TWO WAYS TO ENTER:
1. ENTERING A LOCAL MISS
MARYLAND OUTSTANDING TEEN PAGEANT
2. AT LARGE CONTESTANTS
You do not have to win a local pageant to compete in the state pageant in June. You can enter as an At-Large Contestant. That just means that you are not sponsored by a particular local pageant committee but you compete right along with the local titleholders at the state competition.
If you competed in a local pageant, but did not win, you can still enter the state competition as an At-Large Contestant. Also, if you have not entered any local competition or if there is not one in your area, you can enter as an At-Large Contestant.
Deadline for paperwork is March 19th, 2015
Sponsorship fee is $400 plus a separate fee for a crown and sash (please speak to the Teen Director for specific details on the cost of a crown and sash). Sponsorship fee includes competition experience, the opportunity to compete for scholarship awards and recognition on-stage during the Miss MARYLAND preliminary competition. Note: This does not include Hotel Accommodations. *No Refunds, Exchanges or Exceptions*
Age/Eligibility (2015 Eligibility Chart Coming Soon)
This Age/Education Eligibility Chart is for 2015 Local and State Pageants that lead up to the crowning of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015 that will be held in August 2015. This Age/Education Eligibility Chart is updated annually for the following year’s competition.
Although additional eligibility rules exist with which contestants must comply, the table below is designed to assist with determining the eligibility for a contestant to compete in a Miss America’s Outstanding Teen State or Local Pageant, based upon the Age/Education eligibility rules of the Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organizations:
(1) Eligible if the contestant reaches 13 years of age by the first day of the 2015 Miss State’s Outstanding Teen competition.
(2) This chart represents eligibility based on a potential contestant’s Age and Education. There are other eligibility requirements and rules including: Residency, Citizenship, Other Personal Characteristics, Contractual and Other Obligations, and any special requirements of the Local or State Organization. Refer to the current MAOTeen Application and Contract for Local and State Pageants for more detailed requirements.
(3) The last day that a local Miss pageant may be conducted in the State.
(4) In this case the contestant could also be a high school graduate or have received her G.E.D.
(5) In this case the contestant must graduate from high school or receive her G.E.D. by the end of the Spring 2015 school year.
CONTESTANTS ARE EVALUATED IN SIX AREAS:
Private Interview (25% of total score)
At the local level, each contestant participates in an individual 6-minute interview. Interviews are 8 minutes at the state competition and 9 minutes at the national competition. There are typically 5 to 7 judges on a panel, 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. The National Platforms (US Dream Academy Mentor Club and Give Kids the World) are required on the National level. However, if a contestant has a community service issue that they wish to continue, it will become secondary to their participation with “US Dream Academy” and “Give Kids the World.” Training materials will be provided on this national platform.
Scholastic Achievement (10% of total score)
Scholastic Achievement is only included at the State and National Levels
Scholastic Judges will review each contestant’s resume and official transcripts. Scoring will be based on the following questions:
1. Has this student maintained at least a “B” average
during the past academic year?
Lifestyle and Fitness (10% of total score)
Each contestant briefly appears on-stage modeling sportswear that is required. More information will be provided after you sign up. The Contestant will be given a specific modeling pattern.
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. The fitness of the teen, by the shape of her body, is not being judged. Instead, her level of pursuit and dedication to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is being evaluated.
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.
Personal Appearance/Poise in Evening Wear & On-Stage Question 20% of total score)
Each contestant appears on-stage in a gown of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a prom or other formal event. You should be dressed appropriately for a TEEN. High slits and plunging necklines are not acceptable.
Scoring is based on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality and stage presence, walk, posture, carriage and grace, appropriateness of attire and sense of style, sense of attractiveness, beauty and charm.
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.
Scoring is based on overall first impression and 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, and if young people see her as a role model who is reflective of today’s generation.
MISS MARYLAND’ OUTSTANDING TEEN
We will accept a maximum of 30 contestants. Entry is on a first-come first-served basis with your PAID sponsorship and completed application.
If you are interested in receiving more information about becoming a contestant in the Miss MARYLAND Outstanding Teen Pageant.