Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2006-11-13

Jessica Terry, a sophomore piano performance major from Birmingham, was crowned Miss Samford University 2007 Friday evening.

Terry, 19, also won the evening's talent award for her performance of Rachmaninoff's "Polichinelle." Her pageant platform involves music for special needs children. She is the daughter of Joyce and Reed Terry.

Finalists were Payden George of Centre, first runner-up; and Amanda Tapley of Birmingham, second 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 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.