Erica Brewer of North Little Rock, a student at Lonoke High School, will attend the Miss Teen International Competition held July 21-28 in Chicago.

Young women from across the United States and foreign countries will compete for the title of Miss Teen International 2012. The international competition was developed to promote today’s young women and their accomplishments. Community service is an integral part of the international system.

Brewer is an athlete, cheerleader and leader in her school and community. She will be featured in Diabetes Forecast magazine in September. Her program, Advancing Diabetes Awareness and Management, is in memory of her uncle who passed away at 23 because of complications with diabetes. She is using ADAM as her platform to help support the 26 million children and adults in the United States that are currently living with diabetes.

The national pageant orientation starts July 23 when the contestants will receive their competition information and itinerary. While attending the competition, contestants will visit downtown Chicago to shop and take in the sights. They will visit the Chicago Zoo and Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs. A dinner with the International Pageant Executive Director Mary Richardson will be one of the highlights of the evening on Wednesday along with a group photo.

After a whirlwind of activities, rehearsals will round out the week and then competition will begin. The contestants will start Thursday with a one on one interview with the judges, preliminary competition on Friday evening and finals on Saturday evening at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, where the top 10 will be announced.

The different phases of competition Brewer will face involves, aerobic wear, fashion runway, interview and evening gown. Miss Arkansas International Kola Brown of North Little Rock will be there to support her sister queen and will compete in the Miss International pageant.

“We are very excited for Erica and look forward to a great time at the national pageant,” said Bernee Thurow, Brewer’s state director. “She is dedicated to making a difference and educating others on the importance to watch out for the early warning signs of diabetes. Her work with the American Diabetes Association has given her the opportunity to be a special guest at the Diabetes Youth Camp and honorary judge for the Iron Chef Challenge and honored as a youth advocate. She will do a great job at Miss Teen International,”