Private Interview 25%
Each contestant will compete in a private, standing 9.5-minute interview the day of the pageant. At the end of the interview, the contestant will have 30 seconds to cover any additional issues she would like to address, comment on, or clarify. There are at least five judges on the 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 communication skills, personal appearance and overall impression. Examples of acceptable interview attire include a business dress, skirt and blouse or pants and a nice top. Please no business suits or pantyhose.
Contestants must perform a 90 second routine of their own choosing. Some possible talents include all types of singing, dancing, instrumental music, gymnastics, baton twirling, dramatic or comedic monologues, etc. Scoring is based on the contestant’s skill and personality, interpretive ability, technical skill level, stage presence, and the totality of all elements, including costume, voice, use of body and choreography. Tap dancers may nothave music with pre-recorded taps or tap sounds. Vocalists may nothave any vocals on their accompaniment music. Only the contestant is permitted on stage during talent competition. Any prop brought on stage must actually be NEEDED, as non-functional props distract from the live performance. Live animals are not permitted. Props involving safety hazards, such as any form of fire, swords, knives, bow and arrows, etc. are not permitted. Projector and projection screen cannot be used. Contestants will compete in an outfit/costume of their own choosing which reflects the talent presented.
Evening Wear/Social Impact Statement 20%
The Evening Wear phase of competition is designed for the judges to assess the contestant's beauty, poise, grace and commanding stage presence. Contestant will present a short explanation of her platform issue (roughly 10 seconds).
On-Stage Question 15%
This phase of competition is designed for the contestant to show her ability to think on her feet. Scoring is based on overall first impression, contestant’s ability to answer the question presented, and if young people see her as a role model who is reflective of today’s generation. The judges will be responsible for writing and asking the questions. Contestants will wear their opening production number outfit for this area of competition.