Ebby s Debbie Carroll-Boyce Named Ms. Senior America at Annual Pageant

The Ebby Halliday Companies are proud to be comprised of some of the best Sales Associates in the DFW Metroplex. They come from almost every professional background you can think of and have been honored with numerous awards in their communities and even throughout the country. And today, we’re now proud to announce the addition of a reigning beauty queen!

Debbie Carroll-Boyce, an Associate in the Ebby Halliday Frisco office, was recently named the 2011 Ms. Senior America at the annual Ms. Senior America Pageant held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Debbie will be using this outstanding platform to promote a lifestyle of healthy living for seniors, along with raising awareness for mental and physical well-being and to raise funds for research for Alzheimer s disease and Dementia.

Debbie wowed the judges with her beauty, poise and grace, along with her singing and dancing to Stuff Like That There from the Bette Midler movie, For the Boys. Debbie s list of volunteer work and community involvements are extensive and include volunteering her time tutoring students, being an active member of the community in her hometown of Frisco, Texas, being named the Most Positive Principal by the Power of Positive Student Organization, taking the first school in her community to receive the United States national Blue Ribbon recognition at the White House in Washington, DC while she was still an active principal, being a wonderful mother and so much more. In her professional life prior to her current profession of Realtor for Ebby Halliday, Debbie was an educator for 31 years which included 17 years as an elementary school principal and 14 years as a middle and high school teacher and counselor. Debbie earned a Bachelors Degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master s Degree in Education/Counseling and Mid Management Administration from Texas Women s University.

I feel incredibly honored to be the winner of this wonderful competition and will serve with proud enthusiasm for all that it represents. Just because a person reaches a certain age, does not mean you should quit pushing and challenging yourself every single day. I am flattered beyond belief and will serve with great pride to help raise awareness for all I believe in , stated Ms. Carroll-Boyce, and I look forward to the adventure that lies ahead.

The queen of Texas real estate, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, Ebby Halliday stated,

We are so proud of our Debbie. She is such an over-achiever and hard worker and sets goals that are difficult for anyone to achieve, yet she manages to do it with poise and grace.

The philosophy behind the Texas chapter and the national organization Senior America is the belief that seniors are the foundation of America and one of our most valuable treasures. Seniors help the younger generation build self-esteem, knowledge, experience, and resources to continue building a better society for the future.

These are not simply beauty pageants for women that are 60+, these pageants re-define senior women in the 21st Century , according to Mary Frances Hansen, Director of the 2011 Ms. Texas Senior America Pageant. The Pageants are about inner beauty; these women are dynamic and talented in every way. Our goal is to encourage seniors to embrace life and foster a positive attitude about aging. We strive to enrich and empower senior women as our pageant contestants represent the positive image of aging. 1st runner up, Dr. Karen Taylor from Colorado certainly deserves a lot of recognition for her hard work, along with all of the 38 competitors, not only for their dedication, but for their belief in the Ms. Senior America principals.

The four components of the Ms. Senior America Pageant judging were: philosophy of life, personal interviews with the judges, evening gown competition, and talent. The judges were Dee Dee Sharpe, an internationally known singer, songwriter and entertainer since the late 1950 s that holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania; Loretta Finnegan, MD, former Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Thomas Jefferson University, is President of Finnegan Consulting and has authored 173 scientific publications and has given nearly 1,000 presentations at conferences worldwide; Carole Cusumano, a seasoned entrepreneur and fashion professional designing and developing product brands for more than 20 years who most recently has turned her attention to developing consumer products for the pet industry; Jim Thompson, a security expert with ADT Security Services who has been an active member of the Miss America organization for almost 40 years who has been a judge in seven state pageants.

Debbie would like to give big thanks to all of her supporters and a special recognition to endorser/sponsors Texas Governor Rick Perry; Texas State Representative Ken Paxton; Frisco, Texas Mayor, Maher Maso; Frisco ISD Superintendent Dr. Rick Reedy; Ebby Halliday Real Estate and Tom Lewis, Lewis Marketing & Public Relations. The national competition for Ms. Senior America, took place October 2-7 at Harrah s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.