Interview Competition
Each contestant participates in an individual 10-minute press conference-style interview with our panel of judges. There are typically 5 judges on a panel. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their resume, their educational and career goals, their opinions on current events and social issues, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. Scoring is based on overall communication skills, including personality, intelligence, validated opinions, overall first impression and personal appearance, and whether the contestant possesses the overall qualities and attributes of a Miss America. Each interview ends with the opportunity to make a final statement to the judges. This can be to elaborate more on a question asked or to market yourself to the judges as why you are the best fit for the title.

Talent Competition
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. Scoring is based on contestant’s skill and personality, interpretive ability, technical skill level, stage presence and the totality of all elements, including costume, props, voice, use of body and choreography.

Red Carpet (Evening Wear): Each candidate appears on stage in an outfit of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a formal, black tie social event. Pantsuits, cocktail dresses and evening gowns are all appropriate for this phase of the competition. 

Social Impact Pitch / On-Stage Interview: Each candidate will present a 30 second pitch about their Social Impact Initiative. They will then be asked an additional question written by the judges as a continuation of the Private Interview.

What will be required?:

  • Resumé
  • Social Impact Statement
  • Local Contestant Contract
  • $35 Miss America Organization registration fee
  • $75 local entry fee