Miss New Hampshire determined to bring home national crown
By HUNTER McGEE
Sunday News Correspondent | August 30. 2014 9:34PM
The 20-year-old Auburn resident is scheduled to leave for Atlantic City on Monday to pursue her dream of becoming the next Miss America, something no other Miss New Hampshire winner has ever achieved.
"I made a goal after Miss New Hampshire to try to do at least one thing every day in preparation to become Miss America because I only had four months to prepare," Cooley said Friday in a phone interview.During her reign as Miss New Hampshire, Cooley has tried to give back to her home state by participating in various charitable events.
She has even flown to Missouri to work with a vocal coach who has helped a number of former Miss America winners.
"She's an incredible singer," said Jolin, who often accompanies Cooley at public appearances. "She has awesome singing power."
She won $14,000 in college scholarship funds from the Miss New Hampshire competition and has earned $31,000 in scholarships during her four years of competing in pageants.
"There's so much money for girls to pursue their dreams and go to college," she said. "And that's something that I want to keep pushing."