Judging Criteria

Mandatory Competition Areas

Each Sr. Division will have five phases of competition to determine the overall winner of the Division.  They include:

  • Interview (30%)

  • Personal Introduction (10%)

  • Fashion Modeling (20%)

  • Evening Gown (20%)

  • Fitness (20%)


Included in the cost of registration, each delegate will also be considered for the following Special Honors (one per Division):

  • Top Scholar Award

  • National Community Service/Missionary Award

  • Ad Sales Award

Each Jr. Division will have four phases of competition to determine the overall winner of the Division.  They include:

  • Interview (10%)

  • Personal Introduction (30%)

  • Fashion Modeling (30%)

  • Evening Gown (30%)

All Delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in Optional competitions during pageant week to receive a Special Recognition Award, including:

  • Most Photogenic

  • Best Fashion

  • Best Gown

  • Best Interview Attire

  • Best Fitness Attire

  • Best Cover Model/Photo Shoot

  • Best Spokesmodel /Social Media Correspondent


The Interview Competition is your time to shine in front of the judges. It will be brief, but will give you the opportunity to introduce yourself and discuss your personal goals and objectives. It is also an excellent time to let the judges know why you should be crowned a Miss American Teen Queen!  Judges will be evaluating your ability to articulate your thoughts, self-confidence, grooming, personality and overall presentation.

Personal Introduction

The Personal Introduction will be the first time the judges will see you in front of a live audience.  This will be your opportunity to shine!  Each delegate will have 15 seconds (max) to introduce herself to the audience (name, age, title) and include a fun fact about herself.

Fashion Modeling

The Fashion Modeling competition is a chance for each delegate to show their sense of fashion and style.  The outfit can be a dress, pants, shorts, skirts, dressy or even high glitz! This is the fun outfit, however, no denim is permitted. The outfit can have a theme, just remember that it is not a costume contest. Natural modeling ability, confidence and poise onstage are evaluated.


Sr. Division delegates will model an athletic-wear outfit to receive a physical fitness score. The outfit will be of the delegate's choice and consist of coordinated aerobic or athletic attire.  Judges will be looking for the individual who is confident, energetic and healthy, with a strong sense of self-esteem. Sport-specific attire, such as that for tennis, swimming and equestrian are permitted, along with their coordinating accessories (e.g., racquet, water bottle, phone, back pack). Swimsuits with full coverage are also permitted; however, thongs or g-strings are not allowed on stage. 

Evening Gown

Presentation in Evening Gown is the finale' competition and gives each delegate the opportunity to capture the audience and judges through her natural beauty, personality, poise and grace in a floor length gown.  A variety of gown types are permitted. Delegates should ensure their choice is age appropriate and makes them look and feel their best. 

Community Service

Giving back to the community in which we live is an important part of being in the Miss American Teen family.  Delegates will be given a score on their community service or missionary project in a free optional competition. The project must be completed within the 12 months preceding the national pageant and documented in essay form.

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