Become A Candidate
Did you know that the Miss West Georgia, Miss Carroll County and Miss University of West Georgia(UWG) Scholarship Competition are local preliminary competitions of the Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition which further leads to the Miss America Organization? Yes it's true!!
Miss America is the largest provider of scholarships exclusively for women. When you compete within the Miss America Organization umbrella, you not only have the opportunity to win scholarships to further for your education, we guarantee you will make lasting friendships and have memories that last a lifetime in this life-changing experience.
Candidates in the Miss West Georgia, Miss Carroll County and Miss UWG Scholarship Organizations, at the local level, gain experience through participation in interviews, talent performances, public speaking, promoting individual social impact initiatives and social/digital media interaction. Cash and in-kind educational scholarships are available to all young women who advance to the state competition. If you're ready to apply, go to the application documents below, and if not keep reading!
Miss West Georgia and Miss Carroll County are OPEN Miss Georgia and Miss America Preliminary Competitions. This means that our competition is OPEN to any eligible young woman who lives, works, or attends school in Georgia.
Miss University of West Georgia(Event is postponed for 2024 however scholarship opportunity is still available, inquire for more details) is a CLOSED Miss Georgia and Miss America Preliminary Competition. This means that our competition is CLOSED to any young woman that does not attend the University of West Georgia. This competition is only available to the current students of UWG and meet the eligibility requirements set by the University.
Our next competition will be held at the Mabry Fine Arts Center on Saturday, October 7, 2023. Dress rehearsal will be at the Mabry Center on Friday, October 6, 2023. DEADLINE FOR ENTRY (paperwork packet, talent track, head shot) is Saturday, September 30, 2023.
All eligible young women who live, work, or attend school in Georgia (must provide proof of residence or school) and are U.S. citizens. The age eligibility range is 18 to 28 as of 2024 (must provide copy of birth certificate OR driver's license). NEW this year, Miss America & Miss America's Teen age eligibility is based on Birth Year, regardless of the month/day of the delegate's birth.
Note: The University of West Georgia will NOT have a Teen candidate compete in our competition this year.
Age Eligibility for Miss:
To be eligible to compete as a Miss candidate this competition cycle (leading to the 2024 Miss Georgia Competition to be held in June 2024), Miss delegates must have a birth year of 1996 to 2006. 18-year-old delegates (2006 birth year) may CHOOSE to compete as either a Teen or a Miss. HOWEVER, once the delegate makes her choice and competes in her first local in that chosen category, she MUST remain in that category for the entire competition year. (In other words, a delegate may NOT switch between competing as a Teen and Miss delegate within the same competition year/cycle.)
Miss Registration requirement: Each Miss delegate must register for the Miss America Program Competition Season (2025 Competition cycle) and pay a one-time-per-year fee of $39.99. This registration and $39.99 fee is good for the entire local competition year. This registration gives you access to MAO’s exclusive Professional Development series and MANY other opportunities. (If you have already competed at a local preliminary this season, you must register on this site each time you compete however you do not have to pay the fee repeatedly.) If this is your first local of the competition season and you have not yet registered, follow this link to register on the Miss America site (the site will say this is for the "2025 Competition Cycle): Registration – Miss America
*NOTE* This must be completed by October 6, 2023 or the candidate will not be allowed to compete.
Age Eligibility for Teens:
Our preliminary competitions are for eligible young women who live or attend school in Georgia (must provide proof of residence or school) and are U.S. citizens. The age eligibility range is 14 to 18 as of 2024 (must provide copy of birth certificate OR driver's license). NEW this year, Miss America & Miss America's Teen age eligibility is based on Birth Year, regardless of the month/day of the delegate's birth.
Age Eligibility for TEEN candidates is as follows:
To be eligible to compete as a Teen delegate this competition cycle (leading to the 2024 Miss Georgia's Teen Competition to be held in June 2024), Teen delegates must have a birth year of 2006 - 2010. 18-year-old delegates (2006 birth year) may CHOOSE to compete as either a Teen or a Miss. HOWEVER, once the delegate makes her choice and competes in her first local in that chosen category, she MUST remain in that category for the entire competition year. (In other words, a delegate may NOT switch between competing as a Teen and Miss delegate within the same competition year/cycle.)
Local Competition Entry Fee: For all Miss and Teen Local Competitions in Georgia this season, candidates have a $75 entry fee paid to the local competition. This replaces the previous fees paid per local competition to the national organization. Entry fee may be paid via check, PayPal or Venmo.
Miss Candidate Fact Sheet and Essay: Delegates will submit a one-page Fact Sheet and a one-page Community Service Initiative Essay by the deadline of Saturday, September 30th. These two pieces will be emailed to the judges prior to competition weekend so that judges can get to know the delegates, formulate questions, and be prepared to ask the delegate's questions during their private interview. Delegates must follow the guidelines set forth by Miss America for completing both the fact sheet and essay. See the list of downloads below for instructions on completing each.
