Miss Catagories and Scoring

Personal Interview

(35% of total score)

Each contestant participates in an individual 10-minute press conference-style interview with our panel of judges. There are typically 5 to 7 judges on a panel. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their fact sheet, 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 first impression, validated opinions and responses in context, poise, personal appearance and attractiveness, personality, intelligence, style, emotional control, speech, vocabulary, grammar, ability to have a confident and commanding presence; knowledge, understanding, and ability to articulate, sense of accomplishment, ability to fulfill job responsibilities.

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Evening Wear

(25% of total score)

Each contestant appears on stage in a gown of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a charity event or appearance. Scoring is based on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality and stage presence, walk and posture, carriage and grace, appropriateness of attire and sense of style.

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Spirit of the Valley

(15% of total score)

The “Spirit of the Valley” Phase of competition is designed to allow judges to see into the creative side of each contestant and their overall research of historic or current facts of the community. Contestants will present themselves in a costume of their choosing which best reflects their community, High School, Culture or anything of their choosing. Scoring is based on overall first impression, statement of creativity, presence; display of energy, charisma, and expression, sense of confidence and composure.

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On-Stage Question

(15% of total score)

TThe On-Stage Interview phase of competition is comprised of questions of a general nature nor something taken from the private interview. The objective is to evaluate the contestant’s ability to think on her feet and answer a question of general interest to people her age, including but not limited to local, state, and national current events. Scoring is based on overall first impression and the judges should ask themselves: 1. Did the contestant answer the question in the context in which it was asked? 2. Can she handle the pressure of speaking on stage in front of an audience? 3. Will young people see her as a role model who is reflective of today’s generation?

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Academic Achievement

(5% of total score)

Transcripts are submitted and judges may consider the overall academic achievement during the Personal Interview by considering the following 1. Has the student maintained at least a “B” average during the past academic year? 2. Would her academic achievements place her in the top 10% of your (the judges’) institution? 3. Is she taking Advanced, AP, or IB courses? 4. Does she hold leadership positions in her school and extracurricular activities? 5. Based on the information before you, do you believe this student would meet the description of a” titleholder”? 

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Pre Pageant Participation

(15% of total score)

The Pre Pageant Participation phase is judged by the Directors of the Program. They provide input on each contestant’s participation in pre pageant events & functions. The objective is to evaluate the contestant’s commitment to competition and seriousness of participating.

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Teen & Jr. Teen Catagories and Scoring

Personal Interview

(35% of total score)

Each contestant participates in an individual 10-minute press conference-style interview with our panel of judges. There are typically 5 to 7 judges on a panel. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their fact sheet, 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 first impression, validated opinions and responses in context, poise, personal appearance and attractiveness, personality, intelligence, style, emotional control, speech, vocabulary, grammar, ability to have a confident and commanding presence; knowledge, understanding, and ability to articulate, sense of accomplishment, ability to fulfill job responsibilities.

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Evening Wear

(25% of total score)

Each contestant appears on stage in a gown of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a charity event or appearance. Scoring is based on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality and stage presence, walk and posture, carriage and grace, appropriateness of attire and sense of style.

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Spirit of the Valley

(15% of total score)

The “Spirit of the Valley” Phase of competition is designed to allow judges to see into the creative side of each contestant and their overall research of historic or current facts of the community. Contestants will present themselves in a costume of their choosing which best reflects their community, High School, Culture or anything of their choosing. Scoring is based on overall first impression, statement of creativity, presence; display of energy, charisma, and expression, sense of confidence and composure.

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On-Stage Question

(15% of total score)

TThe On-Stage Interview phase of competition is comprised of questions of a general nature nor something taken from the private interview. The objective is to evaluate the contestant’s ability to think on her feet and answer a question of general interest to people her age, including but not limited to local, state, and national current events. Scoring is based on overall first impression and the judges should ask themselves: 1. Did the contestant answer the question in the context in which it was asked? 2. Can she handle the pressure of speaking on stage in front of an audience? 3. Will young people see her as a role model who is reflective of today’s generation?

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Academic Achievement

(5% of total score)

Transcripts are submitted and judges may consider the overall academic achievement during the Personal Interview by considering the following 1. Has the student maintained at least a “B” average during the past academic year? 2. Would her academic achievements place her in the top 10% of your (the judges’) institution? 3. Is she taking Advanced, AP, or IB courses? 4. Does she hold leadership positions in her school and extracurricular activities? 5. Based on the information before you, do you believe this student would meet the description of a” titleholder”? 

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Pre Pageant Participation

(15% of total score)

The Pre Pageant Participation phase is judged by the Directors of the Program. They provide input on each contestant’s participation in pre pageant events & functions. The objective is to evaluate the contestant’s commitment to competition and seriousness of participating.

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How to become the next
Miss Californa Scholar

     To become Miss California Scholar, a candidate must first win a local preliminary competition to compete to represent her state, a process requiring personal commitment, hard work, and dedication.

    Are you interested in participating in this year’s Miss California Scholar & Miss California Teen Scholar Competition?

    At this time, we are offering some local titles in a an online competition for our Class of 2022. Please refer to our Local Scholar Listing for specific details.

    Each Online Competition candidate will be required to participate in the following phases of competition with the selection committee:

    • Zoom Personal Interview
    • Resume Submission
    • Essay Submission
    • Academic Achievement
    • Social Media
    • Headshot

    Traditional Pageant Competitions will participate in the following phases:

    • Personal Interview with Selection Committee
    • Spirit of Fun Fashion
    • Evening Wear
    • Onstage Question
    • Academic Achievement
    • Pre Pageant Participation

     

    Step 1:

      Complete the Online Application. 

    Step 2:

    Please Upload  your resume
    Please follow resume guidlines

    • Accepted file types: pdf.

    Eligibility Requirements

      Miss Candidates

      • Must be a US Citizen or Legal Resident
      • At Least 18 years of age by State Competition (Not 26 by State Competition)
      • High school graduate or equivalent on the first day of State Competition.
      • Female, never married, and never have had children.
      • A legal resident of California for at least three (3) months prior to local competition.
      • Must meet the specific geographic and/or other eligibility requirements for the local competition.

       

      Teen Candidates

      • Must be a US Citizen or Legal Resident
      • At Least 13 years of age by State Competition (No more than 17 by State Competition
      • High school student by State Competition.
      • Female, never married and never have had children.
      • Legal resident of California for at least three (3) months prior to local competition.
      • Must meet the specific geographic and/or other eligibility requirements for the local competition.

       

      Jr. Teen Candidates

      • Must be a US Citizen or Legal Resident
      • At Least 10 years of age by State Competition
        No more than 13 by State Competition
      • High school student by State Competition.
      • Female, never married and never have had children.
      • Legal resident of California for at least three (3) months prior to local competition.
      • Must meet the specific geographic and/or other eligibility requirements for the local competition.

      Little Sisters
      (Non Competition)

      • Must be a US Citizen or Legal Resident
      • 4-9 Years of Age by State Competition
      • Legal resident of California for at least three (3) months prior to local competition.