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Best Pageants of 2015

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Olivia Jordan is crowned by Nia Sanchez, Miss USA 2014, as she is announced as the new winner of the 2015 Miss USA Pageant. Photo: Miss Universe Organization

2015 was a great year for many national pageants in the United States. With hundreds of local, state, and national titleholders crowned, it’s amazing to think about how many dreams came true this past year!

Looking back at some of the most popular national-level pageants this year, we’ve put together a list of pageants that really stood out as the best of the best. While we understand that the professionalism of the following pageants may vary from state to state from a national prospective we feel that these are the best to consider entering. (Looking for a new pageant to compete in? Click Here to Find a Pageant Based on Your Interest and Location)

To create this list, we took into consideration the values of the organization, areas of competition, community service, titleholder opportunities, and overall satisfaction with the pageant.

Best National Pageants of 2015

10. America’s US Miss

America’s US Miss queens with crowns on their head and sand in their toes. Photo by: America’s US Miss Organization

Another growing pageant is America’s US Miss. This “scholarship program is judged on academic achievement, volunteer service, resume, personality wear, evening gown and a personal interview.” America’s US Miss wants each girl that comes through their pageant to gain confidence, learn new skills, and attain her goals.

9. America’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization (ANTSO)

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The 2015 National Teenager Kolby Kayworths’ crowning moment. Photo by: America’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization

At ANTSO, all contestants participate in Interview (30%), Evening Gown (15%), Personal Expression (where contestants decorate and model a pair of blue jeans) (15%), Academics and Achievements (15%), and Onstage Question (10%). Contestants do not compete in swimsuit or talent. America’s National Teenager “prides itself in offering scholarships, prizes and travel” for all winners (Click to Discover More about America’s National Teenager).

8. USA National Miss

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USA National Miss Titleholders ravishing in red. Photo by: USA National Miss Scholarship Organization

USA National Miss, also known as UNM, is growing in size and popularity. “The USA National Miss Scholarship Organization is a national pageant program that combines all the beauty and excitement of pageantry with the glamour and energy of a runway fashion show – while recognizing the personal achievement, community involvement and academic excellence of young women all across the USA.” UNM has received incredible reviews from former titleholders and directors (Click to Discover More about USA National Miss).

7. Mrs. America

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Mrs. America 2016 Madeline Gwin Photo by: Frank Carnaggio Photography

The Mrs. America website states that “the Mrs. America Pageant maintains a long standing tradition of recognizing ‘America’s greatest natural resource — the contemporary married woman.'” Since 1977, this pageant is the top competition for married women in America. The winner goes on to compete in the Mrs. World Pageant where she competes against women from all corners of the earth. It’s never too late to chase your dreams! (http://mrsamerica.com/delegates_america.htm).

6. National American Miss (NAM)

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NAM girls excited to meet former NAM Queen and Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev. Photo by: National American Miss Organization

In National American Miss there are four required phases of competition: Formal Wear (30%), Personal Introduction (30%), Interview (30%), and Community Involvement (10%). The National American Miss Organization fully believes that contestants will “gain poise, self-confidence, and valuable communication skills.” Each of these skills are essential to success. It has also laid the foundation for Kira Kazantsev, a former NAM California queen who went on to become a three-peat Miss America from New York in 2014 (Click to Discover More about National American Miss).

5. Miss Jr. High/High School/Collegiate America

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2016 Miss High School, Miss Collegiate, and Miss Junior High America titleholders Emily Bray, Chloe Hatfield, and Emilee Webb Photo by: SON Studios

Less than 20 years old and directed by Amanda Patterson, The Miss High School, Junior High School and Collegiate America Pageant competition “exists for the purpose of providing personal and professional opportunities for young women.” B.R.A.V.E., the pageant’s national platform, is promoted by the national titleholders in hopes to put an end to bullying. The Miss High School, Junior High School and Collegiate America Pageant sticks to “the highest of moral values” (Click to Discover More about High School America).

4. Miss Teen USA

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Miss Teen USA 2015 Katherine Haik Photo by: Miss Universe Organization

The sister pageant to Miss USA, Miss Teen USA promotes the same high ideals and impacts thousands of women each year. This system “provide[s] the tools which help women to be their personal best,” and believe that “self-confidence is the key” (Click to Discover More about Miss Teen USA).

