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Aug. 7, 2002 – Ida White is scouting again. Back in May, she led the Ms. Senior Club in recruiting a few good men to vie for the title of Mr. Senior V.I. Personality. Now, she's out to locate a few good women for the Ms. Virgin Islands Senior America Pageant.
The event is set for Sunday, Aug. 25 at the Mark C. Marin Center at Antilles School. Already on the runway are contestants Marlene Boschulte, Juanita Codrington, Margarita Hodge, and Gertrude Samuel. White says they'll be glad to consider more energetic young ladies over 60 years of age to add to the mix – but only if applications are submitted by Friday, Aug. 9.
From the outside, it seems like a hard act to follow: retiring after her year is Carol Tuohy; reigning in earlier years were Toya Andrew and White herself. A more diverse and lively trio would be difficult to find.
"They're all different, all winners," said White, referring to contestants. They all gain stage confidence and, "since they're mature and not as competitive as contestants for younger shows, they settle in and enjoy a sisterhood" that continues after the contests. What's important, she says, is the camaraderie of the group that adds contestants each year as members of the "Cameo Club."
Anyone can nominate herself or someone else by calling White at 775-5436.
The event will be held at 4 p.m., and admission is $12 adult, $6 for seniors with ID, and $6 for children under 12 years. Without giving away the program, White said, the theme will be a fantasy centered around a cruise ship, and the theme song begins: "Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you, if you're young at heart …"
Certainly, energetic seniors remember that tune and who sang it.
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