St. Petersburg, Florida -- St. Pete's own Laura McKeeman is spending the week in Sin City, hoping to bring back the Miss America crown to the Bay area.
The 23-year-old Miss Florida is a University of Florida Gator, who wants to pursue a Master's in Mass Communication. She's an aspiring journalist and eventually wants to host and produce a television show.
All 53 of the Miss America contestants will take the stage next Saturday, Jan. 12 in the competition at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
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