Congratulations to our NEW Miss Rome and Miss Rome's Outstanding Teen!
Miss Rome's Outstanding Teen is an OPEN preliminary to Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen and Miss America's Outstanding Teen. 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 with dress rehearsal the night before on Friday, August 27th. DEADLINE FOR ENTRY (paperwork packet, talent track, head shot, and entry fee) is August 15, 2021.
Miss Rome's Outstanding Teen is an OPEN preliminary for eligible young women who live and attend school in Georgia (must provide proof of residence or school). Age eligibility range is 13 to 17 (must provide copy of birth certificate and year in school). There can be confusion regarding Outstanding Teen age eligibility in some scenarios. The following is taken directly from Miss America's Outstanding Teen.
Effective March 1, 2021 for all candidates who will compete in 2022 State Competitions, which includes all Local Competitions that will send titleholders to compete in 2022 State Competitions.
Eligibility for TEEN candidates is as follows:
For the avoidance of doubt, 13 to 17 year old high-school graduates, as well as 18 year old non-graduates as of July 31st, 2022 must compete at MAOTeen (Outstanding Teen) level.
If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact our Executive Director, Andrea Pitts.
NEWLY UPDATED INFORMATION: Miss America Program Registration requirement: Per Miss America, there are two steps. First, each Outstanding Teen 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 Outstanding Teen preliminary this season, you have already completed this step). Second, the candidate signs up for “Miss Rome's Outstanding Teen.” Teens do NOT pay any additional fundraising fees at the local level. Instead, Teen candidates will enter the code "TEENLOCAL" (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's Outstanding Teen” and enter the code "TEENLOCAL" on the official fundraising page). This must be completed by August 25th or the candidate will not be allowed to compete at Miss Rome's Outstanding Teen. This is a NEW process this competition year. If you have questions, please let us know so that we can help!
Outstanding Teen Candidate Resume and Essay: See the list of downloads below for instructions and sample templates for the single page resume and single page social impact initiative essay. These are the same format that were required for the 2021 Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen Competition. Your private interview will primarily be based off these two documents. Additionally, your onstage question will be based on these two documents. These are due as part of your overall paperwork packet that must be submitted by August 13, 2021.
Miss America's/Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen 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. 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 only for the first local preliminary in which she completes. If the candidate does not win her first local and enters a subsequent local competition, 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 "Download" below. The one-page addendum is titled "Approval for Agreement for Participation in 'Subsequent Entered" Local Competition" and is page 21 of the contract (page 24 of the pdf document). If you are unsure which applies to you for Miss Rome's Outstanding Teen, please feel free to reach out the local Executive Director for clarification.
Proof of Eligibility and Headshot:
In order to verify your age eligibility, you must provide your year in school and anticipated graduation date (the latter will be entered on the application found below) AS WELL AS provide a copy of your birth certificate and proof of residence. You will need to provide a digital color photo (jpeg) head shot for newspaper, social media, and program publicity. Your head shot must be high-resolution and submitted via email.
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.
PHASES OF COMPETITION
Private Interview: 25% Candidates will have an 8 minute private interview with the panel of judges. Questions are primarily based upon the candidate's resume and social impact initiative essay, but may cover additional topics as well. For teens, there is no opening or closing statement. 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. The Head Judge will notify the candidate when time is up. When her interview is over, the candidate will immediately leave the room. Candidates should NOT approach the judges or shake the judges' hands.
Fitness: 15% Teen candidates will wear a similar fitness outfit as worn at the state competition. Midriff may be shown or covered. Candidates should wear black dance/workout leggings along with a solid colored tank and white tennis shoes. Candidates will individually perform a set fitness routine for their onstage competition (similar to what is required at state competition). The routine is to be performed as demonstrated. You will need to watch the video example, learn the routine, and be prepared to perform the routine at rehearsal. There is a link to the Teen Fitness Routine Video below in the list of downloads.
Evening Wear/Onstage Question: 25% Candidates will wear an evening gown of her choice. Candidates will also have 20 seconds to answer an onstage question during this segment of the competition. Teen onstage questions will be written by the judges immediately following each private interview. The judge who asks the candidate her first question in private interview will also write her onstage question. Each Teen's onstage question will be related to her paperwork. Teens receive a single score that combines evening wear and onstage question.
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 downloadable items listed below and submit the paperwork packet, a copy of your birth certificate, your proof of residence, 90-second talent track, and high-resolution, digital color head shot (jpg) by August 15, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org (strongly prefer that all items be emailed).
Entry fee of $150 should be made payable to the Miss Rome Competition can be mailed to:
Andrea Pitts, Executive Director
22 Saddle Mountain Road
Rome, GA 30161