Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-11-17

Anna Laura Bryan, a freshman interior design major from Decatur, Ala., was crowned Miss Samford University 2009 Friday, Nov. 14. She will represent Samford in the Miss Alabama pageant in June.

Bryan, daughter of Norwood and Kathy Bryan, sang "Woman in the Moon," during the talent competition. Her platform is Paws for Autism.

Finalists were Elizabeth Fuller of Brierfield, Ala., first runner-up; and Susan Hamm of Thorsby, Ala., second runner-up.

Fuller won the talent competition for her piano performance of Rachmaninoff's "Polichinelle"and also won the Spirit of Samford award. Hamm won the lifestyle and fitness category. Jenna Tanner of Hoover, Ala., was voted Miss Congeniality.

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.