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Frequently Asked Questions

WHICH PAGEANTS DO YOU SPONSOR?

We sponsor the Miss Gastonia Scholarship Pageant and the Miss Gastonia's Outstanding Teen Pageant, which are official North Carolina local preliminaries for the Miss America and Miss America's Outstanding Teen national programs.

Our pageant program serves a 10-county region in the western piedmont and southern foothills area of our state: Gaston, Cleveland, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Union, Rutherford, Catawba, Caldwell, Burke, and Polk.

YOU HAVE ONE PAGEANT, BUT CROWN TWO WINNERS - HOW DOES THAT WORK?
The Miss Gastonia Scholarship Pageant is a “stacked” pageant, which means we conduct one pageant and crown two winners. 

The two contestants with the highest scores become Miss Gastonia and Miss Gaston County.  This also applies
to Miss Gastonia’s Outstanding Teen and Miss Gaston County's Outstanding Teen.

WHEN IS THIS YEAR'S PAGEANT?
The Miss Gastonia Scholarship Pageant and Miss Gastonia's Outstanding Teen Pageant will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Stuart W. Cramer High School.

WHAT ARE THE AGE AND RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS?

Young women ages 17-24 who live, work, or attend school within a 100-mile radius of Gastonia may enter the Miss Gastonia Scholarship Pageant.

Girls ages 13-16 may enter Miss Gastonia’s Outstanding Teen.  Outstanding Teen contestants must be N.C. residents – they do not have to live in a particular county. 

WHAT IS THE ENTRY FEE?

We do not charge a fee to enter the Miss Gastonia Scholarship Pageant

Miss Gastonia contestants are required by the Miss America Organization to raise
a minimum $100.00 donation for the Children’s Miracle Network.


The entry fee for the Outstanding Teen program is $150.00.

WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO ENTER MISS GASTONIA OR MISS GASTONIA'S OUTSTANDING TEEN?

Entering the pageant is simple.  We hold contestant orientation in May to give interested young women and their parents the opportunity to learn more about our program.  A contestants meeting is held in June for young women who decide to enter.

Young women interested in Miss Gastonia or Miss Gastonia’s Outstanding Teen should click on the Contact Us link and e-mail us your name, birthday, home mailing address, and phone number.

AM I REQUIRED TO HAVE A COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT?

Miss Gastonia, Miss Gaston County, and the Outstanding Teens select a project, issue, or cause (often called a “platform”) to promote during the year.  Platforms may bring attention to topics such as mentoring, volunteerism, healthy living, nutrition, adoption, and youth programs.   


We also have our Beauty Queens Can community service campaign, which is designed to show that pageant contestants can make a difference in the community.  We hold collection drives to gather canned goods, school supplies, teddy bears, and other items for charitable organizations.


We also support the Children's Miracle Network, which is the Miss America Organization's national charity.

WHAT ARE THE PHASES OF COMPETITION?
Contestants in the Miss Gastonia Scholarship Pageant participate in interview, talent, swimsuit, evening gown, and on-stage question.  The Outstanding Teen competition is similar to Miss Gastonia except for swimsuit - Teen contestants model fitness wear instead of swimsuits.

DO THE WINNERS ADVANCE TO A STATE LEVEL PAGEANT?
Miss Gastonia and Miss Gaston County go on to represent us in the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant.  The Outstanding Teens compete in the Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen Pageant.  The pageants are held in June in Raleigh.

The state winners advance to the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey and the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando, Florida.

 

IF I WIN, WHAT DO I RECEIVE?

Miss Gastonia and Miss Gaston County receive a $1,000 scholarship, access to our in-kind scholarships, a wardrobe/travel allowance, gift certificates, and other prizes.  The runners-up and non-finalists also receive a scholarship.


For the Outstanding Teens, we pay a portion of their state pageant entry fee.  The Outstanding Teens also receive gift certificates and other prizes.  The runners-up and
non-finalists receive a cash prize.

Click here to learn more about our scholarships, awards, and prizes.

 

HOW MAY I HELP?  MAY I CONTRIBUTE TO THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND?

The people who make the Miss Gastonia program possible are volunteers who

give of their time, talent, and resources. We encourage those individuals interested in promoting this program to consider serving as a volunteer. 


We also encourage individuals, organizations, and businesses to consider making
a monetary contribution to the Miss Gastonia scholarship fund.  For more information, call Delores Cox, executive director, at (704) 827-7277.


WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE IN THIS PAGEANT?

There isn’t enough space to list all of the reasons why you should enter this pageant. Our program can make a significant difference in your life.

The young women who participate earn scholarships, gain self-confidence, sharpen their public speaking skills, showcase talent, make new friends, and the list goes on.

And, most important, we are the best pageant program in the Gaston region!  
 

Your Crown Awaits ... 





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