Miss Santa Clara Auxiliary
Miss Santa Clara & Miss Santa Clara's Outstanding Teen Competitions Official Preliminaries to the Miss California and Miss America Competitions
Young women who meet the following requirements may enter the pageant:
AREAS OF COMPETITION
Contestants in all Miss America's Outstanding Teen Preliminary Competitions are evaluated in six areas:
Private Interview (35% of total score)
At the local level, each contestant participates in an individual interview that is up to eight minutes long. Interviews are 10 minutes at the state and national competitions. There are typically 5 to 7 judges on a panel, and the interview is press-style, with the contestant standing at a podium. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their fact sheet, their educational and career goals, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. Scoring is based on overall communication skills, including personality, intelligence, validated opinions, emotional control, overall first impression and personal appearance. Community Service/Platform is required on the local level.
Talent (35% of total score)
Contestants perform a 2-minute routine of their own choosing. Some possible talents include all types of singing, dancing, gymnastics, instrumental music, dramatic or comedy monologues, baton twirling and ventriloquism. Other talents that can be performed solo on a stage are also possible. Phone or e-mail us if you have a question about your talent presentation. Scoring is based on contestant's skill and personality, interpretive ability, technical skill level, stage presence and the totality of all elements, including costume, props, voice, use of body and choreography.
Lifestyle and Fitness (10% of total score)
Each contestant briefly appears on-stage (up to 30 seconds) in the workout attire of her own choosing. The Executive Director of the competition must approve workout attire prior to competition. Workout attire must be age-appropriate, and typical of what a teenager would wear to workout at the gym. An example of workout attire includes sweats, leggings or shorts with a tank top or half top and tennis shoes. Swimsuits and clothing specifically for dance, such as a leotard are not permitted. Scoring is based on overall first impression, statement of strong physical fitness and health, sense of attractiveness and presence, display of energy, charisma and expression, sense of confidence and composure.
Evening Wear & On-Stage Question (20% of total score)
Each contestant appears on-stage in an outfit of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a prom or other formal event/ Although contestants typically wear ball or evening gowns, pantsuits, tea-length dresses and cocktail dresses are all appropriate for this phase of the competition. Scoring is based on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality and stage presence, walk, posture, carriage and grace, appropriateness of attire and sense of style, sense of attractiveness, beauty and charm.
Top Five - Final Ballot
From the above 100%, the Top Five Finalists will be selected. The Top Five Finalists enter the final round of competition with zero points. The judges will then rank the contestants in the order they individually believe the contestants should finish on a Final Ballot. When ranking the top five contestants, the judges criteria will include, but not be limited to, each contestant's overall performance, academic achievement and ability to handle the responsibilities of Miss Santa Clara's Outstanding Teen, including competing in the Miss California's Outstanding Teen Competition.
Each judge will rank the Top Five contestants on a Final Ballot. A first place vote is worth ten points, a second place vote is worth five points, a third place vote is worth three points, a fourth place vote is worth two points and a fifth place vote is worth one point . The total of the Final Ballots alone will determine the outcome of the pageant. The high and low scores on the Final Ballot will NOT be dropped. All judges’ votes count on the Final Ballot.
In 1989, the personal platform concept was introduced as part of the competition, with each state titleholder choosing an issue of importance to her and to society. Through in-depth interviewing during the local, state and national competitions, each contestant is evaluated on her commitment to her chosen issue. Examples of platform issues have included child advocacy, volunteerism, domestic violence, literacy, diabetes, awareness, eating disorders and our nation's homeless.
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