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Become a Teen Contestant

The Road to Miss California's Teen starts here!

Are you the next Miss California's Teen?

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About the Competition

The Miss California’s Teen competition began in June 1999 as California’s Outstanding Teen, the first Outstanding Teen program in the nation. It became the model for the creation of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in 2005. The name was changed to Miss America's Teen in 2023. Through participation in our program, contestants have opportunities to develop their own initiatives that positively impact society, showcase their talent, and earn scholarships. Miss California's Teen contestants are very well prepared to enter the Miss California Competition when they are 19 years old. (Three MCTeen titleholders went on to become Miss California!) Are you about growth in leadership skills, talent, communication skills and educational scholarships? Join us! To become a Miss California’s Teen contestant you may enter and win a local Teen competition or enter the state competition directly as an At-Large contestant. All of the information you need to get started is right here.

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Phases of Competition

The Miss California's Teen Competition is comprised of five phases:

  1. Private Interview with the Selection Panel - 30%

  2. Performing Arts Talent/HERStory - 20%

  3. Health and Fitness - 20%

  4. Evening Gown - 20%

  5. Onstage Conversation - 10%

Each contestant must have a Community Service Initiative that she will advocate during her time of service.

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Eligibility Requirements



Must fulfill ONE of the following:

  • Must reside in the license area of the local competition

  • Be successfully enrolled in and physically attending classes on a full-time basis at an accredited public or private school in the license area of the local competition.

Defined license area info is described on the Local Competitions pages. Competitions described as "open statewide" are available to any eligible candidate in the state of California.


  • Must be a citizen of the United States of America

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Additional Requirements

  • Register for participation in the Miss America Opportunity

  • Pay participation fees required by the local and/or state organization.

  • Meet character criteria set forth by the Miss America Organization.

  • Be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities. 

  • Some knowledge of Social Media is desirable but not required for Teen contestants.

Ready to get started?

Please join us as a candidate! To begin the registration process and start your journey to becoming the next Miss California's Outstanding Teen or Miss America's Outstanding Teen, please complete the form below.

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