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Miss Tech Contestants to Practice Interview Skills

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Miss Tech contestants will gain valuable preparation assistant tonight as they will participate in a mock interview similar to what they will experience Friday as part of the competition.

The interview portion accounts for 30 percent of each girl’s overall score. Judges look for a contestant to be well-rounded, well-spoken and knowledgeable about the world around them.

The young woman who garners the most points in the interview phase of competition will receive the interview award and a scholarship.

The 10-minute private interview is the opportunity for a contestant to share her views about current events and beliefs about popular issues facing society.

Additionally, it allows the judges to get to know each young woman based on information provided on their personal fact sheet and critical issue statement.

Each contestant has chosen a critical issue, also referred to as a “platform,” that is important to them and something they would promote throughout the year should they become the new Miss Tech.

The pageant will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday in Witherspoon Auditorium. Tickets for the public are $10, and Arkansas Tech students get in free with a valid Tech ID card.

Those unable to attend Friday's pageant will be able to follow all of the action as part of a live blog on, which will keep pageant fans up-to-date on all phases of competition.

In all, 15 Tech students are competing for this year's crown.  Click here to learn more about each contestant.

The new Miss Tech will compete for the coveted title of Miss Arkansas this summer in Hot Springs.

Dr. Jim Collins serves as the executive director of the pageant and in recent years has been named Executive Director of the Year by the Miss Arkansas Pageant. Miss Tech is sponsored by the ladies of Delta Zeta.

Be sure to log back on to for more coverage of the 2012 Miss Tech pageant.