Miss VA/DC Jr High, High & Collegiate Pageant

Official State Preliminary


What differentiates the MHSA/MCA system from other pageant systems?

Young women vying for the title of Miss High School America or Miss Collegiate America are scored on their Evening Gown Presentation, Personal Interview, and Fashion Runway Presentation. Contestants do not participate in swimsuit or talent competitions and only finalists are asked to answer an on stage question.

What are the benefits of entering MHSA or MCA?
In addition to providing contestants with the chance to win a $10,000 college scholarship, a fabulous wardrobe from Sherri Hill, and various other fantastic prizes, taking part in our pageants provides girls with valuable interview skills, public speaking skills, modeling skills, new friendships and the chance to form memories that will last a lifetime. 

What are the phases of competition and how much is each phase worth?
The MHSA and MCA pageants consist of an Evening Gown Presentation (40%), Personal Interview (40%), and a Fashion Runway Presentation (20%). During the Evening Gown Presentation, contestants are scored on their poise, grace and overall appearance. During the Personal Interviews, contestants will be scored on their maturity, intellect, poise, scholastic ambition, and overall appearance. During the Fashion Runway Presentation, contestants will be scored on their confidence, appearance and personality.

What is "Fashion Runway"?
The Fashion Runway Presentation is an opportunity for contestants to show the judges their unique personalities while modeling an outfit of their own choosing. Though many contestants choose to wear dresses, Fashion Runway outfits may consist of skirts, cute tops, jackets, etc. Be creative!

Will I be judged on my platform or community service activities?
Contestants are not required to have a platform, though titleholders are encouraged to become involved within their communities as volunteers and spokespeople.  

What are the eligibility requirements?
In order to compete in the Miss Collegiate America Pageant, contestants must either reside in or attend college/graduate school in the state which they intend to represent at the national Miss Collegiate America Pageant. Young women who are interested in competing in the national Miss High School America Pageant must be high school students (9th-12th grade) at the time of the national pageant. Miss Jr High School America contestants must be in Jr High School (6th-8th grade) at the time of the national pageant.

Can contestants be married?
No. Contestants must be unmarried, and may not have been married in the past. 
When/Where is the national pageant?
The national competition is held in beautiful Orlando, FL. This year’s pageant will take place at the Swan and Dolphin Resort July 10-14, 2013.

Do I need to compete in a local in order to represent my state?

No. Though some states are in the process of integrating local pageants, all state pageants currently accept at-large contestants. To contact your state’s director, please visit http://www.americashighschoolpageant.com/contact.php and enter your contact information. 

If I am crowned Miss Collegiate America, will I need to take time off from school?
No. You will not be forced to take time off from school in order to fulfill your duties as Miss Collegiate America. Shannon Folsom, Miss Collegiate America 2011, will remain enrolled as a full-time student throughout her rein. 

What do the girls do during pageant week?
Pageant week is meant to be a fun experience for both contestants and their families. In addition to rehearsing for the final competition, the girls will tour Disney World, attend the Miss High School America and Miss Collegiate America Banquet, attend the Welcome Beach Party, autograph signing and MUCH MORE! 

I have not been competing in pageants since I was a child, do I still have a chance of becoming Miss Collegiate America or Miss High School America?
Of course! Anyone is capable of doing well in our system, regardless of prior experience.  Confidence, personality, and the ability to be a proud representative of your state and country are the keys to success. 

Am I required to sell ads for the national program book?
Yes. Contestants are required to purchase at least one full-page ad for the national program book. This page may include business advertisements and/or sponsored Good Luck messages from family and friends. 

Am I required to have a sponsor?
No. Contestants are not required to have a sponsor, though they are asked to bring an auction item to be auctioned off during the MHSA and MCA Banquet. These auction items are often donated by businesses from a contestant’s home state.

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