Interview Competition - 25%
Each contestant participates in an individual 10-minute press conference-style interview with our panel of judges.
There are typically five 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. Scoring is based on overall communication skills, including
personality, intelligence, validated opinions, emotional control, overall first impression and personal appearance,
and whether the contestant possesses the overall qualities and attributes of a Miss America. Each interview
concludes with the opportunity to make a final statement to the judges. This is optional; a contestant need not take
this opportunity. They may end the interview at that time.
Talent Competition - 35%
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
Evening Wear Competition - 20%
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. Pantsuits, cocktail dresses and evening gowns are all 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.
Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Competition - 15%
Each contestant briefly appears on stage in a one or two piece swimsuit and footwear of her own choosing. Scoring
is based on overall first impression, statement of physical fitness and health, overall physique and proportion, walk,
posture and grace, sense of confidence, and presence on stage.
On-Stage Interview - 5%
Each contestant will be asked one on-stage questions with the score factoring on how well she answers the
Each judge ranks the top five contestants in the order he/she believes they should each finish. The outcome of the
pageant is based solely on the point totals resulting from the final ballot.