Since its beginning in the 1980's the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT has produced 3 National QUEENS; Laverne Stokes/MSSA'85, deceased, Jan Dickenson/MSSA'86, deceased, and Dr. Sandra Greco, M.D./MSSA'03. Then, after many years, Carolyn Slade Harden/MSSA'17 made the 4th win for the Garden State.
QUEEN Carolyn had a very busy year, which included appearances on radio and television throughout the State and across the country. Thanks to a generous award from the National Senior Alumnae Association (NSAA), she made guest appearances at many MS SENIOR AMERICA STATE Pageants.
In a monarchy, queens (and kings) rule their kingdoms for a lifetime, whereas pageant queens (and kings) may reign for only one year. However, both royalties share the same characteristics and have similar duties: to be a fair, compassionate and benevolent leader, and to always keep the best interests of their constituents in mind. QUEEN Carolyn has been such a leader, and, as MS SENIOR AMERICA 2017, she leaves behind a legacy of service, has successfully promoted the positive aspects on aging, and is a wonderful model for future queens to follow.