Becoming a Contestant Fast Facts

 

AGE ELIGIBILITY

The Miss America Organization’s contestant age eligibility requirements are based on a calendar year, not a pageant cycle, and remain unchanged. In order to be eligible to compete in a local or state competition, a contestant cannot be older than twenty-four (24) years of age on December 31st the year she could be chosen to represent her state in the National Finals.

In order to meet age eligibility requirements to compete in local competitions for the 2016 State Competition, a contestant must be at least 17 years of age and her birth year can be no earlier than 1992.

 

Miss Requirements
To be a contestant in the Miss Kinston-Lenoir County Pageant, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 24 and a United States citizen.
  • Possess good moral character.
  • Have no criminal record.
  • Be planning to attend or currently enrolled in an institute of higher education (technical, community, 4 year college or university).
  • Be single and have never been married.
  • Meet residency requirements for competing in Miss Kinston-Lenoir County - must live, work, or attend school for at least 6 months in Lenoir, Pitt, Wayne, Craven, Duplin, Onslow, Nash, Edgecombe, Wilson and Johnston counties.
  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization.
  • Be in reasonably good health and able to meet the job requirements.
  • Actively involved or developing a community service platform.
  • Be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities as set forth by the Miss Kinston-Lenoir County Scholarship Association.
  • Participate in five phases of competition including:
    • Interview, Talent, Swimwear, Evening Gown, and On-Stage Question

To compete for Miss Kinston-Lenoir County's Outstanding Teen, you must:

  • Be a young lady between the ages of 13 and 17.
  • Be a United States citizen. 
  • Meet residency requirements for competing in North Carolina. Our Outstanding Teen pageants are “open,” and contestants from any NC county may compete.
  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization.
  • Be in reasonably good health and able to meet the job requirements.
  • Actively involved or developing a community service platform.
  • Be able to meet the time commitment and responsibilities as set forth by the Miss Kinston-Lenoir County Scholarship Association.
  • Not be eligible to compete in the Miss America Competition.
  • Participate in five phases of competition including:
    • Interview, Talent, Physical Fitness, Evening Gown, and On-Stage Question