The Miss America Scholarship Organization provides an opportunity for young women ages 13-24 to showcase and improve on their public speaking skills, health and fitness, poise, and talent.
There is no entry fee required to compete in a local MAO pageant, however each contestant must raise at least $100 for the Children's Miracle Network, a national partner and primary non-profit associated with the Miss America Organization. www.missamerica4kids.com Teen contestants will also need to raise $100 as well.
Many newcomers to pageants choose to borrow wardrobe items from previous contestants. If you are interested in competing but would like help with preparing your wardrobe, we can help you track down available items to borrow, rent, or purchase.
Please feel free to e-mail us if you'd like to learn more about the competition, gain advice on preparing for the pageant, or simply have questions about whether or not this opportunity is right for you.
Areas of competition
Interview: A private interview will take place the morning of this 1 day pageant. 5-7 judges with backgrounds in music, theater, public service, speaking, etc. They will interview you for 10 minutes(miss) and 7minutes(teen) on your platform(a social issue that is important to you), current events, and personal info. The judges will be provided with your Resume and Platfrom Statement prior to the interview. This is their opportunity to get to know you before the on-stage sompetitions start, so be as real as possible.
Swimsuit/Fitness: (miss contestants only)Modeling in a swimsuit of your choice.
Fitness Wear: (teen contestants only) you will do a fitness routine in capri yoga pants and an athletic tank top of your choice.
Talent: A 90 second on-stage performance of your choice. Examples- Instrument or vocal solo done in any style, (minimal props, background music, and/or costumes allowed), monologue, dance or gymnastics routine, baton twirling, etc. Really anything entertaining will work!
Evening Gown: On-stage modeling in a floor-length evening gown of your choice.
On-Stage Question(s): Contestants will be required to answer 2 on stage questions.
Miss Perham is a closed pageant meaning that only girls that have graduated from Perham are eligible to run for this pageant. Age is 17-24
Miss Heart of the Lakes is an open pageant meaning that you can be a resident of Minnesota, be a full time student in Minnesota or work in Minnesota. Age is 17-24.
Miss Perham's Outstanding Teen is for girls ages 13-17 who attend perham schools or are home-schooled and live in the Perham school district.