MISS ALABAMA AGRICULTURE AND TALENT FIND WINNERS NAMED
"Mobile, Ala." Melissa Lynn McCord of Covington County was crowned 2003 Miss Alabama Agriculture Monday night during the closing session of the 81st annual meeting of the Alabama Farmers Federation. McCord, a junior at Troy State University, received a $2,000 scholarship and the use of a 2003 Chevrolet Impala during her reign.
|The 2003 Miss Alabama Agriculture Court is, from left, Miss Alabama Agriculture Melissa Lynn McCord of Covington County; first alternate, Mandi Woodard of Winston County; second alternate, Blaire Wood of Dallas County; third alternate, Abby Moorehead of Clay County; and Miss Congeniality, Leah Hinson of Henry County.|
During the next year, she will serve as an ambassador for the state's largest industry -- agriculture. Miss McCord served as Miss Troy State University in 2001-2002 and is a former Junior Miss for Covington County. The 20-year old is the daughter of Greg McCord and Lynne McCord of Andalusia.
Other finalists in the Miss Alabama Agriculture contest were, first alternate and winner of $750, Mandi Woodard, 19, of Winston County; second alternate and winner of $500, Blaire Wood, 17, of Dallas County; and third alternate and winner of $300, Abby Moorehead, 19, of Clay County. The contestants elected Leah Hinson, 17, of Henry County, as Miss Congeniality for the contest.
The 2003 Talent Find winner was Kristian Crowe, 18, of Calhoun. She performed "His Eye is on the Sparrow" and as this year's winner received $1,000. The first alternate in the Talent Find was Sarah Burkart, 18, of Cullman County, who performed a violin medley. Miss Burkart received $500.
The Miss Alabama Agriculture Contest and Talent Find competition are sponsored by the Alabama Young Farmers, a division of the Alabama Farmers Federation. Contestants in both events competed at the state level after winning competitions in their selected home counties