Participating in Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen
Heather Loseke, Director
Kali Tripp, Co-Director
1724 S. 32nd Ave.
Omaha, NE 68105
The Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen Competition is the state final for the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Competition, held in Orlando, Florida. This branch of the Miss America Organization was first introduced in 2006. Candidates may compete as “At-Large Contestants,” not sponsored by a local event, or may be the winner of a local Miss Teen competition. All of them share the same general eligibility requirements.
Participants must be:
Resident of Nebraska for the last six months;
At least 13 years of age on the first day of the State Competition in which she competes;
No older than 17 years of age as of July 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes, unless she is 18 years old and has not graduated from high school as of July 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes.
The entry fee for the state competition is $350 for local winners and $400 for At-Large Contestants. In many cases, local committees will assist with payment of the state entry fee. Check with local directors for local competition entry fees. Academic scholarships are also awarded at the local and state levels.
See the Miss Nebraska local competition page for the most up-to-date information regarding local competitions and contact information.
We believe every young woman who has the desire to compete for Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen should have that opportunity. Anyone can compete as an At-Large Contestant as long as eligibility criteria and paperwork requirements are met. You will be required to pay an entry fee of $400.
Upon committing to compete At-Large you will be given a title to compete as (ex: Miss _____’s Outstanding Teen), and from that point you will only be recognized as your assigned title, just like the other contestants. You will also be given the opportunity to purchase a crown and sash to represent your title.
Competing At-Large is a great opportunity for any young woman to compete for the title of Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen. For more information, please contact the state directors.
AREAS OF COMPETITION
Contestants in the Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen Competition are evaluated in the following areas:
Private Interview (25% of total score) – The Private Interview phase of competition is an opportunity for the judges to learn as much as possible about the contestant – her personal qualities and attributes to be Miss Local’s Outstanding Teen; her level of communication skills; her opinions and aspirations; her sense of accomplishment, poise, and presence as well as her ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the position judges have been requested to fill. At the local level, individual interviews with the judges are 6 minutes long. At the state and national levels they are 8 minutes long. There are typically 5-7 judges on the panel, and the interview is press-style, with the contestant standing at a podium. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their fact sheets, their educational and career goals, their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities, or any major current events that relate to their specific platform or career interest. Scoring is based on overall “first impression”; communication skills including speech, vocabulary, and grammar; a confident and charismatic personality; ability to express and distinguish her beliefs; attractive and stylish in an age-appropriate manner; leadership and sense of accomplishment; and knowledge and understanding of her platform issue.
Lifestyle and Fitness (15% of total score) – Each contestant briefly appears on-stage (up to 30 seconds) modeling sportswear of her, or the pageant committees’, choosing that represents something she does to stay fit. The Executive Director of the competition must approve workout attire prior to the competition. Workout attire must be age-appropriate, and typical of what a teenager would wear to workout at the gym. An example of workout attire includes sweats, leggings, or shorts with a tank top or half top and tennis shoes. Swimsuits and clothing specifically for dance, such as a leotard are not permitted. Scoring is based on overall first impression, statement of strong physical fitness and health, sense of attractiveness and presence, display of energy, charisma and expression, sense of confidence and composure. The fitness of the teen, by the shape of her body, is not being judged. Instead, her level of pursuit and dedication to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is being evaluated.
Talent (35% of total score) – 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 totality of all elements, including costume, props, voice, use of body and choreography.
Personal Appearance/Poise in Evening Wear/On Stage Question (25% of total score) – Each contestant appears on-stage in an outfit of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a prom or other formal event. Although contestants typically wear ball or evening gowns, pantsuits, tea-length dresses and cocktail dresses are all appropriate for this phase of competition. Scoring is based on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality and stage presence, walk, posture, carriage and grace, appropriateness of attire and sense of style, sense of attractiveness, beauty and charm.
Each contestant competing at the state and local level will be required to submit a platform and resume sheet for the judges, as well as some other supplementary paperwork. Instructions and samples of the resume and platform sheet can be found below. Each local director can also help to guide you through all the necessary documents.