Princeton student Cara McCollum crowned Miss New Jersey

A Princeton University student has captured the Miss

A Princeton University student has captured the Miss New Jersey crown and earned a spot in the Miss America pageant when it to Atlantic City later this year.

OCEAN CITY - A Princeton University student has captured the Miss New Jersey crown and earned a spot in the Miss America pageant when it heads to Atlantic City later this year.

The Press of Atlantic City reports 20-year-old Cara McCollum captured the title Saturday night in Ocean City. She was competing as Miss Island Resort.

McCollum will receive an $11,000 scholarship and a place in the Miss America pageant on September 15. Pageant officials say they are handing out about $35,000 in scholarships overall.

The Arkansas native plans to advocate for youth literacy.

McCollum bested 22 other contestants. Brenna Weick, of Mantua, Gloucester County, was first runner-up.

Last year's winner was Lindsey Petrosh, of Egg Harbor City.

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