I try to bring big energy onto the stage when performing talent, because I know my energy is more impressive than my dance skills and technique. 

I’ve really enjoyed your “Social Impact Across States” Instagram Live interviews with fellow titleholders. What is it like to do those?

The impact that the Social Impact Across States series has had on my life has been monumental. Service begets inner-contentment and personal fulfillment, in my humble opinion. But beyond, “feeling” good, I have learned a great many things that have proven beneficial to myself and others. The aspect of Strive for Success that is possibly the most near and dear to my heart is the live interview video series I created at the beginning of quarantine: “Social Impact Across States.” 

The series aims to interview a titleholder (local and state) from all 50 states about their social impact initiative. The series allows titleholders to both practice interviewing (exercising my SII) and promote their service project to a broader audience. After I conduct each interview with a titleholder, off-camera we discuss how to improve their interview answers and demeanor. But, something unexpected happened while producing this series. These women asked for more than interview advice, but also substantive advice on how to grow their various social impact initiatives. 

I’ve been blessed enough to coach a few women through drafting legislation in their respective states to advocate for change related to their initiative. I’ve given advice to at least a dozen on partnership opportunities they might seek to further their cause. I’ve discussed and suggested non-profit incorporation potential with a handful of women.

Since beginning the series, I have seen almost all of my interview guests’ wide-range of social impacts grow as a result of our interview and follow-up sessions. I have realized that my passion for consulting and counseling not only applied to professional endeavors, but also community service and volunteerism. 

Additionally, I have learned the importance and power of collaboration. Thanks to the Social Impact Across States video series, I have met incredible women across the country who are making true social impacts on the local, state, and national level. Some of these women also share a common social impact initiative as Strive for Success. 

So... what has it been like starting the series? Magnificent. Humbling. Invigorating. Educational. And so much more. 

You recently started a mentorship program called “Strive for Success”. What can you tell me about that program?

As the founder and executive director of the nonprofit "Strive 4 Success," I lead a team in a collaborative effort to market the mentorship program to individuals across the country. COVID presented a challenge that eventually led to an improved implementation of the mentorship program. The mentorship program was originally designed to match mentors and mentees based on the geographic proximity and ability to meet in-person; however, due to COVID it forced the board of directors to move into a virtual model, which has allowed for nationwide promotion and pairings. The virtual Strive for Success professional mentorship program in the wake of COVID reaches across this country and has made it possible to connect with and offer collaboration opportunities to MAO titleholders with similar professional and leadership development related social impact initiatives.

If you could be a Disney character for a week, who would you choose? Why?

Moana! She is fierce, determined, goofy, and kind. Additionally, if I was Moana for a few I would get to live on a beautiful island. Sounds like a much needed vacation from life!

If you had an extra ticket to an Atlanta Braves game, who would you take with you? Why?

100% my Nana. Nana is a Georgia Peach and really inspired my love for the Braves. She dressed me up in jerseys as soon as she possibly could. I remember being a toddler visiting Nana and Grandaddy, and my Nana being glued to the TV watching her team and sometimes yelling at the screen! It would be such a special day to experience the game in person at the new stadium with my Nana.

Is there a feature or activity at a Braves game that you’d especially like to experience?

Easy! I want to throw the first pitch as Miss America! A girl can dream, right?


That would be a great goal! 

As always, I want to thank Carlie for visiting with us, and for sending along the wonderful pictures to go with the interview.

As Carlie continues her time as Miss Raleigh, I encourage you to check out her official and personal Instagram accounts, her website, and her TikTok!. They're great ways to keep track of everything she has going on!

I also definitely want to wish her the best of luck when she competes for the Miss North Carolina title. It would be wonderful to have the first Section 36 visitor wear that crown!


Thanks again Carlie, and good luck!

Monday, January 25, 2021

1975 Topps Page by Page: Page 43 (379-387)

I'm sure that you all remember that I finally completed my 1975 Topps set.
Now that it's done I thought it would be fun to look through the set and talk about it. Going page by page seemed like a good way to go about it. Hopefully you find it interesting to read what I have to say.

How about we continue with page 43?

Red Sox Cards on the Page  

1. Bernie Carbo adds to the total in a big way.

Cards that make the 1975 Topps set cool 

Lots of coolness here. Team cards are cool. Cards of managers as players are cool, like Don Baylor. Checklist cards are cool. People who played in the 1975 World Series are cool. Not only did Bernie Carbo play, he hit maybe the most important home run on the series. After all, without him there is no Fisk. Very cool.

My favorite card on the page 

I'm going to go with Carbo for this one. Not only is he an important Red Sox from that year, but the picture is nice. That could actually be an action shot that still shows of the fun Red Sox uniforms from that era. A. nice card to have.

What would your answers to those last two categories be?

Friday, January 22, 2021

Savanna James Visits Section 36!

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Deanna Webber Photography
Section 36 has another visitor! Savanna James is a breast cancer survivor, a talented dancer, and the current Miss Summerville. I was thrilled that she wanted to visit with us to discuss those topics, and a few more. I am also excited that she is our first visitor from the state of South Carolina!

So, let's see what happens when Savanna James visits Section 36!

How did you celebrate winning the Miss Summerville crown?

