​​Miss (17 - 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 88-year-old 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 Hot Springs, SD in June. The young lady chosen in Hot Springs moves on to compete in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, NJ. For more information, see www.misssd.org.

Some local pageants may have more restrictive geographical residency requirements. ALL titles we will give out are unrestricted. For every four contestants we have we can give a title, up to three total titles. Therefore, if we have 4-7 contestants, we will give one title, with 6-11 contestants we will give two titles, and with 12 or more contestants we will give three titles. 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 the top scoring contestant is from east river, she will be given a title of Miss Rushmore. If the top scoring contestant is from Rapid City or close by, she will be given the title of Miss Rapid City. If we get enough contestants, the third title will be Miss Badlands. All titles will move on to the Miss South Dakota Pageant in June in Hot Springs.

Beginning in 2016, we also began crowning a Miss Central States Fair. This title will be awarded in a separate event following the Miss Rapid City pageant. In order to be Miss Central States Fair, you must meet all other eligibility requirements and also be available for the entire week of the Central States Fair.

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!

Open to female South Dakota residents that live, work, or attend school anywhere within South Dakota, and meet the age requirements outlined below.
Age requirements: A contestant must be at least 17 years of age and a senior in high school. A contestant must remain 25 years of age or under through December 31, 2017. Note: If you are 17 and entering your junior year of high school in the fall, you will only be eligible for the OUTSTANDING TEEN program.

Talent (35% of total score)
Contestants will perform a 90-second routine of their own choosing. Some possible talents include, but not limited to, vocal (pop, country, jazz, etc.), dancing, gymnastics, instrumental music, monologue (dramatic or comedic), baton twirling and poetry recital.
Criteria for Scoring:
-Talent selection and performance, as it distinguishes both the contestant’s skills and personality
-Interpretive ability
-Technical skill level (execution, technique, synchronization, control)
-Stage presence and on-stage personality
-Totality of all elements (including costume, props, voice, use of body, choreography)

Private Interview (25% of total score)
Each contestant will participate in an individual 10-minute interview with a panel of 5 judges. Contestants will be questioned on information she provided on her application and fact sheet, as well as current events, controversial issues, issues relevant to women, career goals, and platform.
Criteria for Scoring:
-Qualities and attributes of a Miss America
-Overall first impression
-Validated aspirations, opinions and responses in context
-Poise, personal appearance and attractiveness
-Personality, intelligence, style and emotional control
-Speech, vocabulary and grammar
-Confident and commanding presence
-Knowledge, understanding and ability to articulate her platform issue
-Sense of accomplishment

Evening Wear (20% of total score)
Contestants appear on stage in an outfit of their choosing, representative of what she would wear to a formal event. Your choice of gown should be one that shows YOU off, not the GOWN.
Criteria for Scoring:
-Quality and attributes of a Miss America
-Overall first impression
-Sense of confidence, personality and stage presence
-Walk, posture, carriage and grace
-Appropriateness of attire and sense of style
-Sense of attractiveness, beauty and charm

On Stage Question (5% of total score)
Contestants will be asked two questions, taken from your personal interview.
Criteria for Scoring:
-Did the contestant answer the question in the context in which it was asked?
-Can she handle the pressure of speaking on stage in front of an audience?
-Will younger people see her as a Role Model who is reflective of today’s generation?

Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimsuit (15% of total score)
For this phase of competition, the contestants will model a swimsuit of their choice, 1 or 2 piece. 
Criteria for Scoring:
-Overall first impression
-Statement of strong physical fitness and health
-Sense of attractiveness and presence
-Display of energy, charisma and expression
-Sense of confidence and composure

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, Talent/Program Book