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.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.