Become a Preteen

Do you dream of becoming Miss America?  Start now in the Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Preteen program!

Begin your journey now!
Miss Virginia Pageant
June 27~29, 2013

Visit the Local Pageants page for individual contact information for your local pageant.

To compete in a local pageant a contestant must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a young lady between the ages of 9 and 12
  • Must not be eligible to compete in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen
  • Legal resident of Virginia at least 6 months prior to local pageant competition
  • Be able to meet the time commitment and responsibilities as set forth by the local program in which you compete
  • Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements
  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Preteen Organization
  • The winner of Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Preteen does not compete at the National level, however she will attend the “Teens in Training” program at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2013  competition in August 2013 in Orlando, FL

*See contestant contract for additional requirements.


Linda Haas, Director

Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Teen/Preteen/Princess Volunteer Office

712 Mobjack Place, Suite B

Newport News, VA 23606

Phone: (757) 873-0454


Private Interview – 35%

The private interview is 5 minutes long. There are typically 5 judges on a panel. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their fact sheet, their educational and career goals, pop culture, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. Contestants are judged on communication skills, the ability to convey her opinion, personality and confidence. A podium will be used. The contestant may stand behind it, or on either side of it, but not in front of it.


Talent – 35%

Talent will be a maximum of two minutes. (90 seconds beginning in 2014) Any talent presentation under two minutes is acceptable. Talent may not consist of more than two songs from any one piece or medley of songs. Nothing longer will be accepted, and this will be strictly enforced! Contestants should plan a performance that will not exceed this limit. Judges will be informed immediately if a contestant runs over her allotted time. Each judge will then use this information to assist in determining his/her score of the contestant’s talent competition. Judging of talent will also take into consideration the qualities and attributes of Miss Local.


Lifestyle & Fitness in Activewear – 10%

Each contestant briefly appears on stage in activewear of her choice. Attire varies based on local competitions. State contestants will be provided with specific wardrobe expectations – usually a running top and shorts or capri leggings. The Lifestyle and Fitness in Activewear is designed to see how well the contestant maintains a lifestyle of good physical health, whether she meets the public expectation of a titleholder, and whether or not she has the confidence needed to be a titleholder. The contestant’s drive, energy and presence are to be likewise considered.


Evening Gown/On-stage Question – 20%

Evening wear should express a sense of style and appropriateness for young women ages 13 to 17. The Evening Wear phase of competition is designed for the judge to assess the contestant’s beauty, poise, grace, and commanding stage presence. The contestant’s total look is considered. Her evening wear (not the value of the evening wear) should complement the contestant’s individuality. It is permissible to wear cocktail dresses, evening pant suits, or long gowns.  Two on-stage questions will be given. The first question will be a light question followed by a question from either the interview or her platform (if she has one). The contestant’s answer will be scored.

*Before starting any phase of competition, the judges must read and understand all six parts of the Affidavit before signing it. This is for the protection of the local organization.