Become a Teen Contestant

Become a Teen Contestant
Although additional eligibility rules exist with which delegates must comply, the rules below are designed to assist with determining the eligibility for a delegate to compete in a Miss America’s Teen State or Local Competitions, based upon the Age/Education eligibility rules of the Miss America and Miss America’s Teen organizations.

Miss America’s Teen Contestants:

  • Must be 14-17 years old 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.

Miss Wisconsin’s Teen advances to compete at Miss America’s Teen Competition.

If you are interested in competing, please visit our Local Miss and Teen Competitions page. You will find information on all of the local competitions held in Wisconsin. Some competitions are local competitions for which the competition franchise only includes a specific community, county or region. There are also open competitions which includes the entire state of Wisconsin. You can find more competition information by visiting the Miss America’s Teen website.

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 contestant 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 contestant 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 contestant’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 delegate’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.