Artist, gallery owner and Miss New Jersey Scholarship Foundation Executive Director David Holtzman, right, unveils his annual Miss New Jersey portrait of Miss New Jersey 2018 Jaime Gialloreto, center, at the Milton and Betty Katz JCC Aug. 25, 2018. Also pictured is actor Armand Assante.

ATLANTIC CITY – The Miss New Jersey Education will host its 86th annual Miss New Jersey Competition June 12-15 at Resorts Hotel Casino on the World Famous Atlantic City Boardwalk. The competition moved to Atlantic City this year after 22 years in Ocean City.

“We are very pleased with the 28 empowering, intelligent, ambitious and talented young women who will be competing for the title of Miss New Jersey 2019,” Miss NJ Education Foundation Executive Director David Holtzman said. “With that number of extraordinary contestants, it will be a challenging task for the judges to choose the next Miss New Jersey.”

This year’s contestants will compete in four phases of competition, including private interview, on-stage interview, talent, evening wear/social impact. During the competition, each candidate will discuss her own chosen social impact initiative.

The winner will be awarded scholarship funds for college or graduate school education. Additional scholarships will be awarded to preliminary competition winners, runners-up and special award winners.

During her year of service, Miss New Jersey will travel across the state speaking to government officials, business leaders, community groups and citizens about her social impact initiative, encouraging them to become involved in the cause. She will also be eligible to compete for the upcoming Miss America title.

The Miss America Organization has yet to determine a date and location for its competition, although it recently announced that NBC would provide the live broadcast. Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson also recently stepped down and was replaced by South Dakota Secretary of State and Miss South Dakota 1997 Shantel Krebs.

Miss New Jersey hopefuls, past titleholders and Miss New Jersey 2018 Jaime Gialloreto will attend a special event, 5-10 p.m. Friday, June 14 at Steel Pier. Billed as a family event, amusement ride packages will be available, along with food and drinks.

“I have truly enjoyed my year of service as Miss New Jersey 2018 and am proud to have traveled the State of New Jersey, raising awareness for ‘Don’t Get Nutty-Food and Allergy Awareness,’” Gialloreto said. “I know that the leadership skills I have gained from this experience will help me as I pursue my junior year at Loyola University Maryland.”

Miss New Jersey will not only serve as a role model for young women and as an ambassador for the Miss America Organization, she will empower all women to develop their leadership and empowerment skills and to take an active role in their communities.” said Executive Committee Secretary Lisa Pawlus said.

Established in 1933, the Miss New Jersey Education Foundation and Scholarship Organization provides opportunities for young women to achieve their personal and professional ambitions. Contestants also participate in community service activities and develop leadership skills that help them excel in their chosen career and life goals. A not-for-profit affiliate of the Miss America Organization, the Miss New Jersey Education Foundation Scholarship Organization has made available an unprecedented amount in scholarships and in-kind funds to young women throughout the state of New Jersey.

The Miss America Organization, the largest provider of scholarships for women, is comprised of 52 licensed organizations, including all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised millions for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007.

Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com, at Resorts Casino Hotel Ticket Booth or online at http://resortsac.com/entertainment/miss-new-jersey-2019/ or at missnj.org

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