Private Interview 25%
Each contestant will compete in a private, standing 6-minute interview the day of the pageant. There will be at least five judges. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their resume, their platform, their educational and career goals, 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.
Lifestyle & Fitness 15%
This phase of competition is designed to see how well the contestant maintains a lifestyle of good physical health; whether she meets the public expectation of a titleholder and whether or not she has the confidence needed to be a titleholder. The contestant's drive, energy and presence are also to be considered. Contestants will be taught a short, simple routine that includes jumping jacks and two push-ups. Contestants must wear black athletic capri pants, a racer-back tank top in color of choice, white tennis shoes and white no-show socks. Stud earrings are permitted. It is recommended contestants wear hair out of their face.
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 costumes, voice, use of body and choreography. Tap dancers may not have music with pre-recorded taps or tap sounds. Vocalists may not have 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. The projector/projection screen may not be used. Contestants will compete in an outfit/costume of their own choosing which reflects the talent presented.
Evening Wear/On-Stage Question 25%
The Evening Wear phase of competition is designed for the judge to assess the contestant's beauty, poise, grace and commanding stage presence. Contestants will compete in a long gown of their choice (high low gowns are permitted). The on-stage question 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. Questions will be based on the contestant’s personal platform and will be asked during the evening gown portion of competition.