Raven Young Crowned Miss University of Mobile 2019

Amber Kelley News

MOBILE, Ala. – Raven Young, an elementary education and worship leadership major from Mobile, Alabama, was crowned Miss University of Mobile 2019 on Jan. 19.

For the next year, Young will represent UM at various events, including the Miss Alabama pageant this summer. Participation in this pageant is the next step of the Miss America pageant.

Young says, “I am in disbelief, I am so thankful to have been crowned as Miss UM. I cannot wait to see the difference I can make!”

Young’s platform as Miss UM is “The S.T.A.R. Program.” S.T.A.R. stands for Students and Teachers on A Roll for education, and its purpose is to collect needed materials for students and teachers.

Young says, “As a future educator, it’s up to me to bring attention to the many students suffering from lack of necessities. It’s time for us to put education back on top, and that starts by supporting our teachers and students with the materials they need to be successful.”

Young also won the talent portion of the pageant.

Second runner-up was Grace Maddox, music major from Magnolia Springs, Alabama. Maddox also won the swimsuit portion.

First runner-up was Kailee Montes, musical theatre major from Atlanta, Georgia.

Madison Verkouille, communication major from Saraland, Alabama, received People’s Choice Award. Sophie Eberhard, graphic design major from Milton, Florida, received Miss Congeniality.

Miss UM 2018, Erica Burleson, gives a special thank you to her family, friends, faculty and staff of UM, sponsors, UM President Dr. and Mrs. Tim Smith, and many more. Burleson encouraged Miss UM 2019 in saying, “Be the Miss UM you were made to be, holding yourself only to the standard of Jesus Christ.”

 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, master’s and doctoral degree programs in over 90 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.

About the Author

Amber Kelley

Amber Kelley is the marketing communications specialist for University of Mobile. Amber received her Bachelor of Science in Communication from UM. As marketing communications specialist, Amber writes press releases and other content for UM. She is passionate about serving in her youth group at Redemption Church. She enjoys spending time outside, reading a good book and watching romantic comedies on Netflix.