Miss NW & Miss NW OT 2022

Miss Northwestern and Miss Northwestern's Outstanding Teen

Meet Our Miss Northwestern, Miss Northwestern's Teen,
& Northwestern Star 2023

Asa Thomas, Carli Seabolt and Ella Dierlam

Emily Smith (back left) was named Miss Northwestern Oklahoma State University 2023.

Tierney Jade (TJ) Crissup was named Miss Northwestern’s Star 2023 (front).

Tristyn Burgess (back right) was crowned as Miss Northwestern’s Teen 2023.


Contact Information:

Paige Fischer, Executive Director 
(580) 327-8533

Miss Northwestern and Northwestern's Teen Competitions

Sunday, October 22nd, 2023 at 6pm


$10 at the door

$8 in advance at the Business Office

$3 for NWOSU students with current student ID card

Children 5 years old and older will need to have a ticket or pay $10 admission to attend the event; children 4 years old and younger are free.

If you are interested in having Miss Northwestern make an appearance, please contact Paige Fischer at (580) 327-8533 or email at plfischer@nwosu.edu.

2023 Miss Northwestern & Miss Northwestern's Teen Competition Program

Event Information

Rehearsal - Saturday, October 22nd, 2022

Competition - Sunday, October 23rd, 2022

Be A Candidate in Miss Northwestern

To Be Eligible


Must be 19 years old by December 31st of the year (2023) of the State Competition.

Must not be older than 26 years old on December 31st of the year (2023) of the State Competition.

Must be a high school graduate or equivalent by July 31st in the calendar year (2023) of the State Competition in which she competes.


Must be enrolled in and attending classes on a full-time (12 hours) basis prior to the competition at Northwestern Oklahoma State University- including the Alva, Enid, and Woodward campuses.


Must be a citizen of the United States of America at the time she enters her first competition.


Must be a high school graduate or have successfully completed the G.E.D. testing program for high school equivalency or have successfully completed the academic requirement for entry into Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Must have a grade point average of 2.5 or above.

To Compete You Must  

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 25.
  • Have never competed in any National Finals of the Miss America Organization.
  • Have never held the title of Miss Northwestern.
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Meet residency requirements for competing in a certain town or state.
  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization.
  • Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements.
  • Be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities as set forth by the local program in which you compete.
  • Have never been married.
  • Have never been pregnant or be the adoptive parent of any child.
  • Must never have been convicted of any criminal offense.
  • Must not have criminal charges presently pending.
  • Must not use or consume any illegal controlled dangerous substances or abuse the use of alcohol or other dangerous substances.
  • See candidate contract for additional requirements.

Additional Requirements

  • Must register as a Miss America Candidate.  There is a $35 registration fee to register as a Miss America Candidate.  There is an additional $75 fee to compete for this local title.
  • Sell one full page ad for the Miss Northwestern program.  All ad information (business cards, photos, money, etc.) must be organized and turned in by October 3rd, 2022, at 4pm.
  • Attend Informational Session on August 29th, 2022, at 6pm in the Wellness Center Room 101.
  • Submit Letter of Intent by September 9th, 2022.
  • Submit Eligibility Form by September 9th, 2022.
  • Complete entry forms and all other documents by set due dates.  Submit all documents in an organized fashion.
  • Submit documents to Paige Fischer via email (plfischer@nwosu.edu) or through the website submission forms (if applicable).
  • Attend photo shoot on campus for competition headshot.  Date and time TBD.
  • Attend all rehearsals, including the main dress rehearsal on October 22nd, 2022.
Miss Northwestern Forms and Resources

Other Required Items

  • Birth Certificate
  • Headshot (Photoshoot date is TBD and will take place on the NWOSU-Alva campus.)
  • Health Insurance Card
  • Proof of Miss America Candidate Registration ($35 fee) and  Proof of Miss America Local Candidate Registration ($75 fee)
  • Miss Oklahoma Local Candidate Contract (will be emailed to you at a later date)
  • Program Ads (business cards, photos, money, etc.)
  • Performance Track for Talent (if applicable).  Mp3 is the preferred format.
  • Ticket Money (must sell at least 10 tickets to the local competition)

