What is the Miss Mississippi Volunteer pageant?
Miss Mississippi Volunteer is a nonprofit organization based in Amory, Mississippi, and is a statewide, service-oriented scholarship program seeking to empower young women through education and opportunity. Miss Mississippi Volunteer is one of the top providers of scholarships for young women in Mississippi. Miss Mississippi Volunteer is not only important to the community, but it is vital to the education of the young women of our state.
Age Eligibility Requirements
The contestant’s age eligibility requirements are based on a calendar year, not a pageant cycle, and remain unchanged.
Miss Mississippi Volunteer: In order to meet age eligibility requirements to compete in 2023 State Pageants, a Contestant must be at least 17 years of age on the first day of the State Pageant in which she competes and must not be older than 26 years of age as of December 31, 2023. In order to compete in the State Pageant, she must have completed her high school education.
- You are older than 18 on July 4, 2023
- Birthday is on or before 7/4/2004
Miss Mississippi Teen Volunteer: In order to be a Contestant in a State Teen Volunteer Pageant, a Contestant must be at least 13 years of age on the first day of the State Competition in which she competes; and must not be older than 18 years of age on December 31 in the year of the State Competition.
- You are younger than 17 on July 4, 2023
- Birthday is after 7/4/2006
- NOT a high school graduate by July 2023
Eligible for Miss Mississippi Volunteer or Miss Mississippi Teen Volunteer:
- Miss must be 17 years old, but Teens can not be older than 18 on July 4, 2023.
- Birthday between 7/5/2004 and 7/4/2006.
- High school graduate by July 2023.
Miss Spirit of Mississippi: The winner of the Miss Spirit of Mississippi pageant will receive a paid entry into the Miss Mississippi Teen USA pageant. Therefore, contestants must be at least 14 and under 19 years of age before January 1st in the year they hope to compete in the Miss Mississippi Teen USA pageant.
What are the areas of competition for Miss Mississippi Volunteer and Miss Mississippi Teen Volunteer?
Miss Mississippi Volunteer and Miss Mississippi Teen Volunteer has 4 phases of competition: Interview, Talent, Fitness & Wellness, and Evening Gown.
What are you looking for during the Interview?
The Private Interview provides the Official Panel of Judges the chance to get to know the Contestant on a personal level. The Contestant will be able to share her personality, achievements, aspirations and explain why she is the best person for the job for which she is applying. This will also provide the Contestant with the opportunity to share her passion for and experience with her platform issue. The Private Interview will be conducted in a panel-style format and will be twelve minutes in duration. The Judges will take into consideration the Contestant’s communication skills, ability to command the room, and potential to fulfill the job responsibilities of the titleholder. Scoring for this category will not be based on a Contestant’s opinion regarding a particular subject discussed in Private Interview, but, rather, the Contestant’s ability to share her opinion and understanding of the issue.
How is the Fitness & Wellness portion judged?
The Fitness & Wellness phase of competition is designed to demonstrate the Contestant’s healthy lifestyle. The Official Panel of Judges will take into consideration the Contestant’s confidence on stage, display of charisma and dedication to mind-body balance. The focus of the competition is not on a Contestant’s size or shape, but, rather, the ability of a Contestant to challenge herself to achieve higher levels of health, energy, wellness and purpose to integrate all aspects of body, mind and spirit.
How is the Evening Gown portion judged?
The Evening Gown competition is designed to feature the young woman wearing the dress, rather than the dress itself. The Official Panel of Judges will take into consideration the Contestant’s composure, poise and stage presence during this phase of competition. The focus will be on the appropriateness of the gown and, most importantly, on the Contestant’s personality and firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have to have a “Pageant Talent” and how is the talent portion judged?
The talent performance provides the Official Panel of Judges the opportunity to experience the Contestant’s talent in the style and format of her choosing. The talent competition includes but is not limited to the performing arts and can include demonst rations of: Dance Performance, Comedy, Operatic performance, Illusion performance, Ventriloquism, Athletic skill, Vocal Performance, Monologue, Instrumental Performance, Career interest, Performance art, i.e. Speed painting, Baton Twirling, Avocation, Karate, Tumbling.
Every Contestant has the option to use musical accompaniment during her talent performance and the total performance must be 90 seconds or less. No other person may be on stage during a Contestant’s talent performance. Props that will be incorporated into any talent performance are permissible and must be provided by the Contestant. The Official Panel of Judges will take into consideration the quality of the performance, the Contestant’s stage presence and her ability to entertain a variety of audiences.
Do I need to compete at a local pageant to compete at Miss Mississippi Volunteer?
No, all you need to do is apply for your local title to be able to compete at the Miss Mississippi Volunteer pageant. We cant wait to see you in Tupelo! Please apply here, Apply Now
What is the D.R.I.V.E campaign?
Mississippi Volunteer is an official partner of the Mississippi Highway Patrol’s D.R.I.V.E. campaign. Colonel Randy Ginn of the Mississippi Highway Patrol and Steve Stockton, Executive Director of the Miss Mississippi Volunteer Scholarship pageant, met March 31, 2021 at the MHP headquarters in Jackson, MS, to make the official announcement. The winner of the Miss Mississippi Volunteer Scholarship pageant will be a spokesperson for the teen driving safety campaign, D.R.I.V.E, also known as Driving Requires Initiative Values and Education. She will travel across Mississippi, spreading awareness about the dangers of being a young driver.
“On behalf of the Miss Mississippi Volunteer organization, I am honored to announce our partnership with the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, in support of their recently announced D.R.I.V.E. campaign. Miss Mississippi Volunteer Organization is grateful to the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol for allowing us to help carry the message that “Driving Requires Initiative, Value, and Education.” Teen drivers and their parents need to understand how safe driving habits save their lives and the lives of others. Working together, we can reduce the unacceptable number of teen fatalities on our Mississippi highways.” said Steve Stockton, Executive Director of The Miss Mississippi Volunteer Scholarship Pageant.
“We see this partnership with Miss Mississippi Volunteer as another avenue to get our D.R.I.V.E. message to our target audience, teenagers, said Colonel Randy Ginn, Director of MHP. “We recognize there is a great need to educate our teens and parents due to the number of teen fatalities in Mississippi. The statistics are unacceptable, one death is too many, and seventy is alarming. We are confident this venture will create opportunities for our Public Affairs Officers as we work alongside Miss Mississippi Volunteer to highlight the dangers our teens face on the roadways.”
What is your Refund Policy
All payments are final and no refunds will be issued. In the event that you are not able to compete in your division, we will allow you to move your entry fee to the following year.