For the 13th year, Parker County crowned one of its own as the new Ms. Senior Parker County.
Ten contestants, escorted by their husbands, family members or friends, during the annual event at Weatherford College Saturday, represented different areas and businesses from the area at the competition which served as a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels.
Each contestant had an opportunity to demonstrate a talent and also answer a question from the emcee, Parker County Judge Mark Riley.
The women displayed a wide range of talents including poetry, storytelling, a workout session, acting, art and music. The interview included questions concerning their community involvement, personal history and hobbies, although one contestant said she had been prepared for a question which she could answer with “world peace.”
After the completion of those competitions – and after last year’s winner, Billie June Cox addressed the contestants – Riley proclaimed Kaye Albanese, Ms. Brilliant Medical Boutique, the 2014 queen.
“Wow,” Albanese said of her first impression after the announcement, saying the whole event was a wonderful experience.
This year Albanese turns 70, and she said this is another way she hopes to celebrate – by meeting new people and serving the community even more.
Albanese served as a school teacher for 38 years and has been involved in local schools through teaching and music, volunteers and sings at nursing homes and also provides transportation to those in need.
She showed her love for music when she sang and played piano for her talent.
During the interview, Albanese shared about some of the most rewarding experiences during her 38 years of teaching, which began in Mineral Wells and ended in New Jersey.
“It was just so wonderful seeing those children when the light bulb came on,” Albanese said. “When they got it.”
Albanese also referred to a time when she helped an Hispanic student learn English and she later learned he had then helped his mother learn the language.
That love for teaching, community involvement and other talents resulted in Albanese earning the title of Ms. Senior Parker County for the next year.
Other awards were given for the most ticket sales, the best evening wear and best talent.
Nancy Russell was awarded third runner up, Carol Brock second and Kathleen Wildwood first runner up of the competition.
Sponsors of the contestants included Craig’s Music, Holland Lake Nursing Center and Beyond Faith Homecare among others.
Riley also recognized the winners of past competitions while Cox, the 2013 winner, shared about her experiences over the last year.
“This has been a wonderful year,” Cox said, describing visits to nursing homes, meeting the Fort Worth Cats baseball team and riding in a parade.
Now Albanese has a year of community involvement to look forward to as Ms. Senior P.C.