Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2000-10-23

Scarlotte Lee Deupree of Vestavia Hills was crowned Miss Samford University 2001 Friday evening (OCT. 20).  A junior English major, she is the daughter of James and Joy Deupree.

Finalists were Misty Michelle Gardner of Holly Pond, first runner up; Carrie-Nell Folmar of Montgomery, second runner up; and Valerie Hope Childers of Powder Springs, Ga., third runner up.

Deupree and Childers tied for swimsuit honors. Folmar won the talent competition.

Deupree, a vocalist, performed the Frank Sinatra hit, "That's Life." She will represent Samford in the Miss Alabama competition next June. Literacy is the platform cause that she will champion during her reign as Miss Samford. Her work with literacy programs earned her a Presidential Service Award presented by the national Points of Light Foundation last May.