3. Miss America’s Outstanding Teen (MAOTeen)

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Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2016 Allie Nault Photo by: Jennifer Bopp Cady

Founded 11 years ago, the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant is the sister system to Miss America. MAOTeen has “made available almost $5,000,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships,” to teen girls across the country. This organization is known for promoting scholastic excellence, creative accomplishment, talent, healthy living, and community involvement (Click to Discover More about Miss America’s Outstanding Teen).

2. Miss USA

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Olivia Jordan Miss USA 2015 and 2nd runner-up at Miss Universe Photo by: Miss Universe Organization

Miss USA is one of the most well-known pageant systems in the country, giving women the chance to “get out of her comfort zone, be herself, and continue to define what it means to be ‘Confidently Beautiful’.” Miss USA goes on to compete in the Miss Universe competition, where our Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan was named 2rd Runner-up. At the national level, titleholders travel to various charity events and have the opportunity to give back to their community (Click to Discover More about Miss Universe Pageant).

1. Miss America

Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell Photo by: Matt Boyd Photography

The Miss America Organization is and always has been a not-for-profit organization, providing young women with millions of scholarship dollars and supporting Children’s Miracle Network with countless donations. This organization impacts the lives of 12,000 young women competing at the state and local levels, in addition to the individuals each of these women reach through their service and promotion of their personal platforms.

According to the Miss America website, this organization prides itself in “empowering young women to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent and intelligence,” making the Miss America system worthy of a spot in our Top 10 Pageants of 2015. (Click to Discover More About Miss America)

That rounds out our list for the Top 10 National Pageants of 2015! Which one is your favorite?

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11 thoughts on “Best Pageants of 2015

  1. Hate to see that Miss United States didn’t make the cut. One of the fastest growing systems in the last few years!

    1. I agree! I can’t believe it didn’t make top 5, let alone top 10 :/

  2. Thank you for recognizing our organization in your “Best Pageants of 2015” article. We have worked very hard to develop a program that would honor the accomplishments of outstanding teens across the country. It takes a dedicated staff and many volunteers to make this happen each year and I am extremely proud of where we are after a relatively short period of time.

    May I make one correction, please? The correct abbreviation for our organization is MAOTeen, not MAOT. When we first began 11 years ago, someone coined the abbreviation MAOT. We felt that since our website is http://www.MAOTeen.org, for continuity the abbreviation should be the same. Plus, it helps to identify that we are a teen program.

    Thank you again for this honor. We will continue to do our best to be the best!

    My best,
    Donna Bozarth
    Chairman of the Board
    MAOTeen, Inc.

    1. It takes an army! Thank you very much for the feedback! We have made the correction. 🙂

  3. Great article, but Olivia Jordan was 2nd ru to Miss Universe. Not third!

    1. Thank you so much, Shelby! We just corrected that. 🙂

  4. The HeartShine foundation/HeartShine.net is just heading into our 4th year but we are growing rapidly due to our outstanding title holders, families and supporters. HeartShine is currently the most active community service organization in Northern California though we require no minimum amt. of service from our royal court, we do present hundreds of opportunities for each of our title holders throughout their year.
    Our title holders represent true inner-beauty and the desire to give back through service & appearances both locally and nationally. HeartShine hosted our 1st National pageant last November and have the 5th annual “Miss California HeartShine” State Scholarship programs just around the corner, taking place in Sacramento, Ca.
    Congratulations to those on this top 10 list this year, we hope to capture positive attention from the pageant world as we grow.

    1. That is wonderful! The HeartShine foundation will be on our radar. 🙂

  5. Wow!! Thank you Pageant Planet for selecting the Mrs. America Organization as one of the top pageants for 2015!

    Raquel Riley Thomas
    Executive Director
    Mrs. DC America Pageant &
    Mrs. Pennsylvania America Pageant

    1. Thank you for what you do! #yesmarriedwomenrock #notthereyet

  6. Thank you so much for this incredible honor! We are so blessed to be in the Top 10 for the second year in a row, and know that this would not be possible without God, our state directors and coordinators, volunteers, staff, supporters, fans, and state and national royalty. We are truly appreciative that our commitment to our girls and to positive pageantry is being recognized.

    Jackie Watson
    Founder & Executive Director
    USA National Miss Scholarship Organization, LLC

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