SPARTA, NJ – The 2018 Miss Sparta was crowned on Tuesday in and event held at the Sparta VFW on Main Street. Sparta High School senior Hannah Fagersten was given the title, sash, crown and bouquet.

"I'm very excited to represent the town," Fagersten said.

Shelby Kapp was second runner up and Samantha Russo third runner up. 

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The evening began with an introduction of each candidate as well as the first question.  After introducing the judges the contestants were asked the final question.

Fagersten, a lifelong Sparta resident, will attend Penn State in the fall where she plans to pursue a degree in business and marketing. As a junior Fagersten represented Sussex County in the 2017 American Legion Girls State.  In 2018 she represented Congressman Frelinghuysen on the Youth Advisory Council.    

She has been a member of the Sparta High School varsity cheerleading squad for four years, including serving as Captain in her senior year.  Fagersten is president of DECA having earned numerous awards at the National competition in Nashville, Tennessee this year.   

The new Miss Sparta is a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run and volunteers at Pass it Along events including Tilly’s Kids as a youth counselor.  She works at Oak Tree Preschool and Krogh’s Restaurant.   

Kapp is also a senior at Sparta High School.  She plans to attend Rutgers University where she will study communications for a career in marketing or public relations. 

At Sparta High School Kapp is an active member of DECA competing at the national level for the past two years.  She has played on the varsity volleyball team and played viola for nine years.  Kapp has studied Russian for seven years.

Kapp volunteers with Pass it Along, Girls on the Run, 11 Hour Rescue, DECA Community Service Campaign, volleyball camp and Key Club.  She also works as Shift Manager at Quik Check. 

Russo, a senior at Sparta High School plans to attend Bloomsburg University where she will major in marketing and professional sales.

At Sparta High School she has been on the varsity swim team for four years serving as captain this year.  She is a founding member of the Sparta High School Rowing Club.  She is also involved with DECA, competing at the state level. She plays the oboe for the honors wind ensemble and the honors philharmonic. 

Russo is an active member of her church.  She has volunteered a number of times as an Antioch team leader at Saint Kateri parish and in the church’s soup kitchen.  She loves to be outdoors hiking, kayaking and snowboarding.  In the summer she is a lifeguard. 

Fagersten will participate in a number of events including the Memorial Day Parade, the Fourth of July Parade and compete for Queen of the Fair at the Sussex County Fair in August.

The event was organized by Laura Elnasser and Vicki Foley and judged by Robyn Gueci and Jayne Gendreau. 

The criteria for judging was:

  • Personal interview – up to 20 points
  • Community/ school involvement and accomplishments – up to 20 points
  • Personality, poise and confidence – up to 20 points
  • Two questions - worth 10 points each, five for content and five for presentation
  • Appearance – up to 20 points

Miss Sparta was sponsored by:  The Sparta VFW, Perona Farms, J Thomas Jewelers, Flower Box, Hollywood Tans, Dawn Corbo-Weichert Realty, Massage Therapy by Fabio, Laddey Clark & Ryan LLP, The Sparta Independent, The Township of Sparta, Born to Wod.