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Contestant Gladys Nilsen (right), 74, is pampered by (Credit: Ann Luk)

Contestant Gladys Nilsen (right), 74, is pampered by volunteer cosmotologist, Yvonne Gaillard, backstage of Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. (May 5, 2013)

Ms. New York Senior America 2013

Ten women aged 60 years or older competed in the 2013 Ms. New York Senior America Pageant at Lindenhurst High School. Virginia Werner, 65, of Bellerose, was crowned the winner.

Virginia Werner, a Bellerose resident and Long Island
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Virginia Werner, a Bellerose resident and Long Island native, performs a saber dance to "Caravan Sword Dance" at Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. Werner won first place and is Ms. New York Senior America 2013. (May 5, 2013)

Helen McCarney, Ms. New York Senior America 2005,
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Helen McCarney, Ms. New York Senior America 2005, performs "Quiet Please" during Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. McCarney also received a standing ovation after she told jokes and rapped. (May 5, 2013)

The Seasoned Steppers tap dance to
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The Seasoned Steppers tap dance to "Sinatra Medley" during the second act of Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. The choreographer for the group is Marianne Stahl. (May 5, 2013)

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"Ascot Gavotte" was performed before intermission at Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. (May 5, 2013)

Monique Remy, from Rockville Centre, showcases her philosophy
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Monique Remy, from Rockville Centre, showcases her philosophy of life and evening gown during Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. Remy encourages others to pursure their passions and to think of themselves as ageless. (May 5, 2013)

Contestants Donna Graziano (left), 62, and Lorraine Bettica,
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Contestants Donna Graziano (left), 62, and Lorraine Bettica, 68, wait in the dressing room before Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. The two women met during the competition and have become close friends. (May 5, 2013)

Contestant Gladys Nilsen (right), 74, is pampered by
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Contestant Gladys Nilsen (right), 74, is pampered by volunteer cosmotologist, Yvonne Gaillard, backstage of Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. (May 5, 2013)

Contestants line up for introductions during Ethel Bennett's
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Contestants line up for introductions during Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. (May 5, 2013)

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Chiara Klein (left), from Scarsdale, hosts Ethel Bennett's
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Chiara Klein (left), from Scarsdale, hosts Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant with her grandmother, Marleen Schuss, at Lindenhurst High School. Schuss has been the director of the pageant since 2006. (May 5, 2013)

Contestants pose at the end of Ethel Bennett's
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Contestants pose at the end of Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. (Left to right) Lorraine Bettica, Gladys Nilsen, Judith Berman, Virginia Werner, Barbara Fairfax, Donna Graziano and Ellen Sexton hold their rewards. Werner won first place. (May 5, 2013)

Runners-up are awarded plaques and roses at Ethel
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Runners-up are awarded plaques and roses at Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. (May 5, 2013)

Donna Dean, Ms. New York Senior America 2012,
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Donna Dean, Ms. New York Senior America 2012, performs a farewell song at Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. (May 5, 2013)

Judith Berman dances to
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Judith Berman dances to "Amazing Love," performed by her daughters-in-law at Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. Berman was voted Miss Congeniality by contestants and won third place in the competition. (May 5, 2013)

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Gladys Nilsen, 74, sings and dances to
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Gladys Nilsen, 74, sings and dances to "Mama eu Malguena" at Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. (May 5, 2013)

Hempstead resident Barbara Fairfax, 66, performs
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Hempstead resident Barbara Fairfax, 66, performs "Wind Beneath My Wings" at Ethel Bennett's Ms. New York Senior America pageant at Lindenhurst High School. Fairfax won second place in the competition. (May 5, 2013)

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