Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-11-18

Samford University students Lane Lofton and Katherine Veach won first and second place in the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission's 2005 Thomas Shumaker writing award program.

Lofton won the top award for his paper, "Faith in Action: A Look Into the Origin of the Christian Church in Bluff Park and Its Effect on the Bluff Park Community." A sophomore history major from Brookhaven, Miss., Lofton received a $500 cash prize.

Veach won second place and a $300 cash prize for her paper, "Staking a Spot on the Selma Skyline: The Architecture of the 1904 Sanctuary of First Baptist Church Selma." Veach is a senior religion major from Selma.

The winners were announced Wednesday (Nov. 16) at the annual meeting of the Alabama Baptist State Convention in Huntsville. The awards program exists to foster interest in Alabama Baptist history among college undergraduates. The late Mr. Shumaker was a member of the Commission.

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.