BELMAR, NJ — After spending the last six months as Miss New Jersey, Jade Glab is now only days away from competing for the crown of Miss America.

The 20-year-old left her Belmar home last week for Connecticut, where this year's competition will be held on Thursday, December 19. It will be aired live at 8 p.m. on NBC from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville.

After being interviewed "for the job of my dreams" shortly after her arrival there, Glab offered this message on her Facebook page: "Thank you to everyone who has prepared me for this moment, including executive directors, volunteers, friends and family. I could not have done it without each and every one of you, and I am so very appreciative."

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Since becoming Miss New Jersey in June, Glab has traveled to nearly every county in the state, making dozens of personal appearances and taking thousands of photographs in her role as an ambassador for the Miss New Jersey Education Foundation.

Glab has also been on an important mission in her travels — visiting with children in schools and at community events to stress the importance of developing healthy eating habits. As part of her "Healthy Children, Strong America" social impact initiative for the competition, the classically trained vocalist used her musical talent to create an upbeat, assembly-style that features "wrap-style" songs with lyrics easy for children to remember and to get them on their feet.

She even has her own website — junkfreekids.com — to promote the benefits of the interactive program, which meets N.J. Department of Education standards for comprehensive health and physical education.

During her reign as Miss New Jersey, she also has been looking toward the future in another important way. She completed two courses this summer at Brookdale Community College — where she graduated in May — in preparation for entering the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

To find out the latest as Glab prepares for Thursday's competition, including preliminaries on December 15 and December 16, follow her on Facebook. For more information on the other Miss America candidates, click here

Miss America Organization is 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 51 state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance.

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