Elizabeth Fechtel will get her second chance to win a national pageant in September when she represents Florida at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. Fechtel was crowned Miss Florida on Saturday following five days of celebrations and pageantry at Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg.
Fechtel was crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen for 2012. The teen pageant is the younger-sister competition within the Miss America Organization, and is open to girls ages 13-17 years old.
She is a student at the University of Florida, where she plans to graduate in 2016 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. She has served in student government at the university. She entered the state pageant after being crowned Miss University of Florida.
In addition to her reign as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Fechntel has worked as a student reporter at WUFT News, and as a page with the Florida State Senate. She has also worked as a model for Tony Bowls.
She formerly reigned as Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen and Miss Orlando’s Outstanding Teen. At the time of her national reign, she had earned $30,000 in scholarships from participatin in pageants.
Her ambition is to have a career in social entrepreneurship. She is originally from Leesburg, Florida, where she was an AP honor student and student body president at First Academy High School.
Fechtel succeeds Miss Florida 2013 Myrrhanda Jones. The former Miss Palm Coast was third runner-up at last year’s Miss America Pageant.
If Fechtel wins the Miss America Pageant, she will become the third Florida contestant to wear the national crown. Previous national titleholders include Miss Florida 2003 Ericka Dunlap, and Miss Florida 1992 Leanza Cornett.
Michaela McLean was named Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen. She will represent her state in July at the national teen pageant in Orlando, Florida.