Lauren Ashton Weaver was crowned Miss Arkansas Teen USA® 2014 on January 12, 2014 at The Arend Arts Center in Bentonville, Arkansas. She stood amidst a field of 31 teens from across the State of Arkansas competing in swimsuit, evening gown, and interview competitions. She was named the Overall Photogenic Winner and Overall Interview winner during the pageant. Weaver will go onto compete for the coveted title of MISS Teen USA®, webcasted worldwide live from the Atlantis Resort, Bahamas

The MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® Pageant system stresses the importance of social awareness and community involvement. It also encourages contestants to become self-disciplined and healthier individuals through good physical fitness, proper diet, and exercise. Of course, paramount to everything else is the opportunity for these women to develop and nurture better communication skills that will benefit and enrich them in all aspects of their lives. Through their preparations for, and participation in the event, they become better, stronger, and more self-assured individuals. The pageant experience prepares them to be more successful in all of their future endeavors.

Lauren is a senior at Greenwood High School and will graduate with honor this May. She plans to attend The University of Arkansas Fayetteville in the fall and majoring in Broadcast Journalism. Weaver is the daughter to proud parents Jeffery Weaver of Hot Springs, Arkansas and Kristina Thomas of Greenwood, Arkansas. She is a member of National Honor Society, Beta Club, Art Club, Partners Club, GHS Varsity Pom and a Teen Leader for Greenwood Junior Cotillion. She enjoys modeling, exercising, volunteering, dancing, and painting. Her community and charity involvement include: Susan G. Komen Foundation, and Warriors for Ross.

Miss Arkansas Teen USA® 2014 hopes continue to helping children, children of cancer patients, and cancer survivors. Additionally, Lauren desires to show others we all have the power to make a difference in our own lives, the lives of others, and in our community.