JUDGING CRITERIA

The Miss Westchester Pageants and Miss Hudson Valley Pageants competitions are divided into three equally scored categories: Interview, Swimsuit, and Evening Gown. The judging is based on poise, personality, intelligence and beauty. The pageant judging panel consists of five experienced and unbiased members of the Communication, Entertainment, Fitness, Beauty, and Business fields.

AREAS OF COMPETITION

INTERVIEW
Each contestant will have a one-on-one interview with each judge. Each contestant will be judged on her ability to fulfill the titleholder’s responsibilities. Judges will assign a score based on the contestant’s communication skills, personality, personal appearance, sense of accomplishment, and knowledge and understanding of her platform issue. Contestants will not be scored on their opinions or personal beliefs.

SWIMSUIT
Each contestant will be evaluated on her overall commitment to her physical health and lifestyle. Each contestant will be judged on her level of confidence necessary to be a titleholder. Judges will assign a score based on the contestant’s physical fitness, sense of confidence and composure, and display of drive, energy and charisma.

EVENING GOWN
Each contestant will be assessed on her poise, grace, and commanding stage presence. Each contestant will be judged on her total look. Judges will assign a score based on the contestant’s beauty, carriage and grace, personality, and stage presence as well as her sense of style.

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ORIENTATION WORKSHOPS

To help each contestant compete at her very best, Miss Westchester Pageants and Miss Hudson Valley Pageants will offer Pageant Training Workshops during the optional Orientation. Sessions will include:

WARDROBE, HAIR & MAKE-UP
Contestants will learn how to choose clothing, shoes and accessories for the different areas of competition as well as the appropriate hair and make-up for both personal interview and stage.

MODELING & PUBLIC SPEAKING
Contestants will learn and practice on-stage modeling techniques specific to pageants (walking, standing, turning, entering, and exiting) and how to relate to the emcee, judges and audience during the introduction and on-stage question. 

INTERVIEW & ETIQUETTE
Contestants will learn and practice the correct way to conduct themselves during the personal interview as well as techniques for answering the judges’ questions.
SPECIAL AWARDS

There are seven additional awards presented in both the Miss Westchester Pageants and Miss Hudson Valley Pageants: Congeniality, Photogenic, Style, Spirit, Service, and People’s Choice. Each award has its own judges and judging criteria and is completely separate from and has no bearing on the pageants’ scoring or outcomes. All contestants are eligible for these awards.

CONGENIALITY
The recipient of the Congeniality Award is the contestant who is judged by her peers to be the most congenial, charismatic, and inspirational pageant participant.

PHOTOGENIC
Contestants’ headshots are judged by members of the media for their photogenic appeal, beauty, warmth and personality projection.

STYLE
Members of the media judge contestants on their personal style, fashion sense and pageant modeling ability.

HEALTH & FITNESS
Pageant staff and select sponsors judge contestants dedication to physical fitness, nutritious eating and overall healthy lifestyle.

SPIRIT
This award is given by the Miss Westchester & Miss Hudson Valley Pageants staff to the contestant who best represents all that is good in pageantry: sportsmanship, teamwork, time management, dedication, respect and compassion.

SERVICE
The Executive Directors of Miss Westchester Pageants and Miss Hudson Valley Pageants select the contestant who not only understands her platform issue but also shows evidence of her service to others.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE
This award is given to the contestant with the most votes from the general public. Voting takes place in the weeks before the pageant and contestants are encouraged to campaign for this honor. Each vote costs $1 and all funds raised for this award go to a 501(c)3 charity.
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