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Indian American student Chhavi Verg claims crown of Miss New Jersey USA 2017

Indian-American Chhavi Verg

New Jersey, Oct 26 (UITV)- Another new feather to the cap of Indians in America! 19-year-old Indian-American Chhavi Verg has become the Miss New Jersey USA 2017 giving Indian Americans one reason for a full-on celebration this Diwali.

The 19-year-old Rutgers Business School sophomore was one of the youngest contestants to compete for the crown at the pageant. She will now represent her state at the Miss USA pageant in 2017.

The Edison, New Jersey native, who was the fourth runner-up in the Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2015 pageant, had been dreaming about clinching this crown for a long time. “I began training for the competition the moment I stepped off the stage last year as a non-finalist,” she said, adding that feeling discouraged and disappointed, she began reflecting on what she could have done better.

She said winning was important to her mainly because she saw it as a way to empower, lead and inspire others. “I always felt that competing in pageants gave you a lot of exposure. Winning would give you a voice to bring about change because of the following you’d have a result of being a titleholder.” she added.

A second year student at the university where she is studying marketing and finance, Verg plans to use her title this year to help causes she is passionate about, including women’s education and stopping child abuse. She also wants to spend time helping people to embrace a healthier lifestyle, both in a mental and physical sense.

Verg already has plans for her next competition: Miss USA, which she will compete in next summer.

Verg said she would not be where she is today nor the woman she is today without her biggest supporters: her family and friends.