Miss New Jersey Teen USA

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Miss New Jersey Teen USA
Formation 1983
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Newark
Miss Teen USA
Official language
Website Official website
Chenoa Greene, Miss New Jersey USA 2010 and Erica Scymanski, Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2010 appearing in a St. Patrick's Day parade
Alyssa Campanella, Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2007, first runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2007, Miss California USA 2011, and Miss USA 2011.

The Miss New Jersey Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of New Jersey in the Miss Teen USA pageant.

New Jersey has had only marginal success at Miss Teen USA, with ten placements. In the first twenty years of the competition, New Jersey only recorded three placements; from 2003 they placed in four of five years. New Jersey's first top five placement came in 2003 when Jacklyn Pezzotta placed fourth runner-up, and this was bettered in 2007 when Alyssa Campanella placed 1st runner up.

Two New Jersey teens have won the Miss New Jersey USA title and competed at Miss USA. Alyssa Campanella, Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2007, competed twice for Miss New Jersey USA, but relocated to California and won Miss California USA and won the title of Miss USA 2011, the first former Miss New Jersey Teen USA titleholder to win Miss USA, regardless of the representing state.

Results summary[edit]


  • First runners-up: Alyssa Campanella (2007)
  • Fourth runners-up: Jacklyn Pezzotta (2003), Valentina Sanchez (2014)
  • Top 10: Rosalie Cuzo (1986), Michelle Knipfelberg (1988), Rachael Carrollo (2004), Julianna White (2006)
  • Top 12: Kelli Paarz (1994)
  • Top 15: Savannah Schechter (2011)
  • Top 16: Christina Thompson (2013)


  • Miss Photogenic: Jacklyn Pezzotta (2003)
  • Miss Congeniality: Savannah Schechter (2011)


Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement at Miss Teen USA Special awards at Miss Teen USA Notes
2015 Jacqueline Giancola East Brunswick 17
2014 Valentina Sanchez Spring Lake Heights 19 4th runner-up Previously Miss Teen Model Venezuela 2011
2013 Christina Thompson Holmdel 16 Top 16
2012 Kendal Barrett Montclair 15
2011 Savannah Schechter[1] Far Hills 17 Top 15 Miss Congeniality
2010 Erica Szymanski Mt. Laurel 17
2009 Alexa Brunetti Brigantine 18
2008 Michelle Leonardo Tinton Falls 17 Miss Teen United States - World 2009; Later Miss New Jersey USA 2012 and top 10 at Miss USA 2012
2007 Alyssa Campanella Manalapan 17 1st runner-up Later Miss California USA 2011 and Miss USA 2011
2006 Julianna White Haddon Township 17 Top 10 Later Miss New Jersey USA 2011
2005 Regina Villano Tabernacle 18
2004 Rachael Carrollo Wantage 17 Top 10
2003 Jacklyn Pezzotta Little Egg Harbor 17 4th runner-up Miss Photogenic 2nd runner-up to Miss New Jersey USA 2007 & 2008
2002 Sheri Drach National Park Contestant at National Sweetheart 2006
2001 Erin Abrahamson Essex Fells 17 Later Miss New Jersey USA 2007
2000 Ulrica Udani Marmora
1999 Nicole Golas Deptford Township
1998 Melissa Dungao Princeton
1997 Lauren Petty Point Pleasant
1996 Jessica Ponzo Williamstown Youngest Contestant at Miss Teen USA 1996
1995 Joyce Houseknecht Deptford
1994 Kelli Paarz Linwood 18 Semi-finalist Sister of Kerri Paarz, Miss New Jersey Teen USA 1991, later Miss New Jersey USA 1998
1993 Heather Brenner Absecon
1992 Lori Schmidt Haledon
1991 Kerri Paarz Linwood Sister of Kelli Paarz, Miss New Jersey Teen USA 1994
1990 Jennifer Giordano Bedminster
1989 Yvonne Christiano Parsippany
1988 Michelle Knipfelberg Edison 18 Semi-finalist
1987 Tara Eldridge Voorhees
1986 Rosalie Cuzo Colts Neck 17 Semi-finalist
1985 Sharon Turner Beachwood
1984 Tracy Grennon Wyckoff
1983 Sheri Drummond Lake Hiawatha

1 Age at the time of the Miss Teen USA pageant


  1. ^ Karas, David (October 3, 2010). "TCNJ senior crowned Miss New Jersey". NJ.com. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 

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