Frequently Asked Questions
What commitment is required to compete for Miss West Sound/MWS’s Outstanding Teen?
You will be required to attend a Pre-Interview with members of our Board and a day-long Orientation where you will turn in paperwork, learn about our program and receive Interview and Talent instruction from former West Sound titleholders. We will have a Pearl Princess Party where you will meet your “little” for the first time. Your family is encouraged to attend this party as well.
We will have between 5 and 8 rehearsals and a mock interview session closer to the competition. These, along with Dress Rehearsal, Private Interview with your judges and Competition Day are all required in order to compete for the title of Miss West Sound/MWS’s Outstanding Teen. Exceptions may be made for those who make prior arrangements with the Executive Directors.
Is there a fee to compete for Miss West Sound/MWS’s Outstanding Teen?
There is no fee required to compete. However, each candidate is asked to secure two full-page ads in sponsorship from local businesses/individuals and each Miss candidate is required to fundraise $100 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which is the national platform of the Miss America Organization.
What will I be required to purchase?
We are, above all else, a scholarship program. It defeats our purpose if you (or your parents) shell out large sums of money for clothing. Being the candidate who spent the most money on her evening gown, or other pageant wardrobe, will not guarantee you the title of Miss West Sound/MWS’s Outstanding Teen. You will need an interview outfit, an evening gown, a fitness outfit (Teens only), a costume for talent, and a couple of production number outfits. Many winners of local Miss America competitions have borrowed these items from friends or other candidates.
Judges will pick Miss West Sound/MWS’s Outstanding Teen based on how she carries herself on stage, answers interview questions, and performs her talent. They will not choose her based on the amount of money she spent.
What if I do not have a talent?
Everyone has a talent. Singing, playing an instrument, dancing, or performing a monologue are the most popular. However, Miss America preliminaries have seen a variety of unconventional talents over the years. Basketball dribbling to music, speed painting, performing a science experiment and sewing a dress are just a few. If you are committed to working with our committee and coaches, and are willing to put in the effort, we can help you be pageant-ready.
How much scholarship money will be awarded?
The amount of scholarships is determined by the amount of sponsorships we bring in. We have provided over $175,000 in scholarships and prizes to our participants since 2010 and you do not have to win the title to earn a significant scholarship amount. We offer a Lion’s Club Community Service Award, a Director’s Award, a Top Ad Sales Award, Highest Ticket Sales Award, Scholastic Achievement and a first-time candidate “Rookie of the Year” Award. These are open to any of the candidates who meet our qualifications for the awards.
What will I be required to do if I win Miss West Sound/MWS’s Outstanding Teen?
Your judges will be searching for a Miss West Sound/MWS’s Outstanding Teen who is service oriented, in pursuit of higher education and available for appearances during her year of service. Appearances include speaking to students in our Kitsap County schools, attending civic organization meetings (such as the Lions Club, Kiwanis, Rotary, etc.), and attending a multitude of celebrations, fundraising events, parades, ribbon cuttings and Chambers of Commerce events. Our titleholders will be required to attend a “Spring Forum” weekend mid-spring, the Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen competition over Memorial Day Weekend (Teen) and a weeklong Miss Washington competition in the summer (Miss).
Your year as a titleholder is what you make of it. We understand that your education, employment, family, and social life are important to your success and happiness as Miss West Sound/MWS’s Outstanding Teen and we will make every effort to work with you to ensure you have time for these things. However, you must understand that Miss West Sound/MWS’s Outstanding Teen is a yearlong job that you are signing up for. Please be certain that you will make Miss West Sound/MWS’s Outstanding Teen a priority before you sign your contract.