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

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 04:11 PM.

Most of those awkward moments happened right inside the Seaside school, which McKeeman was more than happy to share.

"I remember playing third baseman in a softball game," she recalled. "Someone hit a home run and I got so excited that I ran to home base. My little brother Dave, who is much cooler than me, wouldn't talk to me for a week."

Since middle school, McKeeman has learned the logistics of America 's past-time and currently works for FOX Sports as a Southeast Recruiting Reporter, covering baseball and football.

Of all the things she has accomplished in her 24 years, there is one thing she wished she would've done sooner and that's volunteering. Community service, she told the students, looks great on college applications and feels great too. McKeeman herself is an advocate for Restoration and Preservation of Florida's Everglades and The Miracle League, an organization that custom-builds baseball fields for special needs children.

Miss Florida also offered a few more nuggets of advice to students. She told them about the importance of trusting themselves and trying new things — two important lessons that Seaside Neighborhood School instilled in McKeeman.

"I was given the opportunity to try different things," she said. "When they had band auditions I wanted to play the flute, but nothing would come out. I couldn't play any brass or wind instruments, so I tried the drums. It was so much fun."

Beyond the middle school band, McKeeman tried many different things like studying ballet in China , sports broadcasting and yes, even beauty pageants.



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