Become a Marin County's Outstanding Teen Contestant
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Step 1: Check your eligibility
Step 2: Review the Phases of Competition
Private Interview (25% of total score)
At the local level, each contestant participates in an individual 6-minute interview. Interviews are 8 minutes at the state competition and 8 minutes at the national competition. There are typically 5 to 7 judges on a panel, and the interview is press-style, with the contestant standing at a podium. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their fact sheet, their educational and career goals, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. Scoring is based on overall communication skills, including personality, intelligence, validated opinions, emotional control, overall first impression and personal appearance. Community Service is required on the local level.
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. Scoring is based on contestant’s skill and personality, interpretive ability, technical skill level, stage presence and the totality of all elements, including costume, props, voice, use of body and choreography.
Lifestyle and 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. 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.
Scholastic Achievement (10% of total score)
Each contestant is required to submit a middle or high school transcript for this portion of the competition.
Step 3: Fill in our Candidate Registration Form
Step 4: Register at MissCalifornia.org
To be an official candidate, you must also visit the Miss California website and register. The registration fee is $35.00. This must be completed before the first day of Miss Marin County rehearsal.
After you register on the Miss California website, be sure to follow up with our Executive Director, Michele Moser at (415) 883-7138 or firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know you have completed this step as well.