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Section 1: Introduction

THE MISS AMERICA ORGANIZATION Application and Contract for 2016 State Titleholder Participation in the 2017 NATIONAL FINALS of the MISS AMERICA COMPETITION CONTESTANT:, MISS 2016 Section 1: Introduction
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THE MISS AMERICA ORGANIZATION Application and Contract for 2016 State Titleholder Participation in the 2017 NATIONAL FINALS of the MISS AMERICA COMPETITION CONTESTANT:, MISS 2016 Section 1: Introduction 1.1. The Miss America Organization ( MAO ) is a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of New Jersey. MAO has operated a national program offering scholarship assistance and career opportunities for the young women of America for over 90 years (the Program ). In doing so, MAO has made substantial investments in, and has developed a valuable identity for, the unique symbols and elements of the Program that have achieved national and even international recognition and approval. These elements include but are not limited to (1) providing educational assistance in the form of scholarships to young adult women who have not yet begun to assume the responsibilities of family life and are interested in career and educational advancement; (2) recognizing and honoring the traits of honesty, good character, talent, poise, intellect, leadership and good judgment in the young women of America who enter the competition (the Contestants ); and (3) enabling the Contestants to serve as role models for other young women with similar goals and personal characteristics MAO intends to conduct a national competition for the title Miss America 2017, (the National Finals of the Miss America Competition or the National Finals ). The National Finals are a critically important, and the single most visible and widely recognized, element of the Program. MAO conducts the National Finals every year in a fashion that is designed to combine a respect for the traditional and historic foundations of the Program with recognition of the perceived modern tastes and values of the American people. The National Finals consist of the entire time MAO requires the contestants to arrive at the National Finals until the conclusion of the National Finals The winner of the competition at the National Finals shall be designated Miss America 2017, and shall be entitled to that title until her successor is named at the next National Finals. During this period (the Year of Service ), the duties of Miss America 2017 may include extended travel and participation in many personal appearances throughout the nation. These activities are designed, scheduled, arranged and supervised by MAO in order to reflect the values and standards of the Program and to enhance its visibility and maintain its broad public acceptance. MAO has also developed detailed procedures that govern the activities and conduct of Miss America during her Year of Service. These procedures and standards are intended to protect and enhance the substantial public acceptance of the Program among the American people, and to assure that the Program will continue to be able to operate for the benefit of the thousands of young women who will be seeking to participate in the Program in future years In seeking to participate in the National Finals, each Contestant must understand and accept the requirements of the Program, including the rules for the National Finals and the guidelines and limitations that will be applicable to her activities during her Year of Service if she is selected as Miss America. In addition, each Contestant must understand and accept that MAO s approval of the Contestant s participation in the National Finals and, if selected, service as Miss America will be specifically based upon the representations and agreements in this Application and Contract, its attachments and the continued compliance with all of the regulations of the Program. 1.5. Therefore, by signing this Application and Contract and submitting it to MAO for approval, the Contestant represents and agrees that (1) all facts and representations contained in this Application and Contract and its attachments are true and accurate; (2) the Contestant agrees to abide by all rules and regulations of MAO described in this Application and Contract and its attachments, in the period before and during the National Finals and, if selected as Miss America, during the Year of Service; (3) the Contestant meets each requirement for eligibility set forth in Section 2 of this Contract; and (4) MAO shall have the sole discretion to determine whether, in its judgment, the Contestant may continue to participate in the National Finals or to serve as Miss America, in the event that MAO determines that any statement or representation by the Contestant is not true and accurate or that any action by the Contestant, in the period before and during the National Finals or during the Year of Service, is inconsistent with the rules and regulations of the Program. Section 2: Eligibility of Contestant to Participate in National Finals 2.1. Selection as a National Finalist. In order to be eligible to compete in the National Finals, I hereby certify that I was the winner of a local or state competition duly authorized by MAO. I have been designated by that competition as Miss I have never before competed in any National Finals of MAO Age. I am currently years of age. I was born on, 19. I understand that, in order to be eligible to compete, I must be: (1) at least a high school senior before the date of my first Local competition; (2) at least seventeen (17) years of age at the time of my first appearance in the preliminary round of the Local Competition or, if no locals are held in my state where I compete, the State competition; and (3) no older than twenty-four (24) years of age on December 31, I will be years of age on December 31, 2016 and confirm that I will not be older than the twenty-four (24) year age requirement. A copy of my birth certificate and a copy of my driver s license or a government issued identification card are included with Attachment A, the Supplemental Fact Sheet Residence. I understand that, in order to be eligible to compete in the National Finals, I must: reside in; or be enrolled in and physically attending classes on a full-time basis at an accredited college or university in; or be employed in on a full-time basis, the state which I intend to represent in the National Finals: If I am claiming eligibility to compete in the National Finals based upon my residence in (state), the District of Columbia or the US territory in which I competed, I must have been a resident of that state (for purposes of this contract state shall refer to the state, the District of