Miss Northwestern Forms and Resources

Miss Northwestern Forms and Resources

Other Required Items

  • Birth Certificate
  • Headshot (Photoshoot date is TBD and will take place on the NWOSU-Alva campus.)
  • Health Insurance Card
  • Proof of Miss America Candidate Registration ($35 fee) and Proof of Miss America Local Candidate Registration ($75 fee)
  • Miss Oklahoma Local Candidate Contract (will be emailed to you at a later date)
  • Program Ads (business cards, photos, money, etc.)
  • Performance Track for Talent (if applicable).  Mp3 is the preferred format.
  • Ticket Money (must sell at least 10 tickets to the local competition)

Be A Candidate in the Teen Competition


  1. Candidate must be at least 13 years old by the first day of the State Competition (by June 4th, 2023).  
  2. Candidate must not be older than 18 years old on December 31st of the year (2023) of the State Competition.
  3. Be and always been female.
  4. Be a United States citizen.
  5. Have been a resident of Oklahoma for at least six (6) months prior to the first local or state competition.

Miss Northwestern's Teen Forms

Scholarships Awarded

Miss Northwestern will receive:

  • $1,500 tuition scholarship
  • $500 cash scholarship
  • Official Oklahoma State Crown

First Runner-Up will receive:

  • $1,250 Tuition Scholarship

Second Runner-Up will receive:

  • $1,000 Tuition Scholarship

Miss Northwestern Candidates will receive: 

  • $200 cash participation award

Miss Northwestern's Outstanding Teen will receive: 

  • $1,500 tuition scholarship

Teen First Runner-Up will receive:

  • $1,250 tuition scholarship

Teen Second Runner-Up will receive:

  • $1,000 tuition scholarship

Teen Candidates will receive:

  • $200 tuition participation scholarship

Miss Northwestern Stars will receive:

  • Crown
  • Goodie bag 

Other gifts and prizes to be included!


Social Impact Initiative Information

Social Impact Initiative

Your Social Impact Initiative (formerly the Platform) will be your initiative on which you will work, alongside the Miss Local and Miss Oklahoma Organization, during your Year of Service.  This submission allows you to explain to the local judges your subject matter choice, how you choose to advocate for it during your year and the metrics you see for success at the close of your Year of Service.  In addition, it should explain how your advocacy will further the Miss Local/Miss Oklahoma/Miss America Organization mission.  

This page ONE (1) page, singled-spaced document, combined with the Candidate’s Resume, will comprise your entire application for this job.  The judges will receive exactly what is submitted.   Any items that do not meet the criteria or are submitted after the deadline will not be given to the judges. If your Social Impact Statement arrives on the day of the deadline, but does not meet the criteria, there will not be time to return it to you; therefore, it will not be given to the judges.  The candidate may explain the lack of judging materials during her interview, if she so chooses.

  1. Go to the word processing program of your computer.
  2. Start a “new” document.
  3. Set margins for 1" on all four sides.  The font style may not be any smaller than “10” and no larger than “12” point type using the Times New Roman font style. 
  4. With the justification set for left, type “Name:” in bold.  Following the colon (:), hit the space bar twice.  Then, type your name. 
  5. Then, move to the next line and type “Title:” in bold.  Following the colon (:), hit the space bar twice.  Then, type your state title.
  6. Double space down.  Set your justification to “center”.  Then type in bold and underline the title of your Social Impact Statement.
  7. Double space down.  Write what you feel is critical for the judges to know about your social impact statement and why it is necessary for you to have the job of Miss America to promote this issue.  What you write will be what the judges know about your statement, your role in successfully dealing with this issue, and the role the Miss America Organization may play in your plan.
  8. This essay may include some of the following items (this is not to be meant as an exhaustive list):
    • A clear definition of the platform and the specific issues you wish to address
    • A plan on how you have or will create awareness of the platform
    • The way in which you have or will change attitudes regarding the issue
    • The way in which you have or will change behaviors related to this issue
    • The way in which your platform issue will move the Miss America Organization forward
    • Your media plans
    • Your marketing strategy
    • How you propose to fund your ideas/plans
    • Any significant accomplishments you have made in regard to your issue
  9. At the bottom of the page, set the justification to the right.  Type a line of 26 spaces.  Below that line, type Signature/Date and after printing sign and date the document.  If you forget to sign and date, we will need to return the document to you as it cannot be accepted without your signature.  

It is important that you sign and date the original document and required copies as shown in the attached sample prior to submitting.

Due date is October 3rd, 2022.  The social impact initiative must be submitted electronically to plfischer@nwosu.edu.  You will also need to submit 7 signed/dated hard copies of your social impact initiative to Paige at Herod Hall 105.

