Miss Judging Criteria – Areas of Competition

1. Private Interview (25% of total score)

Each contestant participates in an individual 10-minute press conference-style interview with our panel of judges (10 minutes at local competitions). There are typically 5 to 7 judges on a panel. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their fact sheet, their educational and career goals, their opinions on current events and social issues, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities.

2. Talent (35% of total score)

Contestants perform a 90-second routine of their own choosing. Some possible talents include all types of singing, dancing, gymnastics, instrumental music, dramatic or comedy monologues, baton twirling and ventriloquism. Other talents that can be performed solo on a stage are also possible. Phone or e-mail us if you have a question about your talent presentation.

3. Lifestyle & Fitness In Swimsuit (15% of total score)

Each contestant briefly appears on stage in a one- or two-piece swimsuit and footwear of her own choosing. Swimsuits must be approved prior to competition by the Executive Director of the pageant.

4. On-Stage Question (5% of total score)

Questions will be of a general nature and will be neither platform-related nor something taken directly from the private interview. The objective is to evaluate the contestant’s ability to think on her feet and answer a question of general interest to people her age, including, but not limited to, local, state and national current events.

5. Evening Wear (20% of total score)

Each contestant appears on stage in an outfit of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a formal “after five” social event. Pant suits, cocktail dresses and evening gowns are all appropriate for this phase of the competition.

Top Five – Final Ballot

From the above 100%, the Top Five Finalists will be named.  The judges will then rank the contestants in the order they individually believe the contestants should finish on a Final Ballot.

A first place vote is worth ten points, a second place vote is worth five points, a third place vote is worth three points, a fourth place vote is worth two points and a fifth place vote is worth one point . The total of the Final Ballots alone will determine the outcome of the pageant.

Outstanding Teen Judging Criteria – Areas of Competition

1. Private Interview (25% of total score)

Each contestant participates in an individual interview lasting up to 8 minutes .  Interviews are 8 minutes at the state competition and 10 minutes at the national competition. There are typically 5 to 7 judges on a panel, and the interview is press-style, with the contestant standing at a podium. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their fact sheet, their educational and career goals, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities.

2.   Lifestyle and Fitness (15% of total score)

Each contestant briefly appears on-stage (up to 30 seconds) modeling sportswear of her choosing that represents something she does to stay fit. The Executive Director of the competition must approve workout attire prior to competition.  Workout attire must be age-appropriate, and typical of what a teenager would wear to workout at the gym.  An example of workout attire includes sweats, leggings or shorts with a tank top or half top and tennis shoes.  Swimsuits and clothing specifically for dance, such as a leotard are not permitted.

3.   Talent (35% of total score)

Contestants perform a 90-second (maximum) routine of their own choosing. Some possible talents include all types of singing, dancing, gymnastics, instrumental music, dramatic or comedy monologues, baton twirling and ventriloquism. Other talents that can be performed solo on a stage are also possible. Phone or e-mail us if you have a question about your talent presentation.

4.   Personal Appearance/Poise in Evening Wear/On Stage Question (20% of total score)

Each contestant appears on-stage in an outfit of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a prom or other formal event/  Although contestants typically wear ball or evening gowns, pantsuits, tea-length dresses and cocktail dresses are all appropriate for this phase of the competition. This competition also includes an on stage question.

Top Five – Final Ballot

From the above 100%, the Top Five Finalists will be named. The judges will then rank the contestants in the order they individually believe the contestants should finish on a Final Ballot.

A first place vote is worth ten points, a second place vote is worth five points, a third place vote is worth three points, a fourth place vote is worth two points and a fifth place vote is worth one point.