Beach Haven’s Christa Steiner Crowned Miss Atlantic Shores

Aug 23, 2017
Courtesy of: Richard Krauss Photography. Christa Steiner

 

Beach Haven’s Christa Steiner has taken the first step to becoming Miss New Jersey and, who knows, maybe even Miss America.

Steiner, 19, took home the crown in the Miss Atlantic Shores pageant on Sunday evening. That qualifies her for the next rung, next June’s Miss New Jersey pageant, to be held in Ocean City.

She beat out 11 other contestants on Sunday in the pageant that took place at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center in Lower Cape May Township. The long evening – it started at 5:30 p.m. and Steiner thinks she was crowned around 9 p.m. – was rather a blur.

“I don’t remember much. I was too busy running around getting dressed. It was like ‘where’s my left shoe?’”

The pageant followed the pattern of all Miss America Organization pageants in that it featured evening gown, swimsuit and talent competitions as well as contestants having to answer an onstage question, and, in advance, sitting through an interview. Steiner sang “Vanilla Ice Cream” from the 1963 Broadway musical (it was revived in 2016) “She Loves Me” in the talent segment.

It was an appropriate pick for Steiner. It allowed her to show off her vocal range. Plus, she’s the manager of the Show Place Ice Cream Parlor.

Why did Steiner compete in the Miss Atlantic Shores pageant? After all, there’s a Miss Ocean County pageant, one that also qualifies the winner to compete for Miss New Jersey honors.

“It was earlier,” said Steiner.

She wanted to get it out of the way because she’ll be returning to the Manhattan School of Music as a sophomore this very Sunday.

Steiner didn’t mention it but she probably wanted to avoid a conflict of interest as well. The Miss Ocean County pageant will be held at Surflight Theatre this December. Her dad, Steve Steiner, is Surflight’s producing artistic director. The Steiner family is going all in, one way or another, with the Miss America Organization – Surflight will also host the Miss Ocean County Outstanding Teen competition that is open to girls 13 to 17 years of age in November.

Steiner’s competition will get stronger as she attempts to move up the ladder. There were 28 contestants in the 2017 Miss New Jersey pageant and, of course, they were all experienced, having emerged as the winners in local pageants. Some had competed in the Miss New Jersey pageant before – it was the winner’s, Egg Harbor Township’s Kaitlyn Schoeffel, sixth try. And if Steiner were to prevail in Ocean City she’d have to fend off 50 other contestants in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall in September 2018.

Winning is nice, but just competing is a valuable experience, one Steiner praised highly.

“I absolutely love competing in the Miss America Organization,” she said. “You have to have a platform and mine is ‘Arts for Smarts,’ promoting arts education in schools, something I feel very strongly about. What I also love is that the Miss America girls are a sisterhood – they’re all so incredibly strong, talented and beautiful.”  —R.M.

 

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