ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Belmar’s own Jade Glab is the new Miss New Jersey and will compete in the 2020 Miss America competition.

The 19-year-old was crowned Saturday night at Resorts Casino Hotel, chosen from among the top five finalists from an original field of 28 and earning her a $16,000 scholarship. A date and location for the Miss America competition has not yet been set.

During the final night of competition, Glab performed the operatic aria, “O Mio Babbino Caro,” which she sang earlier in the week to capture a talent award in the preliminaries. In addition, she was asked during the final interview round a randomly chosen question on what field women still need to break through the glass ceiling. Her response centered on her plans to enter the world of finance by opening a small business to represent women in the profession.

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Glab also talked about her selection of “Healthy Children, Strong America” as her social impact initiative, explaining how she discovered first-hand the importance of a healthy lifestyle when she was diagnosed with high cholesterol at age 11.

During her reign as Miss Central Jersey Beaches, she visited her alma mater Belmar Elementary School to promote that message, as well as many others during the past school year. She also was a familiar face at community events, where she sang the national anthem, including the recent Spring Lake Five Mile Run.

Glab recently graduated from Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, and is looking to transfer to Rutgers University where she plans to pursue a degree in finance and accounting. She also is a graduate of Belmar Elementary School and Red Bank Regional High School.

She is the daughter of Ronald and Patricia Glab, a longtime teacher at Belmar Elementary School.

Glab was the first-ever Miss Central Jersey Beaches, as the new preliminary category was added this year to the statewide pageant, open to candidates who live, work or attend school in central New Jersey. In 2018, she held the title of Miss Monmouth County and was among the top 11 candidates to compete in the statewide competition.

The Miss New Jersey Education Foundation is part 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 51 state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance.