Miss Wayne County FAQ
How old do I have to be to compete in the Miss Wayne County Competition?
Candidates in the Miss America system are between the ages of 17 and 25. For more information on becoming a candidate in the Miss Wayne County Scholarship Competition click here.
How much time will my participation in the competition require?
There are four days of rehearsals and the actual competition day. A detailed schedule will be provided at orientation. You may also click here to view all the important dates and times.
How many candidates are in the pageant?
The number of candidates will change daily as candidates apply and withdraw from the pageant. We do not know how many candidates will be in the competition until after the registration deadline and orientation. A candidate number will not be quoted at any time before orientation.
If I win, will it interfere with my education?
No. The Miss America Organization is a scholarship competition; we always make school a number one priority!
Is there an entry fee to compete in the Miss Wayne County Scholarship Competition?
No, there is not an entry fee to compete in the Miss America system, but there is a required minimum $100 donation to the Children Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH). For more information about becoming a candidate click here.
Why do we have to make a CMNH donation?
The Miss America Organization and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals share a commitment to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country as well as the Miss America Scholarship Program. This partnership creates the following opportunities for candidates and Miss America titleholders:
- Miss America acts as a goodwill ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout her year of service.
- Miss America candidates at all levels raise money and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Miss America Scholarship Program.
- Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is the national social impact initiative for the Miss America Organization.
- The tradition of the social impact initiative continues and candidates and titleholders can raise awareness for their chosen advocacy cause.
What is a Social Impact Initiative?
In 1989, the Miss America Organization founded the platform concept, now called a Social Impact Initiative. To create this initiative, each candidate must choose an issue which she cares deeply and that is of relevance to our country. Once chosen, Miss America and the state titleholders use their stature to address community service organizations, business and civic leaders, the media and others about their social impact issues. Since 1989, Miss America titleholders have appeared at thousands of public speaking engagements and charitable events to generate awareness for a variety of causes, including homelessness, HIV/AIDS prevention, domestic violence, diabetes awareness, character education, literacy, etc.
What are the competition categories?
- Red Carpet/Social Impact Statement - 20%
- Talent - 40%
- Private Interview - 25%
- On-Stage Interview - 15%
- Final Ballot
Are scholarships available for those who are not awarded a title?
Yes. There are all types of scholarships available at the local, state and national levels of competition. Even if you do not win a title you are still eligible for scholarship assistance. The Miss America Organization is the leading provider of scholarships for young women in the world. Each year, the organization makes available more than $40 million in cash and tuition scholarship assistance.
What are the prizes?
First and foremost, this is a scholarship competition. We strive for each candidate to walk away from the Miss Wayne County Program with a scholarship to use toward her schooling. Please click here to view a list of the most recent scholarships and awards.
What are the judges looking for?
The judges are instructed to select a young woman who will represent the community as a public servant, an advocate for local issues, a friend to local businesses and a role model to youngsters. It is strongly communicated to each judge that they select the woman who best meets these criteria. While Miss Wayne County will compete at Miss Michigan and perhaps in the Miss America, these considerations are secondary. Most women will return to their communities after the state/national competition and must be of the character and mindset to serve that community.
Where do the judges come from? How do I know that they're qualified?
We are hard at work all year searching for outstanding individuals to serve on our judging panel. Our judges volunteer their services and are from various walks of life. We go to great lengths to ensure the fairness and objectivity of the judging panel. Judges are required to sign an affidavit verifying that his or her decisions will be made in a fair and impartial manner and that there are no "conflicts of interest" regarding any of the candidates. If a judge is found to be in violation of any portion of this affidavit, he or she will be prohibited from judging at any level of the Miss America Organization’s Competition System.
Click here to view our judging panel from the most recent Miss Wayne County competition.
Click here to view our judging panel from the most recent Miss Wayne County competition.
How do I know that the outcome of the pageant is not pre-determined?
The Miss America Organization operates under a strict set of rules. To ensure these rules are followed, a group of Field Directors have been appointed in each state and are each assigned a few local pageants to cover. These volunteers attend their local pageants to assist each pageant committee, making sure the MAO guidelines are correctly followed. It is the Field Director who gives final approval of the judging panel and auditors. Field Directors, along with each pageant's Judges Chairperson, also conduct the judges' orientation before the pageant, explaining in detail the Miss America judging system. Our program prides itself on a fair and unbiased outcome.
Can I see the judges scores after the pageant is done? Can I contact the judges? Why not?
No, the judges scores cannot be viewed. At the conclusion of the pageant, the auditors place all score sheets and the tally sheet(s) in a sealed, dated, and identified envelope for safekeeping at a predetermined location established by the Miss Michigan Board for a minimum of one year. Auditors and/or competition officials may not disclose to anyone any actual scores, whether total or individual scores, unless such time arises in which the outcome of the competition is in dispute and an independent auditor has to review the results.
How much are tickets? Can I purchase them before the day of the pageant?
Tickets are $20 each and will be available at the door. We do not offer pre-sale tickets. Current MAO local titleholders will be admitted free of charge.
Will the Miss Wayne County Competition be televised?
No, Miss Wayne County is not televised. It will be videotaped and available for purchase on DVD.
Is the state competition televised?
No, Miss Michigan is not televised. It will be videotaped and available for purchase on DVD.
I have not been competing since I was a child, do I have a chance of becoming Miss Wayne County, Miss Michigan,
or Miss America?
Yes. Most titleholders have not competed in pageant systems long before being awarded a local title and scholarship money. In her first year of competition, Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund won her first local title, was selected as Miss Michigan, and went on to become Miss America 2008 with no prior competition experience. Kirsten entered the Miss America system for the scholarship money and in one year earned more than $60,000 in scholarships to assist in furthering her education.
Should I use a coach to help my daughter prepare?
Even though some candidates seek the advice of a coach, we do not see their success reflected in the overall outcome of the competition each year. While some candidates feel more prepared when they work with an experienced person who can give them tips on competition, many young women have won titles without any outside training. Remember that it's often helpful to look to the advice of people who are already in your life. Parents or other family members can quiz you on current events. Your piano or vocal coach can help prepare you for the talent portion of competition. Even your English professor can help proofread your paperwork.
Do I have to spend a lot of money for wardrobe? Don't most winners have really expensive gowns?
No, It is not necessary to spend a fortune on an interview outfit and evening gown. It is more important to select outfits that make you feel confident and best suit your body type and personality. Many former Miss Wayne Counties have been expert borrowers! It is most important that the garment fits you well. One of the most consistent mistakes made is the length of your gown. A floor length gown should just touch the floor in front of your big toe. Please click here for more information on wardrobe selection for the Miss Wayne County competition.
Can I have a personal hair stylist or make-up artist backstage?
No, candidates are not permitted to provide hair stylists or make-up artists backstage. They must style their own hair and apply their own make-up.
What if I have a tattoo or body piercing?
Women are not prohibited from competing with tattoos or body piercings.
Does it matter if I sell ads for the program book or not?
No. While ads in the program book can help a contestant feel supported, it is not required. Judges are not instructed to look in the program to see who has sold the most ads or consider that as a factor in selecting the next Miss Wayne County.