Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I ENTER?

You need to win a local competition to be eligible to compete in the Miss Nevada & Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen Competition. Local competitions are held at different locations around the state from August through March to qualify for the state competition, which takes place in June each year.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MISS AMERICA (MAO) SYSTEM AND OTHER PAGEANTS?

MAO is a not-for-profit organization committed to staying the largest provider of scholarship money for women in the world. Our evaluation system emphasizes community service, education, and personal achievements.

Before you enter this or any program of this nature, we would encourage you to find out as much as you can about the goals, motivations, and integrity of the organization. For more information about the Miss America System, please visit www.missamerica.org or www.maoteen.org.

WHAT IS A SOCIAL IMPACT INITIATIVE?

A social impact initiative is an issue of special interest to a candidate that she advocates during her year of service. Each year, MAO contestants across the country log more than 500,000 community service hours towards their social impact initiatives. Social impact initiative topics range widely, and the Miss Nevada Scholarship Organization encourages its participants to choose a social impact initiative she is eager to serve.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:  health issues, education, literacy, volunteerism, school-to-work programs, disease awareness, care for senior citizens, youth ministry, hunger, homelessness, women’s issues, veteran’s affairs, mentoring, organ and tissue donation, arts in education, recycling, environmental issues, drug abuse prevention, tobacco awareness, AIDS awareness, eating disorders awareness, breast cancer education, self-esteem, patriotism, etc.

Above all, choose a service project you truly enjoy. You will be spending a lot of time with your social impact initiative (especially if you win, but even if you don’t). Choose a topic that can be applied to larger areas than your hometown in case you have to extend your service statewide or even nationwide. Try to avoid centering your social impact initiative around one event; for example, instead of choosing a telethon for AIDS research, choose AIDS awareness (you can still use the telethon as one of your projects).

WHAT PAPERWORK IS REQUIRED?

A candidate’s resume and social impact initiative statement demonstrates to the judges why each candidate should be considered for the position of Miss Local/State or Miss Local/State’s Outstanding Teen.  The candidate’s contract outlines the responsibilities of the titleholders and candidates alike. All paperwork can be acquired from the local director. 

WHAT ARE THE PHASES OF COMPETITION?

Private Interview: Each candidate will have a job-like interview with a panel of 5-7 judges.  Questions can be about any subject matter, including but not limited to candidate social impact initiative, current events and politics, pop culture, and personality.  Miss candidate interviews are 10 minutes, Outstanding Teen candidate interviews are 8 minutes.

 

Onstage Interview: A continuation of the private interview, judges take this time to ask the candidates 1-2 additional questions related to discussions in the interview.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fitness Wear: Outstanding Teens will demonstrate their fitness through a small choreographed routine.

 

 

 

Talent: The talent portion of the competition is designed to be a 90 second presentation of a special skill, including but not limited to dancing, singing, acting, instrumental, speed painting, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evening Wear:  Combined with a tweet-like pitch about their social impact initiative, Miss Candidates will demonstrate their poise and confidence in a red carpet style show of evening wear of their choice.  Combined with on-stage question, Outstanding Teen Contestants will demonstrate their poise and elegance in evening gown of their choice.