Social Impact Initiative Example

Name:  Jane Smith
Title:  Miss Local  

Celebrating Cultural Diversity and Inclusiveness

It is imperative that this nation face and embrace its cultural diversity.  While many people have talked about this issue, I believe that most of them have only paid lip service to the true necessity of what needs to be addressed related to this issue.  There is a false truth in merely accepting and tolerating cultural diversity.  I intend to prove that in order to accept and understand people of other cultures; one must be willing to step out of a personal cultural comfort zone and identify the origin of their prejudice.  I will specifically focus on three areas:  Children, Communities, and Businesses.

The title of Miss America, combined with the national media already looking at the surface of this issue, will allow me to create the national awareness that must exist.  Currently, the term “Cultural Diversity” is well known in the halls of institutions of higher learning and, perhaps, even in the public-school classroom because of the need for some to be politically correct.  But, in order for us to make a true change in attitudes and behaviors of Americans, we must move beyond talk and into action and policy changes.

My plan is to motivate the media and to partner with the National Conference for Community and Justice.  This organization has chapters in every major city in the nation and, in many cases, those chapters have community leaders involved who can, with encouragement and challenging, bring this issue out of hiding and into the public light in each of those communities. 

Obviously, the media and the NCCJ already exist.  However, what is lacking is a lightening rod to draw attention to this issue.  This is where the Miss America Organization steps into the lead.  What better role is there for Miss America than to be an agent of change in organizing our nation to accept our differences and to create an environment that values each person on individual characteristics rather than on stereotypes or assumptions? 

For years, Miss America was seen as a young woman who cut ribbons and appeared in parades.  It is time for “Miss America” to step out of the convertible and lead the parade.  Our country’s ethnic make-up is changing rapidly and our citizen’s fear of terrorism can explode already existing, but deeply hidden prejudices.  I want to be the leader that this nation needs. 

This nation needs this issue addressed now and through the already existing NCCJ and its local and state organizations combined with the power of Miss America, we can make a concrete difference now, which will change the direction and the future of our nation.




Resume Information

Local Candidate Resume Information

This is your opportunity to demonstrate to the judges why they should consider you for the job at your local and for the job of Miss Oklahoma.  This one-page resume, combined with the Social Impact Initiative, will comprise your entire application for this job.  The judges will receive exactly what is submitted.

Instructions for Candidate's Resume

  • Resume - one (1) page only - single sided
  • In the style/format candidate feels best reflects her in interviewing for the job of Miss Northwestern
  • Color can be used on your resume
  • No photos or pictures on your resume
  • Suggestion: Print on white, ivory, or light grey copy paper (20, 22, or 24 weight paper).  Indicate number of printed resumes needed or if candidate can submit by email, local will make color copies of the resume.
  • Use any style font - but nothing less than 10 point
  • The following must be included on your resume:
    • Name
    • Local Title
    • Social Impact Initiative
    • Talent
    • School Attending or Graduated

The following are only suggestions and/or ideas for your resume.  Create a resume that best reflects who you are, your accomplishments, and qualifications to successfully fulfill the duties of the role of Miss Northwestern.  The following ideas do not have to appear in this order or even be used.  Again, these are ONLY suggestions.  Required items on your resume: Name, Local Title, Talent, Social Impact Initiative, and Schooling.

Suggestions Include:

  • Highest educational standing
  • Major/minor
  • Scholastic achievements/honors/leadership roles/college or high school
  • General goal or objective in competing as it relates to becoming Miss Northwestern or Miss Oklahoma or as it relates to career ambitions
  • Activities/accomplishments
  • Skill sets: leadership, strong communication skills, motivational speaker, strong organizational skills, fundraising, social media, bi-lingual
  • Interests: traveling, scrapbooking, yoga, white water rafting
  • Anything that relates to your abilities to carry out the duties of Miss Northwestern or Miss Oklahoma
  • You can include websites that relate to your social initiative.
  • Be creative - sell yourself - be honest - don't embellish.

Due date is October 3rd, 2022.  The resume must be submitted electronically to plfischer@nwosu.edu.  You will also need to submit 7 signed/dated hard copies of your resume to Paige at Herod Hall 105.

