Each contestant, according to Hough, competes in an interview competition valued at 40 percent of her total score, evening gown valued at 20 percent, fitness wear at 20 percent, and fun fashion wear at 20 percent. Each contestant has the opportunity to select a platform of her choice that she spends the year promoting. Hough is interested in the topic of surmounting disabilities.
Hough is a busy freshman at Rutland High School and she is active in field hockey, lacrosse, and dance competitions. She continues after-school and on weekends as a community volunteer.
Hough is the daughter of Edward and Deborah Hough, sister of Adam and Jennifer, and granddaughter of Maurice and Judith Quesnel and Irene and the late Edward Hough.
Taylor Hough speaks:
• What is your favorite word ?
My favorite word is "intensity"-it means great strength and energy, which is how I live my life from being in school, on the dance floor, or on the lacrosse field.
• What are your beauty secrets?
My beauty secrets are that a little bit goes a long way.
• What do you take most pride in? Why?
I take most pride in being the teen that I am. I have accomplished many things in my 15 years that will take me great places in life.
• What is your favorite day of the week and why?
My favorite day of the week is Wednesday because the week is half over and I know another great week is only a few days away.
• Do you have a good luck charm? What is it?
My good luck charm is my cat Oreo; he is not only my cat, but my best friend. I know wherever I go, he's always clapping his paws for me.
Interview courtesy of Miss Teen International