Hello everyone, and greetings from the very small town of Franklin Georgia. My name is Madison Taylor Laprade. I’m
from a one red light town, and love being a small town girl. I am extremely proud to be your reigning Miss Junior Teen America 2013.
I am currently a freshman in high school, attending Heard County Comprehensive High School. I am on the varsity cheerleading squad. Cheering has been a love of mine for many years. I cheered all throughout middle school, and was the captain of the squad my 8th grade year. Cheering at Friday night lights this year in high school is something I have looked forward to for years. I’m also a track and field athlete. I have been on the track team for 3 years now and have won many awards, ribbons, and medals over the last few years, and attended the state finals 2 years in a row. I was also on our counties very first middle school co-ed soccer team this past year where I fell in love with the game. I was student body president in my 8th grade year. In the yearbook club, cooking club and beta club in middle school and can’t wait to see what clubs high school has to offer me. I have been on the honor roll for the past 3 years and my goal is to graduate in 2017 with honors. Then, continue my education at the University of Georgia studying finance, business and maybe even a career in the legal world. I am just not sure yet, I feel there are so many possibilities I have not settled on one in particular.
My hobbies include:
Tumbling (with a personal goal to land a layout by the end of the football season)
Spending time with my friends and family
Shopping (because what teen age girl doesn't like to shop, the make-up section of a store is like heaven to me)
And dancing, which is a major love of mine, I honestly feel the need to dance each and every day and love the quote “Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain.”―Vivian Green
I won the title of Miss Junior Teen America on July 6th, 2013, and to be honest, I am still in shock. It truly was one of the most exciting moments in my life. I have been competing in pageants most of my life however, I had just recently made the transition into the "teen" type pageants so hearing my name called was absolutely amazing. I literally almost fainted! This honor is something I take much pride in and realize all the responsibility it holds as well. I personally feel that my life in pageants has not only prepared me for this journey but has prepared me for so many things to come in my future as well. I have learned self-confidence, public speaking, interview skills, and the importance of volunteering just to name a few. This will help me during my reign as Miss Junior Teen America and will also help when the time comes to start interviewing for both colleges and jobs. Pageants have also brought so many people into my life that I would have never met. I have befriended so many wonderful young ladies from all over our beautiful nation and I can’t wait to travel this year and meet even more of these girls as I attend different state pageants, and ultimately the national pageant next year.
My platform while being Miss Junior Teen America 2013 is the fight against childhood obesity. I believe teaching young children good, healthy eating habits and making sure kids incorporate a healthy amount of physical activities in their day is crucial. It's so hard to believe childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Children that are obese are often bullied, made fun of, degraded, and some are even rejected by their peers. Reaching out and educating as many young children as I can during my reign is something I am devoted to. I want to make a difference in their lives.
Something I want to share is another quote which I absolutely love, and want to live by.... "There comes a time when you must choose between what is easy and what it right…" Something we should all try to live by. I personally think that quote is so inspiring.
To the girls that are considering competing in Miss Junior Teen America, or in any pageant for that matter I say, "Go for it!" You will learn so much about yourself in the process. More than that, it will be an experience you will carry with you forever. Have a great time, enjoy yourself, meet some wonderful girls, and see what you have to offer this beautiful world.
I want to thank Ms. Nicki Clark and the entire staff of Miss Team America for a wonderful weekend and unbelievable opportunity. I look forward to a fantastic year.
You can follow me on my journey thru Facebook.
Miss Jr Teen America 2013