FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Do I need experience in order to compete?
Absolutely not! Often times, at least half of our candidates are new. We are here to help you throughout every aspect of the competition!
Q: What sort of commitment is required to compete for Miss Spokane's Outstanding Teen?
A: Candidates will attend the first rehearsal and Fashion Show fundraiser on February 19 and a second rehearsal on March 5. During rehearsals, candidates will receive mentoring in interview, talent, and other skill in preparation for the competition. The private interview competition will take place on March 11. The on stage competition will take place on March 12.
Q: Is there a fee to compete for Miss Spokane's Outstanding Teen?
A: There is a $35 fee for participation in the Miss America Organization, and an additional $100 (early bird)/$150 (regular) fee for our local competition. Each candidate is also asked to sell a minimum half page advertisement in our program magazine.
Q: What will I be required to purchase?
A: Although certain items of clothing are needed for the competition, we can work with each candidate to minimize the need for purchasing outfits. Teen candidates will need an interview outfit, an evening gown, a fitness outfit, a costume for talent, and a production number outfit. It is more than acceptable to borrow items from fellow candidates, former titleholders or friends, or the Miss Spokane Organization closet. Miss Spokane's Outstanding Teen is not chosen based on the amount of money she has spent.
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. However, Miss America preliminaries have seen a variety of unconventional talents over the years. Basketball dribbling to music, changing oil in an engine, and sewing a dress are just a few. If you are willing to put in the effort, we can help you find your talent!
Q: How much scholarship money will be awarded?
A: The total amount is determined by the amount our sponsors contribute as well as the amount raised through advertisement sales, ticket sales, fundraisers, etc. You do not have to win the title to earn a significant scholarship amount. We offer scholarships in multiple categories.
Q: What will I be required to do if I win Miss Spokane's Outstanding Teen?
A: Your year of service and state preparation is what you make it! You will have the chance to make appearances in public events throughout Spokane and surrounding areas. You will be required to attend a “Spring Forum” weekend (April) with other state titleholders and to compete in the Miss Washington's Outstanding Teen competition (late May). Your education, employment, and family are very important and we will work with you to minimize conflicts with these priorities as your schedule is set for the year. We will meet with you and your parent(s) or guardian(s) after you are crowned to determine your goals for your year of service and state preparation. Typically, March and the first part of April are spent focusing on your state paperwork. Then, the remainder of April and May are spent focusing on preparing for the state competition (practice interviews, perfecting your talent, competition wardrobe, stage presence, etc.)