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.
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.