Cullman’s Abby Sosa competing for Miss UA title Oct. 7

Abby Sosa (University of Alabama) The Miss UA crown (University of Alabama)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Sixteen students will compete for the title of Miss University of Alabama at the Bama Theatre in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. The Miss UA competition is an official preliminary event for Miss Alabama in the Miss America organization.

This year’s candidates include:

Hannah Adams


Major: Public Relations and Political Science

Community Service Initiative: Hannah’s Hope: Finding a Cure for Pediatric Cancer

Kaylie Grace Bitterman

Dacula, Georgia

Major: Biology

Community Service Initiative: Youth Care and Education – We Are Better Together

Mara Eva Cline

Braselton, Georgia

Major: Musical Theatre

Community Service Initiative: Safe in the Sun – Melanoma Awareness and Prevention

Rylie Dewley

Grand Blanc, Michigan

Major: Political Science

Community Service Initiative: Start Heart Smart – Educating America’s Youth on How to Have and Keep a Healthy Heart

Lydia Fisher

Wapello, Iowa

Major: Biology

Community Service Initiative: Educating the Voters of Tomorrow

J-Belle Kimbrell

Dallas, Texas

Major: Vocal Performance

Community Service Initiative: Street Smarts – Steer Clear of Distractions

Marissa Luna


Major: Business

Community Service Initiative: More Than Meets the Eye

Imani Muse

Chicago, Illinois

Major: Accounting

Community Service Initiative: SAM – Small Acts Matter: Encouraging Tangible Change

Emilia Oblites

Novato, California

Major: Apparel and Textile

Community Service Initiative: Serving Alabamians with Breast Cancer

Grayce Pennington

Caledonia, Mississippi

Major: Biology

Community Service Initiative: Let’s Talk Heart-to-Heart

Olivia Smith


Major: News Media

Community Service Initiative: The Adoption Option

Abby Sosa


Major: Nursing

Community Service Initiative: Bridging the Gap – Inspiring Generation Transformation Through Education for Young Hispanics

Ruby Tilghman

Panama City, Florida

Major: Chemistry

Community Service Initiative: Many Mini Musicians – Bridging the Funding Gap in Fine Arts Education

Christine Underwood

Charlotte, North Carolina

Major: Pre Law

Community Service Initiative: Be Smart for Your Heart

Summer Waters


Major: Communications and Sports Media

Community Service Initiative: Girls on the Run

Chloe Yates

Louisville, Kentucky

Major: Interior Design

Community Service Initiative: Special Olympics – Deleting the Dis in Disabled

The Miss UA competition, sponsored by The University of Alabama National Alumni Association and FATE – Future Alumni for Tradition and Excellence, has been a platform for candidates to share their passion projects, talent and intelligence for more than 48 years.

The winner of the title of Miss University of Alabama will receive a full-tuition scholarship for her year of service to UA and numerous other gifts and financial aid scholarships from numerous donors.

Learn more on the Miss University of Alabama website.