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CLAYTON - The Miss New Jersey’s Outstanding Teen Organization is an official preliminary to the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Program (MAOTeen) and little sister to Miss New Jersey/Miss America.

According to a release, MAOTeen was organized to promote scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living, and community involvement for America's teens. It is a scholarship-based program, offering teens the opportunity to be awarded scholarship money for college. This year’s state pageant will be held Jan. 25, at the Clayton High School Performing Arts Center, 55 Pop Kramer Blvd., Clayton. 

Twenty of the most talented, intelligent, and community-minded young women will be vying for the prestigious title of Miss New Jersey’s Outstanding Teen and over $20,000 in scholarship money. 

Each contestant has already won a local title and will be representing that title at the state pageant. The new Miss New Jersey’s Outstanding Teen will be competing in Orlando, Fla. this summer for the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. 

On Jan. 26, 2019, Brynn McKinney, of Sewell, was crowned Miss New Jersey’s Outstanding Teen 2019. 

This year’s state contestants include four from Cape May County. They are:

Contestant Name/Hometown/Local Title/Platform/Talent

Maria Lynn Sooy/Upper Township/Miss Coastal Shore’s Outstanding Teen/Recover Out Loud – Celebrating Sobriety/Irish Dance

Isabella Freund/Seaville/Miss Seashore Line’s Outstanding Teen/Make-A-Wish New Jersey/Piano

Madelyn Hays/Cape May/Miss Shore Resort’s Outstanding Teen/Do Your Part for a Healthy Heart, Living Heart Healthy/Dance-Acro

Abby Berman/Ocean City/Miss Atlantic Shores’ Outstanding Teen/Live Safe, Eat Safe/Jazz Dance

Other entrants are:

Angelique Cauterucci/East Brunswick/Miss Central Jersey’s Outstanding Teen/Help Out – Special Needs/Gymnastics Routine

Alyssa Peacock/Williamstown/Miss Cape Shores’ Outstanding Teen/PAWS for A Cause: Adopt Don’t Shop/Vocal

Kylie Wright/Egg Harbor Township/Miss Bay Shore’s Outstanding Teen/There is no self-confidence like self-defense confidence/Karate

Samantha Layton/Vineland/Miss Stars and Stripes’ Outstanding Teen/”Plastic Paws” – Putting a Pause to Plastic/Ballet Dance

Shelby Ritterson/Mantua/Miss South Jersey’s Outstanding Teen/”Stand Up and Stand Out”/Bullying Awareness and Prevention/Tap Dance

Ashley Greco/Waldwick/Miss Monmouth County’s Outstanding Teen/Partners for People with Disabilities/Vocal

Kalise Miller/Westville/Miss Gloucester County’s Outstanding Teen/Donate Life - #martinsmission/Contemporary Dance

Meadow Paliotta/Ridgewood/Miss Northern Lakes’ Outstanding Teen/You are Enough: Developing a Body Positive Mindset/Lyrical Dance

Marjana Wilson/Franklin Lakes/Miss Central Coast’s Outstanding Teen/way From Pollution, Toward Solutions/Lyrical Dance

Diana Natalicchio/Woodcliff Lake/Miss Bergen County’s Outstanding Teen/Teens Against Cancer/Contemporary Dance

Alexandra Nicole Hughes/Smithville/Miss South Shore’s Outstanding Teen/What Size is Your Digital Footprint?/Jazz Dance

Haley Marks/Wenonah/Miss Southern Region’s Outstanding Teen/No One is Alone: Depression Awareness/Vocal

Jenna Thibault/Hammonton/Miss Eastern Shore’s Outstanding Teen/Peer Empowerment- Combating the Sound of Silence/Lyrical Dance

Evelyn Grace Hulitt/Pitman/Miss North Jersey’s Outstanding Teen/Don’t Be a Bystander – B.U.S.T. Bullying/Vocal

McKenzie Hegarty/Denville/Miss Ramapo Valley’s Outstanding Teen/Homeless Not Helpless/Vocal

Angelica Lynn Disanza/Lebanon/Miss Northern Lights’ Outstanding Teen/Generation Connection: Fostering Friendship Between Generations/Harp