Mary Martin third-grade student Lauren Altom was recently crowned the 2013 Miss Texas Jr. Pre-Teen at the National American Miss Pageant in Dallas.Altom, whose mother Sarah is the librarian at the WHS Ninth Grade Center, also finished as first runner-up in the optional Casual Wear Modeling Contest at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dallas on July 25-27.Lauren will be representing Texas at the upcoming National Pageant in Anaheim, Calif., during the week of Thanksgiving. Her current activities include academy soccer, all "A" Honor Roll, Citizenship Award, Dancing Indian in recent Peter Pan production and "Cross the Line" student.The National Pageant will be at Disneyland where Lauren will have the opportunity to win her share of $500,000 in cash and prizes. The National American Miss Pageants are dedicated to celebrating America's greatness and encouraging its future leaders.Each year, the National American Miss Pageant award $1.5 million in cash, scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist the development of young women nationwide. National American Miss has added the ultimate door prize to Nationals 2013. Each girl who qualifies for the national pageant has a chance to win a 2013 Ford Mustang Convertible. Pageants are held in each state for girls ages 4-18 in five different age divisions.