How to Become a Candidate:​


Miss Fountain Valley 2024 will be held Feb. 4, 2024 at Golden West College Mainstage Theater.

Information Meeting and Orientation will be held in the Fall. TBD.

Candidates must live, work (32 hours or more), or go to school in:

Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Westminster or Costa Mesa.

                Attend as a full-time student at one of the following Colleges/Universities: UC Irvine, CSULB, Golden West College, Orange Coast College, Coastline Community College, Concordia University or Vanguard University.

The candidate must also be able to meet these requirements for Miss Fountain Valley 2024

♢ Must be a United States citizen
♢ At least 18 years old by Dec. 31, 2024
♢ No more than 28 years old by Dec. 31, 2024
♢ High school graduate or will become a high school graduate or equivalent by July 31, 2023 at Miss CA 2023

♢ Female, never married and never have had children
♢ Legal resident of Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach or Costa Mesa at least 30 days prior to local competition and live there throughout her reign or attend schools in those cities or attend UC Irvine, Cal State Long Beach, Concordia University or Vanguard University as a full time student.


Contact Sandi Licata with eligibility questions at

Candidates will compete in five areas of competition:

Phases of Competition:

Ten Minute Private Interview with the Selection Panel

Onstage Question with Community Service Initiative



Red Carpet (Evening Gown)

Each candidate must have a Community Service initiative that she will advocate during her year of service.

See below for full details.

1. Private Interview (30% of total score)

Each contestant participates in an individual 10-minute press conference-style interview with our panel of judges.   There are typically 5 to 7 judges on a panel.  Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their fact sheet, their educational and career goals, their opinions on current  events and social issues, and their interests,  hobbies and extracurricular activities as well as their own platform.

Scoring is based on:
Qualities  and  attributes of a Miss America, overall first impression, validated aspirations, opinions and responses in context.  Also, she should  have poise,  personal appearance, personality, intelligence, style and emotional control.  As well, she should have confidence;  plus knowledge, understanding and ability to articulate her platform issue.  The contestants should demonstrate a sense of accomplishment, and the ability to fulfill the job responsibilities of a Miss Fountain Valley and Miss California.

2. Talent (20% of total score)

Contestants perform a 90-second routine of their own choosing.  Some possible talents include singing, dance, gymnastics, instrumental music, dramatic or comedy monologues, baton twirling and ventriloquism.  Phone or e-mail us if you have a question about your talent presentation.

Scoring is based on:
Talent selection and performance, as it distinguishes the contestant's skills and personality, creative interpretation, technical skill level (execution, technique, synchronization, control). She should have strong stage  presence and on-stage  personality.
The totality of all elements (including costume, props, voice, use of body, choreography).

3. On-Stage Question (10% of total score)

 The objective is to evaluate the contestant's ability to think on her feet and answer a question of general interest to people her age, including, but not limited to, local, state and national current events.

Scoring is based on:
Overall first impression
Extemporaneous response to on-stage question
Did the contestant answer the question in the context in which it was asked?
Can she handle the pressure of speaking on stage in front of an audience?
Will young people see her as a role model who is reflective of today's generation?

4. Red Carpet/Evening Wear (20% of total score)

Each contestant appears on stage in an outfit of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a formal "after five" social event.

Scoring is based on:
Qualities and attributes of a Miss America
Overall first impression
Sense of confidence, personality and stage presence
Walk, posture, carriage and grace
Appropriateness of attire and sense of style

5. Health and Fitness (20%)

Not a swimsuit but athletic wear

What is a Community Service Initiative (Platform)?

A contestant chooses an issue of importance to her and to society. Through the written platform statement and private interview, the contestant is evaluated on her commitment to her chosen issue. Examples of platform issues have included child advocacy, volunteer work with city, school, businesses, non-profit organizations, hospitals, domestic violence, literacy, diabetes, cancer, eating disorders, homeless, and any other needs that can help society.

What do I wear? 

Evening Gown - evening wear of contestant's choice for a Red Carpet Look.

Talent - any appropriate outfit or costume suitable to the talent being performed.  The time is no more than 90 seconds.
Private Group Interview- Dress appropriately for job interviews, a pant suit is allowed.
Opening Number outfit-to be determined
On stage question -  business/cocktail attire of candidate's choice

All outfits and the talent performance will need to be approved by the Executive Director or Candidate Coordinator prior to the Competition.
Talent is no more than 90 seconds in duration.  Candidates cannot exceed 90 seconds.

What forms do I need? 

All candidates will turn in the following forms before the Competition. There will be a calendar provided at the Orientation with the rehearsal dates and due dates for the forms. These forms below are available on the Miss California website under contestant forms.   We will help contestants with these forms:

Contestant Interest Data Form will be on the portal
Candidate Contract will be on the website

other forms tba


For More Information- Contact Executive Director:

 Sandi Licata at

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