Hannah Latimer Little Miss Wheelchair TN 2013

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Benton Co. Girl Named Little Miss Wheelchair

By Cyndi Lundeberg
By clundeberg@wbbjtv.com

CAMDEN, Tenn. - Many people might be hesitant to enter any situation where they may be judged, but not Hanna Latimer, 11. Over the weekend, Hanna won a national competition defeating five other contestants and was named "Little Miss Wheelchair".

"I felt good. I felt like I was the queen, already. They didn't have to tell me," Hanna said of her win.

Hanna, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy said God told her she was in a wheelchair, because she is a princess and was meant to sit in a throne. Hanna's mother said Hanna's throne just happens to have wheels.

"I was so surprised how many people were actually there for me," Hanna said.

Kristin Baugus, Hanna's mother said the competition really helped her daughter.

"I can tell just since this weekend since Saturday, it has been a huge confidence booster for her, I can do this I can accomplish the world," Baugus said.

During the competition, which was held in Chattanooga, Hanna sang Miley Cyrus's "The Climb." Kristin said the way Hanna lives her life has inspired her to adopt a new attitude about her own.


"For a long time I cried. What did I do to deserve this? What did she do? What could have I done different?, and then you see other people and you think 'I'm so lucky. It could have been so much worse,'" Baugus said.

The competition for Hanna and her family meant more than just winning a title. Hanna's mother sais it shows Hanna is not bound by her wheelchair and can accomplish anything.

"It gave me an opportunity to meet new kids and I love that I got to meet new kids," Hanna said.

"There's opportunity out there and as long as you wanna go to college or you wanna work or you wanna fight for this you can," Baugus said.

Hanna's family wants to thank Benton County and the residents of Camden for coming together and helping them get Hanna to the competition.