MIDWEST CITY — Retired state employee and fitness enthusiast Zenetta Kendricks, 62, won the Ms. Oklahoma Senior America Pageant on Saturday.
“I didn't think I would win, so I was surprised when I heard my name,” Kendricks said. “I am very excited.”
The pageant, hosted by Rose State College, featured 15 contestants ages 60 and older whose talents ranged from playing musical instruments to professional ballroom dancing.
“I really couldn't tell who would win, there was so much talent,” event organizer Cynthia Judd said.
Kendricks' talent was a monologue about aging gracefully and staying healthy.
“I think it's important to incorporate healthy living into our lives as early as possible but to know that it's never too late to start. In this busy world, it's easy to get bogged down by all the pressure and stress, but we have to find a way to rise above that,” Kendricks said.
Judd said Kendricks is a living example of the benefits of healthy living.