Phases of the competition
Private Interview: The judges are looking for a contestant who exudes the various qualities and attributes of a Miss America titleholder. Scoring is based on the overall first impression, personal appearance, personality, intelligence, validated opinions, speech, vocabulary, grammar, responses in context, style, and emotional control.
Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit for Miss: The judges are looking for a contestant who maintains a healthy lifestyle and exudes a positive body image. Scoring is based on the overall first impression, statement of physical fitness and health, overall physique – pleasing to her height, weight and bone structure, sense of presence, attractiveness, technique – including walk, posture, grace, and sense of confidence. Miss contestants may choose to wear a 1 or 2 piece swimsuit.
Lifestyle and Fitness in Workout Wear for Teens: This phase of competition looks for a contestant who understands the importance of physical fitness in her everyday life. Judging is based on the overall first impression, statement of physical fitness and health, overall physique, personality, and execution. Teen contestants perform a fun fitness routine similar to that required at Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. Teen contestants may choose workout wear according to specific criteria established by the Board of Directors.
Talent: Usually, the audience’s favorite phase of competition, contestants perform a talent routine to demonstrate their abilities! Judges are looking for the overall entertainment value, personality, interpretive ability, technical skill level, execution, technique, synchronization, stage presence, totality of all elements – including costume, props, voice, use of body, and choreography.
Evening Wear : Demonstrate your personal sense of style, grace, and elegance in this phase of competition. The judges score based on the overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality, stage presence, technique – including walk, posture, appropriateness of attire, and sense of attractiveness.
On Stage Questions: Contestants answer one on stage question and designed to demonstrate the contestant’s ability to serve as a compelling spokeswoman. The contestant is judged on sense of confidence, personality, stage presence, richness of voice, expression, vocabulary, and sincerity.