• Tweet sends local girl to Super Bowl

    By: Berndt Petersen

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    HALL COUNTY, Ga. - Never underestimate the power of a tweet.

    One message on social media is sending a Hall County girl to the Super Bowl.

    Skylar Tipton is like most 15-year-olds -- if she has her smartphone in her hand, she’s tweeting.

    "Whenever I have something interesting happening, and if I just want to tweet something, I will.
    I'm like, hit me up,” Skylar said.


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    It was a Tweet from Stone Mountain that’s sending the Flowery Branch High School freshman and her dad to Super Bowl LI.

    "She's my baby. She's my youngest one. The whole contest was amazing. People saw her story, they liked her story, they shared her story, and kept it going,” Jody Tipton, her dad, said.

    The Twitter contest was set up through the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia.

    Patients, like Skylar, who have the neurological disorder were invited to enter.

    The tweet qualified her for the contest, and her story — suffering from seizures since the age of 14 months old got 1,600 likes on Facebook.

    Skylar hopes it will all help raise awareness about epilepsy.

    Before she heads off to Houston, she wanted to leave everyone with another tweet.

    "I love my Falcons, but I love my Daddy more. #Daddy's girl forever #Rise up!"

    UCB Pharmaceuticals of Smyrna provided the Super Bowl and airline tickets.

    Skylar and her dad will fly to Houston a week from Saturday.

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