GENERAL INFORMATION: Thank you for your interest in the Miss Apopka Scholarship Pageant! To enter this pageant, we ask for a full day’s commitment from each contestant. You will be notified of your morning interview time at City Hall prior to the day of the pageant. Rehearsals will be closed so you can concentrate on your performance. Interview attire is to be worn for your first introduction on stage in the evening. We will have stage directions and a walk through for entrances and exits. Food and beverages will be provided during the day and evening. Please let us know if you have any food allergies so that we can offer food that you can eat. Hostesses will be back stage to assist you during the pageant. Please arrange to have someone help you after the pageant so we can leave the building as soon as possible.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Contestants must be at least 18 years of age and a senior in high school or attending college. She must never have been married. In addition to the following rules for the Miss Florida Pageant, it is MANDATORY that Miss Apopka make 3 public appearances; Christmas Parade (Dec.), Foliage Festival (Apr.) and Shop with a Cop. All necessary forms and information must be included in packet.

There are four categories of each pageant, including Miss America local, state and national. The categories are: talent, evening wear, interview and physical fitness in a swimsuit.

Local Pageant Scoring Values now will be as follows:

Private Interview: 25%

Talent: 30%

Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimsuit:   10%

Evening Wear: 15%

On Stage Question: 20%

Every Miss America State and Local titleholder selects a platform issue of importance to her and to society and spends her year of service advocating her issue before the media, business people, public officials, civic and charitable groups, and others. To compete in a local a contestant must fulfill the following requirements.

A contestant must be born female, be a U.S. citizen, never been married, and must be a resident of city/town/state for at least six months preceding the date of the local pageant in which she wishes to compete. She must be between the ages of 18 and 25.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: To compete on residency a contestant must meet the requirement set by the local and provide proof of residency — a current drivers license, voters registration card, current lease, etc. If competing as a out of state student, she must have successfully completed one semester as a full time student at a bona fide college/university and be registered into her second semester. If competing as employed full-time, she must work at least 40 hours per week in Florida for at least six months preceding the date of the local in which you wish to compete.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: To be eligible to compete, a contestant must be between the ages of 18 and 25 years of age. Must be 18 and a high school senior by the time of her first appearance in preliminary round of local or state competition and no older than 25 years of age on December 31 of current year. A contestant must be of good moral character and have never been pregnant and is not now pregnant and has not been involved at any time in any act of moral turpitude. She must never been convicted of any crime and does not have any criminal charges pending. She must never have been engaged in any activity, which is or could be characterized as dishonest, immoral, immodest, indecent or in bad taste; is in reasonably good health.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: Contestants must reside in any one of the following counties: Alachua, Brevard, Citrus, Flagler, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lake, Levy, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Polk, Putnam, Seminole, St Johns, Sumter, Volusia. The map below shows the acceptable counties.