Become a Miss Contestant

Steps to Become a Miss Wisconsin Contestant

  • Review our “Local Miss Competition”  to find a local program in your area.
  • If there is a local program in your area, contact the local director for more information.
  • If you are a Fair Queen titleholder or college titleholder who would like to compete in the Miss Wisconsin Competition, please contact us.

Contestants compete in the following areas of competition: private interview, talent, health and fitness, and evening wear.  Each contestant chooses a personal service initiative she will promote during her year of service.

Participating in the Miss America Opportunity is one of the most rewarding and beneficial experiences available to young women in the United States. The Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Organization is a state preliminary competition that advances to the Miss America Competition.


  • Gain valuable experience and develop life skills that will benefit your everyday life (i.e. interview skills, public speaking, interpersonal communication, social interaction, etc.);
  • Earn quality scholarship funds for college and graduate school, regardless of whether a title is won;
  • Create awareness of your potential strengths and increase your self-confidence;
  • Find new interests and discover new opportunities;
  • Make lifelong friendships and relationships with your peers, as well as other generations;
  • Gain a sense of accomplishment by using your free time in a positive and constructive manner;
  • Learn to set goals, follow them through, and exceed your expectations;
  • Develop a sense of responsibility for helping others;
  • Foster a positive, self-motivated mindset to achieve your goals; and
  • Receive recognition for your efforts in bettering yourself and your community.


To become a contestant, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 27 by the state competition;
  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Meet residency requirements for competing in a certain city or state;
  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization;
  • Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements; and
  • Be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities as set forth by the local, state, and national competition(s) in which you compete.

Areas of Competition

Private Interview – 30%

The private interview is 10 minutes long: 30 seconds for opening statement, 9 minutes of open questions, and 30 seconds at the end for the contestant to make statements on issues/subjects that she wants the judges to know about that has not been previously discussed. If discussion ends before the 30 seconds are up, then the interview ends. If a podium is used the delegate may stand behind it, or on either side of it, but not in front of it.

Talent – 20%

Talent will be a maximum of 90 seconds. Any talent presentation over 90 seconds is unacceptable. Anything longer will be not be accepted, and this will be strictly enforced! Contestants should plan a performance that will not exceed this limit. Judges will be informed immediately if a delegate runs over her allotted time. Each judge will then use this information to assist in determining his/her score of the contestant’s talent competition. Talent may not consist of more than two songs from any one piece or medley of songs. Judging of talent will also take into consideration the qualities and attributes of the title.

Evening Gown – 20%

Evening gown should express a sense of style and appropriateness for young women ages 18 to 28. The Evening Gown phase of competition is designed for the judge to assess the delegate’s beauty, poise, grace, and commanding stage presence. The contestant’s total look is considered. Her evening gown (not the value of the evening gown) should complement the contestant’s individuality. It is permissible to wear cocktail dresses, evening pant suits, or long gowns.

Health & Fitness – 20%

Contestant’s showcases their commitment to health and fitness initiatives. A contestant’s discipline and commitment to being physically healthy is a key to success in all other areas of life, and the rigors of representing the Miss America or Miss America’s Teen program as a national titleholder.

On-Stage Conversation – 10%

One on-stage question will be given. The question will be regarding her Community Service Initiative. The contestant’s answer will be scored.

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