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Albany woman crowned Miss Samford University

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Kelsey Richter, a junior nursing major from Albany, was crowned Miss Samford University 2011 this past weekend.

Richter, 20, daughter of Pam and Greg Richter of Albany, will represent Samford in the Miss Alabama scholarship pageant in June. Her pageant platform is "Hospice -- A Giving Spirit Makes All Things Bearable." For her talent presentation, Richter performed a pop vocal, "I've Got the Music in Me."

The 2008 graduate of Sherwood Christian Academy in Albany is a leader in a number of Samford activities, including the university's Student Recruitment Team, Chi Omega sorority and Freshman Connections. She also is a member of the Samford Student Nurses Association.

Pageant finalists were Sarah Kathryn Sharp, a sophomore nursing major from Vestavia Hills, Ala., first runner-up; and Ashla Taylor, a senior education major from McCalla, Ala., second runner-up.

Kaleigh Warwick, a sophomore fine arts major from Atlanta, won the talent competition for her on-stage painting of a portrait of late Samford benefactor Ralph W. Beeson.

Other awards went to Victoria Underwood, Lifestyle and Fitness; Sharp, Spirit of Samford; and Mariam Yousif, Miss Congeniality.