QR Code
Miss Tri-Cities       https://misstricities.org
[Skip to Content]

Judging Guidelines

What are the contestant guidelines for the local pageant, state and national pageants?

  • High school graduate before 2020 State competition.
  • Between 17-25 years of age and no older than 25 years of age on December 31,2020
  • Never been married
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Want to earn scholarship dollars for college education
  • Have a talent such as music, vocal, drama or dance
  • Have a  platform or cause to promote
  • Meet character requirements as set forth by the Miss America Organization
  • Be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibility as set forthPromote and raise $100 for the Children’s Miracle Network by July 1, 2020

What is the judging criteria?

Contestants in all Miss America preliminaries at the local, state and national level compete in five areas:

Candidates must participate in all phases of the competition. No exceptions

TALENT – 40%

Skill; personality; interpretive ability; technical skill level – execution, technique, synchronization, stage presence, on-state personality, totality of all elements – including costume, props, voice, use of body and choreography.


Qualities and attributes of a Miss America; overall first impression; personal appearance; personality; intelligence; validated opinions; speech; vocabulary and grammar; responses to context; style; and emotional control.


Sense of confidence; personality and stage presence; technique – including walk, posture; appropriateness of attire; sense of attractiveness.


Overall “first impression” response to on-stage questions; personality, beauty and a confident, commanding presence; independence and sense of “courage of her convictions”; eloquence of communications; sense of commitment as a role model.