Columbia or a US territory in all instances where state is referenced) for at least six (6) months prior to the first local or, if locals are not held in the state where I competed, the state competition that I entered in that state. Residence is defined as the primary address where I physically live and have established verification of residency through my driver s license, automobile registration, property mortgage or lease in my name, tax filings, etc. I currently reside at in the city of, State of. I have resided at this address since. I have included with Attachment A, a copy of my driver s license or a government issued identification card, the Supplemental Fact Sheet, and proof of this residency in the form of (driver license, automobile registration, current property mortgage or lease in my name, or other official document establishing residency). If my residency at this location was established within six (6) months preceding the local or state competition in which I competed, my last previous - 2 - residence was at in the city of, State of. I lived at that address from, (date) to,. If required, I agree to provide MAO with any additional information or documents that may be required within five (5) business days of the request to determine my residency in the state which I competed, if my residence is relevant to my eligibility. I fully understand that additional proof of residency may be requested and include, but not limited to a property mortgage or lease in my name, utility bills, automobile registration, tax filings, voter registration card, etc If I am claiming eligibility to compete in the National Finals based upon my status as a student in the state in which I competed, I must have (1) successfully completed at least one semester as a full-time (at least 12 credit hours) student, and presently be enrolled and physically attending classes on a full-time basis at an accredited college or university in the state in which I competed, or (2) have graduated from an accredited college or university in the state in which I competed between the date I was declared the winner of a local competition duly authorized by MAO that I entered in anticipation of this year s National Finals, and the date of this Application and Contract. For purposes of this Section 2.3.2, I understand that my physical attendance of classes in the state in which I competed is a requirement for eligibility to compete in the National Finals based upon my status as a student. Unless I have graduated, I also understand that no more than two (2) full-time semesters may have elapsed between the completion of my last full-time semester and the beginning of the next full-time semester that I am attending at a college or university in the state in which I competed. (Please check and fill in all that apply) ( ) I have completed semesters of study at College/University in the city of, State of. I have received credits for courses totaling hours. I have attached to the Supplemental Fact Sheet an official College/University transcript that shows these credits. ( ) I am currently enrolled at College/University in the city of, State of, where I am presently attending classes in accredited courses. I represent and warrant that I am considered a full time student by the college or university that I attend and that I am physically attending classes in the state in which I intend to compete. I have attached to the Supplemental Fact Sheet an official copy of a registration form from the school that shows this enrollment. ( ) I received a degree from College/University in the city of, State of in (month/year). I have attached a copy of this degree or an official College/University transcript indicating the degree awarded to the Supplemental Fact Sheet. ( ) I have completed semesters of study at Graduate School in the city of, State of.i have received credits for courses totaling hours. I have attached to the Supplemental Fact Sheet an official College/University transcript that shows these credits. ( ) I am currently enrolled at Graduate School in the city of, State of, where I am presently attending classes in accredited courses. I represent and warrant that I am considered a full time student by the Graduate School I attend and that I am physically attending classes in the state in which I intend to compete. I have attached to the Supplemental Fact Sheet a copy of an official Registration Form from the school that shows this enrollment. ( ) I received a graduate degree from Graduate School in the city of, - 3 - State of in (month/year). I have attached a copy of this degree or an official College/University transcript indicating the degree awarded to the Supplemental Fact Sheet If I am claiming eligibility to compete in the National Finals based on my employment even though I am not a resident of the state in which I competed, I am and have been a bona fide full-time employee working in the state (employed by one or more employers and physically working either a) in the state for at least forty (40) hours per week or b) working in the state full-time as defined by my employer, but in no event not less than thirty-two hours per week). Such employment and hours must be verified by my employer(s) for a continuous period of at least twenty-six (26) consecutive weeks immediately preceding the date of my first local competition, or if locals are not held in the state where I competed, the state competition that I entered this year and in addition to remain eligible I must maintain such employment through the completion of the state finals and subsequently the national finals. Name of Current Employer: Address of Employer: Phone Number of Employer: Nature of Position: Dates of Employment: If requested, I agree to provide MAO with any additional information or documents that may be required within five (5) business days of the request to determine my employment in the state which I competed, if my employment is relevant to my eligibility. I understand that additional information to establish employment may include paystubs, W-2 forms, income tax filings, etc Citizenship. I am a citizen of the United States of America Education. In order to be eligible to compete in the National Finals, I must be a high school graduate no later than six (6) months after the date of my first competition, or have successfully completed the G.E.D. testing program for high school equivalency no later than six (6) months after the date of my first competition, or have successfully completed the academic requirements for entry into a college/university degree program requiring physical attendance by July 30 th immediately preceding the National Finals. (Please check and fill in all that apply) ( ) I received a High School diploma in (month/year) from High