Judging Criteria

Competition and Judging

Scoring Percentages for State and Local Competitions

  • Private Interview = 35%
  • Talent = 35%
  • On-Stage Interview/Social Impact Pitch = 15%
  • Red Carpet = 15%

Private Interview

  • A podium will be used.
  • Interview begins immediately and continues until the 9 minutes and 30 seconds timing mark.
  • Candidate is given 30 seconds to give a closing statement during this phase of competition and leave the judges with her final statement.
  • If discussion ends before the 30 seconds are up, then the interview ends.

Talent Competition

  • The time limit for the talent competition is 90 seconds. Nothing longer will be accepted, and this will be strictly enforced! Candidates should plan a performance that will not exceed this limit.

On-Stage Interview/Social Impact Pitch

  • The on-stage interview/social impact pitch phase of competition is a continuation of the private interview.  The judge who asked the first question in the candidate's private interview will ask the on-stage interview question to the candidate.
  • The candidate's response for the on-stage interview question is limited to 20 seconds.
  • Immediately following the on-stage interview, the candidate will deliver a 10 to 20 second social impact pitch, which at her discretion can include a statement on the initiative's importance, her work and plans with the initiative, or other information.  
  • The candidate's social impact pitch should be sincere and compelling, and the candidate should be the "total package" by encompassing natural grace, poise, and a sense of conviction.

Red Carpet

  • Red carpet allows a look into how the candidate exhibits her own personal style, attitude, personality, grace, presence, and confidence in evening wear or whatever a candidate would wear at a formal red carpet event.
  • The candidate’s total look is considered.  Her evening wear (not the value of the evening wear) should complement the candidate’s individuality.   

FAQs about Miss Northwestern

Frequently Asked Questions

What outfits will I need in order to compete in the Miss Northwestern Scholarship Competition?

  • Opening Outfit - TBD.
  • Talent Outfit - Gown or Costume
  • Red Carpet Outfit
  • Interview Outfit - For the day of the interview only.  Wear an outfit that you would wear to a job interview.  You can also wear your interview outfit for the on-stage interview/social impact pitch phase of competition.

Is there a list of items that I should have with me in my dressing room for the night of the event?

  • Bring your own makeup
  • Fresh Firm Grip/Medical Tape/Duct Tape
  • Baby Wipes
  • Hair brush, comb, hair pins
  • Vitamins/aspirin/any prescribed medications needed
  • Q-tips, cotton balls, Kleenex
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Safety Pins
  • Power Strip
  • Curling Iron/Hair Dryer/Flat Iron
  • Hair Spray
  • Pantyhose
  • Personal Hygiene items
  • Towel/Washcloths
  • Robe

Be sure to label all of your items!

What will the judges be looking for in selecting the next Miss Northwestern?

The judges will be looking for someone who can fulfill the job description of Miss Northwestern and the potential next Miss Oklahoma:

  • Highly articulate
  • Sense of conviction
  • Poised
  • Knowledgeable
  • Non-programmed, fresh, and approachable
  • Able to relate to community leaders and elected officials
  • Must be reflective of women her age
  • Have that "IT" quality that is hard to define
  • Committed to platform
  • Willing to promote and support the efforts of the Miss America Organization
  • Mature enough to handle the job and the responsibilities
  • Strong work ethic
  • In good health
  • Compassionate towards children
  • Manageable
  • Punctual
  • Trustworthy
  • Engaging

***The next Miss Northwestern will not have to be the "most" in any of these areas, but she must possess ALL of these qualities.  

Miss Northwestern History

Competition History


The Miss Northwestern Organization provides a personal and professional opportunity for Northwestern Oklahoma State University young women to promote their voice in culture, politics, and the community. The competition empowers young women to achieve their personal and professional goals, and provides a forum in which to express their opinions, talents, and intelligence.

Who is Miss Northwestern?

The Miss Northwestern Competition attracts the most intelligent, highly motivated, and community-oriented young women Northwestern Oklahoma State University has as students. All young women meeting the age and other requirements are eligible to compete from all three of Northwestern's campuses.

Source of Scholarship Funds

The competition was revived in 2001 from an 18-year absence through the cooperative effort of the Northwestern Leadership Trust, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and community involvement. Tuition scholarship awards are funded through the Northwestern Foundation. Cash scholarship awards are funded through the Northwestern Leadership Trust and community involvement at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

For More Information

For more information concerning the Miss Northwestern Organization or if you wish to schedule an appearance by Miss Northwestern, contact Paige Fischer, Executive Director, plfischer@nwosu.edu.

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