Join the New York's Outstanding Teen Organization

Being an Outstanding Teen requires personal commitment, hard work and talent. We are looking to provide opportunities and scholarships in exchange for excellence and service.

Asia Hickman, New York's Outstanding Teen 2017

Asia Hickman, New York's Outstanding Teen 2017


  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a young lady between the ages of 13 and 17 (Older? Check out "Miss" Elibility)
  • 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
  • Be able to meet the time commitment and responsibilities as set forth by the local title you represent
  • Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements
  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization 
  • Must select a community service "platform" to advocate during her year of service


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State Competition

All Outstanding Teens must participate in the state competition.  
Your job is not to win, but to represent yourself to your best ability.
Each girl will participate in the following areas of competition: 


Scholastic Achievement

Each contestant is required to submit a middle or high school transcript for this portion of the competition. (10% total score)


Private Interview

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. (25% 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. (35% total score)


Lifestyle & Fitness in Activewear

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. (10% total score)


Evening Wear / On-Stage Question

Each contestant appears on stage in an evening gown of her choice. 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. (20% total score)