Miss Florida revisits her roots at Seaside Neighborhood School (PHOTOS)

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Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 04:11 PM.

Laura McKeeman, 2012 Miss Florida and former Blue Mountain Beach resident, was all smiles Monday afternoon as she walked into Seaside Neighborhood School — her academic home during sixth and seventh grade.

"That's where I'd leave my xylophone," she remarked as she walked into the front office of the school.

Wearing blue jeans and a sleeveless, bright orange blouse, the Miss America pageant contestant was down-to-earth and excited to see how 30A has changed since she lived here 11 years ago.

"Some parts look exactly the same, which is weird because it really brings you back," she said while walking through the classrooms. "It's so beautiful it makes me never want to leave. It has the same warm feelings that I missed. I've got to get back here more."

After the tour, McKeeman introduced herself to the 131 Seaside Neighborhood School students in a brief assembly. Students greeted her with a glittery welcome banner.

Even in her sash and crown, McKeeman noted that she was a lot like the students — awkward moments and all.

"Sometimes middle school can seem a little funky," she said.

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