Ms. Senior D.C. Trinette Chase was among 41 contestants to compete in the 40th annual Ms. Senior America Pageant, held late last month at Resorts Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J.
During the pageant, she shared her artistic talent through her quilts, handmade jewelry, handmade dolls, beadwork and weaving. She also shared her philosophy of life, which was that misery loves company, but she believes joy is a much better friend.
D.C.’s own MC Steppers entertained the crowds at both the preliminaries and the finals, dancing to a medley of Aretha Franklin songs, and ending the performance for the finals with a portion of Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.”
The Ms. Senior America Pageant Queens Choir included Billie LaVerne Smith, Ms. Senior D.C. 2016, returning for her second appearance. The choir performed lively songs from the hit musical Mama Mia.
Sandra Bears, the Ms. Senior D.C. 2005 Top 10 Finalist and Honorary Senior America Banner awardee, served on the judge’s panel during the pageant. Bears is a founding member of the recording artists and performers “The Jewels.”
This year’s Top 10 finalists included representatives from Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Wyoming. Esmeralda Hetrick, a vocalist from Pennsylvania, was crowned Ms. Senior America 2019. She sang “It’s My Turn,” empowering caregivers to take time for themselves as they care for others.
First runner-up, representing West Virginia, was Sherri McGhie, second runner-up was Nancy Witter of New York, third runner-up was Dr. Rhonda Moulder of Georgia, and fourth runner-up was Susan England of Tennessee.
Congratulations to Ms. Senior D.C. Trinette Chase for being an outstanding representative from the District of Columbia. Continue offering unconditional love to all as you make appearances throughout the city representing your peers!