TROY - Four Troy University students are among the 48 contestants competing for the crown of Miss Alabama, June 8-11 on the campus of Samford University in Birmingham.
Troy students Sydnii Todd, Megan Picklesimer, Keleigh Edwards and Laura Grimes will compete for the title and the opportunity to represent the state of Alabama in the Miss America Pageant.
Todd, a 21-year-old student from Birmingham, will represent the University as the 2011 winner of the Miss Troy University Pageant. Todd, who is majoring in broadcast journalism, will perform a dance selection "Up To the Mountain" for her talent. Her platform is "Cell Phone Sense."
Picklesimer, who graduated in May with a degree in broadcast journalism, will compete under the title of Miss Shelby County. The Chelsea resident's platform is "Literacy Matters," and she will perform a dance to "Cinema Italiano" for her talent.
Edwards, an elementary education major from Smiths Station, will compete under the title of Miss Tennessee Valley. She will perform the vocal selection, "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Her platform is "Giving the Gift of Time."
Grimes, a business management and human resources major at Troy University's Phenix City Campus, will compete under the title of Miss Phenix City. The Phenix City resident will perform the vocal selection, "Praying for Time." Her platform is "Open Hands and Open Hearts."
During the competition, contestants are judged in five areas including: talent, swimwear, interview, evening gown and on-stage question. The contestants are also judged on participation with their platforms, which is an organization or cause they support.
The winner of Miss Alabama will receive a $10,000 cash scholarship along with many other prizes and the role of representing the state at the Miss America Pageant.