BECOME A TEEN CONTESTANT
For questions about becoming a teen contestant, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
To become Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen, a contestant must either first win a Local Competition, or compete as an At-Large Contestant (Download Application Form) at the New York State Pageant. This process requires personal commitment, hard work and talent. To compete in the Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen program, you need commitment, perseverance, talent and ambition.
In order to be eligible, you must:
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Be a young lady between the ages of 13 and 17
- Must not be eligible to compete in the Miss America Competition
- Legal resident of New York at least 6 months prior to local pageant competition
- Geographic eligibility for local pageants: CLICK HERE
- Be able to meet the time commitment and responsibilities as set forth by the local program in which you compete
- Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements
- Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization
At Large Contestants
Any eligible TEEN contestant may compete as an AT LARGE CONTESTANT without winning a prelminary competition. You must fill out the At Large Contestant form and submit a headshot and $300 entry fee by May 9, 2013.
By submitting this application, you are requesting to be considered as a contestant at large in the MNYOT Pageant. When accepted, a local title will be assigned to you. The MNYOT Judges are not aware whether or not a contestant has competed in a local preliminaray or advance to the State Pageant as an at large contestant.
Once accepted, download Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen State Paperwork from the Resource Portal. You will receive the password to this portal upon acceptance to the MNYOT program.
Please contact MNYOT Executive Director Linda Monte with questions. email@example.com
Areas of Competition
Private Interview (25% of total score)
Each contestant participates in an individual 8-minute interview with our panel of judges. There are typically 5 to 7 judges on a panel. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their fact sheet, their educational and career goals, their opinions on current events, social issues and pop culture, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. Contestants are judged on communication skills, the ability to convey her opinion, personality and confidence.
Talent (35% of total score)
Contestants perform a 90-second routine of their own choosing. Some possible talents include all types of singing, dancing, gymnastics, instrumental music, dramatic or comedy monologues, baton twirling and ventriloquism. Other talents that can be performed solo on a stage are also possible. Phone or e-mail us if you have a question about your talent presentation. Entertaiment value has the largest weight in this part of the competition.
Lifestyle & Fitness In Activewear (10% of total score)
Each contestant briefly appears on stage in activewear of her choice. Attire varies based on local competitions. State contestants will be provided with specific wardrobe expectations – usually a running top and shorts or capri leggings. The contestant will be judged on her depiction of a healthy lifestyle, energy and confidence.
Evening Wear / On-Stage Question (20% of total score)
Each contestant appears on stage in an evening gown of her choice, representative of what she would wear to a formal. The contestant will be judges on her presentation, confidence and elegance. Questions will be of a general nature and will be neither platform-related nor something taken directly from the private interview. The objective is to evaluate the contestant’s ability to think on her feet and answer a question of general interest to people her age, including, but not limited to, local, state and national current events
Scholastic Achievement (10% of total score)
Each contestant is required to submit a middle or high school transcript for this portion of the competition.