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."


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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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.