FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What sort of commitment is required to compete for Miss Spokane/Miss Spokane’s Outstanding Teen?
A: Candidates will be asked to participate in fundraisers and volunteer events in order to ensure a successful and memorable journey through the competition. Two to four rehearsals, private interview with the judges, and competition day are all required in order to compete for Miss Spokane/Miss Spokane’s Outstanding Teen.
Q: Do I need experience?
A: Absolutely not! Our competition is often the first miss/teen competition young women will compete in. We hold rehearsals and workshops to help prepare you and are always available to answer any questions you may have.
Q: Is there a fee to compete for Miss Spokane/Miss Spokane’s Outstanding Teen?
A: There is no fee required to compete for Miss Spokane. There is a fee to compete for Miss Spokane’s Outstanding Teen. Each candidate is asked to secure advertisement sponsorship from local business(es). Miss candidates are required to fundraise a minimum $100 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America Organization through the MissAmericaForKids.org website (this is a requirement from the Miss America Organization).
Q: What will I compete in?
A: MISS candidates (ages 17-25) will compete in Private Interview (25%), Talent (40%), On-Stage Interview (15%), and Evening Wear & Social Impact Statement (20%). There is no longer a swimsuit category. TEEN candidates (ages 13-17) will compete in Private Interview (25%), Talent (35%), On-Stage Question in Evening Wear (25%), Lifestyle and Fitness in Sportswear (15%). More information on these categories is listed under Compete>Judging Criteria.
Q: What will I be required to purchase?
A: We are a scholarship competition. It defeats our purpose if you (or your parents) shell out large sums of money for clothing. Being the candidate who spends the most money on her wardrobe will not guarantee you the title of Miss Spokane/Miss Spokane’s Outstanding Teen. It is more than acceptable to borrow items from fellow candidates, former titleholders or friends. Judges will pick Miss Spokane/Miss Spokane’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 they think she spent. We also have a Miss Spokane Closet that has wardrobe donated from previous titleholders and candidates in various sizes – current candidates are more than welcome to borrow from our closet (first come, first serve)!
Q: What if I do not have a talent?
A: EVERYONE HAS A TALENT! Singing, playing an instrument, dancing, or performing a monologue are the most popular. Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen preliminaries have seen a variety of unconventional talents over the years. Basketball dribbling to music, changing a carburetor, 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 competition ready.
Q: How much scholarship money will be awarded?
A: The amount of scholarships is determined by the amount of donations raised each year. You do not necessarily have to win the title to earn a significant scholarship amount.
Q: What will I be required to do if I win Miss Spokane/Miss Spokane’s Outstanding Teen?
A: Our Miss Spokane/Miss Spokane’s Outstanding Teen are service minded. You will be required to make many appearances during your year of service. Appearances include speaking to students in our local schools and attending a multitude of fundraising events, ribbon cuttings, parades and local events. Miss Spokane will be required to attend the Miss Washington Spring Forum weekend (typically the first weekend in May) and the Miss Washington Competition (typically late June/early July). Miss Spokane’s Outstanding Teen will be required to attend the Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen Spring Forum weekend (typically the first weekend in April) and the Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen Competition (typically Memorial Day weekend). Ultimately, your year is what you make of it. Your education, employment, family, and social life are very important to your success and happiness as Miss Spokane/Miss Spokane’s Outstanding Teen. However, your judges will choose the young woman whom they feel will put in the most work and enthusiasm during the year. We will expect you to follow through with that, should you win the title.