Miss University of Mobile 2017 is Crowned

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Mobile, Ala. – Chelsey Sayasane, a communication major from Saraland, Ala., was crowned Miss University of Mobile 2017 at the pageant’s 52nd anniversary on Feb. 4 at Saraland High School Performing Arts Center.

For the next year, Sayasane will represent University of Mobile at various events, including the Miss Alabama pageant this summer at Samford University in Birmingham. Participation in this pageant is the next stage of the Miss America pageants across the United States.

“Getting to represent University of Mobile at Miss Alabama is my dream come true,” said Sayasane. “I’m in shock, but I’m so thankful for this opportunity the Lord has given me.”

Sayasane also looks forward to expanding her platform “Coats of Many Colors.” Through this project, Sayasane collects coats at Saraland High School, Bridgeway Academy and Merle Norman in Saraland. Each of these coats is distributed directly to the homeless, particularly homeless men, in the city of Mobile. So far, she has collected more than 800 coats.

“My hope is to establish a large group of volunteers who will help with the collection and distribution process,” said Sayasanne, “but it’s much more than giving away free coats. I want those who are homeless to know they are not forgotten, that we see them in their struggle. This is about building relationships in our community.”

Prior to being crowned by Miss University of Mobile 2016 Miranda Freeman, Sayasane won the People’s Choice award in addition to the swimsuit portion. For her talent, she performed Michael Buble’s hit rendition of “Feeling Good.”

Several former Miss University of Mobiles were in attendance, including Miss UM 2007 Jaye Herrod Durkin, who served as a judge, and Miss UM 2014 Brooke Sanders. Miss UM 2015 Emily Danforth attended the event and, like Miss UM 2016, gave a special performance during the pageant.

First runner-up was Erica Burleson, a piano performance major from Satsuma, Ala. Burleson was also the winner in the Talent portion, showcasing Vivaldi’s “Spring, I. Allegro” in a violin solo.

Second runner-up was Whitney Myers of Mobile, a business administration, marketing and worship leadership major. Myers was also selected Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants.

About University of Mobile: University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.


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