Welcome to the Miss Washtenaw County Pageant family and congratulations on taking your first step towards the title of Miss America 2020! We will be presenting our 24th annual pageant at the Washington Street Education Center Prinzing Auditorium on Saturday October 27, 2018 and are excited that you want to be a part of it.
Participating in a Miss America Local Preliminary is a wonderful and unique experience. You will gain poise and confidence, hone your interview and public speaking skills, make many new friends, and become a part of the largest scholarship organization for young women in the nation. Our Executive Board and committee members work year round to make this experience and scholarship money available to you. Along with all that you will gain by becoming a contestant, there are certain expectations of you. The best time to begin your preparation is now. Fall brings with it a return to school, homework, exams, and new activities. Please take this into consideration as you make your decision. By sending your application in you are making a commitment to the Miss Washtenaw County Scholarship Program. Once applications are received much preliminary work is completed to accommodate you. Program book layout is done, schedules for interviews, and judge’s paperwork and notebooks are printed. The time to make a thoughtful decision as to whether or not you will compete is before you send your application in!
Contestants are expected to make a commitment to the Miss Washtenaw County Pageant. We have a minimal number of rehearsals to make it easier for you and thus each meeting is crucial to our success. Contestants are allowed one excused absence from a rehearsal. We ask that you be respectful of your fellow contestants and our staff by honoring your commitment.
The 2018 Contestant Orientation will be held Sunday September 30th from 2 until 4pm. It is held in the Woodlands Room (in the basement) at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital - Chelsea, 775 S. Main Street, Chelsea. This is a relaxed gathering and an informational meeting. It is our chance to get acquainted, for you to meet the other contestants and Miss Washtenaw Volunteers, and for you to become familiar with the Miss America Organization. Parents or friends are welcome to attend with you. An opportunity for questions and answers will follow. Required paperwork, due at orientation, is a copy of your birth certificate, proof of eligibility, and CMN donation as described in Eligibility Requirements.
Refer to the Contestant’s Calendar before each meeting. Paperwork deadlines are listed as DUE TODAY!! Each contestant is expected to prepare her own paperwork before arrival. The instructions and templates for your resume and platform statement are included in this file. Please read the instructions included for each, fill them out as required, print off, and submit them as requested on the calendar. When printing off paperwork only use plain white paper. Forms that are printed on anything other than white copy paper, that have had photos or other artwork added, or that the formatting is not in compliance with the instructions listed WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Arrive early with all needed supplies and be ready to start at the scheduled times.
Children’s Miracle Network is Miss America’s National Platform. Each contestant is an ambassador for this organization and is required to fundraise for a small donation. Full details are explained in the Eligibility Requirements. Remember that when you register online the pageant year is 2020, you are competing for the title of Miss America 2020. For the 2018 Miss Washtenaw County Pageant – Deadline for CMN donation is at orientation! We suggest that you start as early as possible to meet this requirement. Fundraising supplies and suggestions can be received by calling or emailing our pageant office. There are many creative and easy ways to meet this obligation. We look forward to helping you with your goals!
Contestants should plan to submit their own headshots for the program book. These will be submitted electronically. Instructions for submitting photography will be provided at orientation.
Miss Washtenaw County 2018 has a year of opportunities ahead of her. She will be involved in many activities across Washtenaw County as well as being our representative at the Miss Michigan Pageant held in Muskegon in June 2019. Throughout her year of service she will be expected to make appearances as booked by the Miss Washtenaw County Executive Board. Although Miss Washtenaw’s appearance schedule will be tailored to fit her own schedule she typically makes 50 appearances throughout the entire year. Miss Washtenaw County 2018 must be available for all activities and preparations leading up to the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant. The Executive Board will help her develop her platform and prepare for all areas of competition. Miss Washtenaw is also expected to participate at the events preceding and to perform at our 2019 Pageant. The title of Miss Washtenaw County is a job. While the year of service is an incredible experience for a young woman, it also comes with the expectation that she will honor her commitment to this organization and to the sponsors that support us. Should you become our new Miss Washtenaw County, plan to be available on Sunday afternoon following the pageant to meet with the Executive Director and begin plans for the exciting year ahead!
As you make your plans to compete within our organization we will be asking you to assist us with some fundraising opportunities. The production and venue is of the highest quality and are planned to showcase you. Advertising and ticket sales pay for our pageant venue. Any efforts that you can give us, is both needed and very much appreciated by your Executive Board. We thank you in advance for supporting our organization.
The MWC Board has been working hard all year to make your Miss America experience the best ever! We look forward to having you participate with us and to meeting you at orientation. Please feel free to contact me, by phone or email, with any questions or for advice. Best wishes with your preparations, have fun, and Good Luck!
Laura Bloomensaat Executive Director Miss Washtenaw County Scholarship Program