Additional Information

Eligibility Rules- Must live, work or attend school in any of the following counties: McDonough, Hancock, Fulton, Schuyler, Warren.

 Candidates must:

  • reside, attend school in one of the five counties listed above
  • meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization
  • be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements
  • must be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities

All candidates must be available for Spring Kick-Off and Miss Illinois Week

Miss Contestants age ranges- 17-25

 17 year old High School Senior up to 25 years old. Contestants must not turn 26 before December 31, 2020.



After completing the local paperwork, your next step to becoming a local contestant is to register for the local preliminary you plan to compete in at http://www.missamerica4kids.org by clicking on “New Contestant” or “Returning Contestant” on the right side of the page. This allows you to begin your fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals right away!

Each local contestant must raise $100 for CMNH by 9:00 AM the day before competition to be eligible to compete. This process must be repeated for each local you attend until $500 has been raised. At that time, you may continue to compete in locals without further fundraising requirements.

Teen Contestants ages- 13-17 years of age


  • Must be at least thirteen (13) years of age on the first day of the State Competition in which she competes; and
  • Must not be older than seventeen (17) years of age as of July 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes, unless she is 18 years old and has not graduated from high school as of July 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes.


After completing your local pageant paperwork, your next step to becoming a local contestant is to register for a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising page at http://www.maoteen4kids.org by clicking on “New Contestant Registration.” You only have to register once a year even if you compete in multiple local pageants. You are not required to raise any funds, but you must register for a page.


Miss Candidates


Areas of competition

  • Private Interview: Each contestant participates in an individual 10-minute press conference-style interview with our panel of judges. There are typically 5-7 judges on a panel. Contestants are questioned on their background, educational and career goals, opinions on current events and social issues, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities as presented on the fact sheet they complete.
    • Allows insight into the candidate’s ability to fulfill the responsibilities outlined in the job description and provides the opportunity to learn as much as possible about the candidate’s qualities and attributes to fulfill the position.  Allows insight into the commitment to advance and execute her social impact initiative and have a year of service, not celebrity, as well as insight into the commitment to continue her education. Also allows insight into the ability to express and distinguish her beliefs and have a true knowledge of the world around her, in addition to getting a sense of accomplishments above and beyond the resume.
  • Talent: Contestants perform a 90 second routine of their own choosing. Some possible talents include all types of singing, dancing, gymnastics, instrumental music, dramatic or comedy monologues, baton twirling and ventriloquism.
    • Allows insight into the candidate’s preparatory and performance skills.  Looks at selection of talent presentation as well as the performance and interpretive ability and technical skill level including execution, technique synchronization and control.  Allows insight into stage presence and on-state personality and a look at the totality of the elements; Costume, Props, Music, Voice, Use of the Body and Choreography, as well as how enjoyable and relatable the performance is.
  • Evening Wear/Social Impact: Each contestant appears on stage in an outfit of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a formal, black tie social event. Pantsuits, cocktail dresses and evening gowns are all appropriate for this phase of the competition.  Once she has finished presenting her evening wear, she will present a short statement (approximately 8-10 seconds) related to her social impact initiative of choice.
    • Allows a look into a how the candidate exhibits her own personal style, attitude, personality, grace, presence and confidence while making her own statement about her mission for the job.  Looks into composure, confidence, the attention she captures on the stage, her command of the stage, presence and how she appears in the spotlight.  Allows ability to judge first impression reaction and a look at posture and carriage while providing a chance to hear a candidate’s presentation of her social impact initiative for social media in a different setting.
  • On-Stage Interview: Each contestant will be asked an on-stage question, with potential for a follow-up question from the judges.
    • The On-Stage Interview phase of competition advances the same criteria as the personal interview by bringing it on stage in an interactive and substantive highly energetic way to showcase each candidates’ intelligence, personality, charisma and aptitude for the job. This allows the audience to truly get to know the candidate and the ability to see how these discussions take place in a public forum showcasing the greater ability to communicate, stage presence, commanding presence and relatability. Allows ability to judge first impression reaction and determine if the candidate cannot simply answer the question asked but build on a conversation from the personal interview. Allows the ability to see interactivity and discussion and determines if the candidate can serve as a role model and is reflective of her generation.


Miss Macomb Outstanding Teen


Teen Contestants

Areas of Competition 

Private Interview

Evening Gown 


Onstage Question

Life Style and Fitness in Active Wear

Scholastic Achievement