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5 Reasons Why You Should Compete in a Teen Pageant

Megan Whittaker, Miss Teen America 2016, at college. Photo Courtesy/Miss Teen America.
Megan Whittaker, Miss Teen America 2016, at college. Photo Courtesy/Miss Teen America.

If you have never competed in pageants, or have, and you are a teen looking for a system that will focus on you and help you develop for life in and beyond pageants, then a Teen system is a great option.

A Teen titleholder is often considered the “little sister” to Miss and Mrs. counterparts, but if you participate in a Teen only pageant, you’re sure to get the focus and devotion you seek. (Read: 5 Secrets to Winning a Teen Pageant)

5 Reasons Why You Should Compete in a Teen Pageant

1. The Judges’ mindsets are in 100% teen mode.

Teens face different challenges and bring different experiences to the table in interview, so it’s important that a judge understands and acknowledges this.

“[There is] no switching judging criteria for younger or older age divisions,” said Jessica Toussaint, Brand Manager of Miss Teen America. “They are solely focused on finding the best teen for that system.”

This is important because if the judges are dealing with multiple age divisions, they may ask questions that are too simple or too complex for the divisions. (Read: 5 Body Language Mistakes You are Making in Interview)

2. Interview questions tailored to teens.

Megan Whittaker, Miss Teen America 2016. Photo Courtesy/Miss Teen America.
Megan Whittaker, Miss Teen America 2016. Photo Courtesy/Miss Teen America.

Going back to the last one, the questions asked are teen-specific. Lifestyle, pop culture and even political questions can be asked with a teen focus, but if a judge is judging other age divisions, he/she may not realize it and ask a question that is more formulated for a Miss or above.

3. Teen-based events and activities during the pageant/pageant week.

Teens are typically social by nature, stay up late and entertain themselves. So, pageant activities need to be tailored to fit teenage interests and allow contestants to get to know each other.

They also need to align with teenage schedules, which, biologically, actually means that teens often can’t go to sleep until later in the night, so an early morning call time can be difficult for teens.

Megan Whittaker, Miss Teen America 2016, on a mission trip. Photo Courtesy/Miss Teen America.
Megan Whittaker, Miss Teen America 2016, on a mission trip. Photo Courtesy/Miss Teen America.

4. Commonality: You will have even more in common with the other contestants.

Teen age divisions often include only a few ages in their age range, 13-19 or so. However, a Miss division can vary between 17-30. The large age range includes girls in various stages in their lives, including college, entry level and mid-level careers, while Teen division age ranges often see girls in a similar life stage making social activities, titleholder expectations and judging criteria a more level playing field.

5. Teen-based events for Miss Teen America 2017.

Megan Whittaker, Miss Teen America 2016, with Minnie Mouse on her trip. Photo Courtesy/Miss Teen America.
Megan Whittaker, Miss Teen America 2016, with Minnie Mouse on her trip. Photo Courtesy/Miss Teen America.

When competing in a pageant with older and younger age divisions, Teens may get passed over for opportunities. But by competing in a Teen only pageant, you could grow not only your pageant resume but also your professional resume. (Read: How To Organize Your Pageant Resume)

“Each contestant will participate in the Disney Leadership Program at Disneyland,” said Toussaint. “This is at no additional cost to the contestants.”

The Disney Leadership Program is used by major companies as the standard in leadership so getting the chance to participate as a Teen is a wonderful attention-getter on a resume and ice breaker in an interview.

Miss Teen America 2017

Miss Teen America 2017 takes place in Downey, California, August 2-5, 2017.

The pageant features Interview, Fun Fashion, Physical Fitness, Evening Gown and a trip to Disneyland.

Miss Teen America 2017 will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship along with a substantial prize package.

Interested in getting more information on the Miss Teen America pageant or getting involved? Visit the website.

Megan Whittaker, Miss Teen America 2016. Photo Courtesy/Miss Teen America.
Megan Whittaker, Miss Teen America 2016. Photo Courtesy/Miss Teen America.

Going Forward

It is always important to do your research on a system to really find the one that fits your wants and needs. There are multiple pageant systems out there, so look around and give it a shot.

I encourage you to check out a system’s social media pages as well, as they can really give you insight into the activities and expectations of the titleholder.

For example, the Miss Teen America Instagram looks like a page straight from a Teen magazine with trips, prize announcements and everyday adventures. It’s fresh, vibrant and youthful, and definitely looks like a pageant any girl would be proud to be a part of. (Read: What Should You Post on Social Media as a Titleholder)

Good luck, ladies!

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