One of five Vineland High School seniors will be named "Miss Monogram" and reign over the annual Homecoming Day football game when VHS hosts Williamstown on Friday, October 22 at Gittone Stadium.
Kickoff for the game is 6 p.m. The new queen, selected by voting in senior homerooms last week, will be announced at halftime of the game
The finalists are: Yahira Cuevas Beteta, Leilani Colaneri, Karleigh Herman, Christina Marie Rodriguez, and Nicole Stanker
Beteta is the daughter of Rosalino Cuevas and Levi Beteta. She is a member of Cross Country and Wrestling. She is a member of NHS and is the Class President of 2022. She is also the commander of the Color Guard for the AFJROTC program, as well as the Director of Operations. After graduation, she plans to attend college with a Senior ROTC program and earn a Ph.D. in neuropsychology.
Colaneri is the daughter of Tasha Vargas and Phillip Colaneri. She is a member of The VHS Softball Program. Leilani ended the season with 23 RBI’s and 3 home runs. Colaneri received the “silver slugger” award at the VHS softball banquet. After graduation, she plans to attend Montclair State University and in the future, she would like to become a dental hygienist and by doing so she would like to study Biology. After three years of study at Montclair, she would like to apply to be in the Montclair State University and Rutgers School of Dental Medicine combined program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree at Montclair State and the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at Rutgers University.
Herman is the daughter of Karl and Michelle Herman. She is a member of the track team and runs the 800m and 3200m races. During her free time, she loves baking, especially brownies. She volunteers to help make stockings containing presents for children at the shelter during Christmas. After graduation, she plans to attend a 4-year college and major in criminal justice and/or pre-law. After her four years of college, Karleigh plans to attend law school in hopes of becoming a lawyer one day.
Rodriguez is the daughter of Juan Rodriguez and Virmarie Boyer. She is a member of the National Honor Society, VHS Varsity Softball Team, Volleyball Club, and a member of The Cumberland County Sheriff's Department as an Explorer. After graduation, she plans on attending college and majoring in Criminal Justice. In her free time, she listens to music, practices softball, shops, and loves to read.
Stanker is the daughter of Robert and Julie Stanker. She is a member of Vineland High school’s varsity field hockey team, National Honor Society, and a manager of Vineland’s wrestling team. She is a two-year captain of the field hockey team. She enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, and being outside. After graduation, she plans to attend college and is considering playing field hockey and majoring in health science and physical education.
All seeking the title had to meet the following criteria:
• Member of the Monogram Club;
• Varsity letter (sports or band);
• Minimum 2.5 grade-point average;
• No suspensions; and
• Not on any ineligible list
The field was narrowed to five finalists after judging by a panel of seven teachers based on appearance, poise, speech (confidence, eye contact and correct grammar) and quality of response to questions the contestants received in advance, said the advisors.
The Homecoming event is sponsored by the VHS Monogram Club, established in 1950 by the late Anthony DiTomo, VHS Athletic Director at that time.
The halftime ceremonies to honor this year’s Miss Monogram contestants and escorts will be presented by the Marching Clan band, directed by Eileen Bosco.
Click the following link to view photos of the finalists: https://bit.ly/3BZNs2p
Photos by Kari Stockbridge, VHS South