Private Interview (25% of total score)

At the local level, each contestant participates in an individual 8-minute interview.  Interviews are 8 minutes at the state competition and 10 minutes at the national competition. There is a panel of five judges and the interview is press-style, with the contestant standing at a podium. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their fact sheet, their educational and career goals, 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.  Community Service is required on the local level.

Talent (35% of total score)

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.

Lifestyle and Fitness (15% of total score)

Each contestant briefly appears on-stage (up to 30 seconds) in the workout attire of her own choosing.  The Executive Director of the competition must approve workout attire prior to competition.  Workout attire must be age-appropriate, and typical of what a teenager would wear to workout at the gym.  An example of workout attire includes shorts (above the knee) with a sleeveless top or half top and tennis shoes.  Swimsuits and clothing specifically for dance, such as a leotard are not permitted.  Scoring is based on overall first impression, statement of strong physical fitness and health, sense of attractiveness and presence, display of energy, charisma and expression, sense of confidence and composure.

 On-Stage Question in Evening Wear (25% of score)

Each contestant appears on stage in an evening gown of her own choosing; something appropriate for her age.  Each contestant will answer a question on-stage.  Questions will be of a general nature and will be neither platform-related nor something taken directly from the private interview.  The objective is to evaluate the contestant’s ability to think on her feet and answer a question of general interest to people her age, including, but not limited to, local, state, and national current events. Contestant will then model.  Scoring is based on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality, stage presence, walk and posture, appropriate of attire, sense of attractiveness, extemporaneous response to an on-stage question, contestant’s ability to answer the question in the context in which it was asked, contestant’s ability to handle the pressure of speaking on stage in front of an audience.