Published on October 27, 2014 by Mary Wimberley  
Miss Samford 2015

Madison Smith, a sophomore theatre major from Calhoun, Ga., was crowned Miss Samford University 2015 on Friday, Oct. 24.

Smith will represent Samford in the Miss Alabama scholarship pageant in June.  Her pageant platform is Dance for Down Syndrome.

She also won the talent competition with her vocal performance of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from the musical Funny Girl, and the lifestyle, fitness and swimsuit competition. She is the daughter of Darlene and Ernie Smith.

Finalists were Thomason Bryan, a freshman communication sciences and disorders major from Montgomery, Ala., first runner-up; and Marty Desforges, a junior communication sciences and disorders major from Hoover, Ala., second runner-up. Desforges also won the Spirit of Miss Samford award, voted on by contestants and pageant staff.

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.