Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2011-10-15
Sarah Kathryn Sharp, a junior family studies major from Vestavia Hills, Ala., was crowned Miss Samford University 2012 Saturday, Oct. 15.
Sharp, age 20, will represent Samford in the Miss Alabama scholarship pageant in June. Her pageant platform is Dysautonomia Youth Network of America, which focuses on an autonomic nervous system disorder.
Sharp also won the talent competition for her bass clarinet performance of “Blue Monk” by Thelonious Monk, and the Miss Congeniality award. The Vestavia Hills High School graduate is the daughter of Sally and Allen Sharp.
Pageant finalists were Liz Zegler, a sophomore nursing major from Cottondale, Ala., first runner-up; and Christina Myers, a senior sports medicine major from Wetumpka, Ala., second runner up. Myers also won the lifestyle and fitness award.
Rebekah Harris, a sophomore education major from Cullman, Ala., won the Spirit of Samford award.
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.