Jasper woman to compete for Ms. Super Senior Universe

Special to the Eagle
Posted 9/9/18

A Jasper woman currently holds the title of Ms. Super Senior USA 2017-18 and will compete in November for the title of Ms. Super Senior Universe.Sally Beth Vick placed in the top 10 for Ms. Senior …

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Jasper woman to compete for Ms. Super Senior Universe

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A Jasper woman currently holds the title of Ms. Super Senior USA 2017-18 and will compete in November for the title of Ms. Super Senior Universe.

Sally Beth Vick placed in the top 10 for Ms. Senior USA, a category for ladies 60 and older, in a pageant held at the Tropicana Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was crowned Ms. Super Senior USA out of a field of 48, which automatically qualifies her to compete in the Ms. Senior Universe Pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Saxe Theatre in November. 

During the past year, Alabama has brought home three of the four titles available from Ms. Senior USA and Ms. Senior Universe: Donna McGuffie of Trussville was crowned Ms. Senior Universe; Vick won the title of Ms. Super Senior USA and Sara Jo Burks of Troy is Ms. Senior USA.

Vick entered her first pageant at the age of 65 at the insistence of a friend who was interested in bringing the scholarship portion of Ms. Senior Alabama to the local high school seniors. She didn’t win that pageant, but it stirred her interest.  

A few years later, she went on to win Ms. Senior Jefferson County and winning that, she qualified for the Ms. Senior Alabama State Finals and won the title of Ms. Alabama Senior America 2009.  

Winning that title, she went on to the Ms. Senior America Pageant on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City where she placed in the top 10. 

On invitation from the director of the Ms. Senior America Pageant, she returned to the 2011 Ms. Sr. America Pageant to Harrah’s Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, to sing the National Anthem to open the pageant. She received a commendation from the Alabama State House of Representatives and an honorary award from the 2015 Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

In May, Vick was in Shreveport, Louisiana, for the Miss USA Pageant. “Pageantry Magazine” covered the events, and she and the other Ms. Sr. USA/Universe winners were accompanied by its CEO Carl Dunn. They were given VIP treatment and limousine transportation, red carpet entrance and invitation-only tickets to all pre and post pageant parties along with VIP seating to view the Miss USA Pageant.  

Vick entertains at nursing homes, assisted living, veterans’ homes, churches, community programs and elderly organizations and is available to entertain wherever she is needed. She was also honored to present a patriotic musical program at the nation’s largest Veteran’s Awards Banquet.  

The  organization closest to her heart is Compassion International, where she and her husband Jimmy sponsor a six-year old girl in Uganda. She loves to work to develop senior women. She also enjoys renovating houses in her spare time. She believes there are similarities between the two in that if you give them time, attention and a little paint, they can turn into magnificent transformations. She says it is great to see something or someone given a new life!  

Vick says that it isn’t the trophies, crowns or banners that are important in her participation in pageants, but seeing senior ladies blossom and a new light come to their eyes their first time to compete after years of being put on the back shelf by others.  She thought that God must certainly have a sense of humor when He allowed her to win that first pageant. However, she now realizes that it was His way of sending her out to use her talents to learn the needs of senior women and to improve their lives in any way that she could.

At age 41, Vick graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During her 35-year career with the U. S. Small business Administration, she was a Commercial Loan Officer, Public Information Officer and a Business Opportunity specialist working with NASA, GSA, Missile Command and other federal agencies to get government contracts set aside for minorities and women-owned businesses. 

She was the Alabama Women’s Business Opportunity Representative for three years. She served on the Executive Board of Ms. Senior Alabama, Inc., for five years, working in any way that she could to help senior women gain confidence in talent, dress and philosophy.

She volunteers with local charities and worked with the Red Cross in tornado relief.  She was past president of Xi Upsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi service and social sorority and its’ Woman of the Year.  

She served as a judge in the Southeastern Regional SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) Regional Competition for Colleges and Universities.  Now a resident of Jasper, she previously served for 21 years on the library board of the City of Pleasant Grove where she grew up.

Representatives of Ms. Sr. USA/Universe visited the United Nations this spring and were allowed to speak on the floor regarding senior citizens and were told that no one had ever brought this subject to the United Nations. The group was invited to return to the United Nations in March 2019.

Ms. Senior USA/Universe is an organization that honors and celebrates the lives and accomplishments of women over 60. These women are savvy, goal-oriented, smart and talented. Instead of swimsuits, they are judged on their philosophy of life, talent, poise and a 15-minute total round table interview with five judges. 

It is an organization that seeks to further empower women of all ages, nations and cultures to strive for equality, to achieve their personal best, to make real and meaningful changes and to individually redefine what it means to be a senior woman and role model to women who will follow.