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.

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.