We will crown our NEXT Miss Rome and Miss Rome's Outstanding Teen on August 28th!
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 28, 2021. Dress rehearsal will be at the Rome City Auditorium on Friday, August 27, 2021. DEADLINE FOR ENTRY (paperwork packet, talent track, head shot) is August 15, 2021.
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 are defined as: candidates must be at least a graduating high school senior who will be 18 years of age on or before July 31 of the year she competes at Miss Georgia (2022). Candidates must not be older than 25 years of age before December 31, 2022. Candidates cannot turn 26 years of age at any time during the calendar year (through December 31st) in which she competes at state or nationals. (13 to 17 year old high-school graduates, as well as 18 year old candidates who have not graduated high school as of July 31, 2022 must compete in Outstanding Teen).
NEWLY UPDATED INFORMATION: Miss America Program Registration and Scholarship Fundraising requirement: Per Miss America, there are two steps. First, each Miss candidate must register for the 2022 Miss America Program Competition Season and pay a one-time per year $35 fee at https://bit.ly/MAORegistration. This registration and $35 fee is good for the entire 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 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). This must be completed by August 25th or the candidate will not be allowed to compete at Miss Rome. This is a NEW process this competition year. If you have questions, please let us know so that we can help!
Miss Candidate Resume and Essay: For the 2022 local competition year, all local competitions in Georgia will return to the traditional one-page resume format and will use the one-page social impact initiative essay. See the list of downloads below for instructions and template for these. (At the State level, candidates will still use the two-page, open resume; the Miss Rome Board will assist our new Miss Rome in converting to this open format for the Miss Georgia Competition in June 2021).
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 current local competition year. In an effort to make contract submission easier for candidates who compete in multiple local competitions, the Miss Georgia Organization and local competitions have enacted a new policy. Candidates will complete and submit the full local contract for the first local preliminary in which she completes. If the candidate does not win her first local and enters a subsequent local competition, and if her contract is on file with the Miss Georgia Organization, she need only complete and submit a one page addendum for the subsequent local in which she is competing. *Note* the NEW local contract for the 2022 competition year is NOW available. Please see the list of "Downloads" below. The one-page addendum is titled "Approval for Agreement for Participation in 'Subsequent Entered" Local Competition" and is page 23 of the contract (page 26 of the pdf document). If you are unsure which applies to you for Miss Rome, please feel free to reach out the local Executive Director for clarification.
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 10 to 20 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 15, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org (strongly prefer that all items be emailed)
If you need to submit anything by mail:
Andrea Pitts, Executive Director
22 Saddle Mountain Road
Rome, Georgia 30161
You may contact Andrea Pitts, Executive Director, for more information at email@example.com or 706-766-4887.