Each candidate is competing against herself and receives a score in the 1 to 10 point range, using whole numbers only. More than one candidate may receive the same score in each phase.

  • Private Interview - 35% of total score

Each candidate interviews for 10 minutes, seated at a board table with a panel of judges. The candidate will be interviewed for 9 minutes and 30 seconds and then is allowed a 30 second closing. There are typically 5 to 7 judges on a panel. Candidates are questioned on their background as presented on their resume, their social impact initiative, educational and career goals, opinions on current events/social issues, interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. 

  • Talent - 35% of total score

Each candidate performs a routine of up to 90 seconds of her own choosing. Possible talents might include singing, dancing, gymnastics, instrumental music, dramatic or comedy monologues, poetry, baton twirling, or ventriloquism. The talent must be performed solo on stage.

  • Red Carpet (formerly known as Evening Wear) - 15% of total score

Each candidate appears on stage in an outfit of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a formal "after five" social event.

  • On Stage Interview/Social Impact Pitch - 15% of total score

Response to one on stage question, written by a member of the panel of judges and is considered a continuation of her private interview. Answers should be limited to 20 seconds. Immediately following the onstage interview, the candidate will deliver a 10-20 second social impact pitch, which at her discretion can include a statement on the initiative's importance, her work and plans with the initiative, or other information.