Guidelines for the Annual Mississippi State Youth Conference Pageant

It is the purpose of this part of the youth conference to stimulate and promote that inner Christian ability in every youth to a higher ground. Through Christian competitions, each one should recognize the talent GOD has given us for the strengthening of the Body of Christ and for His honor and glory.

I. REGISTRATION

A. The counselors of all youth competing must mail the complete and appropriate information to: The Mississippi State Youth Conference, Attention: Pageant Coordinator.
B. The counselors should do all registering. No youth should or will be allowed to compete if he/she is not under a counselor. Youth should be actively involved at their local congregation. Youth may have letters of recommendations from the community, school, counselor, etc., but the spiritual leadership of said youth's congregation has final decision as to whether or not said youth may represent that congregation at the state and national conference. The minister or elders have the final authority as to said youth's participation and representing that congregation.
C. Registration may include letters for contestants from church counselors, ministers, school counselors, or principals. NOTE: Bonus of three (3) additional points will be given for sending not less than two (2) letters of recommendations, five points for all three recommendations.

II. AGE/QUALIFICATION

A. The age qualification is from 13 to 20 years (See Division section).
B. Married youth, as well as, youth with children (both male and female) are disqualified from participating in MSYC pageant.
C. Registration may include letters for contestants from church counselors, ministers, school counselors, or principals. NOTE: Bonus of three (3) additional points will be given for sending not less than two (2) letters of recommendations, five points for all three recommendations.

III. DRESS

A. If a contestant desires to wear a special outfit for his/her talent competition or performance, this is allowable. Youth should be dressed in said outfit when time to go on stage. After performance, there will be time to change into formal attire. Judges will be notified that costumes or special dress are part of the performance. Dress should not be too extreme, lewd, or offensive.
B. Formal wear can be worn throughout performance, if desired. Formal attire for this year's conference for all young ladies competing in the pageant is white dresses and formal attire for all young men competing in this year's conference is black tuxedos or black dress suits. This attire has been designated by the National Youth Conference and has been incorporated into the Mississippi State Youth Conference. When winners are announced, contestants should already be dressed in formal wear, ready to accept awards. We recommend that all young men wear ties with formal wear.

V. INTRODUCTION OF YOUTH COMPETING

A. Counselors must mail registration form (see attached form) in by or before April 15, 2015 to Mississippi State Youth Conference, Attention: Pageant Coordinator, with the necessary information: position competing for, telephone number, birth date, local congregation, talent to be displayed, speech topic with all information legible (easy to read). This will ensure proper introductions.
B. When it is time to compete, the moderator will introduce the contestant, only as "Contestant Number _____", and the contestant will then formally begin their performance. WE SPECIFICALLY REQUEST THAT THE CONTESTANT NOT TELL HIS/HER NAME NOR WHICH CONGREGATION THEY ARE REPRESENTING! EX. "GOOD EVENING... I AM CONTESTANT NO. __ AND THIS EVENING I WILL BE SPEAKING ON THE SUBJECT....." If the talent is to be displayed first, the youth should notify the judges that this is being done. If the speech is given first, the youth should say at the completion of the speech, "And now for my talent, I would like to..." and then proceed to display their talent.

VI. JUDGING

A. There will be five (5) judges selected by the Delta Area Churches of Christ, and approved by the Mississippi State Youth Conference Board. The selection of the judges will be coordinated by Sis. Barbara Davis. The judges will be members of the Churches of Christ.
B. Judges will decide winners by marking their points on the score sheet for individual contestants. Scores will be computed during the performance of contestants. Upon reaching the completion of computation of scores, the winner's name will be placed in a sealed envelope to be announced at the program's finale.
C. Judges should be knowledgeable in the following: Christian values; music performance; drama; and speech delivery. Also, judges must be able to stay throughout the entire phase of the program, so as to listen to all contestants and judge fairly. Judges should be non-partisan to ensure fairness at every level of competition.
D. Each contestant will be judged on the following:
  1. Personal appearance. Indecent exposure is prohibited. No points will be earned for such appearance. This includes no low necklines, no halter-type dresses, tops, etc., no high splits above the knee, and no tight fitting attire. Please note that the dress code will be strictly enforced and judges will have knowledge of what is presentable and suitable attire and will judge accordingly.
  2. Speech, content, delivery, originality and spiritual message.
  3. Poise
  4. Personality
  5. Special talent displayed (with a spiritual message)
E. A point system will be used whereby a contestant may receive from one (1) to five (5) points in each category:

1 point - poor
2 points - fair
3 points - good
4 points - very good
5 points - outstanding

A total of 25 maximum points may be obtained, plus the extra points for registering letters on time. In the event of a tie, judges will render the tie breaking decision. Each contestant will be called on again to appear before the audience and judges. A relatively easy question on current affairs will be asked each finalist. The contestant will then have to respond. The judges will determine which contestant gave the best response. We are asking that the previous year's winners be present to turn over their reign as well as assist in the crowing of the new winners during the awards ceremony.

F. A point system will be used whereby a contestant may receive from one (1) to five (5) points in each category:

1 point - poor
2 points - fair
3 points - good
4 points - very good
5 points - outstanding

ALL DISAGREEMENTS, DISPUTES, OR OBJECTIONS SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE PAGEANT COORDINATOR AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD ONLY. THEY WILL INVESTIGATE AND MAKE THE FINAL DECISION.