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Miss Rome is an OPEN Miss Georgia and Miss America Preliminary Competition. This means that our competition is OPEN to any eligible young woman who lives, works, or attends school in Georgia.
The next competition will be held at the Rome City Auditorium on Saturday, August 27, 2022. Dress rehearsal will be at the Rome City Auditorium on Friday, August 26, 2022. DEADLINE FOR ENTRY (paperwork packet, talent track, head shot) is August 14, 2022.
Eligibility for Miss:
Miss Rome is open to young women who live, work, or attend school in Georgia. To meet the age criteria for Miss Rome, Miss candidates must be at least 19 years of age as of December 31st, 2023 (the year she would compete at Miss Georgia). To further clarify, the candidate cannot be 18 years old on December 31st, 2023. If the candidate is 18 years old on December 31st, 2023 then she must compete in the Outstanding Teen Program. Candidates must not be older than 26 years of age as of December 31, 2023 (the year of the state competition in which she will compete). To further clarify, the candidate cannot turn 27 years of age at any time during the calendar year she would compete at Miss Georgia (January 1st, 2023 through December 31st, 2023).
Miss America Program Registration and Scholarship Fundraising requirement: Per Miss America, there are two steps. First, each Miss candidate must register for the 2024 Miss America Program Competition Season and pay a one-time per year $35 fee. This registration and $35 fee is good for the entire local competition year. This registration gives you access to MAO’s exclusive Professional Development series and MANY other opportunities. (If you have already competed at a local preliminary this season, you have completed this step). Second, the candidate signs up for “Miss Rome” and completes a separate $75 scholarship fundraising commitment. (If you have already competed in a local this season PRIOR to Miss Rome, you only have to go back into your account and sign up for “Miss Rome” and complete the $75 scholarship fundraising on the official fundraising page). Follow this link to register on the Miss America site and be sure to select the 2024 season: Miss America
*NOTE* This must be completed by August 26th or the candidate will not be allowed to compete at Miss Rome.
Miss Candidate Resume and Essay: Miss candidates will submit a 2-page resume in a format of their choice. The resume should contain information of her choosing that best reflects her and the information she wants to convey to the panel of judges. This may include (but is not limited to) her ambitions, accomplishments, interesting facts, etc. In addition to the two-page resume, candidates should also submit a one-page essay on her social impact initiative. See the list of downloads below for instructions and a template for the social impact initiative essay. The two-page resume and one-page essay will be mailed to the judges prior to competition so that the panelists can get to know the candidates and be prepared to ask the candidates questions based upon their paperwork.
Miss America/Miss Georgia Local Candidate Contract:
All candidates must have a current, signed, completed contract on file with the Miss Georgia Competition or a signed updated addendum to the contract on file for the current local competition year. ***There are NEW instructions for completing/submitting the 2023 competition season contract.*** See the list of instructions in the downloads below and follow the instructions carefully. Your completed contract (if Rome is your first prelim of the season) or your contract addendum (if you have already competed in a Georgia local prelim this 2023 season) - MUST be received by the President of the Miss Georgia Board BEFORE August 26th. This is new: contracts and addendums will be mailed DIRECTLY to Trina Pruitt, CEO/President of the Miss Georgia Competition (mailing address is in the contract instructions below). Per the Miss Georgia Board, candidates cannot compete until their contract or addendum has been RECEIVED by Trina Pruitt.
Proof of Eligibility and Headshot: You will need to provide a copy of your birth certificate and proof of residence. This serves as your verification of age eligibility and state of Georgia eligibility for competition. You will need to provide a digital color photo (jpeg) head shot for newspaper, social media, and program book publicity. Your head shot must be high-resolution and submitted via email.
Opening Number: You will not be required to learn a dance. There will be basic stage maneuvers for the opening number, followed by candidate introductions. Introductions will include candidate number, name, and social impact initiative. Opening number attire will be the same outfit worn for private interview. (Immediately following opening number, Miss candidates will compete in onstage question and social impact pitch, wearing their interview/opening number attire).
PHASES OF COMPETITION
Private Interview: 35% Candidates will have a 10 minute private interview with the panel of judges. Questions are based upon the candidate's resume and social impact initiative essay, as well as additional topics. When she enters the room, the candidate will be introduced by a member of the Miss Rome Board. The candidate will walk straight to the podium and questions from the judges will begin immediately. 9 minutes and 30 seconds into the interview, the Head Judge will provide the candidate with the opportunity to make a 30-second "closing statement" of her choice. When the interview is over, the candidate will immediately exit the room. (Candidates should NOT approach the judges or shake their hands).
Onstage Question and Social Impact Pitch: 15% Immediately following the Opening Number, Miss candidates will each answer one onstage question. Candidates will have 20 seconds to respond to their question. The judge who asked the first question of the candidate during her private interview will write her onstage question. Each candidate's onstage question should be a continuation of her private interview. Prior to private interviews that morning, the judges will determine if all onstage questions will be general in nature, or if all onstage questions will relate to the candidates' resume. Following their onstage question, Candidates will then deliver a 20 to 45 second "social impact pitch" statement. The social impact pitch is at the discretion of the candidate, but it could relate to the initiative's importance, her work with the initiative, her plans for the initiative, or other information. The social impact pitch will be timed to ensure it meets guidelines.
Evening Wear/Red Carpet: 15% Each candidate will wear evening attire of her choice, reflecting "red carpet" glamour.
Talent: 35% Each candidate will have 90 seconds to perform her talent selection. Background music track must be submitted electronically and in advance of rehearsals, as part of the paperwork packet deadline. Submitted music tracks will be timed to ensure 90 second time limit. If candidates are not using a background track, she much submit an audio recording of her talent performance for purposes of time-limit verification; this audio recording will not be shared with anyone other than the local executive director and will not be judged. Talents may not be duplicated and are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. See the below list of downloads for a talent request form (prefer submission via email). Candidates may submit their talent request form prior to submitting the other items to ensure she secures her talent selection of choice.
Please refer to the paperwork list below and submit the packet of paperwork along with your 90 second talent track, copy of your birth certificate, your proof of residence, and a high-resolution digital color head shot (jpeg) by August 14, 2022 to email@example.com (strongly prefer that all items be emailed).
Contracts or addendums should be mailed to Trina Pruitt and must be received BEFORE August 26th at:
MGSC-℅ Trina S. Pruitt
608 Virginia Avenue
LaGrange, Georgia 30240
If you need to submit anything other than you contract by mail:
Andrea Pitts, Executive Director
22 Saddle Mountain Road
Rome, Georgia 30161
You may contact Andrea Pitts, Executive Director, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-766-4887.