Miss America/Miss Georgia Local Candidate Contract: All Miss and Teen candidates must have a current, signed, completed contract on file to compete in the local season. Contracts will be mailed DIRECTLY to Trina Pruitt, President/CEO of the Miss Georgia Competition (mailing address is listed below). The NEW contract for the 2023-2024 competition year has not yet been released. Therefore, candidates will submit the most recent contract version (2022-2023 competition year), until the updated contract is available. The most recent contract can be found in the attachments below. Per the Miss Georgia Board, candidates cannot compete until their contract or addendum has been RECEIVED by Trina Pruitt.
Proof of Eligibility and Headshot: You will need to provide a copy of your birth certificate and proof of residence. This serves as your verification of age eligibility and state of Georgia eligibility for competition. You will need to provide a digital color photo (jpeg) head shot for newspaper, social media, and program book publicity. Your head shot must be high-resolution and submitted via email.
Opening Number: We like to have fun so come prepared to learn a basic stage routine for the opening number, followed by candidate introductions. Introductions will include delegate number, name, and social impact initiative. Opening number attire will not be the same outfit worn for private interview.
PHASES OF COMPETITION - MISS/TEENS
Private Interview: 30% Miss delegates will have a 10-minute private interview with the panel of judges, including a 20 to 30-second opening statement and a 30-second closing statement. Questions are primarily based upon the delegate's resume and social impact initiative essay, as well as other topics. When she enters the room, the delegate will be introduced by a member of the Miss West Georgia Board. The delegate will walk straight to the podium and begin her opening statement. Once she finishes her opening statement, the judges will begin asking her questions. The Head Judge will notify the delegate when time is up and allow her to make her closing statement. Once she finishes her closing statement, her interview is over and the delegate will immediately leave the room. Delegates should NOT approach the judges or shake the judges' hands.
On Stage Conversation: 10% Candidates will answer a question on stage related to her community service initiative (CSI). This will be the first phase of on-stage competition. Candidates will wear interview attire for this phase of competition. For this phase of competition, delegates will first give a 10 second statement of what her CSI is, the emcee will then ask her question, and she will have 20 seconds to answer her question.
Health & Fitness: 20% Miss America has partnered with the American Heart Association to promote #MissAmericaFit. Miss America also continues their partnership with Rebel Athletics, now as the "official athletic apparel partner." Therefore, all candidates at local competitions this year are REQUIRED to wear a red Rebel Athletic top and bottom from the Curated Styles for the Miss America Organization page. On the Rebel Athletics website page, candidates have a choice of about 6 different red tops and 6 different red bottoms so that she can choose the items that best reflect her style and best compliment her Health & Fitness presentation. When purchasing your outfit, be sure to use the code: MAOGA2023 and Rebel will give back 8% of your purchase to the Miss Georgia Competition.
Note: The choreography for the fitness walk will be demonstrated at rehearsals. Generally, the walk will mimic what was presented at Miss Georgia - walk to the front of the stage, 3 quick poses, and walk off.
Candidates are NOT required to purchase a new red Rebel Athletic Health & Fitness outfit for each local competition. The same red Rebel Athletic Health & Fitness outfit may be utilized throughout the local competition season. Follow this link to find the designated fitness outfits from the Miss America Red Collection on the Rebel Athletics website: Curated Styles for Miss America Organization (rebelathletic.com)
Talent/HERStory: 20% Each candidate will have 90 seconds to perform her talent selection. Background music track must be submitted electronically and in advance of rehearsals, as part of the paperwork packet deadline. Submitted music tracks will be timed to ensure 90 second time limit. If candidates are not using a background track, she much submit an audio recording of her talent performance for purposes of time-limit verification; this audio recording will not be shared with anyone other than the local executive director and will not be judged. Talents may not be duplicated and are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. The talent request form is below.
Evening Wear: 20% Each delegate will wear evening attire of her choice, reflecting "Red Carpet" glamour. Scoring is based on how the delegate carries herself and performs in this phase of competition - not on the actual gown or perceived cost of the gown.
Please refer to the application packet below and submit the paperwork via email along with your 90 second talent track, copy of your birth certificate, your proof of residence, and a high-resolution digital color head shot (png/jpeg) by September 30, 2023 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry fee of $75 should be made payable to the Miss West Georgia can be mailed to:
Donna Barr, Executive Director
PO Box 6332
Douglasville, Georgia 30154
Entry fee of $75 can also be made electronically via the following payment accounts:
PayPal Account: @misswestga
Venmo Account: @Donna-Barr-7
Contracts should be emailed with your application packet by September 30, 2023.
Please contact Donna Barr, Executive Director, for more information at email@example.com or 470-244-2079.
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----------------------------------------------APPLICATION PACKET DOWNLOADS-----------------------------------------------------------
1. 2024 Miss Application
2. 2024 Teen Application:
3. 2024 Talent Request Form
4. 2024 Fact Sheet
5. 2024 Essay: Community Service Initiative (CSI)
6. 2024 Candidate Contracts