Hurst named Miss Southern Union 2023

Published 10:30 am Thursday, January 26, 2023

Alyssa Hurst of Lineville was crowned Miss Southern Union 2023 during the college’s annual pageant held Jan. 19, according to a media release from Southern Union State Community College.  Hurst will travel to Birmingham this summer to compete in the  Miss Alabama Pageant.

“This year, four young women competed for the title of Miss Southern Union,” the release said. “Contestants were judged in private interview, talent, eveningwear, and on-stage question. In addition to each of the judged categories, contestants are required to select a social impact initiative, choosing a topic in which they are currently involved or about which they feel strongly, such as a form of community service.”

Hurst was also named the winner of the talent competition, and was the recipient of the Cotney Deas Legacy Scholarship, a $1,000 cash scholarship given by Jason and Casey Cotney Deas.

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Brynli Mitchell of Sylacauga was named as first runner-up. Also competing in the pageant were Caroline Brown of Roanoke and Daisy Gilmer of Opelika.

Miss Southern Union earns up to $10,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships each year. The Miss Southern Union Pageant is an official preliminary of the Miss Alabama/Miss America Pageant. For more information, or to schedule an appearance by Miss Southern Union, contact Shondae Brown, director of the Miss Southern Union pageant, at 256-395-2211.