"I believe in forgiveness. Put the past behind you; its
gone. Life is a long path; stumble over it and keep on going. Life
is very precious and very fragile. You have only one life to live.
Live today as if it were to be your last, but learn today as if you were going
to live forever."
Philosophy of Life
from Sonia Mittelstedt
as Ms. Wyoming Sr. 1998
Senior America 1998
The Queen and Her Court
The Top 10
|Being the reigning Ms. Senior America National Queen has been one of the
biggest accomplishments in my life. I have met the most beautiful people
during this time, which I will always keep in my heart. During my reign I
have participated in fabulous showcases, such as the one at the Trump Taj Mahal
Casino Resort headed by Louise Ferla. I have made national television
appearances on shows such as PBS' To The Contrary and FOX' FOX News,
and have also been a guest on local television shows such as New York's Message
to WJZ News and Virginia's Jones Cable Dancing around with Pinky O'Neill.
have been in too many newspaper articles to even recount. I was featured
in the People Profiles section of the August 1999 edition of Good
Housekeeping. I have been in Parades such as the Beach Feast on the
boardwalk of Atlantic City. I have performed at fundraisers for causes
such as the Women In Need (WIN) Foundation. I have given speeches at many
events such as luncheons for local Chamber of Commerce. I have given talks
to groups at several senior centers and assisted living centers. At each
and every opportunity I have promoted the Senior America organization to the
best of my ability.
During my reign I have become extra motivated to
continue my studies in Flamenco dance at the Oxford Academy of the Arts in
Washington, DC, so that I will be better able to exhibit my talent to promote
Senior America at future events and showcases.
feel that I have been and will continue to be a good example to all seniors
as well as the younger generations because I take care of myself, I eat right, I
exercise, and I have a positive attitude toward everything in my life.
but, most of all, I like who I am and I would not want to be anyone else.
I want to be an inspiration to everyone I meet and help them to realize that
life goes on no matter what good or ill befalls you. When you reach the
"Age of Elegance," that is when your life is really taking off.
have really enjoyed my reign, and wish that I could do it all over
again. However, now the time has come to give someone else the honor and
the privilege to become the new Ms. Senior America. This is truly a once
in a lifetime experience and I wish my successor the best. I hope that she
will take full advantage of all the opportunities that this title bestows upon
want to thank everyone involved with Senior America for allowing me
to be your sister and for your great support. I especially want to thank
our Founder Dr. Al Mott; my husband Ed; my children Susie, Eddie and Fred; my
dear friends Bob and Louise Ferla; Marvin and Ethel Bennett; Pinky O'Neil; and
my dearest Marlene Shuss and Bob Geltman. I wish for each and every one of
you good health, prosperity, and happiness in the new Millennium.
Ms. Senior America 1998
Special thanks from Senior America, Inc. to Ilva Childers, Ms. Wyoming 1997,
and Wyoming State Director, for our lovely Ms. Senior America 1998.