Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-11-17

Kristen Howard, a sophomore interior design major from Inverness, Fla., was crowned Miss Samford University 2004 Friday, Nov. 14. A vocalist, Howard won the talent award for her presentation of a jazz selection, and also won the swimsuit competition. Her pageant platform is women in crisis situations.

Miss Howard, age 19, will represent Samford in the Miss Alabama pageant in June.

Finalists were: Melinda Toole of Birmingham, first runner-up; Erica Jewel Littleton of Birmingham, second runner-up; Abby Milner of Bogart, Ga., third runner-up; and Sarah Frances Penn of Hoover, fourth runner-up.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.