EAST BRUNSWICK – Vivacious, energetic and gracious, Jacqueline Giancola, 17, disagrees with the stereotype that beauty pageants portray women poorly. Rather, the East Brunswick High School senior, recently named Miss New Jersey Teen USA, said the pageant experience has given her new found courage and poise.“Pageants help young women with confidence,” she said. “They are not old fashioned or outdated. You are truly not the same person after going through a pageant experience. You gain true friendships and gain a sense of personal accomplishment for doing something that not many dare to do.”Giancola believes that pageants today, especially teen pageants, do not objectify women. They are actually an excellent way to obtain scholarship opportunities and this year, the state pageant also ran a coat drive for the homeless, she said. The focus is not solely on “beauty,” but on intelligence as well.“We are treated and portrayed in a very positive light,” she said. “It is a scholarship program. I have earned one toward the New York Film Academy that I am very excited about. From all three pageants, I have been awarded more than $80,000 in scholarship money to specific schools. For some, money for school is a big thing. This may be their only way to be able to get an education and attend college. Overall, pageants are very good things to do.”1, 2, 3…Giancola can truly say that “three time’s the charm” as she won her crown after three-days of competition on Oct. 19 in Parsippany on her third try. After being named fourth and third place runner up for 2013 and 2014, Giancola wasn’t sure if she would compete for the 2015 title.