The ‘Miss’ Program

Hello Miss contestant! We are excited to have you interest in our program this year and cannot wait to help you get started on your journey. On this page you will find everything you need to know about the pageant, the job of a titleholder, and how to apply.

Pageant Scoring Breakdown

Interview: The private interview is ten minutes long and is between you and your panel of judges. During this phase judges are assessing your ability to think under pressure, speak eloquently and quickly and your ability to do the job as a titleholder. This is the first phase of competition to take place and accounts for 25% of the total score.

Talent: This is an assessment of the contestant’s dedication to her preferred art. While the most traditional talents are singing, dancing, playing an instrument, and dramatic performance, there have been very unique talents to grace the stage in the last few decades, including ventriloquism, painting, photography, composing, trick roping and of course, baton twirling. This phase of competition is worth 30% of your score.

Fitness: Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit is the oldest and most iconic phase of competition. At its inception, Miss America was actually called “The Most Beautiful Bathing Girl in America” and swimsuit was the only actual competitive element! Today, it is an evaluation of overall health and wellness, as well as self-confidence. It is done in either a one or two-piece suit and is worth 10% of the score.

Evening Wear: The evening gown competition is traditionally done in a floor-length evening gown, though there is no actual requirement specifying what type of evening wear is to be worn. Judges are looking for a woman who is graceful and poised. Elegance and confidence in your personal sense of style is key for this 15% of your score.

On-stage Question: On-stage question is worth 20% of the score and is important to the judges in determining how well you can respond under the pressure of an audience or the media. Miss America is a public figure and keeping you composure during stressful or awkward situations is an essential part of the job.

Community Service

This is a service organization. Contestants are required to choose a personal platform, which will be the basis of their community involvement during their year as titleholders. Platforms vary widely and can be an organization, and idea or a movement. Past platforms include: Financial Literacy in Youth, The Boys and Girls Club of America, Breast Cancer Awareness, Putting an end to Bullying, and Achieving Success through Positive Body Image. It is open-ended and should be chosen based on your passions and experience.

The National Platform of the Miss America Organization is the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since 2007 contestants have raised over 11 million dollars for this extraordinary non-profit. Miss America also has an unofficial platform, which is the promotion of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) careers, particularly among women. As a contestant you are expected to help further both of these organizations as well as your own personal platform.


If all of the following is true, then you are eligible to compete in the Miss Three Rivers Program, Miss Cascade Program, or to apply for an at-large title:

  • I meet the age requirements
  • I meet the residency requirements
  • I am a woman
  • I am not currently pregnant and will not become pregnant during my year of service
  • I am not currently a parent or legal guardian and will not become a parent or legal guardian during my year of service
  • I am not currently and never have been married.
  • I have never been convicted of any crime greater than a misdemeanor.

Time Commitments

Contestants are expected to arrive on time and stay for the duration of all rehearsals. Exceptions and special accommodations will be at the discretion of the director. Check the schedule for information on rehearsal times and dates. Our new titleholders, including at large titleholders who choose the Miss Cascade/Three Rivers board of directors as their mentors, will be required to attend the following:

  • A meeting with the directors to discuss the State Pageant within 1 week of winning
  • Will attend Miss Oregon Spring Conference (Dates TBA)
  • Will attend and compete at the Miss Oregon Pageant  (Dates TBA)
  • Miss Three Rivers titleholders will be required to attend and participate in the Miss Cascade Program the night following the Miss Three Rivers Pageant.

Financial Commitments

The Miss Three Rivers/Cascade Board typically sends between 6 and 10 girls to state every year. This is an enormous financial undertaking so there are expenses for which the contestant is exclusively responsible.

Local Contestants:

  • Register for the Miss Three Rivers/Miss Cascade local on the “Miss America 4 Kids” website and raise $100 for the children’s miracle network. (This is a national rule. If the money is not raised by the deadline the contestant will not be allowed to compete.)
  • Sell at least $100 in ad pages for the 2017 Program Book
  • Contestants are responsible for 100% of their competition wardrobe expenses including clothing, shoes and accessories
  • Contestants are responsible for their production wardrobe expenses including clothing, shoes and accessories.

Miss Three Rivers/Cascade Titleholders:

  • Raise an additional $250 for the children’s miracle network. (This is a national rule. If the money is not raised by the deadline the contestant will not be allowed to compete).
  • Meet the minimum requirements for Program Book Advertisements. (varies by year)
  • State Competition and Production Wardrobe, including shoes and accessories.
  • Transportation costs to and from all appearances and events.
  • Fees, Transportation and housing costs for Miss Oregon Spring Conference

Become a Contestant


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