Miss America's Outstanding Teen Scoring System

There are four areas of competition in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Organization.  This section will review each phase of competition and explain the judging criteria.  

The same panel of five judges will score each area of competition.  Each candidate is scored individually, not comparatively and is scored immediately after she completes each phase of competition.  The Olympic Scoring System is used. Scores are 1-10, whole numbers only. The high and low scores are dropped. The remaining scores are combined and percentages figured.  The total score for each candidate determines the result of the competition. In the event of a tie the interview score will be used to break the tie.  

A note on wardrobe selection in all phases of competition… always choose something that compliments your personality.  You are judged on the total look and overall first impression; not the outfit itself or price of the outfit.  Choose a style, color, and fit, that is becoming to you.  



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The time limit for your talent is ninety seconds.  The candidate must begin and finish onstage.  No live animals or dangerous props are allowed (fire baton or swords).  All props must be functional and an integral part of the talent. No enhanced lighting is allowed.  When choosing your talent music and content keep in mind the values and image of the Miss America Organization.  The Miss Brandywine Scholarship Organization has the right to ban music, movement, costume, or content deemed inappropriate.  

The judges are looking for:  overall first impression, interpretive ability, technical skill, stage presence, totality of all elements including costume, music, and choreography, quality of the performance, and entertainment value.

Private Interview


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The interview will be conducted on the day of the pageant. Your wardrobe selection should be age appropriate and could be pants, skirt or dress.  Choose something that you would wear for a job interview.  You will be introduced as you enter the room and will speak from a podium.  The six minute interview will begin immediately. You will not have the opportunity to make an opening or closing statement. Questions are on general topics, current events, items from your resume, and from your platform essay. This is your opportunity to let the judges get to know you. The judging will emphasize your poise in handling the questions and how well you articulate your beliefs on the issue, not the position you take.  

The judges are looking for: overall first impression, qualities and attributes of Miss America's Outstanding Teen, positive role model, knowledge and understanding of platform, ability to fulfill job responsibilities, confident and commanding presence, personality, appearance and attractiveness, validated opinions and responses, ability to express feelings and defend beliefs, energy, intelligence, and communication skills (speech, vocabulary, and grammar).



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Each contestant briefly appears on stage in activewear of her choice. Contestants will wear leggings that she would work out in and a fitness t-shirt or tank top (no bare midriffs, no logos or graphics). The contestant will be judged on her depiction of a healthy lifestyle, energy and confidence. 


The purpose of this phase of competition is to determine the level of fitness of the contestant and to obtain a glimpse into her daily routine and lifestyle. The contestants’ drive, energy, and presence are considered. The judges are not judging the fitness of a teen by the shape of her body, but rather by the level of pursuit and dedication to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Evening Gown & On-Stage Question


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The contestant’s entire look (not the price of her gown) and stage presence is taken into consideration.  The candidate will model in her gown and step to the microphone where she will answer one question -- pulled at random. Questions will be of a general nature and will be neither platform-related nor something taken directly from the private interview. The objective is to evaluate the contestant’s ability to think on her feet and answer a question of general interest to people her age. 

The judges are looking for: overall first impression, sense of confidence, walk, posture, carriage and grace, personality, stage presence, beauty and sense of attractiveness, appropriateness of the evening wear, sense of empowerment, and communication skills.     

In all phases of competition the judges are instructed to evaluate contestants by asking these question:
Does this contestant possess the qualities and attributes of Miss America's Outstanding Teen? 

Can she do the job? 

​Will she be difficult to manage once she has the job?