Private Interview (25% state & local)
Each candidate participates in an individual 6-minute press conference style interview with the panel of judges. There are typically 5 judges on a panel. Candidates are questioned on their background as presented on their resume, their educational and career goals, their opinions on current events and social issues, 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.
Talent (35% state & local)
Candidates perform a 90-second routine of their own choosing. 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. Scoring is based on candidate's skill and personality, interpretive ability, technical skill level, stage presence and the totality of all elements including costume, props, etc.
Lifestyle & Fitness In Active Wear (10% state & 15%local)
Each candidate briefly appears on stage in active wear. 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.
On-Stage Question in Evening Wear (20% state & 25% local )
The objective is to evaluate the candidate’s ability to think on her feet and answer a question of general interest to people her age, including, but not limited to, local, state and national current events.
Each candidate appears on stage in an evening wear own choosing, appropriate for her age. Each candidate will answer an on-stage question. Scoring is based on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality, stage presence, walk and composure, appropriateness of attire, sense of attractiveness, extemporaneous response to an on-stage question, candidate's ability to answer the question in the context in which is was asked, candidate's ability to handle the pressure of speaking to an audience.
Scholastic Achievement (10% of total score - State and national levels of competition only)