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

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

"My friends entered me in my first pageant," she said. "I did it as a joke, I had such a bad attitude. I had never even watched it on TV before."

After landing first runner-up and winning $1,000 in scholarship money, McKeeman saw that the Miss America Pageant System was more than bathing suits and world peace.

"They give over $300,000 in scholarships to women every year," she said. "If I can do it, you can do it."

Pageants were also a way for McKeeman to showcase another talent — ballet. Before going to college, she was accepted in the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington , D.C.

During her short visit at the school, McKeeman graciously signed autographs and took countless pictures with students. She even ran into an old friend.

"I used to baby-sit you," she said excitedly to student Jack Berry.

In just a couple of hours, she left a lasting impression on the charter school.



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