The Miss RI 2017 and Miss RI's Outstanding Teen 2017 Competitions will be held at the historic Casino Theatre in Newport, RI, which is located on the grounds of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. 


10 Freebody St, Newport, RI 02840

Competition Dates:

Miss Rhode Island Preliminary Competition – Saturday, May 27 – 7:30 pm

Miss Rhode Island Finals Competition – Sunday, May 28 – 6:00 pm

Miss RI’s Outstanding Teen Competition – Sunday, May 28 – 12:00 pm

Ticket Prices
$60-Individual Tickets (Ticket for 1 show)
$110- Miss Combo (Tickets for 2 Miss shows)

$20- After-Party Ticket (hosted immediately after the Miss Finals Night at La Forge Restaurant, which is also located on the grounds of the International Tennis Hall of Fame)

If you would like to pay by check, please call Miss RI Scholarship Program Board Member Nancy McAuliffe at 401-261-7943.

If you would like to pay online, please use this paypal link and follow the important instructions below:

*****IMPORTANT *******

You must specify your name and number of tickets in the Note Line on Paypal as follows:

T - Teen Show
MP - Miss Prelims
MF - Miss Finals
MC - Miss Combo Ticket

AP- After Party Ticket

EXAMPLE NOTE LINE: Angel Williams 1-T, 3-MF, 2-MC, 5-AP

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy McAuliffe at 401-261-7943.


Areas of Competition

Percentages of Overall Score

Miss Rhode Island competitors are assessed based on five measures - talent, a private interview, evening wear, swimsuit, and an on-stage question. Each of these measures are weighted:

  • Talent – 35%
  • Private Interview – 25%
  • Evening Wear – 20%
  • Swimsuit – 15%
  • On-stage Question – 5%

Contestants perform a 90-Second routine of their own choosing. Some possible talents include all types of singing, dancing, gymnastics, instrumental music, dramatic or comedy monologues, baton twirling and ventriloquism. Other talents that can be performed solo on a stage are also possible. Phone or e-mail us if you have a question about your talent presentation. Scoring is based on:

  • Talent selection and performance, as it distinguishes both the contestant’s skills and personality
  • Interpretive ability
  • Technical skill level (execution, technique, synchronization, control)
  • Stage presence and on-stage personality
  • Totality of all elements (including costume, props, voice, use of body, choreography)
  • Lifestyle & Fitness In Swimsuit

Each contestant participates in an individual 10-minute press conference-style interview with our panel of judges (12 minutes at the state and national competitions). There are typically 5 to 7 judges on a panel. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their fact sheet, their educational and career goals, their opinions on current events and social issues, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. Scoring is based on:

  • Qualities and attributes of a Miss America
  • Overall first impression
  • Validated aspirations, opinions and responses in context
  • Poise, personal appearance and attractiveness
  • Personality, intelligence, style and emotional control
  • Speech, vocabulary and grammar
  • Confident and commanding presence
  • Knowledge, understanding and ability to articulate her platform issue
  • Sense of accomplishment
  • Ability to fulfill job responsibilities of Miss Rhode Island

Each contestant appears on stage in an outfit of her own choosing, representative of what she would wear to a formal “after five” social event. Pant suits, cocktail dresses and evening gowns are all appropriate for this phase of the competition. Scoring is based on:

  • Qualities and attributes of a Miss America
  • Overall first impression
  • Sense of confidence, personality and stage presence
  • Walk, posture, carriage and grace
  • Appropriateness of attire and sense of style
  • Sense of attractiveness, beauty and charm

Each contestant briefly appears on stage in a one or two piece swimsuit and footwear of her own choosing. Swimsuits must be approved prior to competition by the Executive Director of the pageant. Scoring is based on:

  • Qualities and attributes of a Miss America
  • Overall first impression
  • Statement of strong physical fitness and health
  • Sense of attractiveness and presence
  • Display of energy, charisma and expression
  • Sense of confidence and composure

Questions will be of a general nature and will be neither platform-related nor something taken directly from the private interview. The objective is to evaluate the contestant’s ability to think on her feet and answer a question of general interest to people her age, including, but not limited to, local, state and national current events. Scoring is based on:

  • Overall first impression
  • Extemporaneous response to on-stage question
  • Did the contestant answer the question in the context in which it was asked?
  • Can she handle the pressure of speaking on stage in front of an audience?
  • Will young people see her as a role model who is reflective of today’s generation?

Once contestants have completed the five areas of competition listed above, the Top Five Finalists will be named. The Top Five Finalists enter the final round of competition with zero points. The judges will then rank the contestants in the order they individually believe the contestants should finish on a Final Ballot. Each judge will rank the Top Five contestants on a Final Ballot. A first place vote is worth ten points, a second place vote is worth five points, a third place vote is worth three points, a fourth place vote is worth two points and a fifth place vote is worth one point . The total of the Final Ballots alone will determine the outcome of the pageant. The high and low scores on the Final Ballot will NOT be dropped. All judges’ votes count on the Final Ballot.


Miss Rhode Island Contestant Rules

You must be an unmarried female at least 17 years of age and no older than 24 years of age by December 31 of the year in which you intend to compete in the State Finals of the Miss RI Scholarship Program. You must also meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  1. You have been a resident of Rhode Island for at least six (6) months preceding the date of the Stage Pageant
  2. You are presently a bona fide full time registered student attending classes at a college or university located in the State, and you have successfully completed one semester as a full time student (minimum 12 credit hours) at said college or university
  3. You have been employed full time (at least 35 hours per week) in the State for at least six (6) months preceding the date of the State Pageant.


Mentoring Program

The MRI Program provides a unique mentoring program each year to all the participants to assist them in their preparation for the state competition. A series of workshops are held leading up to the Miss Rhode Island competition; each focuses on a different areas of competition (i.e. interview preparation, talent, etc.). Experts in the various areas of competition present the material. The program also offers a great opportunity for the participants to develop friendships and to become their own support team. For more information about the Mentoring Program please contact us.