Miss Omaha's Outstanding Teen &
Miss Douglas County's Outstanding Teen
Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Inc. was organized to encourage positive achievement by helping to nurture and build the scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living, and community involvement of our nation’s youth.
As a subsidiary of Miss America's Outstanding Teen, the Miss Omaha & Miss Douglas County Scholarship Program hosts an annual day-long competition in October where two young ladies are named the new Miss Omaha's Outstanding Teen and Miss Douglas County's Outstanding Teen. These young ladies are awarded a scholarship and prize package and advance to compete at the Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen competition the following May. As titleholders of the Miss Omaha & Miss Douglas County Scholarship Program, these young women will receive customized preparation from our dedicated board of volunteers as they prepare for the state competition. In addition to winning a cash scholarship of $2,300, the new Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen receives access to full-ride in-kind scholarships to a number of different colleges and universities and advances to compete at the Miss America's Outstanding Teen competition in Orlando, FL in July where she has the opportunity to win up to $30,000 in additional cash scholarships.
Be at least 13 years of age by May 11, 2019
Either be a senior in high school or no older than 17 by July 31, 2019
Be a United States citizen and a resident of Nebraska
Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization.
Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements
Be able to meet the time commitment and responsibilities as set forth
Complete and sign the candidate contract and complete the contestant information/talent sheet
Complete the Resume and Platform statement according to the instructions as set forth
Pay the applicable entry fee of $125 (reduced by $25 for each little sister recruited)
Private Interview (25% of total score)
The Private Interview phase of competition is an opportunity for the judges to learn as much as possible about the contestant – her personal qualities and attributes, her level of communication skills, opinions and aspirations, sense of accomplishment, poise, and presence as well as her ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the position judges have been requested to fill. Individual interviews with a panel judges are 6 minutes long and take place the morning of the competition. Contestants are questioned about their background as presented on their fact sheets, their educational and career goals, their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. Additionally, candidates can be questioned abut any major current events that relate to their chosen social impact statement or career interest. Scoring is based on overall first impression, communication skills, vocabulary, grammar, confidence and charisma, an ability to express and distinguish her beliefs, style and age appropriateness, leadership, a sense of accomplishment, and lastly her overall knowledge and understanding of her chosen social impact initiative.
Lifestyle and Fitness (15% of total score)
To showcase their health and physical fitness, candidates will appear on-stage as a group and perform a brief fitness routine choreographed the day of the competition. Candidates will wear black leggings, a black sports bra, a tank top (provided) and tennis shoes to compete in this phase of competition. Scoring is based on overall first impression, statement of strong physical fitness and health, display of energy, charisma and expression, sense of confidence and composure. The fitness of the teen, by the shape of her body, is not being judged. Instead, her level of pursuit and dedication to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is being evaluated.
Talent (35% of total score)
A display of the candidates dedication to perfecting an art is seen through the performance of a 90-second talent routine of their own choosing. Examples of possible talents include singing, dancing, gymnastics, instrumental music, dramatic or comedic monologues, baton twirling, ventriloquism, martial arts, etc. Scoring is based on a candidate's skill and personality, interpretive ability, technical skill level and stage presence.
Evening Wear & On Stage Question (25% of total score)
Candidates exhibit their poise, grace and intelligence through their appearance in evening wear and answering of an on-stage question. Candidates can select an outfit of their own choosing, representative of what they would wear to prom or a formal event. Although contestants typically wear ball or evening gowns; pantsuits, tea-length dresses and cocktail dresses are all appropriate forms of attire for this phase of competition. Scoring is based on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality and stage presence, walk, posture, carriage and grace, appropriateness of attire and sense of style and charm.