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.

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.