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 candidate 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 competition, the candidate 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 "2022 State and Local Candidate Application and Agreementfor complete details
Application and Contract Each candidate is required to complete the “2022 State and Local Candidate Application and Agreement” before entering each Local/State competition.
Each candidate must complete the Candidate Registration and Spotfund requirements. 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 competitions including their dates and locations please check the Miss Mississippi Web page (https://miss-mississippi.com) under the Teen heading for the date, location, and name and contact information for the local director of the specific competition of interest.
Once a local title is earned, the candidate 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.
Private Interview (30%) Each Miss candidate will have a 9 minute and 30 second private interview with the judges. Each Teen candidate will have 8 minutes private interview with the judges. The judges will receive the candidates resume and social impact initiative (SII). The resume is similar to a work resume and is limited to two pages in length. The SII is a one page essay about the candidate’s social impact projects. For this phase of competition, the candidate should wear interview attire.
Lifestyle & Wellness (10%) This phase of competition is designed to see how well the candidate maintains a lifestyle of good physical health and whether or not she has the sense of confidence and self- assurance needed to serve as a titleholder. The candidate should demonstrate she takes care of herself and participates in activities which promote a healthy lifestyle. The candidates will wear a type of aerobic/active-wear clothing, chosen by the Local Organization, NOT a swimsuit.
Talent (40%) Each candidate will have 90 seconds to present their talent.
Evening Wear/On-stage Question (20%) This phase of competition is designed to assess the candidate’s poise, grace, and commanding stage presence, as well as her ability to answer a question with eloquence and intelligence in front of a large audience.