Judging Criteria – Little and Young

Little Miss of America and Young Miss of America

The American Pageants Judging Criteria is unique because it offers a variety of 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: 30%

Submitted as a resume, the 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.

School Activities & Community Service: 30%

Submitted as a resume, the candidate’s list of involvements 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 involvement 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.

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 her choice of attire, grooming, carriage, posture, personality projection, poise and naturalness by a panel of judges. Attire and grooming should reflect a positive, age appropriate 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 Junior Miss of America and Miss Teen of America can be found here.

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