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Miss New Jersey USA and Teen USA Titleholder History

Your ultimate Miss USA state pageant resource

Take a trip back into the history of the Miss New Jersey USA and Teen USA pageants, from Ruth Jane Hampton, the very first Miss NJ USA in 1952, to 2022 titleholders Alexandra Lakhman and Isabella Galan. Get to know every single Miss and Teen titleholder with a full listing, hometown map and extensive photo archive, with state pageant photos, Miss USA and Teen USA competition photos and more.

Current and former NJ titleholders at Miss NJ Teen USA 1989
Current and former NJ titleholders at Miss NJ Teen USA 1989

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Miss USA and Miss Teen USA titleholders from New Jersey

MISS TEEN USA 2023

UmaSofia Srivastava

16 • Morris Plains

 

Miss New Jersey USA titleholders 1952-2022

Recent titleholders

2019
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Manya Saaraswat

21 • Marlboro

 
 

2020
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Gina Mellish

21 • Oceanport

Top 10
at Miss USA

2021
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Celinda Ortega

26 • Fair Lawn

 
 

2022
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Alexandra Lakhman

26 • Hoboken

 
 

2023
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Derby Chukwudi

26 • Hoboken

Semi-finalist
at Miss USA

Placements and Awards Summary

Placements

1st runner-up

Charlotte Ray (1991), Chaavi Verg (2017)

2nd runner-up

Deborah Lee Husti (1989), Karin Hartz (1990), Tiffany Andrade (2008)

Top 5/6

Amy Fissel (1993)

Semi-finalist

Ruth Jane Hampton (1952), Evelyn Orowitz (1954), Dolores Winfield (1956), Sandy Chudy (1960), Diane Giersch (1961), Barbara Richartz (1964), Cathy Russell (1975), Juanita McCarty (1977), Jennifer Makris (1997), Derby Chukwudi (2023)

Top 8/10/11/12*

Michelle Leonardo (2012), Alexa Noone (2018), Gina Mellish (2020)

Top 15/16/20*

Emily Shah (2014)

* Where the semi-finalists are cut in multiple stages before the top 5 or 6

Awards

Congeniality

Lisa Summerour-Perry (1986), Charlotte Ray (1991)

