The four points of the Miss America crown represent service, scholarship, style and success. Every year, each contestant defines what these four points mean to her.
The four-pointed crown has been used in Miss America pageants since the 1950s. Symbolically, each of categories represented by the four points are held in high regards when judging contestants. For service, each contender is required to address an important social issue. Scholarship stresses the importance of education, intelligence and the pursuit of personal goals. Style focuses on both the looks and character of the aspiring Miss America, with confidence pulling in high scores. Success is described as the starting point, the growth during the competition and the final outcome, win or lose.