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 program. Local pageants are held at different locations around the state from August through February to qualify for the state competition, which takes place in May or June.
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 PLATFORM?
A platform is an issue of special interest to a contestant 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 platforms. Platform topics range widely, and the Miss Nevada Organization encourages its participants to choose a platform they are 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 platform you truly enjoy. You will be spending a lot of time with your platform (especially if you win, but even if you don’t). Choose a platform 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 a platform around one event. Instead of choosing a telethon for AIDS research, for example, choose AIDS awareness (you can still use the telethon as one of your projects).
WHY DO I NEED A RESUME?
This is your opportunity to demonstrate to the judges why they should consider you for the position of Miss Local’s or State’s Outstanding Teen. You may list as many or as few items under each category as you desire. This one page, combined with your Platform Statement and your Pageant Contestant Contract will comprise your entire application for the responsibility of becoming Miss Local’s or State’s Outstanding Teen.
WHAT ARE THE TALENT REQUIREMENTS?
Talent, or artistic expression, is designed to be a short presentation of a special skill. Talents must not exceed 90 seconds (including any taped accompaniment) and must obey all copyright laws and regulations.