Judging Criteria – Little Miss & Young Miss

Judging Criteria

Little Miss of America and Young Miss of America

The American Pageants Judging Criteria is unique because it offers a variety of categories for the express purpose of providing a totally fair and thorough judging format without a focus on beauty. The program is designed to recognize girls who rank high academically, have exceptional leadership skills, and/or community service achievements.

Scholastic Record: 30%

A candidate’s scholastic record is reviewed carefully. Points of consideration include over-all scholastic average, nature of classes taken, class rank, and significant test scores. Of specific interest are academic achievements and/or related honors. Classroom attitudes and general scholastic attributes will also be evaluated.

School Activities & Community Service: 30%

The candidate’s list of involvements and contributions to school and community will be evaluated by a panel of judges who will look for the extent of involvement, significance of contribution, devotion of cause, and general enthusiasm. The extra-curricular involvement may include speech, journalism, student government, peer-assistance or civic activities such as 4-H, church involvement, and volunteer work. Leadership qualities will be stressed in the review of the resume.

Personality Projection & Poise in Evening Wear: 15%

Each candidate will be required to wear a formal dress of her choosing. She will be scored on her choice of attire, grooming, carriage, posture, personality projection, poise and naturalness by a panel of judges. Attire and grooming should reflect a positive teen image.

Judge’s Interview: 25%

Each candidate will be interviewed by a panel of judges. Judges will be looking for such qualities as clarity of expression, verbal command, sincerity, perception, sense of values, friendliness, courtesy, tactfulness, poise, self-confidence, and most importantly, over-all ability in human relations.


The judging criteria for Junior Miss of America and Miss Teen of America can be found here.