June 28, 2014 at 5:04 PM
SPARTA, NJ- Skyview Golf Club was the setting for the 77th annual Miss Sparta Pageant on the evening of June 22. This year there were 12 young ladies vying for the crown. The event was organized by Vicki Foley and assisted by Laura Elnasser. The theme was The Sparta Stars are Shining Bright Tonight.
The program began with the introduction of Miss Sparta 2013, Jacqueline Foley. Since earning the title Foley went on to place second runner up at the Queen of the Fair at the Sussex County Farm and Horse show. After graduating from Sparta High School and went to Fairfield University to study Nursing.
After two rounds of questions the judges determined the top three finalists to be named Second runner-up, First runner-up and Miss Sparta 2014.
Jamie Melville, recent graduate of Sparta High School, earned the Miss Sparta 2014 title. Melville will attend Fairfield University in the fall to study International Relations. While at Sparta Melville participated in DECA, Future Businsess Leaders of America and played on the Varsity Girls Basketball team for four years. She scored 1000 career points as a Lady Spartan.
As Miss Sparta Melville received a pearl necklace and matching earrings donated by Golden Castle Jewelers, a three month membership to FitX, a gift basket from Cloveberry, a monetary scholarship and several gift certificates; $50 to St Moritz Restaurant, $25 to Talbots, $20 to Sparta Books, $20 to Sparta Diner.
The First runner-up was Isabella Lusardi. Having graduated from Sparta High School, Lusardi will attend University of Delaware to study Computer Science. She received 2 Murano bracelets donated by Golden Castle Jewelers, a two month membership to FitX and $15 gift card to Sparta Books and $20 gift card to Sparta Diner.
Amie Buchana took the Second runner-up prize. The 17 year-old Sparta High School junior received a Murano glass bracelet donated by Glass Castle Jewelers, a $10 gift certificate to Sparta Books and a bouquet of flowers donated by Lake Mohawk Flowers/Redshaw’s Flower Shop.
All of the winners also received a bouquet of flowers from Lake Mohawk/Redshaw’s Flower Shop.
Each of the contestants received a Gift Bag from Garlic & Oil, a gift certificate for brunch at Perona Farms, one month membership to FitX and a gift from Dawn Corbo of Weichert Realtors.
There were four judges for the evening competition. James Robinson, Public Affairs Manager for CenturyLink. In addition to extensive community service, Robinson travels extensively and was named Hunterdon County Man of the Year in 2007 by the Hunterdon YMCA.
Brianne Vazquez was another judge. Vazquez was Miss Teen USA in 1995. She modeled for six years with Meredith Modeling Agency and was a member of the Kirov Ballet Academy in Washington DC. She attended Quinnipiac University, graduating with a degree in Finance. She is currently employed by Reflective Energy.
T. Love is the owner of Quantum Wellness Center in Andover where she offers several alternative spiritual and holistic healing therapies and is renown in her field. She is on the Board of Trustees for the Sussex Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Women of Business committee and Southern Sussex County Chamber Council.
Don Hall has been in the food service industry since high school, working for Ritter then SYSCO. Hall has been the owner of the Chatterbox restaurant for 11 years. He serves as Chairman of the Board for the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the SCARC Foundation Board.
The event was sponsored by Golden Castle Jewelers, Skyview Golf Club, Sparta Township, Hamburg Pediatrics, Dr David Markel, Cars on 15, Advanced Therapeutic Massage by Maggie, Dawn Corbo of Weichert Realtors, Highland State Bank, Perona Farms, Lake Mowhak Florist Company, The Fit Experience, Talbots, Krogh’s Restaurant and Brew Pub, Harte Orthodontics, Redshaw’s Flower Shop, Sparta, Diner, Augie’s Brooklyn Bagels and Deli, Garlic and Oil, Sparta Bookstore, Holland Amderican Bakery, Samantha LeValley, Cloveberry.