Contestants

Participating in the Miss America Organization is one of the most rewarding and beneficial experiences available to young women in the United States. The Miss Wisconsin Organization is a state preliminary competition that

In order to compete at Miss Wisconsin, a contestant must first enter and win a local competition. To learn more about the local competitions in Wisconsin click here.

Benefits of the Program

  • Gain valuable experience and develop life skills that will benefit your everyday life (i.e. interview skills, public speaking, interpersonal communication, social interaction, etc.);
  • Earn quality scholarship funds for college and graduate school, regardless of whether a title is won;
  • Create awareness of your potential strengths and increase your self-confidence;
  • Find new interests and discover new opportunities;
  • Make lifelong friendships and relationships with your peers, as well as other generations;
  • Gain a sense of accomplishment by using your free time in a positive and constructive manner;
  • Learn to set goals, follow them through, and exceed your expectations;
  • Develop a sense of responsibility for helping others;
  • Foster a positive, self-motivated mindset to achieve your goals; and
  • Receive recognition for your efforts in bettering yourself and your community.

Where to Start

To become a contestant, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 24;
  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Meet residency requirements for competing in a certain city or state;
  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization;
  • Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements; and
  • Be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities as set forth by the local, state, and national competition(s) in which you compete.

Areas of Competition

Private Interview – 25%

The private interview is 10 minutes long: 9 min 30 seconds of open questions and 30 seconds at the end for the contestant to make statements on issues/subjects that she wants the judges to know about that has not been previously discussed. If discussion ends before the 30 seconds are up, then the interview ends. If a podium is used the contestant may stand behind it, or on either side of it, but not in front of it.

Talent – 30%

Talent will be a maximum of 90 seconds. Any talent presentation over 90 seconds is unacceptable. Anything longer will be not 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.Talent may not consist of more than two songs from any one piece or medley of songs. Judging of talent will also take into consideration the qualities and attributes of Miss Local.

Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimsuit – 10%

One or two-piece swimsuits are allowed on the local level and should be in good taste. No thongs are permitted. No hose will be worn. DO NOT use oil on body. Lotions may be used. This is the responsibility of the local pageant committee. It is up to the discretion of the local pageant committee to decide if the contestant wears shoes during this phase of competition. The Lifestyle & Fitness in swimsuit 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 – 15%

Evening wear should express a sense of style and appropriateness for young women ages 17 to 24. 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.

On Stage Question – 20%

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.