Judging Criteria

Mandatory Competition Areas

Sr. Division 

  • Interview (30%)

  • Personal Introduction (10%)

  • Fashion Modeling (20%)

  • Evening Gown (20%)

  • Fitness (20%)

Jr. Division 

  • Interview (10%)

  • Personal Introduction (30%)

  • Fashion Modeling (30%)

  • Evening Gown (30%)


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.

Free Optionals

Included in the cost of registration, each delegate will have the opportunity to apply for the following Special Honors: 

  • Top Scholar Award (must submit grade report)

  • National Community Service/Missionary Award (must submit written essay)

  • Ad Sales Award

Paid Optionals

All Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in Optional competitions to receive Special Recognition Awards and honors.  More information on judging criteria for each competition is available in the Delegate Handbook.

  • Miss American Teen Latina Pageant - The winner of this optional competition will receive a position on the International Royalty Court and a prize package.


​The following competitions will be judged by the Finale Judging Panel based on scores received during mandatory competition phase of judging:   

  • Most Photogenic

  • Best Fashion

  • Best Gown

  • Best Interview Attire

  • Best Fitness Attire

The following competitions will be judged by the Preliminary Judging Panel during our Optional Competition Event:

  • Cover Model (Photo Shoot)

  • Spokesmodel

  • Social Media Correspondent

  • Talent

  • Casual Attire

Disclosure:   While delegates generally focus on their on-stage competitions and interviews, it is important to understand that judges will be selecting individuals to represent the pageant for a year as spokespersons.  As such, any behavior observed by a judge may be considered in their overall impressions and determination of the delegate's fitness for the position sought.  

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