Areas of Competition



Miss Nationwide® will literally be the voice of the Nationwide system. Miss Nationwide® needs to be an achiever; a driven and goal-oriented young woman who, through her own personal accomplishments, interests and passions, can serve as a role model to other young women across the nation and promote the Miss Nationwide program in a positive manner.

Contestants will be individually interviewed in front of a panel of 5 judges for 10-15 minutes.  During the interview, contestants will present their Platform Presentation (see separate category description below) Questions will be based on the contestant’s interests, knowledge and opinions of current events as well as each contestant’s personal biography/resume sheet. Judge’s will look for academic, personal and professional achievements, commitment to self-improvement and community service during the interview competition.

Judging Criteria: Personality, poise, passion, communication skills, ability to engage, articulation, charisma, confidence and overall style & presentation


Miss Nationwide® needs to have something to say. She needs to be passionate about the world around her and must be able to express herself. Each contestant will choose an issue that she feels strongly about and create her Personal Platform around this issue. Contestants will present a 90 second onstage platform statement.  Why did she choose it?  Why is it relevant?  What will she do with it?   While it should be something the contestant feels strongly about, it should also be an issue that will interest and be relevant to others at a national level.

During her interview, each contestant will present a 2-3 minute Platform Presentation to the judges.  This presentation should utilize her Online Platform Portfolio during her presentation to the judges.  Her presentation provides each contestant a separate opportunity to address her personal platform, her work toward her platform and other important details in regard to her personal platform.

Judging Criteria:

  • Platform Statement – 20%:   Clarity of thoughts and opinions, articulation, passion for issue, grammar, personal expression
  • Platform Presentation – 10%:  


The Personal Style & Expression competition is one that is unique to Miss Nationwide®! A competition which allows the contestant to showcase her personal style and sense of fashion. Contestants are encouraged to think “New York runway” as she prepares her wardrobe. Outfits should best represent the contestants personality, sense of style and fashion, and uniqueness.


Judging Criteria: Modeling, confidence, style, and stage presence, overall style & presentation, and personal expression


Evening gown ~ the most elegant and glamorous part of the Nationwide Pageants.  Each contestant will model a floor length evening gown of her choice.  The gown should reflect the contestant’s personal style, while the color & choice should flatter and highlight her physical features.  During the evening gown competition, each contestant should project an image of beauty, style, and elegance expected of a national titleholder.


Judging Criteria: Beauty, grace, charisma, stage presence, modeling, overall style & presentation


Each contestant will be asked two on stage questions regarding her personal platform topic.  Miss Nationwide® needs to be able to think on her feet as she meets supporters across the Nation.  The onstage question competition will provide the judges an opportunity to witness each contestant’s ability to provide concise, thoughtful, spur of the moment answers when the spotlight is on them.

Judging CriteriaClarity of thoughts, formulation of opinions, articulation, clarity and conciseness, grammar, personal expression

PEOPLE’S CHOICE  (Internet Vote – National Pageant only)

Our contestants will take part in an public vote in the weeks leading up to the National Pageant.

Internet voting will be available for the public who visit our website, view the contestant’s picture and their platform video.   People’s Choice voting will consist of $1 per vote.  Money raised from the People’s Choice balloting will be donated to Make-A-Wish, the national charity of the Miss Nationwide Pageant.  The contestant with the highest internet vote will become Nationwide’s 2018 People Choice winner.


STATE COSTUME  (National Pageant only)

Our Nation is only as good as the individual states which make it up. The Miss Nationwide® Pageant is also only as good as the individual contestants representing each state. During the introduction of contestants, each contestant will present herself in a costume that best represents her state.  Miss Nationwide® will present a special award for the State Costume judged the best.

Judging Criteria: Creativity, stage presence, poise, and overall style & presentation