19-year-old UF senior crowned Miss Florida

Mary Katherine Fechtel will represent Sunshine State in Miss America pageant

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Mary Katherine Fechtel was crowned the new Miss Florida on Saturday night in St. Petersburg.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Mary Katherine Fechtel was crowned the new Miss Florida on Saturday night.

Fechtel, representing the University of Florida, is 19 years old and already a senior at UF. She is from Leesburg, Florida.

The new Miss Florida will compete in the Miss America pageant on Sept. 13 in Atlantic City.

Miss Florida receives an educational scholarship of $18,000 and thousands of dollars in prizes.

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