​​Miss (18- 25 years of age)


Welcome to the Miss Rapid City Scholarship Foundation! 

We invite you to enjoy the Miss America experience in our local program

and realize the rewards of the world’s largest scholarship program for young women.

The Miss America Organization, the nation’s leading achievement program and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for women. It is a celebrated brand that includes a local, state and national program. Miss Rapid City is a local preliminary for the Miss South Dakota and Miss America Organization.

The Miss Rapid City Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships and prizes to young women on the basis of merit and civic and social achievement. The mission of our program is to promote scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement. Miss Rapid City is a scholarship based program. Through the efforts of thousands of volunteers across the country, the organization offers to accomplished young women the opportunity to win college scholarship funds.

This local pageant is a preliminary event that will qualify the titleholder to participate in the Miss South Dakota Scholarship Pageant held in Brookings, SD in May. The young lady chosen in Brookings moves on to compete in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, NJ. For more information, see www.misssd.org.

For age eligibility in the Miss division, here are the details:

* You must be at least 18 years old by July 31, 2019.

* You must be at least a high school graduate or equivalent by July 31, 2019.

* You must not be older than 25 years of age as of December 31, 2019.

* If you are a high school graduate but only 13-17 years of age, or if you are 18 years old but not yet a high school graduate as of July 31, 2019, you can compete in the Teen division, but not the Miss.

You must also be a resident of South Dakota, or a student attending school in South Dakota, or employed in South Dakota, for six months to qualify for participation. Some local pageants may have more restrictive geographical residency requirements, but ALL titles the Miss Rapid City Pageant will give out are unrestricted – anyone throughout the state meeting the state residency requirement may win any of the titles.

The more contestants we have, the more titles we can give. The top-scoring contestants receive these titles, regardless of where they live, but the name of the title will be determined the night of the pageant. For instance, if we have enough contestants to give two titles at the pageant, and the highest-scoring contestant is from east river and the second-highest scoring contestant is from Rapid City, the first will be given the Miss Central States Fair title, and the second will be given the Miss Rapid City title. We hope to have enough contestants to give a Miss Rushmore title as well. All titles qualify the recipients to compete at the Miss South Dakota Pageant in Brookings.

As a titleholder, please keep in mind that you will represent this local pageant at the Miss South Dakota Pageant, be a spokeswoman for your platform, attend various functions, and be a positive voice for the entire state of South Dakota as well as the Miss America Organization.

Sara Frankenstein will be your contact person whose email address is smfranken@hotmail.com. When your official contestant paperwork is fully completed and received by December 15, 2018, you will be placed as a contestant in this local pageant. Phone calls, e-mails requests, etc., WILL NOT be considered as official entries. Official paperwork includes the fact sheet and the contestant’s contract. Return this paperwork to your contact person.

We would LOVE to have you involved in our pageant. Girls with any level of experience are welcome. We teach what they need to know so every young lady has the tools to be successful and most importantly, enjoy themselves during this experience. We have girls range from veterans to first-timers, so come and join the fun!


The Miss America competition judging system is designed to promote diversity, individuality and overall achievement among all contestants. Judges score the individual contestants immediately following each phase of competition. Contestants are scored on a 1-10 point scale, in whole numbers, within each category (more than one contestant may receive the same score.) All five judges have been educated about the Miss America judging system and represent a variety of professional sectors within their communities.

Interview is 25% of your score.

Wear a suit or dress of choice – something you would wear for a job interview. Your personal taste should dictate all your clothing choices, but avoid extreme styles. Typically, contestants choose suits or dresses with above-the-knee skirts, but you may choose a longer skirt or pants suit. Busy patterns, styles, or excessive jewelry and scarves may distract the judges’ attention from what you are saying, so keep them minimal. General fashion rule – if navy or black suit, navy or black shoes are fine, but for most other colors, nude or beige heels are preferred with nude nylons. Despite the current fashion to go without nylons, some judges say they expect nylons to be worn and sometimes mention or note when contestants do not wear them, particularly in the winter.

Criteria considered in interview include whether the contestant has qualities and attributes of a Miss America, first impression, personality, intelligence, opinions, articulation, confidence, style, and charisma. Questions may come from your fact sheet, current events, controversial issues, issues relevant to women, career goals, and your platform.

The interview time will be a total of ten minutes. There will be nine minutes and thirty seconds of interview by the judges and then a thirty-second closing statement by the contestant. The contestant will enter the room and the judge designated to ask the contestant her first question will begin the interview. Be prepared with some thoughts for your closing statement. A podium may be used.

Fitness -- There is no more fitness/swimsuit competition! There is still a fitness routine in the Teen division, but no fitness or swimsuit competition in the Miss division.

Talent is 40% of your score.

If you need special props other than microphones, please let the local ED know. They will inform you if they can accommodate you. We no longer allow aerial silks for the talent competition. Your attire should complement the performance you are delivering.

Judges are looking for your personality, interpretive ability, skill level, stage presence, and entertainment value.

No live accompaniment is allowed. All background music must be on thumbdrive or CD only. You must bring two CDs or a thumbdrive of your background music with you to rehearsal. Backup voices are allowed only if there is no melody being sung on the accompaniment CD. Your talent must be demonstrated on stage as a live performance. It should be memorized. Talent accompaniment on anything other than thumbdrives or CDs will NOT be allowed. You can find 90-second accompaniment tracks at www.musicalcreations.com, or create your own. Bring your back-up CDs or thumbdrives to rehearsal with your name and cell phone number, written with a felt-tip marker. Any other form including labels may damage the CD. Only one song is allowed on your talent CD (your talent song).

Evening Wear/Social Impact Statement is 20% of your score.

Your choice of gown should show YOU off, not the gown. Cost is not the factor here. Scoring areas are qualities and attributes of a Miss America, first impression, sense of confidence, stage presence, posture, sense of style, and attractiveness.

On-Stage Interview is 15% of your score.

Two questions are generally taken from your interview or fact sheets. Judges are looking for how you handle the pressure of speaking on stage in front of an audience consisting of your family, friends, and strangers. They want to hear your answers to the questions in the context in which they were asked.​

Service Requirement
Service has always been important to contestants striving for the opportunity to be Miss America. To build on this, contestants competing at any level and any division (including Teen) in the Miss America system are now required to raise a minimum of $100 to support Children's Miracle Network and the Miss America Scholarship Fund. This is not an entrance fee, but rather a service requirement to participate in Miss America sponsored pageants. This service requirement will  not only continue the Miss America Organization's legacy of service and scholarship assistance, but also raises funds and awareness for the Children's Miracle Network.

Appearance Requirements
All Miss title holders will be expected to make at least one public appearance during their reign. They will also be expected to post to twitter and instagram from these public events. This helps promote their platform, puts a focus on service, and showcases our wonderful organization.

Participation Instructions
To become a contestant, please review the MAO Contestant Guide.

Email or mail the following documents to Sara Frankenstein by November 30, 2016.
MAO Contestant Contract 

* Local Fact Sheet 
* Talent/Program Book Sheet

If you have questions, please contact:
Executive Director
Sara Frankenstein
4470 Rimrock Drive
Rapid City, SD 57702
Email: smfranken@hotmail.com
Home: (605) 787-4835
Cell: (605) 381-1693
Work: (605) 342-1078 

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Important Links: Division Contract, Contestant Guide, Master Schedule