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2008 Winners

From left to right: Third runner-up, Phyllis Chickett from MN. First runner-up, Ruth Gibson from ME. 2009 Queen - Toya Andrew from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Second runner-up, Connie Gabriel from MN. 4th runner-up and winner of the Flaming Glow award, Lynnette Schlager from Pahrump, Nevada.

2007 Winners

The winners' court at this year's Senior Sweethearts pageant is shown above. From left to right are first runner-up Frances Christian, second runner-up Lynette Schlager, Marty Tuohy and his wife, Miss Senior Sweetheart winner Carol Tuohy, fourth runner-up Divina Alora-Jacome, and third runner-up Sharon Maloney.

Steve Aguiar, Chairman of the Board of Directors
of Ms Senior Sweetheart Pageants of American Inc,
with 2005-2006 queen Virginia Freeman and Anita Raposa,
1st Queen of the Ms Senior Sweetheart Pageants in 1978

Nov 2007 Queen 
Here she is! 70-year-old grandmother crowned
FALL RIVER - A 70-year-old mother of three, who said age has never been a factor when pursuing her dreams, won the 28th annual Ms. Senior Sweetheart Pageant of America Sunday.

Jacquelyn J. Van Meter of North Carolina danced her way to the title, finishing ahead of 18 other contestants at B.M.C. Durfee High School's Robert J. Nagle Auditorium.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart," she told an appreciative audience after master of ceremonies Leonard "Low Price Lenny" Kaplan announced her as the winner.

Van Meter, who also has two grandsons, has lived in 11 states and five foreign countries.

After raising her children, she earned her undergraduate degree while in her 40s, joined the Peace Corps, secured her graduate degree while in her 50s and stepped onto a dance floor for the first time while in her 60s.

Noting that she always places primary emphasis on fun, she recently participated in the Mid-Carolina Senior Games at age 70 for the first time.

Runners up were: first, Ida White of the Virgin Islands; second, Toya Andrew of the Virgin Islands; third, Frances Christian of Texas, and fourth, Ruth Gibson of Florida.

Sixty-one-year-old Irene Lim came all the way from Singapore, her first visit to the United States.

Special awards went to two other contestants.

Donna Donlin, 82, of Minnesota, was presented the Eldest Stateslady Award. The Flaming Glow Award went to Britta Shaw of Oklahoma.

Assisting in announcing the contestants for the gown presentation was the pageant's first queen, in 1978, 91-year-old Anita Raposa.

Mayor Edward M. Lambert Jr. sang, "Young at Heart," to the contestants.

He said he was "very proud that the pageant has become such a tradition in Fall River."

The pageant began 28 years ago as a Lions Club fund-raiser.

The home-grown event, founded by Kaplan, went national 10 years ago and international two years ago. Contestants must be age 58 or older.
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