Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-11-12

Amanda Tapley, a sophomore piano performance and pre-medicine major from Birmingham, was crowned Miss Samford University 2008 Friday night.

Tapley also won the talent award for her piano performance of the 3rd Movement from Tschaikowsky's Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor. Her pageant platform is "Music for a Cure."

A graduate of Briarwood Christian High School, she is the daughter of Patricia and Jeff Tapley. She will represent Samford in the Miss Alabama pageant in June.

Finalists were Katie Robertson of Atlanta, Ga., first runner-up; and Susan Hamm of Thorsby, second runner-up.

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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.