MOBILE, Ala. – Erica Burleson, a piano performance major from Satsuma, Alabama, was crowned Miss University of Mobile 2018 at the 53rd annual pageant on Nov. 4 at Saraland High School Performing Arts Center.
For the next year, Burleson 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.
Burleson looks forward to expanding her platform, “Hope for the Journey.” Her goal is to support children in foster care by packing backpacks with personal hygiene items, clothes, diapers, and stuffed animals – anything to ease a child’s transition into a foster home. She hopes to host bag packing events to contribute to the efforts, both on campus and in the community.
“I have lots of ideas about how to get UM involved,” she said. “I’d like to plan a girls’ night where we all go shopping for items and pack backpacks together, or host my own benefit concert and have attendees bring donations for the backpacks.”
A gifted musician in both piano and violin, Burleson won the talent award and the People’s Choice award before she was crowned Miss UM. She was also named Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants. For her talent, she performed a unique rendition of “Phantom of the Opera” on violin.
“I wanted it to be very dramatic; I wanted to make sure that I had an on-stage presence that you’d want to watch and listen, and that you wouldn’t want to end after 90 seconds,” she said.
First runner-up was Kailee Grace Montes, a musical theatre major from Atlanta, Georgia.
Second runner-up was Olivia Phillips, a vocal performance major from Shawnee, Kansas. Phillips was also the winner in the Swimsuit portion.
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.