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  • A single female between the ages of 17 and 24 (by December 31st of the entire year you are competing)
  • A high school graduate or entering her senior year of high school in the fall of the current pageant year
  • A permanent resident for a minimum of six months, full-time student for at least one semester, or a full-time employee for at least six months in the state of Michigan
  • A United States citizen
  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization
  • Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements
  • Be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities as set forth by Miss Indiana/local program

Miss Contestants are required to raise a minimum of $100 to Miss America’s national sponsor, The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (online registration instructions are included in paperwork)


35%:  Talent Competition
25%:  Interview Competition
20%:  Evening Wear Competition
15%:  Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Competition
5%:   On-Stage Question

Interview Competition
Each contestant participates in an individual 10-minute press conference-style interview with our panel of judges. There are typically 5 judges on a panel. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their resume, their educational and career goals, their opinions on current events and social issues, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. Scoring is based on overall communication skills, including personality, intelligence, validated opinions, overall first impression and personal appearance, and whether the contestant possesses the overall qualities and attributes of a Miss America. Each interview ends with the opportunity to make a final statement to the judges. This is optional; a contestant need not take this opportunity. They may end the interview at that time.

Talent Competition
Contestants perform a 90 second routine of their own choosing. Some possible talents include all types of singing, dancing, gymnastics, instrumental music, dramatic or comedy monologues, baton twirling and ventriloquism. Other talents that can be performed solo on a stage are also possible. Phone or e-mail us if you have a question about your talent presentation. Scoring is based on contestant’s skill and personality, interpretive ability, technical skill level, stage presence and the totality of all elements, including costume, props, voice, use of body and choreography.

Evening Wear Competition
Each contestant appears on stage in an outfit of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a formal, black tie social event. Full length evening gowns are appropriate for this phase of the competition. Scoring is based on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality and stage presence, walk and posture, appropriateness of attire and sense of attractiveness.

Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Competition
Each contestant briefly appears on stage in a one or two piece swimsuit and footwear of her own choosing. Scoring is based on overall first impression, statement of physical fitness and health, overall physique and proportion, walk, posture and grace, sense of confidence and presence on stage.

On-Stage Interview
Each contestant will be asked one or two on-stage questions during formal competition, with the score factoring on how well she answers the extemporaneous question(s).