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Time out with Miss Tech

January 30, 2014

 

Lee competed in and won the 2014 Miss Louisiana Tech pageant. – Photo by Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay

Lee competed in and won the 2014 Miss Louisiana Tech pageant. – Photo by Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay

Meagan Lee talks about her road to royalty

 

Paul Dauterive
Staff Reporter

 

Meagan Lee was crowned Miss Tech Nov. 6, 2013, and her victory should be remembered by her persistence through her struggles and adversity.

 

Lee spent the year before the event away from pageant competition and dancing while she struggled with health issues and two major surgeries.

 

“Everything I had always known was gone,” Lee said. “I knew I had to take control or let it ruin me.”

 

Before the Miss Tech pageant in November, Lee was diagnosed with stage four endometriosis, a disease in which uterine cells grow outside of the uterus.

 

Lee, who has competed in pageants since she was 14, said taking time off was hard, especially since she could not practice dancing.

 

–Submitted photo

–Submitted photo

She said after she recovered she had to work hard to retrain herself.

 

“Taking time off prepared me for taking this job,” Lee said. “It allowed me to reflect on if this was what I really wanted to do.”

 

Lee said she does not want to stop at Miss Tech and now has her sights on Miss Louisiana.

 

Lee said it is a requirement for the Miss Tech winners to compete in Miss Louisiana.

 

“Winning Miss Louisiana would validate the work I put into getting back where I was,” Lee said. “That would be the ultimate way to give back to the university that I love so much.”

 

Lee said she has taken on many new responsibilities for her new job.

 

“As Miss Tech my biggest responsibility is to be an ambassador for the school,” Lee said. “I represent the university with everything I do.”

 

Lee said she would compare being Miss Tech to taking on a full-time job.

 

–Submitted photo

–Submitted photo

Lee said some of her duties have included visiting local elementary schools and giving the invocation at a Tech basketball game.

 

“I am really excited for next fall during homecoming week,” Lee said. “There is so much going on.”

 

Lee said one of her responsibilities is to plan some of the aspects of the Mr. Tech competition.

 

She said the competition is used as a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network hospital that helps children with life threatening diseases.

 

“It is all part of being Miss Tech,” Lee said. “I’m excited to be involved.”

 

Former Miss Tech, Julianne Tippen, said she wished Lee the best of luck as she represents Tech this year. “I look forward to competing at Miss Louisiana this year with her again,” Tippen said.

 

Email comments to pdd010@latech.edu.

 

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