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Finalists announced for Miss Monogram 2019

One of five Vineland High School seniors will be named "Miss Monogram" and reign over the annual Homecoming Day football game when VHS hosts St. Joseph High School on Saturday, October 12 at Gittone Stadium.

The new queen, selected by voting in senior homerooms, will be announced at halftime.

The finalists are: Ezriela Chaniz-Rico, Emily Jones, Sarah King, Nicole Ortega, and Samantha Reuss.

Chaniz-Rico is the daughter of Juan and Hilda Chaniz. She is the vice president of the Class of 2020 and member of the VHS Select Choir, National Honor Society, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She also participates in the Cap ‘N’ Dagger Club’s annual spring musical and is a senior captain of the cross country team. In her free time, she volunteers in the emergency room at Inspira Health Network, singing and learning new songs on the piano, or spending time with family and friends. After graduation she plans on attending college to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and become a registered nurse.

Jones is the daughter of Dennis and Lorie Jones. She is currently involved in the VHS cross country team, crew team, Cap ‘N’ Dagger club, Select Choir, and Wizard’s Club. Following high school she plans to attend college, where she hopes to continue rowing and plans to major in Social Work. She is very excited to be a part of the 2019 Miss Monogram court and wishes her fellow contestants the best of luck!

King is the daughter of Curtis and Lori King. She is a member of the cross country and crew teams, Academic Team, and Interact Club. She is also a choreographer for Mr. Vineland and Dancing with the Staff. After graduation she plans on continuing her education and majoring in Aerospace Engineering. She would like to thank her parents for all of their help and support.

Ortega is the daughter of Tammy Glovsky-Ortega and Robert Ortega. During her time at VHS, she has participated in softball, National Honor Society, UNICEF Club, and the Forensic Science Club. After graduation she plans on attending college to pursue a career in Exercise and Sport Science and become a physical therapist, as well as play softball.

Reuss is the daughter of Francis Reuss and Lee-Anne Reuss. She is one of the captains of the VHS Cheerleading squad, a member of the Wizardry Club, and a member of National Honor Society. She enjoys volunteering through the Key Club in her spare time. Following high school she plans to attend a four-year university to become a special needs teacher.


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 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.

A parade will kick off the festivities at 12:30pm in front of Christ the Good Shepherd (Sacred Heart) Church and end at Gittone Stadium. The procession will be traveling west along Landis Avenue, making a left onto West Avenue, then right onto Montrose Street before entering Gittone.

The football game vs. St. Joe’s will follow at 2pm, with Miss Monogram being crowned at halftime.

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