Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-10-16

Kelsey Richter, a junior nursing major from Albany, Ga., was crowned Miss Samford University 2011 Saturday evening, Oct. 16.

Richter, age 20, daughter of Pam and Greg Richter, will represent Samford in the Miss Alabama scholarship pageant in June. Her pageant platform is “Hospice—A Giving Spirit Makes All Things Bearable.”

Pageant finalists were Sarah Kathryn Sharp, a sophomore nursing major from Vestavia Hills, Ala., first runner-up; and Ashla Taylor, a senior education major from McCalla, Ala., second runner-up.

Kaleigh Warwick, a sophomore fine arts major from Atlanta, Ga., won the talent competition for her on-stage painting of a portrait of the late Samford benefactor Ralph W. Beeson.

Other awards went to Victoria Underwood, Lifestyle and Fitness; Sharp, Spirit of Samford; and Mariam Yousif, Miss Congeniality.

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 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.