MISS UNIVERSITY OF MOBILE
Erica Burleson, 2018 Miss University of Mobile
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.
Hope for the Journey
Hope for the Journey wishes to give hope to those suffering from breast cancer by providing financial assistance, counseling with spiritual support, and insightful knowledge through our support groups and programming. Our organization strives to empower those women that have and continue to fight against breast cancer.