The Miss Teen of America Pageant was founded in 1983 by the late Mr. Warren Alexander, a former educator and pageant director. Designed to help America’s youth reach their full potential, this scholastically based pageant recognizes young women ages 13-18 for their outstanding personal achievements, leadership abilities, and artistic, creative or athletic talents. The Miss Teen of America organization searches for complete well-rounded teenagers, which is accomplished through six distinct categories of judging: scholastic achievement, service to school and community, personal development, personality projection and poise in formal wear, a general awareness test and interview.
For more than a decade Mr. Patrick Liestman and his team guided Miss Teen of America with a continued commitment to the tradition of honoring high achieving young women throughout the country. Today, the Miss Teen of America organization reigns under a new leadership team dedicated to preserving the essence and integrity of the past, however, with a fresh vision for the future. Former titleholders and participants will be honored for helping to build the solid foundation upon which many lives have and will be touched. As established leaders within their schools, current titleholders and participants will join us in the advancement of our developing partnership with Special Olympics. Together, we will focus on ensuring that social inclusion is the norm. Simply stated, the future is bright for the young women who will join us in the Miss Teen of America experience!
The Miss Teen of America Scholarship and Recognition Pageant is unique because it offers six different judging categories for the express purpose of providing a totally fair and thorough judging format.
Scholastic Record: 15%
A candidate’s scholastic record is reviewed carefully. Points of consideration include over-all scholastic average, nature of classes taken, class rank, and significant test scores. Of specific interest are academic achievements and or related honors. Classroom attitudes and general scholastic attributes will also be evaluated.
Service & Achievement to School & Community: 15%
The candidate’s list of involvements and contributions to school and community will be evaluated by a panel of judges who will look for the extent of involvement, significance of contribution, devotion of cause, and general enthusiasm. The extra-curricular involvement may be in such areas as speech, journalism, student government, peer-assistance or civic activities such as 4-H, church involvement, and volunteer work. Leadership qualities will be stressed in the review of the resume.
Personal Development: 15%
This category refers to all of the special skills and abilities, hobbies and interests which candidates may have developed. In short, anything which may have been pursued which has helped to make the candidate a more well-rounded individual. Such things include athletic abilities, studies in music or dance, and special hobbies ranging from sewing to art work to photography. This category seeks to recognize personal development and encouragement of special interests.
General Awareness: 15%
At the pageant, each candidate will take a written test designed to measure her awareness of the world around her. This is NOT an intelligence or a scholastic-oriented test, but rather it seeks to measure a candidate’s familiarity with such things as teen fads and fashions, and current and recent noteworthy events centering around such areas such as politics, television, literature, and sports. Also included are some academic and common sense knowledge material.
Personality Projection & Poise in Evening Wear: 15%
Each candidate will be required to wear a formal dress of her choosing. She will be scored on her choice of attire and grooming, carriage and posture, personality projection, poise and naturalness by a panel of judges. Attire and grooming should reflect a positive teen image.
Judge’s Interview: 25%
Each candidate will be interviewed by a panel of judges. Judges will be looking for such qualities as clarity of expression and verbal command, sincerity, perception, sense of values, friendliness, courtesy and tactfulness, poise and self-confidence, and most significantly, over-all ability in human relations.