Judging Criteria

Judging Criteria

Miss Teen of America and Junior Miss of America

The Miss Teen of America Scholarship and Recognition Pageant is unique because it offers six different judging categories for the express purpose of providing a totally fair and thorough judging format without a focus on beauty. The program is designed to recognize girls who rank high academically, have exceptional leadership skills, and/or community service achievements.

Scholastic Record: 15%

A candidate’s scholastic record is reviewed carefully. Points of consideration include over-all scholastic average, nature of classes taken, class rank, and significant test scores. Of specific interest are academic achievements and/or related honors. Classroom attitudes and general scholastic attributes will also be evaluated.

Service & Achievement to School & Community: 15%

The candidate’s involvement and contributions to school and community will be evaluated by a panel of judges who will look for the extent of involvement, significance of contribution, devotion of cause, and general enthusiasm. The extra-curricular participation may include speech, journalism, student government, peer-assistance or civic activities such as 4-H, church involvement, and volunteer work. Leadership qualities will be stressed in the review of the resume.

Personal Development: 15%

This encompasses all of the special skills, abilities, hobbies and interests which candidates may have developed. In short, anything pursued to make the candidate a more well-rounded individual. Activities may include athletic, studies in music or dance, and special hobbies ranging from sewing to art work to photography. This category seeks to recognize personal development and encouragement of special interests.

General Awareness: 15%

At the pageant, each candidate will take a written test designed to measure her awareness of the world around her. This is NOT an intelligence or a scholastic-oriented test, but rather it seeks to measure a candidate’s familiarity with teen fads, fashions, and current events concentrating on politics, television, literature, and sports. Knowledge of school related material and common sense are also covered.

Personality Projection & Poise in Evening Wear: 15%

Each candidate will be required to wear a formal dress of her choosing. She will be scored on the appropriateness of attire, grooming, carriage, posture, personality projection, poise and naturalness by a panel of judges. Attire and grooming should reflect a positive teen image.

Judge’s Interview: 25%

Each candidate will be interviewed by a panel of judges. Judges will be looking for such qualities as clarity of expression, verbal command, sincerity, perception, sense of values, friendliness, courtesy, tactfulness, poise, self-confidence, and most importantly, over-all ability in human relations.


The judging criteria for Little Miss of America and Young Miss of America can be found here.