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-to-10 point scale, in whole numbers, within each category (more than one contestant may receive the same score). There is one panel of judges for all of the final competition. All judges have been educated about the Miss America judging system and represent a variety of professional sectors within their communities.

Preliminary Scoring: During competition the weighting of scores awarded per category is distributed as follows:

25% – Interview
05% – On-Stage Question
35% – Talent
20% – Evening Wear
15% – Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit
100% – TOTAL Then, based on above, the top 5 are ranked 1-5. This final ranking ALONE determines the winner. The contestant with the highest number of points in the top 5 ranking is the new Miss DC.