To become Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen, a contestant must first win a local competition.  Involvement in the Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen Organization takes personal commitment, hard work, talent, and ambition.

Outstanding Teen Contestants:

  • Must be at least thirteen (13) years of age on the first day of the State Competition in which she competes; and
  • Must not be older than seventeen (17) years of age as of July 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes, unless she is 18 years old and has not graduated from high school as of July 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes.

For the avoidance of doubt, 13 to 17 year old high-school graduates, as well as 18 year old non-graduates as of July 31st, must compete at MAOTeen level.

Please note, this change is effective for all contestants who will compete in 2019 State Competitions, which includes all Local Competitions that will send titleholders to compete in 2019 State Competitions. If you have any questions, please contact your respective national office.

To compete you must –

– Be a young lady between the ages of 13 and 17
– Be a United States citizen.
– Meet residency requirements for competing in a certain Local Pageant.
– Meet character criteria as set forth by the MNCO Teen and MAO Teen organizations.
– Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements for serving as MNCO Teen.
– Be able to meet the time commitment and responsibilities as set forth by the local program in which you compete.
– Must not be eligible to compete in the Miss America Competition.


Local Outstanding Teen Pageants

In the 2019-2020 season, all of the Miss competitions also crown an Outstanding Teen titleholder. For that list, visit the Our Local Competitions page.

For the first time, there will be a Sweeps Pageant held for Outstanding Teen contestants on March 14, 2020. Four titles will be awarded, and contestants (with the exception of the last local of the season) must have competed for a local Outstanding Teen title in the 2019-2020 season to be eligible.

MNCOTeen Talent Requirements

Talent Production – Guidelines and Requirements

  • The time limit for talent presentation is 90 seconds. Nothing longer will be accepted, and this will be strictly enforced! Judges will be informed immediately if a Contestant runs over her allotted time. Each judge will then use this information to assist in determining his/her score of the Contestant’s talent competition.
  • When creating talent presentations, you may not use original master works. All audio elements must be original.

Talent Competition – Accompanying Oneself with Pre-recorded Music and Vocals

  • A Contestant may pre-record herself as a back-up vocalist or instrumental accompanist and use that CD to accompany her live talent performance. However, it cannot be announced to the judges that the accompaniment tape contains any performance by the Contestant. She will be judged solely on what she is doing live, and no exceptions will be made to this. A talent cannot be performed electronically (i.e., DVD) or with live accompaniment.

Talent Competition – Pre-recorded Music Enhancements

  • Regardless of the talent performed, the background CD cannot have voices, instruments, or other noises that mimic the talent of the Contestant.
  • For example: A vocalist may have background vocals with “oohs and aahs” but cannot have a CD containing any background lyrics or a voice singing the melody line for the Contestant to sing along with.
  • The same limitation exists for instrumentalists, dancers, and any other talent which could provide for an unfair advantage if a judge could not delineate from the talent on the track versus the live performance of the Contestant.
  • For example: a tap dancer cannot have any noises on the background track that may resemble or sound like taps; an instrumentalist cannot have any noises or instruments on the background track that mimics or sounds like the instrument she is playing…even if it is not the exact instrument. If it sounds like it may be a similar instrument, then the Contestant will not be able to use the background track for competition.
  • A Contestant may not Lip-Sync a song as a stand-alone talent.

Talent Competition – Double Talents

  • If a Contestant wishes to perform a double talent, e.g., singing and dancing, or singing and piano playing, she must perform both live on stage. She will only be judged for what is performed live. For example, if a Contestant dances to a pre-recorded CD of herself singing, she will only be judged on her dancing. If she sings on stage and performs a dance segment with it, she will be judged on both singing and dance.

Talent Competition – Talents Involving Original Work or Material

  • Any Contestant who plans to present a talent act that involves prior original work on her part (e.g., own painting, dressmaking, music arrangement, song writing, dramatic reading, etc.) must have notarized authentication that she created the work if she wishes to receive credit for the work. This responsibility rests with the Contestant and her State Teen Director.

Talent Competition – Duplication of Talents

  • There can be no duplication of a talent act among the Contestants. Priority of talents is determined on a first come, first-serve basis.

Talent Competition – Vocal Medley Duplication of Talents

  • A Contestant may not include in a vocal medley the same song another Contestant is planning to sing as a solo or as part of a different medley. The same song, though, may be played on a musical instrument by a second Contestant or used as accompaniment for a dance.

Talent Competition – Props

  • Any article brought on stage must actually be NEEDED. Non-functional props tend to distract from the performance and are not allowed.
  • No props will be permitted unless they are absolutely functional!
  • No mood setters or background enhancers are allowed
  • No props that imitate those used in a Broadway or screen version of your music are allowed
  • No props that require excessively large stage areas and complicated setting up are allowed
  • No use of motion pictures, slides or projection of any kind are allowed
  • No live animals are allowed
  • No props involving safety hazards such as fire batons, sword and/or knife twirling, bow and arrow skills, etc. are allowed
  • No lighting enhancements are allowed
  • No aerial acts