1. How much money does all this cost?

The cost is absolutely minimal. There is no entrance or contestant fee. Our goal is that every constant would come away with more money for school than she came with. Any expense is for the five areas of competition, interview, talent, evening wear, on stage question, and swimsuit. We encourage you to not go out and buy anything.  We encourage you to borrow a smart looking suit or outfit for the interview. We have swimsuits you may rent for a nominal fee. We encourage you to use their own or borrow a prom dress for the evening wear competition. You might buy a pair of high heels for the walking part of the competition.

2. What are the areas of competition and how are they scored?

The five areas of competition are, interview, talent, evening wear, on stage question, and swimsuit. Interview is the most important. It tells us the most about the person. And of course it is most important to young women as they look for a school and career. The interview is weighted at 25% Talent is next. It is worth 35%. Is she entertaining? Is She expressive? Does she have the discipline to develop a performance talent? Then there is Evening ware at 20%. Can she make herself presentable? Are her wardrobe choices appropriate and tasteful? Does she possess poise, and grace under extreme pressure? Next is swimsuit. Is she physically fit? Does she have the courage to walk with nothing to hide? Is she proud of who she is? Finally the On stage question at 5%. Can she think on her feet in front of hundreds of strangers? How well can she put her thoughts together in a succinct few sentences?

3. How much time does all of this take?

We look at this as a process. Perhaps you are familiar with the leadership camps that many high schools have for a few select students. This type of process does require a time commitment. You should plan on a few hours each on the days of orientation, audition, mock interview, and several workshops. Also you are required to attend rehearsals four evenings the week of the Pageant and of course the 3-hour Pageant.

4. What sort of talent are you looking for?

Your talent should be a performance talent, which you can execute on command within 1-1/2 minutes. Beyond that there is a very high degree of flexibility. Very common examples are song, dance, musical instrument, and monologue. We have seen winning karate, ice carving, magic, and writing demonstrations.

5. How long is talent?

The talent competition is 1-1/2 minutes long.

6. Where do I get my dress for the Evening wear competition?

We suggest that you borrow or recycle a prom dress. Gowns may be rented locally. Other contestants are also a source for winning gowns. It is not uncommon to have someone take the competition in a $70 winner.

7. Do I have to have a "certain look?"

Absolutely not. The judges are looking for someone who is well-rounded, outgoing, goal-oriented,education-focused, and involved in their community. Each contestant brings her unique voice, character, and experiences and thus enriches the program.

8. How do I qualify for the Miss Placentia & Miss Yorba Linda Scholarship Program?

To qualify for the Miss America Program in California you must be a Female, never married, and never have had children, a U.S. citizen, at least 17 years old at the time of local pageant but not yet turned 25 years old on December 31 of the current year. You must also be a High school graduate or will become a high school graduate no later than six months after the date of your first local competition and be a legal resident of California at least 6 months prior to local pageant competition. To qualify for Miss Placentia you must have resided in the City of Placentia or Yorba Linda for a minimum of six months prior to entering. OR You have completed at least one fulltime semester at a high school in the Placentia Yorba Linda School District or Cal State Fullerton. OR You have been a fulltime employee of a firm located within Placentia or Yorba Linda for a minimum of six (6) months prior to entering

9. How are the scores tabulated?

The competitions are each scored 1 through 10 with 10 being highest and 1 lowest. The scoring must be completed during each phase of competition and turned in immediately upon completion. Once turned in the auditors throw out both the highest and lowest and average the remaining scores just like the Olympics.

10. Where does all of this take place?

All of the activities take place in the city of Placentia. We have been very fortunate to be offered the continued use of local churches and retirement homes. The Pageant is held in Bradford Auditorium.

11. How do I get a sponsor?

We have been very successful in involving many local businesses as contestant sponsors. Normally we will provide them for you, however, you may provide your own if you wish.

12. What can I expect my daughter to gain from this experience?

We see ourselves as life coaches and these are skills that will benefit your daughter for the rest of her life. The most important thing that your daughter will gain from this experience is time management, Your daughter will learn confidence and self-esteem and commitment as she acquires the ability to balance priorities in her life while being held accountable for deadlines, and paperwork. Your daughter will gain from this experience a new level of maturity and responsibility that will absolutely amaze you.

13. What can I expect to gain from this experience?

You will have the opportunity to perform on a stage in front of one thousand people. You gain interview skills that you will use for every job for which you interview. If you interview for a scholarship or if you have to interview to get into college, the skills that you gain from our program will take you wherever you want to go. And then of course there is always the scholarship money. We give away about seventeen thousand dollars in scholarships each year. Miss Placentia and Miss Yorba each earn four thousand five hundred dollars. Even every non-finalist earns three hundred and fifty dollars. And we give talent, and interview scholarships of three hundred dollars each.

14.  How can I become a volunteer?

On an annual basis, Miss America state and local titleholders, along with the Organization's network of volunteers, participate in more than 12,000 community service projects, providing in excess of 500,000 service hours to worthy causes. If you have time, talent, a service or a venue to contribute, we have a place - and a need - for you. Whether you help with our local Miss America program, wash cars at a fundraiser or reach out to other community service organizations and educators to secure briefings and platform related appearances for your Miss America titleholder, you will be making a positive difference in your community and in young women's lives. For information contact Richelle Butcher, info@misspyl.org

15. What is the Platform?

In 1989, the Miss America Organization founded the platform concept, which requires each contestant to choose an issue about which she cares deeply and that is of relevance to our country. Once chosen, Miss America and the state titleholders use their stature to address community service organizations, business and civic leaders, the media and others about their platform issues. Since 1989, Miss America titleholders have appeared at thousands of public speaking engagements and charitable events to generate awareness for a variety of causes, including homelessness, HIV/AIDS prevention, domestic violence, diabetes awareness, character, education, literacy, etc.

16. Who are the judges?

The integrity of the judging process is very important and we take it very seriously. Each year one of the judges is usually a local celebrity, someone maybe not too familiar with the program and chosen to endear us with the community. Each is allowed to serve only once and thereafter they always remain strong advocates for the program. The remaining four or six judges are selected from a roster of state certified, currently trained jurists having many many years of experience judging Miss America local and state finalists. They may not judge the same pageant two years in a row and they must declare if they have judged a contestant before.

17. Do I have to have a school or major selected?

No. It is understood that graduating Seniors may still be deciding on a school and a major. While it may appear more focused to have a major selected, college is a time of discovery and self exploration, therefore, if you are unsure, then "undeclared" is the best choice.

18. What if I'm a junior?

The Miss Program is for graduating Seniors and older. If you are not yet a Senior then you should consider the Teen Program.

19. Do I get to keep the crown?

Yes, if you are selected as Miss Placentia or Miss Yorba Linda, along with over four thousand dollars in scholarship, the opportunity to go on to compete in Miss California thus receiving an additional one thousand dollar scholarship and started on the road to Miss America you are awarded your very own official crown. For you will always be Miss Placentia/Miss Yorba Linda.

20. How do I collect my scholarship money?

The scholarship money is sent directly to your college or university so please follow thesedirections carefully. (click for letter) Send a bill or statement with your name, Student Identification Number and the address of the Bursar's Office to Mary Bette, the Scholarship Chairman for the Miss Placentia Scholarship Program, at 16911 Lake Park Way Yorba Linda, CA. 92886.Please allow at least two to four weeks for the process. Her cell number is (714) 366-3725, home (714) 524-7047.

21. Can I use my scholarship money to pay off my student loan?

Our hope is that the scholarship money will be used for continued education. However, if you have already graduated your scholarship money may be used to pay off your student loan.

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