Become a contestant for Miss DC’s Outstanding Teen

WelMiss DC Send Off 2012, Allyn Rose and Cate Dillon, photo by Bruce Guthriecome! Congratulations on taking the first step in a life-changing journey. We are thrilled to have you as part of the Miss D.C. family. The mission of the Miss District of Columbia’s Outstanding Teen Organization is to cultivate and encourage excellence in today’s young women.

Founded in 2005, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Inc. has become one of the top scholarship providers for teen girls in the United States!  All of our participants, on the local, state, and national levels, have been the recipients of valuable scholarship assistance upon graduation from high school.  In just a few short years, we have made available almost $4,000,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships. We believe that education is key to a person’s success and we are proud to be able to assist so many outstanding teens with their college expenses.

Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Inc. has been organized to encourage positive achievement by helping to nurture and build the scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living, and community involvement of our nation’s youth.

The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization has also established community-based initiatives and mentoring programs aimed at helping our nation’s youth build character and gain the skills necessary for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, community and business leaders, as well as participants from the national competition, the Organization continues to implement programs aimed at helping young people develop strong values, leadership skills, social conscience, self-worth and conviction about their own potential.

The Organization’s mentoring and community-base initiatives are available to all young people (male and female) between the ages of 13 and 17. The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization has been awarding scholarsh (ips to individuals on the basis of academic merit and civic and social achievement.  The following is a comprehensive overview of what to expect as you and your family begin this experience. Please feel free to email us any time with any questions you may have. We look forward to working with you!

Interested in Competing or Booking Miss DC’s Outstanding Teen?

Crystal L. Bailey, Executive Director
Miss DC’s Outstanding Teen Program



Application Forms for the Teen Program (due March 1, 2017):

Cate Dillon 2About the Competition

Personal Interview

Each contestant participates in an individual 12-minute press conference-style interview with our panel of judges. There are typically 5 to 7 judges on a panel. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their fact sheet, their educational and career goals, their opinions on current events and social issues, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. Scoring is based on overall communication skills, including personality, intelligence, validated opinions, emotional control, overall first impression and personal appearance, and whether the contestant possesses the overall qualities and attributes of a Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.


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. Other talents that can be performed solo on a stage are also possible. Phone or e-mail us if you have a question about your talent presentation. Scoring is based on contestant’s skill and personality, interpretive ability, technical skill level, stage presence and the totality of all elements, including costume, props, voice, use of body and choreography.

Scholastic Achievement

Contestants submit their school transcripts and complete an application regarding their leadership and scholastic achievements.

Evening Gown

Each contestant appears on stage in an outfit of her own choosing. For Teens, the best example is something you would wear to prom. Scoring is based on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality and stage presence, walk and posture, appropriateness of attire and sense of attractiveness.

Lifestyle and Fitness

Contestants perform a short fitness routine in “workout clothes.” Scoring is based on overall first impression, statement of physical fitness and health, overall physique, walk, posture and grace, sense of confidence and presence on stage.


Contestants “bring to the table” an issue that is of great importance to them, for which they have a desire to work throughout their year of service in order to raise awareness and spread the message. Cate Dillon’s platform is Juvenile Diabetes Research and Awareness. She plans to continue supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Capital Chapter in serving the Washington D.C. area offering support and education as well as a variety of events throughout the year to raise funds for diabetes research.

CMNHFundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals 

The Miss America Organization partnered with the Children’s Miracle Network in 2006. Contestants for the state titles of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen are required raise $250 in order to compete. This fundraising endeavor helps to teach valuable skills and fosters the ideal of Service, a foundational tenet of our Organization. 100% of these donations are contributed directly to the CMN. You may elect to contribute these funds by the application deadline of April 15, 2013 or you may propose a date (which must fall before June 1st) by which you submit the funds you have raised.