Mary Margaret McCord in the summer issue of Style

Putting together the fall issue. The summer issue was the first time I wrote the cover story.

Two weeks before the competition, Mary Margaret opened a fortune cookie to find the message, “You will be recognized and honored as a community leader.”

She taped it to the back of an index card and wrote a quote from Coach Bear Bryant on the other side: “If you believe in yourself, have dedication and pride and never quit, you'll be a winner.”

The card went with her to Montgomery, where she took home the crown.

Read the whole story here.