I cried, as cliche as that sounds. As someone who competed almost 6 years ago, I knew this was my last chance to make an impact before I “aged out.” I had a story to tell and I knew that Miss America would give me the platform necessary to reach people effectively. I didn't care if I won, as long as one person heard my story and it led them to be proactive in their breast health. To give you a more relatable answer, after the pageant, I went home and watched “Top Chef.” Don’t ask why... I just know in my heart that I have the potential to be a great chef someday haha. (Side note: I’m far from it.)

What has been the most pleasant surprise about your time as Miss Summerville? 

The impact that can be made by being a titleholder, whether it

be local, state or national. When you wear the crown, or even the sash, and talk, people listen. People are drawn to you. It’s in your hands whether you take the chance to make a difference and impact those that come into contact with you. We have one shot at this life, and to not utilize and take advantage of the opportunities presented to us, is a travesty. 

What part of the upcoming Miss South Carolina competition are you most nervous about?

I wouldn't say nervous, but I’m anticipating the week of competition itself! I think we are in Columbia, SC for a total of ten days. Being an old-timer (25 years old), that week is absolutely non-stop and being on top of my game all week will be something I have to prepare for! I better put down the Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes now… 

You’ve been open about your decision to have a double mastectomy as a way to reduce your breast cancer risk. What’s the biggest thing you hope people will take away from your journey?

Oh man. This is hard to sum up, but I'll try! 

At the start of all of this in 2019, I went into my yearly breast appointment thinking I was being preventative and staying on top of my health. It turned out that instead of being preventative, the procedure was life saving. I had a spot in my right breast.

What is harder to discuss for myself, and what is rarely talked about, is the fact that when treatments end, your journey is just beginning. There is so much left in this life that goes beyond a diagnosis, but, yet, is still so greatly affected by it. I’m going to be vulnerable here, but knowing that my story can help at least once person is what has saved my life. I had to learn to take a situation that is so undesirable and turn it into a platform for change and awareness. I saw an opportunity, not a closed door. This is what kept me fighting each and every day to do a little bit better, to be a little bit better and to share my story to at least one more person.

Knowing you are not alone, that there are others who are experiencing and going through a similar situation, is so powerful and can make all the difference during treatment. Cancer is an ugly word that strikes fear into hearts, creating an overwhelming feeling of powerlessness, but you do NOT have to feel powerless. You aren’t any less of a human for what you’re going through and feeling. Cancer doesn't define you.

I’ve partnered with two organizations that are near and dear to my heart: The Boon Project and Komen SC. My hope is that fellow survivors, and those going through treatments or a recent diagnosis, use my story to help look at their situations in a different light, and that others can see my story and understand the need for support and comfort, not only during treatment but through the years after. I just completed my third surgery this year in relation to breast cancer and I have been so blown away by the outreach and support of other survivors, their families and organizations. 

As a talented tap dancer, what do you enjoy the most about performing on stage?

Being able to tell a story! Dance is really a form of universal

communication and I think a lot of people miss that. It breaks through language, cultural and educational barriers. In that 90 second performance, I can tell my breast cancer story to whoever was watching without uttering a single word. There’s SO much beauty in that. 

How would you finish the sentence, “I get great satisfaction when ___”?

I know I am working to reach my potential. You never know who you can influence and impact! That's the beauty of public speaking and being able to have a position like this. We have a limited time on this earth, and in my mind, I want to go out knowing I did everything I could to make someone else’s life a little bit better. 

If you could be a Disney Character for a week, who would you choose? Why?

A man after my own heart with this question... definitely Pocahontas! My dad's side of the family is Cherokee, so growing up, my family called me Pocahontas. (Fun Fact: Some still do.) Now, I know the story was mistold and romanticized, but I am very thankful that Disney provided inclusivity with a Native American character, especially one that was so strong willed, yet caring. My youngest dog is named Meeko, after the raccoon in the film, because he is my trouble-making sidekick. He also steals cookies like the character. 

If you had an extra ticket to see the Yankees play the Braves, who would you take with you? Why?

This is a tough one for sure. Granny Merle, my grandma, is a die hard fan! Sometimes she gets too into the games, definitely mirroring that Bobby Cox era! It can get intense. Haha. Tyler, my boyfriend, would be my other choice. He was a college baseball player, and from what I heard, he was beyond good. They both love the Braves. I'm the only Yankees fan in my family, so neither one of them are too happy with me during baseball season! That's fine though.... I'll cheer for Aaron Judge any day. I mean winning the Homerun Derby as a rookie? Come on. Pure talent. 

Is there a feature or activity at a baseball game that you’d especially like to experience?

One hundred percent I would love to try the "go-to" meal at every baseball park across America. There is nothing like sitting in the stands, eating a good meal and watching the game. In addition to the basics, this meal would HAVE to include boiled peanuts. I can’t resist. My dad was the state director of Dixie Majors Baseball so I was at every tournament and game across South Carolina. I think I basically survived off of boiled peanuts for the first twelve years of my life, so boiled peanuts are a nostalgia thing for me. On the other hand, if we are making wishes here, I would love to meet Aaron Judge. Fingers crossed...Sorry, T! 


Those are fun goals! (She should probably check out The Sports Passport for help with her first one.)

As always, I want to thank Savanna for visiting with us, and for sending along the wonderful pictures to go with the interview.

As Savanna continues her time as Miss Summerville, I encourage you to check out her Instagram account. It’s a great way to keep track of everything she has going on!

I also definitely want to wish her the best of luck when she competes for the Miss South Carolina title. It would be wonderful to have the first Section 36 visitor wear that crown!


Thanks again Savanna, and good luck!

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