Three Montclair State University students will be competing in the Miss New Jersey pageant this weekend in Ocean City.
A total of 27 contestants will be competing for the crown and a chance to compete for Miss America in Las Vegas in January.
The three students are: Clifton resident Madison Houck, Miss Bergen County Area, Venessa Baez, a Bloomfield resident and Miss Central Coast and Courtney Charatsaris, Miss Mercer County and a Totowa resident.
“I’m extremely proud to represent Montclair State University and feel that being a Theatre Studies major has helped me immensely,” Charatsaris says. “Many of the courses I’ve taken here have allowed me to explore and improve my creativity and will certainly be put to the test this week during the Miss NJ Parade and, of course, the talent competition.”
All three girls will be singing for the talent portion of the pageant.
Although the winner will be announced on Saturday night, Charatsaris says she will carry away more from the pageant, regardless of the results.
“I will carry many of the lessons and tools I have learned while preparing for this pageant with me, regardless of the outcome,” Charatsaris says. “Being involved with a service and scholarship organization is truly rewarding.”