The Decatur Daily
By Evan Belanger
For the second time, Meredith Ervin of Huntsville claimed the Miss Point Mallard title at the Spirit of America Festival in Decatur on Monday.
The 23-year-old, who also won in 2009, is only the third repeat winner in the scholarship pageant’s 41-year history.
Calling the win “an unbelievable honor,” Ervin said she will continue her work with Protecting You/Protecting Me. The Mothers Against Drunk Driving initiative strives to prevent alcohol and drug abuse through educational programs geared toward school-aged children.
After her last win, Ervin filmed television commercials for the initiative that aired in 150 cities. She said she hopes to continue the ad campaign and form a partnership with the local mental health association.
A graduate of Birmingham-Southern University with a degree in dance, Ervin also won the talent portion of the pageant with her ballet performance, and she won the evening wear competition.
The daughter of Huntsville residents Norm and Debbie Ervin, she takes home a $5,600 scholarship, and will go on to compete for Miss Alabama in June. The winner of that contest will compete in Miss America next year in Las Vegas.
“This is such a giving community as evidenced by the amount of scholarship money that was raised,” Ervin said after accepting the title. “Being able represent this community for another year is just an unbelievable honor.”
First runner-up and winner of the swimsuit competition was Sydnii Todd, a 21-year-old broadcast journalism major at Troy University. She took home a $1,400 scholarship.
Second runner-up and Miss Congeniality winner was Carly Evans, 20, of Pratville. She took a $1,200 scholarship as she continues her nursing studies at the University of Alabama.
Third runner-up was Julie Meeks, 21, of Tuscaloosa. A telecommunications major at the University of Alabama, she won a $950 scholarship. And Caitlin Guffin, 23, of Auburn, took fourth runner-up and $750 scholarship as she continues her public relations studies at Auburn University.
Winning the community-service award was Jamie Brooks, 21, of Clay. A student at the University of North Alabama, she is studying public relations.
In all, $10,000 in scholarships were awarded during the pageant.