Become a Miss Oshkosh's Outstanding Teen Contestant

Steps to Become a Miss Oshkosh's Outstanding Teen Contestant

  • Work, live or attend school in Winnebago County, Wisconsin

  • Be between the ages of 13 and 16.​

Contestants must commit to a process requiring personal commitment, hard work, and talent. To compete in the Miss Oshkosh's Outstanding Teen program, you need commitment, perseverance, talent, and ambition.

Participating in the Miss America Organization is one of the most rewarding and beneficial experiences available to young women in the United States. The Miss Oshkosh Scholarship Organization is a local preliminary competition that advances to the Miss Wisconsin's Outstanding Teen Competition.

Benefits of the Program

  • Gain valuable experience and develop life skills that will benefit your everyday life (i.e. interview skills, public speaking, interpersonal communication, social interaction, etc.);

  • Earn quality scholarship funds for college and graduate school, regardless of whether a title is won;

  • Create awareness of your potential strengths and increase your self-confidence;

  • Find new interests and discover new opportunities;

  • Make lifelong friendships and relationships with your peers, as well as other generations;

  • Gain a sense of accomplishment by using your free time in a positive and constructive manner;

  • Learn to set goals, follow them through, and exceed your expectations;

  • Develop a sense of responsibility for helping others;

  • Foster a positive, self-motivated mindset to achieve your goals; and

  • Receive recognition for your efforts in bettering yourself and your community.

Where to Start

To become a candidate, you must:

  • Be a young lady between the ages of 13 and 17 (see the local/state contestant contract for more details)

  • Be a United States citizen.

  • Meet residency requirements for competing in a certain town or state.

  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization.

  • Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements.

  • Be able to meet the time commitment and responsibilities as set forth by the local program in which you compete.

  • Must not be eligible to compete in the Miss America Competition.

Areas of Competition for Local Competitions


This phase of competition is an opportunity to learn as much as possible about the contestant’s qualities and attributes to fulfill the titleholder position; 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 outlined in the Local “Job Description”. The judge will need to assess the “impression” the contestant makes. She needs to possess a confident personality and the ability to express and distinguish her beliefs. She needs to have knowledge and understanding of her Platform Issue and have a commitment to community service. She needs to be attractive and stylish in an age-appropriate manner.


This phase of competition is designed to see how well the contestant maintains a lifestyle of good physical health and whether or not she has the sense of confidence and self-assurance needed to be a titleholder. The contestant should show that she takes care of herself and participates in activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. This phase of competition is a great indicator of confidence. The contestants will wear a type of aerobic/active -wear clothing, chosen by the Local Organization, NOT a swimsuit.

TALENT – 35%

This phase of competition separates the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen program from other competitions. The maximum time length for the talent presentation is 90 seconds at all levels of the MAOTeen program. The Talent competition is an insight into the contestant’s preparatory and performance skills. It acknowledges the quality of the performance, technical skill level, stage presence and entertainment value. The judge should look at whether or not this contestant has the true talent ability to represent the local organization as well as the MAOTeen program for the entire year. The judge should assess her talent presentation’s overall effect as a member of both the judges’ panel and the audience.


This phase of competition is designed to assess the contestant’s beauty, poise, grace, and commanding stage presence, as well as her ability to answer a question with eloquence and intelligence in front of a large audience. When the contestant enters the stage, immediately assess the first impression she makes. The contestant’s sense of confidence, personality, walk, posture and carriage should be considered.

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