Allyson Nuwayhid crowned Miss Samford 2016

Asia Burns, Head Copy Editor

Allyson Nuwayhid, a sophomore education major from Huntsville, took home the Miss Samford 2016 crown Thursday, Oct. 8.

Judges granted the honor to Nuwayhid based on her performance in the five portions of the pageant: on-stage question, talent, lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit, evening wear and private interview. image1 _slider

For the talent portion, Nuwayhid performed a traditional Indian dance to Shreya Ghoshal’s “Dhoom Taana.” Nuwayhid did not win the award for the talent portion, which was awarded to senior nursing major Karen McCall. However, she walked away with the award for lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit in addition to the overall Miss Samford title.

Nuwayhid was crowned by last year’s Miss Samford winner Madison Smith. Smith, a junior theatre major, expressed optimism about the “bittersweet experience” of crowning her successor.

“I am just excited to see what God has in store for her [Nuwayhid],” Smith said. “I look forward to encouraging her and helping her with anything she needs.”

Though Nuwayhid views her newly acquired crown as an honor, she is more excited to use her victory as a platform to garner awareness for causes like the Boys and Girls Club of Brookside.

“I didn’t do this to participate in a beauty pageant,” Nuwayhid said. “I want to represent my school and bring people together.”

Other winners of the evening included second runner up Aly York, a freshman pre-pharmacy major, junior communications study major Riley Ford as first runner up, and senior psychology major Grace Okoro as Spirit of Miss Samford.

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