The Tampa Bay Rays may have had the best-looking pitcher in Major League Baseball Saturday, when Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2012 Elizabeth Fechtel threw the first pitch in the team’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Fechtel wore a pink Blue Rays jersey as she pitched the ball in the direction of home plate.
“I’m a Rays fan and it’s quite an honor to be chosen to throw out the pitch during a home game,” said Fechtel, a resident of Florida.
Fechtel began her trek to the national title as Miss Orlando’s Outstanding Teen. After being crowned Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen 2011, she traveled to the national pageant in August, where she was crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2012.
Fechtel, 17, is an AP Honors Student, treasurer of National Honors Society and president of the Student Body at First Academy High School in Leesburg.
“As well as being recognized with her competitive dance company for multiple top scoring national awards, she has also received numerous honors as a jazz soloist,” according to her official biography. “She trained for 10 years with the Shooting Stars School of Performing Arts of Clermont, FL.”
During her tenure as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Fechtel will promote S.E.R.V.E: Students Everywhere Recognizing Volunteer Efforts.
“Through her own local T.V. show and by speaking to youth across the nation, she concludes her program is a way to promote self esteem, meet local needs, and strengthen communities,” pageant officials said.
She will also help the Miss America Organization’s official charity, Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals.
“I thought I was living to the full before Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, but now I’m more driven than ever,” she wrote on her blog. “Between academics, extracurriculars, and MAOT, my life has been on-the-go. Every morning I wake up ready to conquer the day. Considering how much I love the MAOT organization, CMN, and my platform, I’ve had a blast sharing my experiences with various newspapers and magazines over the last few weeks. One of biggest the highlights was appearing on NBC’s Daytime show with Cyndi Edwards and Lindsay MacDonald.”
Miss America’s Outstanding Teen promotes scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for America’s teens. In the past six years, the organization has made available more than $4 million in college scholarships. Fechtel has earned about $30,000 in scholarships.