Candidates in the Miss District of Columbia program compete in these areas:
Each candidate participates in an individual 10-minute press conference-style interview with our panel of judges. There are typically 5 to 7 judges on a panel. Candidates are questioned on their background as presented on their resume, their educational and career goals, their opinions on current events and social 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 candidate possesses the overall qualities and attributes of a Miss District of Columbia/Miss America.
On Stage Question
Each candidate will be asked a question on-stage before an audience during the pageant finals. Questions will be different for each candidate and will not necessarily be related to her platform or fact sheet. Questions will be determined by the Miss District of Columbia Board to be of relatively equal degree of difficulty. As with the private interview, scoring is based on overall communication skills, including personality, intelligence, validated opinions, emotional control, overall first impression and personal appearance, and whether the candidate possesses the overall qualities and attributes of a Miss District of Columbia/Miss America.
Candidates 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 candidate’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.
Social Impact Initiative Pitch
Candidates will be asked to offer a brief "TED-talk" type pitch of the Social Impact Initiative that they have chosen and which they will address if they are chosen as Miss District of Columbia/Miss America.
*Areas of competition and percentages are subject to change by the Miss America Organization.