Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2012-10-16

A new Miss Samford University will be crowned Friday, Oct. 19.  The pageant starts at 7 p.m. in Wright Center and is open to the public.  The winner will represent the university in the Miss Alabama pageant in June.

Eight contestants will compete in talent, evening wear, lifestyle and fitness, and on-stage question categories.

Contestants are Katy Flinn, a junior journalism and mass communication major;  Amanda Gargus, a senior political science major; Ellen Hardy, a junior theater major; Rebekah Harris, a junior education major;  Lauren Hunt, a sophomore journalism and mass communication major; Danielle Morgan, a junior exercise science major; Ashlee Phillips, a freshman biology major; and Catherine Thompson, a junior psychology major.

Miss Alabama 2012 Anna Laura Bryan and ABC 33/40 meteorologist Charles Daniel will emcee the pageant. Student directors are Julianna Hallman, a sophomore journalism and mass communication major from Jasper, Ala., and Clair Waggener, a senior sports administration major from Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Tickets are $15 general admission (all ages) and $10 Samford students. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door.  For information, call (205) 726-2853.


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.