Outstanding Teen

Rules & Regulations

This page is for TEEN contestants. 

To Compete in a pageant a contestant must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a young lady between the ages of 13 and 17, prior to her senior year in high school
  • Must not be eligible to compete in the Miss America Competition
  • Legal resident of Virginia at least 6 months prior to local pageant competition
  • Be able to meet the time commitment and responsibilities as set forth by the local program in which you compete
  • Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements
  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization
  • The winner of Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Teen will compete for the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in August in Orlando, FL


Areas of competition

Private Interview - 25%

The private interview is 8 minutes long. There are typically 5 judges on a panel. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their fact sheet, their educational and career goals, their opinions on current events, social issues and pop culture, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. Contestants are judged on communication skills, the ability to convey her opinion, personality and confidence. A podium will be used. The contestant may stand behind it, or on either side of it, but not in front of it.

Talent – 35%

Talent will be a maximum of 90 seconds. Talent may not consist of more than two songs from any one piece or medley of songs. Nothing longer will 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. Judging of talent will also take into consideration the qualities and attributes of Miss Local.

Lifestyle and Fitness in Activewear – 15%

Each contestant briefly appears on stage in activewear of her choice. Attire varies based on local competitions. State contestants will be provided with specific wardrobe expectations - usually a running top and shorts or capri leggings. The Lifestyle and Fitness in Activewear is designed to see how well the contestant maintains a lifestyle of good physical health, whether she meets the public expectation of a titleholder, and whether or not she has the confidence needed to be a titleholder. The contestant's drive, energy and presence are to be likewise considered.

Evening Gown and Onstage Question – 25%

Evening wear should express a sense of style and appropriateness for young women ages 13 to 17. The Evening Wear 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 wear (not the value of the evening wear) should complement the contestant's individuality. It is permissible to wear cocktail dresses, evening pant suits, or long gowns. Two on-stage questions will be given. The first question will be a light question followed by a question from either the interview or her platform (if she has one). The contestant's answer will be scored.

*Before starting any phase of competition, the judges must read and understand all six parts of the Affidavit before signing it. This is for the protection of the local organization.

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Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

The Miss America Organization and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals share a commitment to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country as well as the Miss America Scholarship Program. This partnership creates the following opportunities for contestants and Miss America titleholders:

  • Miss America acts as a goodwill ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout her year of service, and Miss Virginia serves as Virginia’s goodwill ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
  • Miss America contestants at all levels raise money and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Miss America Scholarship Program.
  • Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is the national platform for the Miss America Organization.
  • The tradition of the personal platform continues and contestants, and titleholders can raise awareness for their chosen advocacy cause.
Beginning with state and national MAOTeen competitions that lead up to crowning Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015 in August 2015, all teen contestants competing at the state level and all State MAOTeen titleholders must complete a profile at the www.MAOTeen4Kids.org address regardless of whether or not they choose to help raise funds.