Smiths Station student claims Miss TROY crown

Posted: Monday, 19 September 2011

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.

Sullivan Award

KeLeigh Edwards, a sophomore elementary education major from Smiths Station, is crowned Miss Troy University 2012 by Syndii Todd, Miss Troy University 2011 following the pageant Sunday in Claudia Crosby Theater. (TROY photo/Ronnie Colvin)

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Keleigh Edwards, a sophomore elementary education major from Smiths Station, was crowned Miss Troy University during the 41st annual Miss TROY pageant Sunday night at the Troy Campus. As Miss TROY, Edwards' platform will be volunteering with "Giving the Gift of Time." Pictured left to right are: Caitlin Crowe, 3rd Runner up;, Allison Reynolds, 2nd Runner Up; Sydnii Todd, Miss TROY 2011; Keleigh Edwards, Miss TROY 2012; Amanda Ford, 1st Runner Up; Madison Wilson, 4th Runner up.