Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-11-12

Amanda Tapley, a sophomore piano performance and pre-medicine major from Birmingham, was crowned Miss Samford University 2008 Friday night.

Tapley also won the talent award for her piano performance of the 3rd Movement from Tschaikowsky's Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor. Her pageant platform is "Music for a Cure."

A graduate of Briarwood Christian High School, she is the daughter of Patricia and Jeff Tapley. She will represent Samford in the Miss Alabama pageant in June.

Finalists were Katie Robertson of Atlanta, Ga., first runner-up; and Susan Hamm of Thorsby, second runner-up.

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.