Rutgers Student Named Miss New Jersey

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    Cierra Kaler-Jones of Galloway Township was selected as the 2014 Miss New Jersey winner on Saturday.

    A college student from Atlantic County will represent New Jersey during the Miss America pageant.

    Cierra Kaler-Jones of Galloway Township was selected as the 2014 Miss New Jersey winner on Saturday. 

    Jones, a student at Rutgers University, was also the winner of the competition’s talent award for her contemporary dance to Beyonce’s “Listen.”

    Jones beat out 23 other contestants in the competition, which took place at the Ocean City Music Pier.

    It was the fourth time she had competed in the pageant, and her platform this year was "empowering today's youth through arts education.''

    The first runner-up was Brenna Weick of Mantua.

    The win gave Kaler-Jones a spot in the Miss America pageant, which will be held from Sept. 9-14 in Atlantic City. She will receive a $12,000 scholarship from the Miss New Jersey Education Foundation along with other prizes.

    Last year's winner was Cara McCollum.