Former Celebration resident, Laura McKeeman became Miss Florida 2012 on Saturday night and will now go to represent Florida at the Miss America 2013 pageant.
We attended the Miss Florida 2012 ceremony last night as Laura was crowned Miss Florida at MahaffeyTheater in St. Petersburg.
Laura, a reporter for Fox Sports entered the Miss Florida pageant after winning the Miss Pinellas County pageant. She is a veteran of pageantry, having been a semi-finalist in 2010 and second runner up in 2011.
When she’s not competing Laura works for FOX Sports Interactive and FOX Sports Florida. She covers college football recruiting, basketball, baseball and much more for the entire southeastern United States. Her official title is Southeast Recruiting Reporter. In addition, she is part of the Tampa Bay Rays Broadcast team on Sun Sports and FOX Sports Florida providing content for the Rays Live Pre and Post game shows as well as in-game video spots.
After the event Laura said: “I can’t even begin to thank everyone enough for all the kind words. I am so honored and blessed. You all mean so much to me and I wish I could give every one of you a big hug!”
Laura will now go onto compete at the Miss America pageant scheduled for January in Las Vegas where the final night of competition and the crowning of a new Miss America will be broadcast live on the ABC television network. We wish her well!
In the category of Miss Florida Outstanding Teen, the winner was Jennifer Stehlin from St.Johns County – pictured above.
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