LUMBERTON — A 16-year-old Jersey Girl is among the first round of singers to make it onto American Idol season 20.

Camryn Champion, of Lumberton, was coached on the spot and then given a golden ticket by celebrity judges, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan on the music competition series that airs on ABC.

Champion is from a military family, according to her professional website, and has returned at least twice, in between living in Japan and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, based around her father's deployments.

She is currently a junior at Rancocas Valley Regional High School, according to 6ABC Action News.

Camryn Champion (American Idol via Youtube) Lumberton Teen singer
Camryn Champion (American Idol via Youtube)

Another Jersey singer to make it, Cole Hallman, of Manasquan, shared the early release of his Idol audition to Facebook ahead of the season's premiere episode on Sunday evening.

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More than 6,000 people took the plunge into the Atlantic Ocean on Feb. 26, 2022 to raise more than $2 million for the Special Olympics New Jersey.

Best coffee shops & cafes near NJ beaches

When it comes to food, New Jersey is known for many things such as pizza and pork roll. Don't count us out when it comes to coffee.

With all the hustle and bustle involved in the average New Jersey resident's day, coffee is essential. It doesn't matter whether you're living in the cities of North Jersey or the vacation spots at the shore.

In fact, as the former owner of two Jersey shore coffee houses, Coffee Dot Comedy in Sea Isle City and the Daily Grind in Ocean Grove, I know firsthand how much people at the Jersey shore love their coffee.

With respect to that, I asked my social media following where the best coffee houses at the Jersey Shore were, especially since my two places no longer exist.

Below is what they came up with. (And see this other article for their coffee shop and cafe recommendations for Central Jersey.)

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