1. Community Service (20% of total score)
Each contestant is asked to submit their volunteer experience from the past TWO years. This form can be downloaded and submitted through our website (located under the "Contestant Forms" tab). Take note that this portion of competition is a “blind judging” format which assigns the contestants random ID numbers so the judges in these phases have no personal knowledge of the contestants they are scoring.
2. Scholastic Achievement (20% of total score)
Each contestant is asked to submit their report cards and/or transcripts from the past TWO years of school. These forms can be submitted through our website (located under the "Contestant Forms" tab). Take note that this portion of competition is a “blind judging” format which assigns the contestants random ID numbers so the judges in these phases have no personal knowledge of the contestants they are scoring.
3. Personality Interview (15% of total score)
Each contestant participates in an individual 10-minute conference-style interview with our panel of judges. There are typically 5 to 7 judges on a panel. Contestants are questioned on their background as presented on their résumé, their educational and career goals, their desire to be a city representative, and their interests, hobbies and extracurricular activities from the past two years.
4. Communicative Skills (15% of total score)
Contestants will receive 3-5 impromptu questions drawn at random and presented live on-stage in mock press interview with moderator. The objective is to evaluate the contestant’s ability to think on their feet and answer a question of general interest to people their age.
5. Stage Arts (15% of total score)
Contestants perform a routine of their own choosing. Some possible talents include all types of singing, dancing, gymnastics, instrumental music, dramatic or comedy monologues, baton twirling and ventriloquism. Other talents that can be performed solo on a stage are also possible. Phone or e-mail us if you have a question about your talent presentation. Talents must be no longer than 3 minutes.
6. Community Advocacy Speech (15% of total score)
Each contestant will give a brief one minute speech describing volunteer activity that they would like to implement during their time as Manteca Youth Focus Representative. The speech can be no longer than 1:05 or deductions will be taken of the contestants final scoring.
Manteca Youth Focus takes great pride in recruiting an outstanding and impressive panel of judges. These adult volunteers take their time on behalf of the youth to offer their expertise relative to the phase in which they are scoring. We bring together a uniquely qualified and completely different panel of judges for each phase of competition. At the end of the judging process more than 30 various adults will have played a part in the selection process.
This is to insure that no one single judge can unduly influence the outcome of the competition. The majority of our judges are recruited from outside of the greater Manteca community to reduce the chance for conflict of interest.