Become A Contestant
Contestants are evaluated in the following areas:
Private Interview (25% of total score)At the local level, each contestant participates in an individual 6-minute interview. Interviews are 8 minutes at the state competition and 9 minutes at the national competition. There are typically 5 to 7 judges on a panel, and the interview is press-style, with the contestant standing at a podium. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their fact sheet, their educational and career goals, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities. Scoring is based on overall communication skills, including personality, intelligence, validated opinions, emotional control, overall first impression and personal appearance. Community Service is required on the local level. The National Platforms (US Dream Academy Mentor Club and Give Kids the World) are required on the National level. However, if a contestant has a community service issue that they wish to continue, it will become secondary to their participation with "US Dream Academy" and "Give Kids the World." Training materials will be provided on this national platform.
Scholastic Achievement (10% of total score)Scholastic Achievement is only included at the State and National Levels Scholastic Judges will review each contestant's resume and official transcripts. Scoring will be based on the following questions:
- 1. Has this student maintained at least a "B" average during the past academic year?
- Would her scholastic achievements place her in the top 10% of your (the judges') institution?
- Is she taking Advanced, AP, or IB courses?
- Does she hold leadership positions in her school and extracurricular activities?
- Based on the information before you, do you believe this student would meet the description of an "outstanding student"?