ALABAMA SENIOR WOMEN PAGEANTS NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL TITLES & AWARDS MS SENIOR UNIVERSE 2017 DONNA McGUFFIE - MS. SENIOR UNIVERSE 2017-18 Sara Jo Burks - Ms. Sr. Alabama USA 2018 ELAINE WILLINGHAM - MS. SENIOR ALABAMA 2016 Elaine Willingham Biography Ms. Senior America Information Former Ms Sr ALA's I Am a Senior American by Betty Haynes Ms. Sr. Alabama Current Preliminary Winners Ms. Sr. Alabama 2015 Belynda Sims Photo Page Ms. Sr. Alabama 2014 Ms. Sr. Alabama 2014 Biography Photo Gallary MsSrALA 2013 Where are they Now? The Former Ms. Sr. Alabama's Contestant Page Preliminary Pageants Talent Information Sponsorship Information for ADs Judging Procedures Purchase ADs for 2018 PROGRAM BOOK Photo 3 Photo Photo 2 Blank Catalog


Sara Jo Burks is the recipient of a B.S. and Masters of Business Administation, along with post graduate work in Management from Troy University where she has been employed for the past 30 years.  She is the Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life. She is also an adjunct instructor in the Sorrell College of business and teaches University Orientation.


Sara Jo has been involved in pageants for many years now.  She has held the following titles:  Ms. Sr Pike County 2014; Ms. Sr Shelby County 2015; Ms. Senior Heart of Dxie 2016; and Ms. Sr. Troy 2017. She was honored at the 2017 Alabama State Pageant as the "Peoples' Choice Winner" and was then crowned Ms. Senior Alabama USA 2017.  She directs the "Miss Troy University Pageant," "Tean Trojan Pageant," "Ms. Venus Pageant" and has also co-directed the "Miss Troy Peanut Preliinary Pageant."  She is a qualified Miss Alabama Preliminary Judge and has judged pageants throughout the southeast.  Ms. Burks enjoys helping young ladies achieve their educational goals by earning scholarship money through the pageant system. 

Sara Jo's Philosopjy

 "My Philosopjy of Life states: 'Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.' This quote by Babe Ruth, one of the greatest baseball players of all time, is something I truly believe in.  I believe a dream doesn't disappear just because we age.  It remains in our heart and when we have the opportunity to realize it, we must take that chance." "The ending statement to my philosophy of life is this:  'The longest journey begins with a single step.' I invite all ladies over the age of 60 to join me in this journey of a lifetime!"

AND WHAT DOES SHE DO IN HER SPARE TIME?  Ms. Burks has been the housemother for Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity since the late 90's and enjoys cooking for "her guys" and helping them deal with life issues.  She was featured in their national publication of "The Cross and Crescent" in an article about House Mothers.  She has taught Sunday School at Southside Baptist Church in Troy, Alabama for many years and has sung in the church choir for 36 years.  She has also been a soloist and enjoys performing dramatic roles in their musical productions.  Ms. Burks enjoys motivating youth to set goals and reach for those goals and not quit when they don't first succeed.  She plans to speak throughout the state of Alabama to both youth and senior citizens about setting goals and not giving up.


 "It has been a wonderful journey on my way to realize the dream of being crowned Ms. Senior Alabama USA 2018.  I have met women who truly embody the 'Age of Elegance.' Their grace and wisdom have served as encouragmeent to me to keep trying.  My husbad, Larry, has been my biggest supporter as well as my daughter Misty. I have met such wonderful ladies who have become great friends, and I would have never met them if not for this pageant.  I now consider these ladies as some ofmy best friends.  As I compete for the title of Ms. Senior USA in  Las Vegas in the summer of 2018, I will carry all  of them in my heart as they are all a part of my journey and I will represent each of them and not just myself."