The Miss Bay County’s Outstanding Teen program is the sister program to Miss Bay County. Each year teen girls showcase their talents, knowledge and poise with the goal of being selected to represent Bay County. The title comes along with the responsibility of being a positive role model to her peers.
How to Qualify for Miss Bay County’s Outstanding Teen
To qualify for Miss Bay County’s Outstanding Teen you must be at least 13 years of age and no older than 17 entering your junior year in high school. Miss Bay County’s Outstanding Teen is an “open” pageant, meaning you can be from anywhere in the state of Michigan. There is a $50 entrance fee for the Teen category.
Phases of Competition for Miss Bay County’s Outstanding Teen
Talent: Contestants perform a 90 second routine of their own choosing. Scoring is based on contestant’s skill and personality, interpretive ability, technical skill level, stage presence and the totality of all elements, including costume, props, voice, use of body and choreography. Talent is worth 35% of their total score.
Interview: Each contestant participates in an individual 6-minute press conference-style interview with our panel of judges. There are typically 5 judges on a panel. Contestants are questioned on their background, their educational goals, their opinions on teen issues, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. Scoring is based on overall communication skills, including personality, intelligence, validated opinions, emotional control, overall first impression and personal appearance, and whether the contestant possesses the overall qualities and attributes of a Miss Bay County’s Outstanding Teen. Interview is worth 35% of their total score.
Evening Wear and On-Stage Question: Each contestant appears on stage in an outfit of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a formal, black tie social event. Pantsuits, cocktail dresses and evening gowns are all appropriate for this phase of the competition. Scoring is based on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality and stage presence, walk and posture, appropriateness of attire and sense of attractiveness. At the completion of their walk, each contestant will be asked one on-stage question. The questions are written by all of the Teen contestants and then randomly selected on-stage. The contestant is judged on how well she answers the impromptu question. Evening Wear and on-Stage Question is worth 20% of their total score.
Active Wear: Each contestant performs an identical fitness routine on-stage in the fitness outfit of their choice. Scoring is based on overall first impression, statement of physical fitness and health, overall physique and proportion, walk, posture and grace, sense of confidence and presence on stage. Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit is worth 10% of their total score.
The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization
The Miss Bay County Scholarship Program is a local affiliate of the Miss America Organization (MAO), therefore our sister program, Miss Bay County’s Outstanding Teen, is a local affiliate of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. Founded in 2005, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Inc. has become one of the top scholarship providers for teen girls in the United States. Participating in the MAOTeen system not only helps you pay for college and prepare for a career, it also provides an opportunity to gain additional life experience, working on issues of importance to society, enhancing your personal and professional skills and developing your performance-related and other talents.
The winner of Miss Bay County’s Outstanding Teen goes on to compete for the title of Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen. The phases of competition remain the same from our local preliminary through to Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.