Samford Student Scarlotte Deupree Works for
Adult Literacy as Miss Alabama
|Samford senior Scarlotte Deupree
is Miss Alabama 2002.
Samford senior Scarlotte Deupree became interested in the cause
of adult literacy in high school when she discovered that 25 percent
of Alabamians read below the fifth-grade level.
“That’s about 500,000 people, and that is a very scary
thing to me,” she said. Some of those people cannot read at
To help her community of Sylacauga, she began volunteering in
literacy programs as a high school student. She started a program
that identifies people to serve as one-on-one tutors.
Now, Deupree has a new forum from which to promote literacy: her
role as Miss Alabama. Deupree was crowned Miss Alabama 2002 at the
close of the annual scholarship pageant in June. She will represent
her state in the Miss America competition this fall.
Deupree’s family moved to Birmingham several years ago,
and she became active in the Literacy Council of Central Alabama.
Last summer, she and the council sponsored Alabama’s first
Women in Literacy Summit, held at Samford.
Now, she’s taking the literacy message all over the state
as Miss Alabama.
A singer, Deupree is also working on her routine for the Miss
America competition in Atlantic City. She will sing “Holding
Out for a Hero,” an ’80s song from the movie Footloose.
She sang the national anthem when President George W. Bush visited
Birmingham in July.
Deupree interned in the office of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions
in January 2001. She has also interned on the editorial desk of
Southern Living magazine.
She hopes to go to graduate school in public policy after finishing
Samford. But first, she’s got a big year ahead as Miss Alabama.