35%:  Talent Competition
25%:  Interview Competition
25%:  Evening Wear/On-Stage Question Competition
15%:  Lifestyle and Fitness

Interview Competition:  Each contestant participates in an individual 6-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’s Outstanding Teen.

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.

Evening Wear and On-Stage Question Competition:  Each contestant appears on stage in an outfit of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a formal, black tie social event. Full length evening gowns are appropriate for this phase of the competition. Scoring is based on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality and stage presence, walk and posture, appropriateness of attire and sense of attractiveness. Additionally, each contestant will be asked one or two on-stage questions during the evening wear competition, with the score factoring on how well she answers the extemporaneous question(s).

Lifestyle and Fitness Competition:  Each contestant will compete in Lifestyle and Fitness wearing some type of aerobic/active wear clothing and perform a choreographed fitness routine (given prior to pageant day to prepare). The Lifestyle and Fitness competition is designed to determine the level of fitness of the contestant and to obtain a glimpse into her daily routine and lifestyle.  The contestant’s drive, energy, and presence are to be likewise considered.