Miss New Jersey Competes for Miss America 2019 Crown

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Miss America contestants have taken over Atlantic City and preliminary competitions are underway at Jim Whelan’s Boardwalk Hall.

Miss New Jersey, Jaime Gialloreto, has been making friends and doing her best to demonstrate why she deserves to be Miss America 2019.

The 19 year old took the stage on Thursday, September 6th, to answer her on-stage question during the second night of preliminary competition.

I’ve danced my entire life and it really is the most incredible end of a chapter for me.

But before her moment on stage, SNJ Today caught up with her to see how the week was going so far.

“It’s incredible and I love that it’s in Atlantic City because I have a house in the Wildwood Crest so all my memories are at the Jersey shore," said Gialloreto. "So, to compete at Miss America and to live out this dream in New Jersey is a really special thing to me.” 

Her platform, inspired by her younger brother, is Don’t Get Nutty: Food Allergy Awareness. Through that she advocates the three A’s; avoidance, awareness, and action.

“Avoiding an allergic reaction with label reading, avoiding cross contamination," said Gialloreto, explaining the aspects of her platform. "Awareness — really getting the statistics about food allergies out there, clear and common misconceptions. Then, action is knowing what to do in case of allergic reaction.”

She believes food allergy awareness needs to be represented and she’d love to do just that with the title of Miss America.

“It would be a dream come true to not only advocate for the 15 million Americans with food allergies but to represent myself, and this state, and the thousands of women in this organization,” said Gialloreto.

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The Woolwich Township native performed a contemporary jazz routine during night one of preliminary competition Wednesday, September 5th, similar to the one she did at the Miss New Jersey competition.

“It was an absolute dream come true and I kept thinking to myself this [could] possibly be the last time I ever compete a solo," said Gialloreto. "I’ve danced my entire life and it really is the most incredible end of a chapter for me.”

Gialloreto will take the stage on Friday, September 7th, in her evening wear for the final night of preliminary competition.

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Then it’s full steam ahead to Sunday night as she competes to become Miss America 2019.

Although Miss America is chosen by a panel of judges, this year the People’s Choice award focuses on each contestant’s platform and it is completely up to the people of America.

You can vote for the People’s Choice award at pageantplanet.com.

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