Published on October 25, 2013 by Mary Wimberley  
Miss Samford 2014

Shea Summerlin, a junior chemistry major from Montgomery, Ala., was crowned Miss Samford University 2014 Friday, Oct. 25.

Summerlin, 21, will represent Samford in the Miss Alabama scholarship pageant in June.  Her pageant platform is All In for Alzheimer's. She presented a piano performance of "Prelude No. 21 in B-Flat Major" during the talent competition. She is the daughter of Sandra and Larry Summerlin.

Finalists were Liz Zegler, a senior nursing major from Tuscaloosa, Ala., first runner up; and Emily Kelley, a junior elementary and special education major from Marietta, Ga., second runner up. Zegler also won the lifestyle, fitness and swimsuit competition. Kelley also received the Spirit of Miss Samford award, voted on by contestants and pageant staff.

Lauren Marino, a junior vocal performance major from Birmingham, won the talent competition for her operatic performance of "Quando Men Vo."


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.