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.

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.