Are you the next Miss Arizona USA or Miss Arizona Teen USA?

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by Kaley O'Kelley

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Posted on November 30, 2012 at 12:09 PM

PHOENIX -- This year, the Miss Arizona USA® & Miss Arizona Teen USA® pageants will offer more than $1.4 million in prizes for college.

We sat down with the executive director, Britt Boyse to learn more about the organization and to get some insight.

She's been directing the Miss Arizona USA® & Miss Arizona Teen USA® pageants since 2005. Each year she meets hundreds of young ladies who range in age from 14 to 26.

"This isn’t Toddlers and Tiaras," Boyse said. "This is the most prestigious pageant system in the world--the Miss  Universe Organization, owned by Donald Trump and NBC Universal."

"If you’ve never competed in one," she continued, "my guess is you might not fully appreciate all that goes into one. Not just the pretty gowns, swimsuits, high heels, hair, makeup, the external stuff.  I’m talking about the REAL preparation."

The pageant itself is the culmination of weeks and months of work -- practicing interview skills, learning about fitness and nutrition, learning how to present oneself in the best possible way, and preparing to be okay no matter the outcome."

Boyse also points out that it takes courage to get up on stage, to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. 

After taking a closer look at breakdown of prizes for the 2013 Miss Arizona USA® & Miss Arizona Teen USA®, we noticed several young ladies are going to win opportunities to attend college.

From Grand Canyon University:

Winners will get $30,000 ($7,500 a year renewable for 4 years)
1st – 4th runners up: $22,000 ($5,500 a year renewable for 4 years)
Top 15 semifinalists : $12,000 ($3,000 a year renewable for 4 years)

Lindenwood University in St Louis:

MISS Arizona USA 2013
$45,600
($9,000 LU Grant and $2,400 work-study per year)
 
MISS Arizona TEEN USA 2013
$45,600
($9,000 LU Grant and $2,400 work-study per year)
 
MISS Arizona USA 2013 – Runners-Up
$40,000
($7,600 LU Grant and $2,400 work-study per year)
 
MISS Arizona TEEN USA 2013 – Runners-Up
$40,000
($7,600 LU Grant and $2,400 work-study per year)
 
MISS Arizona  USA 2013 – Semifinalists
$29,600
($5,000 LU Grant and $2,400 work-study per year)
 
MISS Arizona TEEN USA 2013 – Semifinalists
$29,600
($5,000 LU Grant and $2,400 work-study per year)

A non-competition related community service cash scholarship of $1,000 is also available for all contestants to apply for.

New York Film Academy —each winner gets a 20-percent tuition scholarship valued at between $760 and $16,800 for short term workshops and one- or two-year programs.

The entry fee is $1,200 but Boyse says part of the experience is about getting out and shaking hands with local business owners willing to sponsor you. This builds confidence and it also helps you learn how to deal with rejection when people say they are not able to help.

There are three equally scored areas of competition: Swimsuit, Evening Gown & Interview.
The woman who wins in the MISS category will also get a chance to compete during a 2 hour nationally televised special on NBC for the MISS USA® crown.  The winner of that pageant goes on to represent the nation at MISS UNIVERSE.

EACH contestant gets a fabulous Sherri Hill cocktail dress as part of her entry fee (retail value of $469):

Boyse says, what each contestant can gain from the pageant experience reaches far beyond the event itself.   Networking, friendships, resume building – it’s all part of it.


Britt Boyse is the President of Casting Crowns Productions, Inc., and Executive Director of the MISS USA® state pageants in Arizona and Utah.  She was Miss Missouri USA 1995. She and her husband Colin and their rescue dogs
live in Scottsdale.

To learn more about how to enter:
Casting Crowns Productions, Inc.
MISSARIZONAUSA®/MISSARIZONATEENUSA®
MISSUTAHUSA®/MISSUTAHTEENUSA®
602-524-9128 cell
www.castingcrownsproductions.com

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