Published on January 9, 2013 by Philip Poole  
Anna Laura Bryan

 Anna Laura Bryan, a 2012 Samford graduate, is competing this week in the Miss America 2013 pageant in Las Vegas. Bryan was selected as Miss Alabama last June.

This year’s pageant airs Saturday, Jan. 12, at 9 p.m. ET on the ABC television network.

One newer aspect of the pageant is online voting to help select the finalists. Viewers can vote through Thursday, Jan. 10, for their favorite contestant. Bryan’s video is the first listed on the video contest site.

It was announced earlier this week that Bryan is a finalist for the pageant’s Quality of Life award, which is presented to the contestant who demonstrated the strongest community service. The winner will be announced during Saturday night’s pageant.

Bryan is the latest in a long series of Samford alumnae who have served as Miss Alabama. Deidre Downs Gunn, a 2002 Samford graduate, was Miss America 2005.

About Samford UniversitySamford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of 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 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.