Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2004-11-08

Melissa Morgan, a senior journalism/mass communication and French double major from Birmingham, was crowned Miss Samford University 2005 Friday evening (NOV. 5). She will represent Samford in the Miss Alabama pageant in June.

She is the daughter of Anna and C. J. Morgan. Her platform is "Literacy--The Need to Read." A pianist, she played "Romance" by Jean Sibelius during the talent competition.

Finalists were: Rachel Holland of Old Hickory, Tenn., first runner-up; Lindsey Samples of Clanton, Ala., second runner-up; Sidney White of Birmingham, third runner-up; and Elizabeth Broome of Indianapolis, Ind., fourth runner-up.

Winners in other categories were Sidney White, lifestyle and fitness (swimsuit); Rachel Holland, talent; and Hailey Hutchinson of Gadsden, Ala., spirit of Samford.