Become a Teen Candidate

How to Become a Teen Candidate

To compete in the Miss Illinois’ Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant, a candidate can first win a local preliminary pageant. Some locals are open and some have specific geographic eligibility requirements, based on where you live or attend school.
Step 1: Determine Your Eligibility
Age
Must be at least thirteen (13) years of age on the first day of the State Competition in which she competes;
Must be no older than eighteen (18) years of age as of December 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she could compete.
Residency
Must fulfill one of the following:
Be a resident in Illinois
Be successfully enrolled in and physically attending classes on a full-time basis at an accredited public or private school, or home schooled within the state of competition.
Citizenship
Must be a citizen of the United States of America
Step 2: Find a Local Pageant in Your Area
To find a local pageant in your area, visit our Local Competition page.
Teen At-Large Candidate Application
Step 3: Register for a Membership ($35)
To Register, click here.
Step 4: You will be contacted by Miss Illinois with instructions on how to register for a local and for a free registration code to enter locals.

Areas of Competition

Private Interview: The interview is six minutes total at the local level — there is no opening or closing. There are typically 5-7 judges on a panel. Candidates are questioned on their background, educational and career goals, opinions on current events and social issues, their social impact initiative, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. The judges will have the candidate’s submitted resume and social impact initiative for the interview.

Talent: Candidates will perform a 90 second talent presentation of their choice. Some possible talents include all types of singing, dancing, gymnastics, instrumental music, dramatic or comedic monologues, baton twirling and ventriloquism.
Talent Track Information

Evening Wear & Onstage Question: Attire is the candidate's choice of evening wear. This phase of competition is designed to assess the candidate’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. Candidates will answer a question onstage related to their social impact initiative of choice.

Lifestyle & Wellness: Attire is athletic wear. This phase of competition is designed to see how well the candidate 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 candidate should show that she takes care of herself and participates in activities that promote a healthy lifestyle.
Miss Illinois titleholders
Miss Illinois 2019 Ariel Beverly
Miss Illinois 2019
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