Lathrem named 2013 Miss Junior Teen Kentucky United States

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After two long days of competing in preliminaries that consisted of private interviews, formal, swimsuit, and on-stage question, a local teenager from Owen County, Marlee Brooke Lathrem was crowned as the 2013 Miss Junior Teen Kentucky United States.  
Not only did Lathrem win the title she also  won the “Run Way” award that was given out on the first night of preliminaries.
The pageant was held the weekend of Feb. 15-17 at the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
Lathrem will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to represent her hometown and the state of Kentucky in July to compete for the national title of Miss Junior Teen United States.
For the next year, Lathrem will be very active with her title and making many appearances as she will be promoting her platform to stop bullying.
She is currently working on the platform’s name and has chosen this platform due to her personal experiences with being a victim of bullying as early as in elementary school.
“I have had to go through many ups and downs from being bullied to get to where I am today. I feel really strong about this platform and feel that we can do more to get the word out about bullying,” Lathrem said. “Bullying is so easily done today, due to technology and social media.  I personally feel like we can do more to help stop this. Teenagers are afraid to come forth at times and report incidents of being a victim of bullying, but if you don’t step up and ask for help, no one can help you.”
Not only will Lathrem be promoting her platform, but she will also be supporting the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, which the organization has chosen as its platform.
“I am ecstatic about my title and knew that someday I wanted to represent Kentucky on a national level, but never did I dream that I would be given this opportunity at the age of 14. I am a firm believer that in order to be successful you must set goals for yourself and do not stop or give up till you have succeeded.  You can only fail, if you give up,” Lathrem said “I ask for your support as I begin my journey as the new 2013 Miss Junior Teen Kentucky United States and encourage everyone to ‘like’ my Facebook page Miss Junior Teen Kentucky United States 2013 and keep up with my involvements throughout this next year.“
Lathrem is the daughter of Brian and Rita Lathrem and is an eighth grader at Maurice Bowling Middle School.
She is currently involved with gymnastics, cheerleading , soccer and pageants.
Lathrem has been competing in pageants since the age of 9 and has earned many additional titles over the years.    
You may contact Lathrem for a public appearance with your organization or business at missjuniorteenkyus@misskentuckyus.com.  If you are interested in learning more about the Miss Kentucky United States Organization you may do so on the web at www.misskentuckyus.com and also on the Facebook page Miss Kentucky United States Organization.
The primary goal of the Miss United States Organization is to provide a life-changing experience for young, vibrant women across the country.  The organization strives to empower all delegates to become active participants in her community while nurturing and promoting a cause meaningful to her.  The Miss United States Organization is based on a solid commitment to uphold the standards of fairness and integrity.  It prides itself in providing an avenue for each young woman to give a voice to those needing to be heard, lend a hand to those less fortunate, and be a compass for those daring to dream.
At the local, state, and national level the Miss United States Organization gives women the opportunity to promote a platform of community service. The pageant system allows  young women all over the country to interact and discuss their achievements in service and volunteerism.  It promotes the intellect, moral character and personal engagement of its outstanding participants as they pursue success in achievement.