The Miss Gateway, Miss Tri-County and Miss Northern Lakes pageants are a non-profit, volunteer-run organization. As local preliminaries to the Miss New Jersey Education Foundation and Miss America Organization, we are proud to provide scholarships to outstanding young women in New Jersey.
The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance.
Terry Karns became involved in the Miss America System in 1964 and 65 when he ran the Miss Navy Pensacola pageant while in Service. Then his daughter competed from 1984-1993 in New Jersey, Louisiana, and Texas, in the last group of girls who could be 26. When he recognized how much pageants had helped his daughter, he became involved as judges chair, advertising chair, and then Executive Director. He is retired from BASF Corporation and lives with wife, Willadene, in Stanhope, NJ. Very proud of his three daughters and four grandchildren.
Sharon Rosequist first became involved in pageants as a helper/hostess, then judge's chair and recently accepted the job of Executive Director, Miss Tri-County. She is a financial aid recovery secretary in the Mt. Olive, NJ Board of Education. She is very active in Eastern Star, recently serving as Worthy Matron of the Dover chapter. She and her husband Bill live in Netcong, NJ with their son Michael and granddaughter Mackenzie. Her daughter Kerry and family live nearby.
Jeanne Viscito is a graduate of Seton Hall University Law School and currently serves as a certified municipal prosecutor for the City of Newark, NJ. She first became involved in pageants as one of many hostess/helpers who are in the Sweet Adelines Chorus of New Providence, NJ. She then served as a judge in our local pageant and last year accepted the position of Executive Director of the new Miss Northern Lakes Pageant. She served as Mayor of Berkeley Heights, NJ and currently lives there with her husband Scott Russell and her youngest daughter, Natalie.