School in the city of, State of. ( ) I received a G.E.D. certificate for High School equivalency in. (month/year) ( ) I have been accepted into a college/university degree program requiring physical attendance. I have attached an official Acceptance Letter from the college/ university Personal Characteristics. I understand that in order to be eligible to compete in the National Finals, I hereby certify to the Personal Characteristics set forth in this section: Gender. I am a female Marital Status. I am not now and have never been married, nor have I had a marriage annulled Parental Status. I am not now pregnant, nor do I intend to become pregnant during my Year of Service. I am not a parent, or the adoptive parent of any child, nor will I become a parent or the adoptive parent of any child during my Year of Service. I understand that if I become pregnant or become the adoptive parent of a child during my Year of Service, I am no longer eligible to compete in the Miss America Competition or hold the title of Miss Good Character. I am of good moral character and I have not been involved at any time in any act of moral turpitude or behavior that is, or could be, perceived by MAO as contrary to the Miss America Program or its elements as described in Paragraph 1.1 of this contract Criminal Record. I have not been charged with multiple minor or petty offenses in the last twenty-four (24) months. I have never been convicted of any criminal offense and there are no criminal charges presently pending against me. I understand that I may make an appeal to MAO if criminal offenses/charges pending against me in my state are considered minor or petty offenses in another state. The appeal must be presented to MAO through legal counsel of my choice Prior Conduct. I have never, knowingly or unknowingly, performed any act or engaged in any activity or employment that is or MAO could characterize as dishonest, immoral, lewd or indecent Health. I am in good health and can, to the best of my knowledge, participate fully in any and all Program activities. Any current medical condition or disability will not impede my ability to participate and compete in all activities of the National Finals, complete my Year of Service or fulfill my obligations under this Agreement or require unreasonable or exceptional assistance as determined solely by MAO. Any accommodations approved by MAO will be my sole responsibility, including but not limited to financial, nor should such accommodation create a benefit or advantage not afforded to all contestants. Upon the request of MAO, I will provide or cause my health care provider(s) to provide MAO with all or a portion of my health care records as necessary to verify the accuracy of this representation Substance Abuse. I do not use or consume any illegal or controlled substances other than those obtained pursuant to a valid prescription and taken according to the directions of a licensed health care professional. I do not abuse the use of alcohol, prescriptive drugs or other dangerous substances Family Members. Any immediate family member who served in any capacity on the state or local board of the licensed state or the national organization or as a volunteer or contestant prep coach must have formally resigned at least six (6) months prior to the time that I am eligible to compete in my first local competition or, if locals are not held in the state where I competed, the state competition that I entered this year and at the present time. This also includes immediate family participation in the Outstanding Teen or Princess or Princess-like programs in the licensed state. Immediate Family is defined as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings whether by whole or half blood, or by marriage, including step-children, adoption, or natural relation. However, I am eligible to enter in a state organization and a licensed state s local organization if an immediate family member serves in any capacity in a different licensed state organization Contractual and Other Obligations 2.7.1 National Service Platform Requirement. MAO has entered into an agreement with Children s Miracle Network Hospitals. The agreement, among other things, establishes Children s Miracle Network Hospitals as MAO s National Platform. As a Contestant in the Miss America program, I understand that I am required to raise money to support Children s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Miss America Scholarship Fund; As a Local contestant, I understand that I am required to raise a minimum of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) by a date determined by my local organization, no later than the beginning of local competition activities As the Local titleholder, Miss, I understand that I am required to raise a minimum of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00) by a date determined by my state organization, no later than the beginning of state competition activities As the State titleholder, Miss, I understand that I am required to raise a minimum of five hundred dollars ($500.00), no later than thirty (30) days prior to the National Finals. In furtherance of the foregoing, I will create a personal profile on the fundraising website, which will assist me in performing other acts and deeds in accordance with the instructions and requirements of MAO, as the same may change from time to time Prior Contractual Commitments. Within the three (3) months before my participation in the first local or state competition in which I competed this year, and since that participation, I have not authorized any person, firm or corporation to use my name, photograph, picture, or present or future title that I hold or may hold, in connection with an endorsement to advertise any commercial product. I have not contracted to any personal training services, in preparation for the National Finals. I am not a party to any contract with any person, firm or corporation in respect to any present title that I hold or may hold, nor have I made any commitments for the future regarding any such titles. I do not have any legal obligations that would prevent or limit my participation and appearances in the National Finals or, if selected as Miss America, in the Year of Service, or my compliance with the rules, regulations and conditions of the Program Other Competitions. If I win, I will continue to hold the title of Miss America until my successor is selected or appointed. I agree that, during my service in that role and until after the scheduled completion of the full term of the position of Miss America for which I was selected, I will not associate in any way with, promote, perform, judge, or become a contestant or participant in any
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