The Miss New Jersey 2016 Pageant was held this past weekend in our very own backyard, Ocean City, NJ. The pageant had the perfect backdrop on the Ocean City boardwalk in the Music Peir, and all of the contestants looked gorgeous.
Ultimately, it all came down to one girl, and it was a very special girl this year, as she is no stranger to the Miss New Jersey pageant. Brenna Weick, of Mantua, Gloucester County, is our new Miss New Jersey 2016! After finishing as the runner-up twice and the second runner-up in the last three Miss New Jersey pageants, she was finally crowned Miss New Jersey herself. You can watch the special crowning moment in the video above.
Now that Brenna is Miss New Jersey 2016, she has a very busy year ahead of her! She already spent time on Sunday taking her first photo shoot as the pageant queen on the Ocean City beach, which you can see a little of in the video below.
She's already been given the logins for the Miss New Jersey social media accounts, so she's off to the races in the cybersphere, too. This is especially important given her platform. Her platform is, "A World of Difference: Navigating the Cybersphere," and the goal is to teach children and adults how to use the internet in a safe way. The Press of Atlantic City reported that Brenna said that she has noticed the prevalence of social media with young kids, meaning that it is important to teach kids how to safely use the platforms and be aware of their actions. Whether sent from a phone, gaming device, or a computer, there can be consequences.
Photo shoots, social media updates, and promoting her platform aren't the only things she'll be busy with over the coming year, though. She'll also have to dedicate much of her time and energy to becoming ready for the Miss America pageant! We can't wait to see how well she does in the pageant representing our home state of New Jersey! Good luck, Brenna!