Friends to support Miss N.J. with concert at high school

Amy Polumbo Amy Polumbo HOWELL – Howell High School and the Drama Parents Organization will hold a special send-off concert to support and cheer their very own Miss New Jersey, Amy Polumbo, as she prepares to compete for the title of Miss America.

The concert, featuring friends and colleagues from Howell High School, Wagner College, and throughout the New Jersey and New York area, will be held in the Howell High School auditorium, Squankum-Yellowbrook Road, on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

Howell graduates returning to perform include Kristin Piro, Andrew Arena, Jillian Goldenberg, Nick Meringolo, Jessica Stephens, Sean Openshaw, Joe Demaio, Nick Anastasia and Jackie Mercandetti.

Also performing will be Howell High School’s cast from the fall musical program, “Hooray for Hollywood,” and Rebel Yell, the school’s renowned vocal ensemble.

The finale and highlight of the concert will be a performance by Polumbo, who is the reigning Miss New Jersey.

Polumbo, a 2003 graduate of the Freehold Regional High School District’s Fine and Performing Arts Academy, remains closely involved with the students and staff at Howell High School – many of whom will travel to Las Vegas to cheer her on at the pageant in January, according to a press release.

While at Howell High school, Polumbo starred in many of the school’s productions; including Sarah in “Guys and Dolls,” Crystal in “Little Shop of Horrors” and Meg in “Crimes of the Heart.” She was a member of Rebel Yell and a varsity cheerleader. She was also member of the All-State Chorus for two years, All-Shore Chorus for three years, won the All-Shore scholarship for outstanding vocal performance, won the vocal category of the Monmouth County Teen Arts Festival, and was crowned prom queen by her peers. By the time she was a senior in high school she had performed in more than 40 productions.

Polumbo is currently a senior majoring in musical theater at Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y. She took a year off when Disney offered her a role to be Ariel in its production of “The Little Mermaid.”

A $10 admission fee includes a reception after the show where guests can meet Polumbo and the other performers.