So, let's see what happens when Lacee Freeman visits Section 36!
How did you celebrate winning the Miss Tippecanoe crown?
Thankfully, both of my parents were able to come watch me compete so I was able to go out to dinner with them, as well as many of the other contestants, directors, and local titleholders that were there. Once I got back to Purdue, I stayed up most of the night chatting with my friends and family who saw the announcement!
Is there a specific goal you’d like to accomplish during your time as Miss Tippecanoe?
I have a few goals in mind! I’d like to further expand my platform and outreach within the Tippecanoe community. I’d also like to learn more about the Tippecanoe community and how I can be a proper representative and role model. I’d like to utilize my platform to represent Purdue at university events and events for the general public to share my love for my school! Overall, I aim to make a positive impact on those around me and make Tippecanoe proud when I represent at the state competition.
What is something Elizabeth Hallal is doing as Miss Indiana that you would want to emulate?
How did you select your social impact initiative, “Play Like a Girl”?
I’ve played sports my entire life, and I owe much of the life lessons, healthy habits I’ve formed, and my overall success to sports. So because of that, I wanted to give back to the sports that helped shape me. I quickly realized that many youth sports programs, especially girl’s sports, are extremely underfunded. Along with this, realizing this is not only an issue at the level of youth sports but becomes an issue later on where even at the college and professional level, women are not treated equally or given equitable resources. I’ve dealt with the social stigmas, double standards, and societal pressures related to being a woman in sports, so breaking these stereotypes and raising awareness for these issues in youth sports and female athletics became something I am very passionate about.
You are currently studying Neurobiology and Physiology at Purdue. Where do you see those fields taking you?
You’re also a member of the Purdue University Spirit Squad. What is that experience like?
If you could be a Disney character for a week, who would you choose? Why?
I would choose Rapunzel! Beyond the blond hair, I think that she and I share a lot of the same qualities and she has always been one of my favorite princesses. I also love the idea of having a little chameleon friend!
If you had an extra ticket to see a baseball game between the Fort Wayne TinCaps and the South Bend Cubs, who would you take with you? Why?
Is there a feature or activity at a baseball game that you’d especially like to experience?
I’ve always wanted to throw a first pitch! Especially as a cheerleader, doing a back tuck (or backflip as many say) before the pitch would just be so fun. I’m hoping to possibly get the chance through the local baseball team, Lafayette Aviators, or through Purdue baseball. I would say other than that, any chance to get on the jumbotron with my dance would also be a fun experience!
As always, I want to thank Lacee for visiting with us, and for sending along the pictures to go with the interview.
I also want to wish her luck when she competes for Miss Indiana! It would be fantastic to have another Section 36 Forever wear that crown.
I'm sure you'd like to follow along with Lacee during her journey as Miss Tippecanoe. You should be sure to check out her Instagram account. It's a great way to keep track of everything she has going on.
Thanks again Lacee, and good luck!