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Miss New Jersey Pageant Returns to Ocean City in One Week

The pageant is June 12-14. The annual Miss New Jersey Parade on the Boardwalk precedes the festivities on June 11.

Miss Eastern Shores Devon Vanderslice represents Ocean City in next week's Miss New Jersey Pageant. (Photo provided by Mark Soifer)
Miss Eastern Shores Devon Vanderslice represents Ocean City in next week's Miss New Jersey Pageant. (Photo provided by Mark Soifer)
The Miss New Jersey Pageant is one week away.

The pageant will be held in Ocean City for the 18th time on June 12-14. The annual parade on the boardwalk kicks off the festivities on Wednesday night, June 11, 7 p.m.

All 24 contestants will dress to replicate this year’s theme, “The Red Carpet on the Ocean City Boardwalk,” and will be “Showing Their Shoes” as is the custom in Miss America sponsored parades.

For information, call Parade Director Karen Mahar at 609-626-1176.

The preliminary round will be held June 12-13, and the finals are set for June 14 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

All programs begin at 7:30 p.m. and the winner advances to the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City.

Miss Eastern Shores Devon Vanderslice, a former Miss Ocean City, will represent the city in the pageant. She attends West Chester University. Her talent is Dance and her platform is “Donate the Gift of Life,” Organ Donation.

Sarah Ford, who will compete in the pageant as Miss Cape May County, is a former Little Miss and Junior Miss Ocean City. She attends the University of Pittsburgh and her talent is Dance. Her platform is Smiles Save: Healing through hospital volunteerism.

The other participants in this year’s pageant include:

·       Miss Atlantic County Courtney Fairfield, of Egg Harbor Township

·       Miss Atlantic Shore Melissa Hoffman, of Cranford

·       Miss Avalon Kaitlyn Schoeffel, of Egg Harbor Township

·       Miss Bergen County Area Alicia Blanks, of Newark

·       Miss Cape Resort Ashlyn Laveson, of Ventnor

·       Miss Cape Shores Olivia Michael, of Tenafly

·       Miss Central Coast Anna Negron, of Vineland

·       Miss Coastal Shore Cierra Kaler-Jones, of Galloway

·       Miss Columbus Day Lindsay Giannini, of Hammonton

·       Miss Cumberland County Kellie Santoro, of Millville

·       Miss Gateway Angie Abdelrehim, of Verona

·       Miss Gloucester County Melissa Holtzhauser, of Mullica Hill

·       Miss Island Resort Ayla Gentiletti, of Vineland

·       Miss Monmouth County Victoria Slinger, of Oakhurst

·       Miss Northern Lakes Samantha Rossi, of Nutley

·       Miss Ramapo Valley Alyssa Clements, of Atco

·       Miss Salem County Leevon Lacy, of Woodstown

·       Miss Seashore Line Brenna Weick, of Mantua

·       Miss South Shore Area Amanda Ross, of Galloway

·       Miss Southern Counties Sandra Okuboyejo, of Vineland

·       Miss Stars and Stripes Amy Kao, of Edison

·       Miss Tri-County Ellen Chu, of Park Ridge

Profiles for each contestant are posted on missnewjersey.net.

Tickets Prices are $35 for Thursday and Friday, and $50 for the Saturday final. A package price for all three shows is $110. For tickets, call 609-315-1423.

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