Miss Chain of Lakes' Outstanding Teen Competition Information
The Chain of Lakes Teen programs is the little sister to the Miss Chain of Lakes Scholarship Program. This local organization feeds into the Miss Minnesota and Miss Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen Programs, all of which fall under the larger umbrella of the Miss America Organization.
An Outstanding Teen has the following qualities:
• Well Spoken
• Intelligent and an eloquent communicator
• A proven achiever
• A leader by virtue of her accomplishments
• A role model who cares about her community
• Outgoing and approachable
• Energetic, charismatic, and outgoing
The four points on the Miss America crown represent: Service, Scholarship, Style, and Success. The Miss America Organization and the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization truly represent today’s modern woman. This is a wonderful opportunity for a young woman to polish her public speaking skills, develop a personal platform that she is passionate about, get involved in her community, perfect her talent, and to develop herself as a young member of society.
The Outstanding Teen Competition has been organized to encourage positive achievement by helping to nurture and build the scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement of our nation’s youth. This competition is intended to encourage and reward the talent, communication skills, community service, and academic achievement of girls between 13 and 18 years of age.
Age and High School Status Eligibility for 2019 State Competitions
The Outstanding Teen contestants are required to
Areas of Competition
There are four areas of competition for the Miss Minnesota Outstanding Teen Competition. They are:
Private Interview (25% of total score)
Interviews at a local competition are 6 minutes with no opening or closing statements. There are typically 5 to 7 judges on a 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 sheet, their educational and career goals, 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. Can the judge envision the public and especially young people being positively impacted by meeting this young woman?
Talent (35% of total score)
Contestants perform a talent of 90 Seconds.
Nothing longer will be accepted, and this time limit is strictly enforced! Judges will be informed immediately if a contestant exceeds 90 seconds. Each judge will then use this information to assist in determining his/her score of the contestant’s talent competition. 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. Will the judge be proud that he or she selected this young woman when she performs her talent if she is selected as the titleholder? Did the judge enjoy the presentation?
Lifestyle and Fitness (15% of total score)
Teens compete in Lifestyle and Fitness wearing black capris, a plain bright colored tank top, PLAIN white socks and sneakers. The Lifestyle and Fitness competition is designed to determine the level of fitness of the contestant and to obtain a glimpse into her daily routine and lifestyle. The contestant’s drive, energy, and presence are to be likewise considered.
Evening Wear/On-Stage Question (25% of total score)
Each contestant appears onstage in a gown of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a prom or other formal event. 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. Overall first impression, sense of confidence, composure, and poise; personality and stage presence; walk, carriage, posture, and beauty; sense of style and age-appropriateness of the evening wear are evaluated. Does she take command of the stage by simply walking onto it? Can she handle the pressure of speaking on stage in front of an audience? Judges must give special attention to whether or not she answered the question she was asked, and did she have the ability to make the audience want to listen to her? The contestant’s total look, grace, charm, and ability as a spokesperson and role model must be considered.