Miss Fountain Valley is a Preliminary to

Miss California and Miss America

  How to Become a Contestant:  


Miss Fountain Valley Contestants must live, work (35 hours or more), or go to school in Fountain Valley


                 attend as a full-time student: UC Irvine  OR  Orange Coast College  OR Coastline.

Also, must be able to meet these requirements:

♢Must be a United States citizen
♢At least 18 years old at the time of the Miss America 2019 Competition.
♢ No more than 25 years old by the date of the Miss America 2019 Competition.
♢High school graduate or will become a high school graduate or complete the GED testing program prior to July 30, 2018

  (for the 2018 Pageant Year).
♢Female, never married and never have had children
♢Legal resident of California at least 6 (six) months prior to local pageant competition


Contestant  Application does not guarantee acceptance into the pageant.

If too many applicants are received a try out may be requested.

Contact Sandi Licata with eligibility questions at slicata@prodigy.net

Contestants will compete in five areas of competition:

Private Group Interview, Talent, Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimsuit, On-Stage question, & Evening Wear-New for 2017, judging percentages have changed!  See below for full details:

1. Private Interview (25% 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 and attractiveness, 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 (30% 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. Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimsuit (10% of total score)

Each contestant briefly appears on stage in a one piece swimsuit and footwear of her own choosing.  Swimsuits must be approved prior to competition by one of the Executive Director or Assoc. Exec. Directors.  Flesh tone color pumps recommended.
Scoring is based on:
Qualities and attributes of a Miss America
Overall first impression
Statement of strong physical fitness and health
Sense of attractiveness and presence
Display of energy, charisma and expression
Sense of confidence and composure

4. On-Stage Question (20% of total score)

Questions will be of a general nature and will be neither platform-related nor something taken directly from the private interview. 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?

5. Evening Wear (15% 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
Sense of attractiveness, beauty and charm

What is a 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 contestants choice
Swimsuit - one piece for competition, no extreme styles. Nude/skin tone pumps encouraged. New for theMiss Fountain Valley 2017 Competition, only once piece swimwear will be allowed.
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 - same dress as evening gown

All outfits and the talent performance will need to be approved by the Executive Director or Assoc. Exec. Directors prior to the Pageant.
Talent is no more than 90 seconds in duration.  Contestants cannot exceed 90 seconds.

What forms do I need?

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

Form 101-L Contestant Data Form
Form 104L Contestant Contract-Notarized
Children’s Miracle Network (online registration) $100 donation at missamericaforkids.org
Form 105 Contestant Resume
Form 105 Attachment A
Form 106 Platform Statement

What do I have to do with the Children’s Miracle Network?

All Miss Fountain Valley contestants are suppose to raise $100 for the Children’s Miracle Network, a partner of the Miss America Organization.  Each contestant will have a link to accept donations to their own custom site.

Donations to the Children's Miracle Network are tax deductible. Please contact the committee with any concerns about this.​

For More Information: Contact Executive Director:

Keeli Lisack at keeliscottlisack@aol.com

Or Sandi Licata, Associate Executive Director, at slicata@prodigy.net