Amy Polumbo, Howell, to vie for Miss America
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 06/18/07
BY ALESHA WILLIAMS
HOWELL — Acting and performing are second nature to Amy Polumbo of Howell, but remembering to be herself was the tougher challenge for the 22-year-old crowned the state's newest Miss New Jersey on Saturday.
The theater-performance major sailed through singing "Astonishing" from the Broadway musical "Little Women" in the pageant's talent competition. But she said she tripped onstage during the evening gown competition and had a major case of nerves about the pageant's interview and swimsuit competitions.
"The first night I was nervous, but after I was called for Top 10 I just said to myself, "This is funny, and you have to have fun with it,' " said Polumbo, a senior at Wagner College on Staten Island. "The butt glue in the bathing suits, all the preparation — you can't take everything in life too seriously.
"I really felt that throughout this whole process no matter what happened . . . I wanted to show the judges who I really am," said the 120-pound, 5-foot, 4-inch blonde.
Apparently judges liked what they got to know of Polumbo, who campaigned for protecting children from Internet predators and said she loves pizza and ice cream as much as the next guy.
The self-proclaimed "proud Jersey girl" beat 27 contestants for her crown, passed on by reigning Miss New Jersey Georgine DiMaria at the Music Pier in Ocean City.
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