Full Titleholder Listing

IMAGEYEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2023Derby ChukwudiHoboken26Semi-finalist
2022Alexandra LakhmanHoboken26
2021Celinda OrtegaFair Lawn26
2020Gina Mellish*Oceanport21Top 10Previously Miss NJ Teen USA 2016
2019Manya SaaraswatMarlboro21
2018Alexa NooneBayonne23Top 10
2017Chaavi VergEdison201st runner-up
2016Jessielyn PalumboWayne24
2015Vanessa OrioloColts Neck21
2014Emily ShahEdison19Top 20
2013Libell DuranKeasbey22
2012Michelle Leonardo*Tinton Falls20​Top 10Previously Miss NJ Teen USA 2008
2011Julianna White*Haddon Township22Previously Miss NJ Teen USA 2006 (T10 Miss Teen USA)
2010Chenoa GreeneAtco24
2009Kaity RodriguezClifton24
2008Tiffany AndradeLinden222nd runner-up
2007Erin Abrahamson*Essex Fells23Previously Miss NJ Teen USA 2001
2007Ashley Harder (resigned)
2006Jessica BoyingtonSicklerville20
2005Sylvia PogorzelskiEast Hanover20
2004Janaye IngramCherry Hill25
2003Vanessa BakerMarlton23
2002Robin WilliamsLawrenceville25
2001Jeannette JosueJersey City22
2000Michelle GraciJamesburg21
1999Melissa McLaughlinCinnaminson26
1998Kelli Paarz*Linwood21Previously Miss NJ Teen USA 1994 (SF Miss Teen USA)
1997Jennifer Makris^Cranbury23Semi-finalistPreviously Miss NJ 1994 (2RU Miss America)
1996Christina AugustynWoodbridge24
1995Christy Joy PittnerVentnor25
1994Rosa VelezNewark
1993Amy Fissel^Ocean City25Top 6Previously Miss NJ 1991
1992Kathy KasprakEdison
1991Charlotte RayCamden241st runner-upCongenialitySF Miss World 1991
1990Karin HartzVoorhees242nd runner-up
1989Deborah Lee HustiRockaway212nd runner-up
1988Colleen CarloneParsippany22
1987Stacey FoxEast Brunswick19
1986Lisa Summerour-PerryEgg Harbor Township23Congeniality
1985Francie KnappLinwood25
1984Diane Everett QualterEnglewood
1983Ann Marie BrucatoBloomfield
1982Janice Lynn StraubCherry Hill
1981Christy GarthwaiteTuckerton
1980Joni PeiferFranklinville
1979Robin SenatoreJackson
1978Sheryl Ann HoehnClark
1977Juanita McCartyPemberton18Semi-finalist
1976Ginger HagamanWeekstown
1975Cathy RussellCranford19Semi-finalist
1974Patricia SimsJackson
1973Patricia EverettRunnemede
1972Leila DeSantisPoint Pleasant
1971Brenda WhiteDelair
1970Ellen CreamPennsauken21
1969Nancy FromelWashington
1968Linda PapaSecaucus
1967Jean GalataUnion City
1966Jo Ann FranchiCamden
1965Kay FranzenBridgeton
1964Barbara RichartzStratford19Semi-finalist
1963Judy AyarsSalem
1962Joyce Claire ThomsonBellmawr
1961Diane GierschRed Bank19Semi-finalist
1960Sandy ChudyBound Brook20Semi-finalist
1959Geraldine BinderIrvington
1958Faye HasenauerMenlo Park Terrace
1957Jeanne LewisKearny
1956Dolores WinfieldCranford21Semi-finalist
1955Beverly RogersMaywood
1954Evelyn OrowitzCollingswood20Semi-finalist
1953Susan Ruth HarrisHaddonfield
1952Ruth Jane HamptonMerchantville20Semi-finalist
YEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2023Derby ChukwudiHoboken26Semi-finalist
2022Alexandra LakhmanHoboken26
2021Celinda OrtegaFair Lawn26
2020Gina Mellish*Oceanport21Top 10Previously Miss NJ Teen USA 2016
2019Manya SaaraswatMarlboro21
2018Alexa NooneBayonne23Top 10
2017Chaavi VergEdison201st runner-up
2016Jessielyn PalumboWayne24
2015Vanessa OrioloColts Neck21
2014Emily ShahEdison19Top 20
2013Libell DuranKeasbey22
2012Michelle Leonardo*Tinton Falls20​Top 10Previously Miss NJ Teen USA 2008
2011Julianna White*Haddon Township22Previously Miss NJ Teen USA 2006 (T10 Miss Teen USA)
2010Chenoa GreeneAtco24
2009Kaity RodriguezClifton24
2008Tiffany AndradeLinden222nd runner-up
2007Erin Abrahamson*Essex Fells23Previously Miss NJ Teen USA 2001
2007Ashley Harder (resigned)
2006Jessica BoyingtonSicklerville20
2005Sylvia PogorzelskiEast Hanover20
2004Janaye IngramCherry Hill25
2003Vanessa BakerMarlton23
2002Robin WilliamsLawrenceville25
2001Jeannette JosueJersey City22
2000Michelle GraciJamesburg21
1999Melissa McLaughlinCinnaminson26
1998Kelli Paarz*Linwood21Previously Miss NJ Teen USA 1994 (SF Miss Teen USA)
1997Jennifer Makris^Cranbury23Semi-finalistPreviously Miss NJ 1994 (2RU Miss America)
1996Christina AugustynWoodbridge24
1995Christy Joy PittnerVentnor25
1994Rosa VelezNewark
1993Amy Fissel^Ocean City25Top 6Previously Miss NJ 1991
1992Kathy KasprakEdison
1991Charlotte RayCamden241st runner-upCongenialitySF Miss World 1991
1990Karin HartzVoorhees242nd runner-up
1989Deborah Lee HustiRockaway212nd runner-up
1988Colleen CarloneParsippany22
1987Stacey FoxEast Brunswick19
1986Lisa Summerour-PerryEgg Harbor Township23Congeniality
1985Francie KnappLinwood25
1984Diane Everett QualterEnglewood
1983Ann Marie BrucatoBloomfield
1982Janice Lynn StraubCherry Hill
1981Christy GarthwaiteTuckerton
1980Joni PeiferFranklinville
1979Robin SenatoreJackson
1978Sheryl Ann HoehnClark
1977Juanita McCartyPemberton18Semi-finalist
1976Ginger HagamanWeekstown
1975Cathy RussellCranford19Semi-finalist
1974Patricia SimsJackson
1973Patricia EverettRunnemede
1972Leila DeSantisPoint Pleasant
1971Brenda WhiteDelair
1970Ellen CreamPennsauken21
1969Nancy FromelWashington
1968Linda PapaSecaucus
1967Jean GalataUnion City
1966Jo Ann FranchiCamden
1965Kay FranzenBridgeton
1964Barbara RichartzStratford19Semi-finalist
1963Judy AyarsSalem
1962Joyce Claire ThomsonBellmawr
1961Diane GierschRed Bank19Semi-finalist
1960Sandy ChudyBound Brook20Semi-finalist
1959Geraldine BinderIrvington
1958Faye HasenauerMenlo Park Terrace
1957Jeanne LewisKearny
1956Dolores WinfieldCranford21Semi-finalist
1955Beverly RogersMaywood
1954Evelyn OrowitzCollingswood20Semi-finalist
1953Susan Ruth HarrisHaddonfield
1952Ruth Jane HamptonMerchantville20Semi-finalist

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