On Saturday, November 26, NJMP partnered with Angelica Nardi, Miss Seashore Line 2012, to bring the first Miss NJMP/Miss Teen NJMP Pageant to New Jersey Motorsports Park. In front of a large crowd at the Officer’s Club, 12 young ladies from across the state competed in four areas of competition - interview, swimwear, formal wear and racetrack fashion.
This year’s Miss NJMP crown went to West Deptford native Sammi -Jo Danze. Danze is currently in her final year at Rutgers University where she is studying to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management.
Danze also serves as the co-chairperson for the West Deptford Family Fun Day, is the Director of Miss West Deptford Pageant, a peer tutor and also a mentor for victims of sexual abused.
Danze received a proclamation from the Mayor of West Deptford for her services in the township and also President Obama has presented her with the Silver Award for Volunteerism. She also works with the Ronald McDonald House of South Jersey where she founded the Room For Desert Gala.
In her free time, Danze dedicates herself to training in all forms of dance and coaching cheerleading.
On top of her effortless volunteerism, coaching and mentoring, Danze manages and owns The Royal Court Gown and Dress Shoppe.
2011 Miss Teen NJMP honors went to Millville’s own Kellie Lynn Santoro. Santoro is a member of Millville High’s Class of 2012 and is an active member of the senior class committee, National Honor Society, Varsity Academics and also plays two varsity sports (cheerleading and lacrosse).
Santoro has also earned a bronze and silver medal in the Congressional Awards Program through Gifted and Talented. During her four years at Millville High, she became interested in helping people and has decided to further her education into the nursing field. She is a family-oriented person who plans on staying local for college.
Outside of school, Santoro is a dedicated dancer of seven years and part of the Rising Stars Cheer and Dance Company. Besides training in jazz, lyrical, acro, hip-hop and ballet dancing, she has also become an avid surfer.
Both Danze and Santoro are enthusiastic about being crowned Miss NJMP and Miss Teen NJMP. They plan on bringing a new level of class and representing New Jersey Motorsports Park with high regard throughout the many different events held at the track next season.Posted in: NJMP News