2022 National Scoring Overview

2022 National Scoring Overview & On-Stage Question Info

At National American Miss, we passionately believe that excellent judging is the backbone of an excellent pageant. For 20 years now, in keeping with that passion, we bring in the very best selection of judges to be found anywhere in pageantry – bar none. To ensure unparalleled diversity, the judges are “rotated” such that no one judge will score all the preliminaries as well as the final show for any given age division. This results in a carefully designed process where each age division is scored by more than fifteen different judges. The judges come from across the country and are highly qualified.

Community Service Project 10%
The Community Service Project counts for 10% of your Required Competition score. A full 10% of your pageant score will be automatically be awarded to you when you show record of having completed at least 4 hours of community service at a local area or statewide service organization.

Resume 15%
Resume counts for 15% of your required competition score. Like the Community Service portion of the Required Competition, the scoring of your resume is one in which you will receive the full 15% score credit for following some simple guidelines in preparing your resume. We fully expect that every competitor will achieve the full 15% of this score.

Poise and Presentation in Formal Wear 25%
Formal Wear counts for 25% of your Required Competition score. Contestants are scored on their poise and presentation on stage in formal wear. Scores are based on the judges’ overall impressions and the contestant’s ability to command both the judges’ and the audience’s attention in a poised, graceful, and professional manner.

On-Stage Personal Introduction 25%
Personal Introduction counts for 25% of your Required Competition score. Contestants will introduce themselves on stage, saying their:

  • name
  • hometown
  • state
  • future aspirations and/or something interesting about themselves

Contestants are scored on their ability to clearly, confidently, and effectively deliver a message on stage to the audience. The judges are looking for a representative who naturally conveys her own unique personality through her effective and engaging public speaking skills and naturally assured stage presence. Contestants must adhere to the 60-second time limit.

Personality During an Interview 25%
Interview counts for 25% of your Required Competition score. Contestants should display essential interviewing skills, such as making good eye contact, communicating confidently, and sitting properly as you talk one-on-one with each of the interview judges. This is when you can really let your personality shine through. In a very real way, you are interviewing for the “job” of representing not only your state, but your country. The judges are looking for the new national representatives to be girls who are friendly, naturally enthusiastic, and effective communicators. Each judge’s goal is to learn more about you, your ambitions, and your personality. They are looking for a representative who can engage in fun, intelligent conversation with an adult. They will not trick you or ask you questions having a right or wrong answer (for example, they will not ask you to “Name the governor of your state”).


At the final show, each finalist will still be introduced on stage in her formal wear, giving her a moment alone in the spotlight. Girls are not being scored during this final walk but judges do know who are in the Top 12. Escorts are not needed for the pageant finale. After each girl has been presented on stage in her formal dress, the emcee will announce whom the judges have selected as their top semi-finalists.

There will be a Top 12 semi-finalists announced. The Top 12 includes one girl who was voted as the People’s Choice Award winner by friends and family. The names of the Top 12 will be announced in random order, including the People’s Choice Award winner. The judges and the audience will not know who the People’s Choice winner is until all tabulation has been completed at the end of the show. The People’s Choice winner will be announced immediately before the crowning of the new queen and her court.

Every girl in the Top 12 will be eligible to move on to the Top 5. The judges will have the opportunity to hear each one of the Top 12 delegates introduce themselves in their Personal Introduction. Each girl in the Top 12 will receive a “Final Show Personal Introduction Score” ranging from 1 to 9. An average of all the judges’ Final Show Personal Introduction Score will be added to the average preliminary score of each Top 12 Finalist. This will produce the Top 5 finalists. The final Top 5 will be announced in random order.

The Top 5 will have one more opportunity to impress the judges with their ability to answer a question on stage. The questions will be in a bowl located on stage, and each of the Top 5 competitors will be asked one question out of the bowl. The Emcee will read the question to the contestant, and the contestant will have up to 30 seconds to answer the question. The 30 seconds starts from the time the Emcee finishes reading the question. At 30 seconds, a bell will ring and judging of that question will end.

For the Princess, Jr. Pre-Teen, and Pre-Teen age divisions they will be asked a question from one of the following 5 topics.

  • My community service work
  • My after-school activities
  • My family
  • My friends
  • My goals for the future

For the Jr. Teen, Teen, and Miss age divisions they will be asked a question from one of the following 5 topics.

  • Issues currently facing girls and young women
  • Characteristics and duties of a NAM National Queen
  • My personal impact through service and community involvement
  • My vision for the future
  • The value of pageantry

After each of the Top 5 have answered their on-stage questions, each judge will make an individual final ranking of the Top 5. These final rankings will be added up to produce the final results. After all the results have been tabulated, the emcee will ask for the results. Before the emcee reveals the final results, she will reveal the name of the People’s Choice Award winner and present her with a special award on stage.

At this time the 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st runners-up will be announced, followed by the crowning of the new national queen.