Our experienced panel of judges 
scores contestants in the 
following categories:

Poise and Presentation in Formal Wear  30%
Personality During and Interview  30%
Personality in Introduction  30%
Community Service  10%

All state contestants in each division will get up to four minutes to share her accomplishments, goals, and personality with the judges. The interview will be conducted Round Robin style. Each contestant in the Princess, Preteen, Jr. Teen, Teen and Miss divisions will do a brief twenty second introduction about themselves to the judges before being seated for their interview.

Questions for the interview will come from your bio sheet, which you will fill out and turn in at your registration. No political or current event questions are asked. Judges just want to get to know you, and why they should select you as our state winner. 

Contestants can wear an interview dress, skirt and blouse ensemble or a nice coordinating pant suit that reflects their own unique personality.  We do discourage the idea of a suit because this is a competition of versatility, style and taste! Unleashing your true potential of who you are goes a long way with the judges!  Please, no shorts, jeans, boots, hats, mini skirts, bare midriff tops or low cuts blouses that would be considered a distraction.  Remember...just relax and have fun!

The personal Introduction is your gateway to letting the judges get a first look at your sparkling personality and a better idea of who you are before you interview with them.  This sets the tone for your remarkable interview that will take place just moments after your introduction!  

Your introduction should not exceed 20 seconds and no less than 15 seconds.  The name of your city and state must be included during your personal introduction along with something interesting about you or your hometown is idea.  Your name should be included at the beginning or the end of your introduction.  You can be as creative as you like.  Don't hold back!  Personality goes a long way. Remember, your not delivering a speech...just a friendly hello!

All contestants are judged on poised and appearance in evening gown.  This is the face and grace of the state competition!  The moment has come for you to wear the gown of your dreams in front of your family and friends.

 Contestants should wear a floor length gown that is age appropriate, and displays their own sense of taste and style.  Select a gown color that compliments your skin tone and is flattering on your figure.  There is no “preferred” type of evening gown for any age group, however we encourage each delegate to showcase her own sense of fashion. It's very important to keep in mind when choosing your gown that it is age appropriate for your division that you are competing in. 

Each contestant will have their moment in the spotlight in the evening gown competition, to show their grace, poise and elegance.  


Make the best of pageant weekend. These optional contests are scored by a separate panel of judges and have no bearing on the overall State Queen's Title. The optional contests provide more opportunities to showcase your individual interests, gain confidence, and be recognized for your talents. Each provides another opportunity to win!  The state winner of these optional competitions will be announced at the pageant finale!
The winner from each age division will receive a cash award up to $250.00, and the Official State Talent Plaque. Talent Runners-up will also receive Plaques
The winners of this competition will be eligible to attend the 2019 National Competition in Anaheim, California.

Available to all state contestants.  Talent Performance must be a live solo performance
There is a two minute time limit on all performances
You may enter up to 3 Talent Performances in any category

$75.00 Entry Fee per Talent.

The winner from each age division will receive a cash award up to $250.00, and the Official State Photogenic Plaque.  Photogenic Runners-up will also receive plaques.

Available to all state contestants.  You will submit your photos at pageant check in
You may submit up to 4 photo entries. 8 x 10 or 5 x 7 (preferred)
Your photos can be of color or black and white
75.00 Entry Fee per photo  or 4 for $250.00 or 
5 Pictures - Qualifies for the Portfolio Model State Title
The Portfolio Model will receive the Official State Tiara, Sash and the Portfolio Model Award

Casualwear Modeling

The winner from each age division will receive a cash award up to $250.00, and the Official Casualwear Plaque. Casualwear Runners-up will also receive plaques.
The Winners of this competition will be eligible for Nationals 2019 in Anaheim, California.

Available to all state contestants.  You may enter up to 3 individual Modeling Outfits
Contestants may supply their own modeling music
All submitted music for each Modeling Routine must be on a separate CD 

$75.00 Entry Fee Per Modeling Outfit


The winner from each age division will receive a cash award up to $250.00, and the Oficial State Spokesmodel Plaque.  Spokesmodel runners-ups will also receive plaques.  The winners of this competition are eligible to attend the 2019 National Competition in Anaheim, California! 

Available to all state contestants.
You may enter up to two individual Spokesmodel Speeches of your choice.
Contestants outfit selection should be of professional attire
Contestants are required to bring 5 copies of their speech with them to Pageant Check In.

$75.00 Entry Fee per Spokesmodel Speech   

                                                         State Platform Award

The winner from each age division will receive a cash award, and the State Platform Plaque                                            Runner-ups will also receive plaques. Each state delegate should have a platform a that is near and dear to her heart. It could be a family member that has suffered and illness or deadly disease. You may be an advocate for a particular organization that you strongly believe in. Our new state queens will promote their platform during their reign.

Available to all state contestants
All contestants are required to bring at least 5 copies of their typed Platform to Pageant Check in.                                          There is no charge to be considered for this state award.  

Miss Personality
This young lady is chosen by the contestants in your age division. This award goes to the contestant that is the friendliest and most helpful during pageant weekend. Winner will receive a plaque.

Miss Spirit
No Entry Fee. Our choreographers and staff will select a young lady from each age division that has shown the most uplifting spirit during pageant weekend Winner and 1st runner up will receive plaques

Academic Achievement Award
No Entry Fee. Contestants will bring a copy of their official school transcripts, academic achievement awards, and certificates to pageant registration. Award letters, transcripts , certificates, etc., should be placed in a portfolio and brought with you to pageant check in. Judges will select the contestant who has the best overall participation in their extracurricular activities at their school, awards, and grade point average. Winner and 1st runner-up will receive plaques. 

Volunteer Service Award
No Entry Fee. Contestants will bring their volunteer records and letters of recommendations in a portfolio at pageant check in during registration. Judges will select the contestant from each division that has an outstanding record of volunteer service. Winner and 1st runner-up will receive plaques.

Most Recommendations
This special award is presented to the contestant from each age division that brings in the most recommenations of friends, relatives, family members that would be interested in our pageant system. The winner will receive a cash award and a state plaque.

Most Ticket Sales
This award is given to the delegate in each division that sells the most tickets over the 10 ticket required minimum to the State Pageant Finals. .Sell 25 or more tickets to the State Pageant Finale and receive Special VIP Seating for your guest!

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Cover Model

The Cover Girl contest is a contest where you have the opportunity to sell advertising for your state's beautiful pageant program book. You can earn trophies, cash awards, a pageant weekend hotel room for your family, DVD players, TV/VCR combos, college scholarships, trips to DisneyLand and more!

The State Cover Girl will receive a crown, banner, trophy, roses and the opportunity to compete in the Miss Jr. America National Pageant at Disneyland for the National Cover Model title! She will also return to next year's pageant, with her family's hotel room provided, to crown her successor.