Participating in the Miss Wisconsin Rapids Scholarship Organization is one of the most rewarding and beneficial experiences available to young women in the area.
Being a contestant requires hard work, talent, and personal commitment, but there are countless benefits of participating!
Benefits of the Program
Gain valuable experience and develop skills that will benefit your everyday life (i.e. interview skills, public speaking, interpersonal communication, social interaction, etc.).
Earn quality scholarship dollars for college and graduate school. Every candidate earns a scholarship!
Uncover your potential strengths and enhance your self-confidence.
Find new interests and discover new opportunities.
Make lifelong friendships and build relationships with community members
Gain a sense of accomplishment by using your free time in a positive and constructive manner.
Learn to set goals, follow them through, and exceed your own expectations.
Develop a sense of responsibility for serving others
Foster a positive, self-motivated mindset to achieve your goals
Receive recognition for your efforts in bettering yourself and your community.
To become a contestant, you must:
Be a United States citizen
Must be born between 1/1/1996 and 12/31/2006.
Live in, work full time in, or go to school/college in Wisconsin Rapids and surrounding areas, including Nekoosa, Port Edwards, Vesper, Rudolph, Pittsville, Rome or Grand Rapids.
Have permanent residency in Wisconsin Rapids, Nekoosa, Port Edwards, Vesper, Rudolph, Pittsville, Rome or Grand Rapids if a student at UWSP (i.e., your permanent address is still your parents' or guardians' home).
Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization
Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements
Be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities as set forth by the Miss Wisconsin Rapids Scholarship Organization
Every spring, we will hold a general informational meetings about our organization for any contestants who wish to compete. Follow us on social media for news about upcoming meetings and events!
We want to make sure all of our candidates feel 100% ready for the competition, no matter their experience level. The summer before the competition, we will offer opportunities to be connected with a volunteer and other resources if you want to begin your preparations on your time. Then in the fall, we hold workshops on Sunday evenings for contestants to develop the skills necessary to be fully prepared for the competition. Workshops include community service initiative and resume building, talent rehearsals, mock interviews, opening number practice, styling and public speaking practice. Each contestant is also assigned a hostess or "host mom" that will help her throughout the workshops and competition.
Areas of Competition
The morning of the competition, each contestant will meet with a panel of five judges for a private, ten-minute interview. Interviews are designed for the judges to gain insight into the contestant's personality, intelligence, communication skills, ability to fulfill the job requirements and her commitment to the community.
The talent phase of competition is designed to determine a contestant's overall skill level and entertainment value. This is often a favorite for contestants and audience members alike! Miss contestants prepare a 90-second routine that best reflects their technical skill and personality. Contestants can sing, dance, play an instrument, recite a monologue or even perform a unique talent like a karate routine, cake decorating or a science experiment!
Evening Gown 20%
In this phase, contestants are able to show their poise, confidence, beauty, charm and elegance. contestants choose an evening wear outfit (typically a long gown) that best reflects their personal style.
Health and Fitness 20%
This competition is designed to give insight into a contestant's commitment to personal health and wellness. Her energy, charisma and confidence will be taken into consideration. Each contestant will wear Rebel Athletic wear and sneakers. She will be asked to perform a short fitness-routine, which will be taught during the workshops.
On Stage Conversation 10%
During this phase of competition, each contestant will answer an on-stage question, which is designed to give the audience a sense of her personality and the ability to think on her feet.