Published on October 19, 2012 by Mary Wimberley
Lauren Hunt, a sophomore journalism and mass communication/public administration double major from Dothan, Ala., was crowned Miss Samford University 2013 Friday, Oct. 19.
Hunt, age 19, will represent Samford in the Miss Alabama scholarship pageant in June. Her pageant platform is Swim Safe and the American Red Cross. Hunt, daughter of Lisa and Lewis Hunt, also won the swimsuit competition.
Finalists were Ellen Hardy, a junior theatre major from Anniston, Ala., first runner-up; and Katy Flinn, a junior journalism and mass communication major from Carrollton, Ga., second runner-up. Flinn also received the Spirit of Samford award.
Catherine Thompson, a junior psychology major from Huntsville, Ala., won the talent competition for her vocal performance of "Think of Me" by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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.