The official preliminary to
This area of competition is worth 10%. The swimsuit can be a one or two-piece suit of your choice. The point of this area of competition is about the confidence in yourself and dedication to health and fitness.
~Never before competed in any National Finals of the Miss America Organization
A high school senior before the date of the State competition or have received a GED
Between the ages of 17 and 24 years
~Must reside in the state of Montana -OR- be enrolled in and physically attend classes on a full-time basis at an accredited college or university in Montana
~Be a citizen of the United States of America
~Not now or have ever been married or a parent/pregnant
~Have not been convicted of any criminal offenses and there are no currently pending
~Good moral character
~Do not use or consume any illegal substances or controlled substances or abuse the use of alcohol, prescription drugs or other dangerous substances
~Be willing to represent the great State of Montana if you win the title
This phase is 15% of the total score. The contestant’s entire look (not the price of her gown) and stage presence is taken into consideration. This is another opportunity to display your personal style, as that is one of the four points of the Miss America Organization.
We are accepting applications right now. If you have your application to us by February 14, 2017 along with your performance fee of $100. You will receive a free DVD set of the program and your name will be put in a drawing for a 2 day photo shoot with Merry Kaercher Photography on beautiful Flathead Lake. Final application deadline is March 30, 2017. As soon as you are accepted as a contestant, we will send you all of the remaining paperwork via e-mail. If you have any questions on the application process, please feel free to contact Jan Holden @ firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help with this process.
Talent is 30% of the total score. The time limit for your talent is ninety seconds. The contestant must begin and finish onstage. No live animals or dangerous props are allowed (fire baton or swords). All props must be functional and an integral part of the talent.
This area is worth 20%. Questions will be on general topics and asked on stage during preliminaries and finals. Being able to speak on your feet and eloquently display your opinions is what is looked at here. It not about what you say but how you say it.
The Private Interview counts for 25% of the overall score. In 10 minutes of a business style interview the judges get to know your personality, platform and opinions. Questions are on general topics, current events, items from your resume, and from your platform essay. This is your opportunity to let the judges get to know you.