What is the purpose of the MAO Princess and Teen programs? Does Wayne County have them? Why not?
Miss America's Outstanding Teen is a scholarship-based program offering accomplished teens the opportunity to be awarded funds for college. The program promotes scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for girls between 13 and 17 years of age. For more information, please visit www.maoteen.org.
The Princess Program is a fundraising endeavor to increase scholarship dollars paid to the young women who compete in our program. This program enables young girls, ages 4 to 12, to be mentored by one of our contestants competing for the title of Miss Wayne County.
At this time, Miss Wayne County does not have a teen or princess program, as it is not currently required for a Miss America local to have a companion teen program or princess fundraiser. We have a dedicated group of volunteers who work together to prepare Miss Wayne County for Miss Michigan and do not have teen committee to focus on a teen contestant. If you are interested in competing in a MAO Teen program, please click here for a list of local teen programs in Michigan.
Why are there entry fees for Princess and Teen programs?
Princess and Teen programs introduce the Miss America Organization to a younger generation and provide a better understanding of its purpose and benefits. While offering an opportunity for younger girls and teens to expand their horizons and gain valuable life lessons, each Teen and Princess program also serves as a fundraiser for the companion Miss program.
For the practice, should I enter my daughter in a "glitz" pageant, like those shown on Toddlers & Tiaras?
Competing in children's pageants, such as "glitz" pageants, is not a requirement for your daughter to be successful in the Miss America Organization one day. While you can enter you daughter in these types of pageants, the Miss Wayne County committee does not condone it. We promote a "be yourself" approach to pageants. Rather than paying an exorbitant amount for entry fees and on wardrobe, we recommend focusing your finances toward your child's education and developing her performance arts talent which will be a necessary element to compete in the Miss America Organization.