TROY - KeLeigh Edwards, a sophomore elementary education major from Smiths Station, claimed the Miss Troy University title Sunday at Claudia Crosby Theater.
A graduate of the Glenwood School, KeLeigh is the daughter of Lenita Denise Edwards and Charles Lee Edwards. Her talent was a vocal selection of "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Her platform is "Volunteerism: Giving the Gift of Time."
"Now more than ever, we have the opportunity to become involved in our communities," she said. "With recent events … I have seen others give selflessly of their time and finances – people are reaching out and encouraging each other to work together to make a difference."
At TROY, she currently serves as Freshman Forum co-director, and is philanthropy chair of her Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. She serves as an after-school tutor for the Troy Public Library and is a Leadershape Mentor. She is a Momentum Ministries Leadership Team member and is an 8:29 Ministries Praise and Worship Leader.
Contestants in the Miss America preliminary event are judged on private interview, an on-stage question, swimsuit, talent and evening gown. As Miss Troy University, Edwards will serve as an ambassador for the University and compete later in the year for the title of Miss Alabama.
Runners up were:
Amanda Ford, a sophomore broadcast journalism major from Helena, first runner up; Allison Reynolds, a junior human resource management major from Auburn, second runner up; Caitlin Crowe, a sophomore broadcast journalism major from Tuscaloosa, third runner up; and Madison Wilson, a sophomore bio-medical science major from Hoover, fourth runner up.