Each contestant will meet individually with the panel of judges for five (5) minutes. Judging Criteria: clarity of speech, self-confidence, poise, and the ability to present herself well. Judges may ask questions from the list of approved questions provided to contestants in advance OR may ask questions based on information in the contestant's biography.
TALENT = 50 Points
Each contestant must perform individually for a period not to exceed two minutes. One off-stage musical accompanist is allowed. Judging Criteria: appropriateness of selection, degree of skill in performance, stage presence, degree of perfection and overall appeal.
PERSONALITY = 20 Points
Each contestant will present a prepared speech of approximately 20 seconds in length.
EVENING GOWN = 20 Points
Each contestant will present herself individually in on stage in a gown. Judging Criteria: poise, presentation and the ability to present herself gracefully in a gown but the gown itself will not be judged.
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT = 20 Points
Each contestant must turn in her most recent academic report card. Points will be awarded based on overall g.p.a. Consideration will be given for strength of academic program (i.e. courseload).
COMMUNITY SUPPORT = 10 Points
Community Support will be measured by any combination of the selling of advertisements, patrons for the program book and/or of tickets to the pageant. Any contestant receiving $500 in community support will receive 10 points.
ESSAY = 20 Points
Each contestant will be required to submit a one-page typed essay discussing the topic provided. Essays will be judged on organization, content, development of theme and grammar.