Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-11-07

Melinda Toole, a senior elementary education major from Birmingham, was crowned Miss Samford University 2006 Friday, Nov. 4. She will represent Samford in the Miss Alabama pageant in June.

Toole also won the lifestyle, fitness and swimsuit award, and was picked by contestants to receive the congeniality award. A graduate of Pinson Valley High School, she is the daughter of Ann and Donald Toole. Her pageant platform is character education.

Finalists were Charissa Cowart of Mobile, first runner-up; and Katie Robertson of Atlanta, Ga., second runner-up.

Jessica Terry of Birmingham won the talent competition for her piano performance.


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.