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