Rebecca Markert is the 2013 Miss Florida Junior Teen Queen. Rebecca is 16 years old and lives with her family in Delray Beach, Florida. She is a junior at Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is an honors student; National Honors Society member; member of the school’s cheerleading squad; an actor in the fall and spring theater production; and a member of the school’s Thespians and Cappies “Critics and Awards Program” clubs. Rebecca is a New England Academy of Dance and Boca Ballet Theatre trained dancer with more than 12 years of experience. She also spent two years at the prestigious Stagedoor Manor summer camp in the Catskills.
Rebecca was named Queen of the 2013 State of Florida (South) Miss Florida Junior Teen during the July 20-21 event held in Miami. With her win, Rebecca receives a complimentary trip to the National American Miss competition in Hollywood, California this November. There she will compete against hundreds of girls from around the country for the title of National American Miss Junior Teen Queen.
Despite being new to the pageant arena, Rebecca impressed the judges with her personality, casual wear, spirit, and acting skills – winning awards in all of the aforementioned categories. Rebecca’s talent during the competition included playing the ukulele and singing. While singing came natural for the high school junior, who has performed in numerous plays and theater productions, playing the Hawaii-born ukulele was a different story. Always up for a challenge, Rebecca taught herself to play the small string instrument only months before the Miss Florida Junior Teen pageant and performed it with gusto!
Rebecca will focus on the Little Smiles charity as her Miss Florida Junior Teen campaign platform. Little Smiles is a non-profit volunteer organizations based in Florida that provides toys, movies, computers, celebrity meet-and-greets, concert and sporting event tickets, theme park trips, junk food runs, and much more to children in local hospitals, hospices and shelters throughout Florida. Through the charity, Rebecca has already had the opportunity to spend time at the Miami Children’s Hospital with some of the young patients, deliver pizza to the nurses and shoot Nerf® guns with the kids! Learn more about the organization at www.LittleSmiles.org.
New to pageants, Rebecca is thrilled to have been part of the entire Miss Florida Junior Teen experience and ecstatic that she won! She is hoping her title will allow her to bring awareness to the Little Smiles organization and help open new doors within the entertainment industry. Her aspiration is to one day be an actor in TV and film. Learn more about Rebecca Markert at RebeccaMarkert.com.