Published on October 9, 2015 by Mary L. Wimberley  
Allyson Nuwayhid
Allyson Nuwayhid

Allyson Nuwayhid, a sophomore education major from Huntsville, Alabama, was crowned Miss Samford University 2016 on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Nuwayhid will represent Samford in the Miss Alabama scholarship pageant in June.  Her pageant platform is Investing in the Leaders of Tomorrow. She also won the swimsuit competition at the pageant. Her talent presentation was a Bollywood dance, “Dhoom Taana.” She is the daughter of Ramsay and Elizabeth Nuwayhid.

Finalists were Riley Ford, a junior communication studies major, first runner-up; and Aly York, a freshman pre-pharmacy major, second runner-up.

Karen McCall, a senior nursing major, won the talent award for her dance presentation to “Somebody to Love.” Grace Okoro, a senior psychology major, won the Spirit of Samford award, voted on by contestants and pageant staff.

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.