Competition Information

Saturday August 21, 2021
Drake University Sheslow Auditorium

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Why enter? Because you can...

  • Gain valuable experience and develop life skills (e.g. interview skills, public speaking, interpersonal communication, social interaction, etc.)

  • Earn quality scholarship funds for college and graduate school, regardless of whether a title is won

  • Find new interests and discover new opportunities

  • Make lifelong friendships and relationships

  • Learn to set goals, follow them through and exceed your expectations

  • Develop a sense of responsibility for helping others

  • Foster a positive, self-motivated mindset to achieve your goals

  • Receive recognition for your efforts in bettering yourself and your community

Where to start

To become a Miss candidate, you must: 

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 25

  • Reside, work, or attend school in the state of Iowa for the last 6 months

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

  • Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements

  • Must be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities as set forth by the local, state, and national competition(s) in which you compete

To become a Teen candidate, you must: 

  • Be between the ages of 13 and 17

  • Reside or attend school in the state of Iowa for the last 6 months

  • Candidates may not turn 18 on or before July 31st of the year of the National Finals

  • Must be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities as set forth by the local, state, and national competition(s) in which you compete