BELMAR, NJ — Belmar has given Jade Glab an official send-off — and a bevy of good luck wishes — in her quest to become Miss New Jersey.

The 18-year-old borough resident was recently crowned 2018 Miss Monmouth County, a local preliminary contest to the Miss America Pageant, and she will be among nearly 30 contestants vying for the state title in June in Ocean City.

The Belmar Borough Council invited Glab and her parents, Patricia and Ronald, to its February 6 meeting, where she was presented with a proclamation recognizing her musical talent and volunteering efforts — two attributes that helped to earn her the top prize in the Miss Monmouth County Scholarship Pageant.

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Belmar takes “great pride and congratulates Jade Glab on all of her accomplishments and wishes her the best of luck in the Miss New Jersey Pageant,” said Mayor Matthew Doherty. “We hope to watch her on TV representing Belmar and New Jersey at the Miss America Pageant.”

In her Miss Monmouth County biography, Glab lists her platform as “Fit, Fun and Fabulous-Healthy Eating Habits.” She recently visited her alma mater, Belmar Elementary School, where she shared with 4- and 5-year-olds the importance of eating healthy.

“There is no feeling quite comparable to the happiness in my heart when I am able to witness a group young children get excited about fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains,” she wrote on her Facebook at Miss Monmouth County Scholarship Pageant, where she is documenting her reign.

A graduate of Red Bank Regional High School, Glab currently is a freshman at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, and is looking to transfer to Rutgers University where she plans to pursue a degree in finance and accounting.

On the musical side, Glab, who lists opera as her talent in her pageant biography, also plays the guitar, flute and piano. She has performed at Lakewood BlueClaws games and the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. In 2017, she advanced to the finals in the Freehold Idol Competition.

On the pageant side, she was named the 2016 Miss Bergen County Outstanding Teen, a sister competition of the Miss New Jersey Scholarship Pageant

Miss Monmouth County is supported by the Miss New Jersey Education Foundation of the Miss America Organization, one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance.

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