Learn How to Compete! Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Organizationwas organized to encourage positive achievements by helping to nurture and build the scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement of our state’s youth. Among its initiatives, the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Organization hosts a state competition intended to encourage and reward the talent, communication skills, community service and academic achievement of girls between 13 and 17 years of age. The Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Organization has also established community-based initiatives and mentoring programs aimed at helping our state’s youth build character and gain skills necessary for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, community and business leaders, as well as participants from the state competition, the Organization continues to implement programs aimed at helping young people develop strong values, leadership skills, social conscience, self-worth and conviction about their own potential. The Organization’s mentoring and community-based initiatives are available to all young people between the ages of 13 and 17. The Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Organization awards scholarships to individuals on a basis of academic merit and civic and social achievement. Scholarships are awarded without condition or obligation to provide future services. Funds raised by the Organization are being used to fund scholarships for deserving young women according to guidelines established by the Organization’s Board of Directors in accordance with Internal Revenue Service rule and regulations. Funds are also being used to establish and develop the Organization’s mentoring programs and community-based initiatives.
Am I Eligible to Compete?
To compete at any level of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Program, a potential contestant must never have competed in any of the National Finals of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.
To be eligible to compete in a MAOTeen Local/State & National pageant, the contestant and her parent(s)/legal guardian must agree to and comply with the following:
Age/Education Eligibility Rules
Other Personal Characteristics
Contractual and Other Obligations
Minimum Documentation Rules, and any special requirements of the State or Local Organization
Please refer to the current “Application and Contract for Competing in the 2020 State and Local Pageants of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Competition” (Contract)for complete details
Application and Contract Each pageant contestant is required to complete the “Application and Contract for Competing in the 2020 State and Local Pageant of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Competition” (State/Local Contestant Application and Contract) BEFOREentering each Local/State Pageant. All national contestants must complete the National Application.
Becoming Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen In order to become Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen a potential contestant must:
Enter, compete and win a local, or “open/sweeper” local title. For specific information and deadlines for local pageants including their dates and locations please check the Miss Mississippi Web page (https://missmississippipageant.com/) under the Teen heading for the date, location, and name and contact information for the local director of the specific pageant of interest.
Once a local title is earned, the contestants begins the preparation process to compete for the title of Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen title.
The Role of Miss Local/State’s Outstanding Teen Miss Local/State’s Outstanding Teen will have many roles during her year of service. She will represent her Local/State Organization, the National Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization, the young women she competed with, and all young people her age, as well as promoting her chosen Platform Issue and acting as an ambassador for the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Program. She must accept these responsibilities by always conducting herself in an “Outstanding” manner. Miss Local/State’s Outstanding Teen may be called upon to appear at a variety of functions throughout her state, where she will be asked to speak, possibly perform her talent, and interact with people of all ages. At all of these appearances, she must be gracious, well-spoken, attractive and well-groomed in an age-appropriate way, approachable and friendly in order to meet the public’s expectation of a titleholder.
Competition Requirements As stated in the State/Local Contestant Application and Contract, all State/Local Contestants must compete in all phases of the competition at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen State/Local pageants. The judging categories and the applicable percentages for each category on the Local level are as follows:
Private Interview – 25%
Lifestyle & Fitness – 15%
Talent – 35%
Evening Wear/On-Stage Question – 25%
The judging categories and the applicable percentages for each category on the State level are as follows:
Private Interview – 25%
Scholastic Achievement – 10%
Lifestyle & Fitness – 10%
Talent – 35%
Evening Wear/On-Stage Question – 20%
Private Interview The Private Interview phase of competition is an opportunity for the judges to learn as much as possible about the contestant – her personal qualities and attributes to be Miss Local/State’s Outstanding Teen; her level of communication skills; her opinions; her sense of accomplishment, poise, and presence as well as her ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the position the judges have been requested to fill. Criteria for Scoring in Private Interview: Overall “first impression”; exceptional communication skills; including speech, vocabulary, and grammar; a confident and charismatic personality; ability to express and distinguish her beliefs; attractive and stylish in an age-appropriate manner; leadership and sense of accomplishment; and knowledge and understanding of her platform issue. Can the judge envision the public, and the especially young people, being positively impacted by the contestant? Lifestyle and Fitness 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 likewise considered. Criteria for Scoring in Lifestyle and Fitness: Overall “first impression”; physically fit; dynamic presence and attractiveness; and sense of confidence and self-assurance. Can the contestant complete the presentation with vitality,, energy, spirit and charisma? Does she meet the public’s expectation of a titleholder? Talent The Talent phase of competition provides an insight into the contestant’s preparatory and performance skills. Consideration is given to whether the contestant’s talent selection fits these skills and her personality. The Talent competition acknowledges the quality of the talent being presented, the technical skill level, and the stage presence of the contestant. Criteria for Scoring in Talent: Overall “first impression”; technical skill level; entertainment value; interpretive ability; stage presence and on-stage personality; and total of all elements (music, costume, props, voice, choreography). Will the judge be proud that he or she selected this young women when she performs her talent if she is selected as the titleholder? Did the judge enjoy the presentation? Evening Wear/On-Stage Question The Evening Wear/On-Stage Question phase of the competition is designed for the judges to assess the contestant’s beauty, poise, grace, and commanding stage presence, as well as for the contestant to make an on-stage statement of her interests, opinions, and aspirations in answer to a question selected by the contestant. The judges will consider the contestant’s answer to the question asked when scoring this phase. Eveningwear should be appropriate, stylish, and elegant. Extremely low necklines and backlines are not appropriate. High skirt slits are not appropriate and can be embarrassing for the contestant and the judges. Criteria for Scoring in Evening Wear/On-Stage Question: Overall “first impression”; sense of confidence, composure, and poise, personality and stage presence; walk, carriage, posture, and beauty; sense of style and age-appropriateness of the evening wear. Does the contestant take command of the stage by simply walking onto it? Can the contestant handle the pressure of speaking on stage in front of an audience? Special attention must be given to whether or not the contestant answered the question she was asked, and did she have the ability to make the audience want to listen to her. The contestant’s total look, grace, charm, and ability as a spokesperson and role model must be considered. Scholastic Achievement – MAOTeen State Pageants In keeping with the MAOTeen Program’s mission, the MAOTeen Organization believes the “scholastic achievement” must carry some weight in the judging process. Prior to the competition, the scholastic judges will be asked to review the following three documents from each contestant:
Official Report Card (for 7th and 8th grade students only), or Grade Transcript
The report card/transcript must come directly from the contestant’s school in a sealed envelope
Documents for homeschooled students must come form the institution overseeing the contestant’s academic studies
Contestant’s Resume – Fact Sheet
Contestant’s Platform Statement
The Scholastic Achievement category is to be judged by a different panel of judges from the competition panel of judges. The Scholastic Achievement scores are not to be shared with the on-stage-pageant competition panel of judges.
2020 Miss MS Outstanding Teen Candidate Paperwork Package