Humanitarian Award

Date: July 4    Time: TBA    Location: Spirit of America Stage

The 2013 Spirit of America Humanitarian Award will be presented to

Anna Laura Bryan

Anna Lauren BryanThe Spirit of America Festival is proud to present the 2013 Humanitarian Award to Miss Anna Laura Bryan, Miss Alabama 2012, for demonstrating that serving and giving back knows no age limits!

In 2012, Anna Laura Bryan was the first Decatur native to earn the title of “Miss Alabama.” She proudly represented our state at the Miss America Pageant and was a Top 12 Finalist in the event. However, it is in her platform work with P.A.W.S. for Autism: People and Animals Working Side-by-Side that the Spirit of America Festival Committee honors her contribution to the betterment of life, health and welfare of mankind.

At the 2013 Miss America Pageant, Anna Laura Bryan brought autism into the spotlight as the recipient of the Jean Bartel Quality of Life Award for her dedication, commitment, project creativeness and impact she has made with her platform issue. Over the past two years, Anna Laura worked to raise awareness of the needs of autistic students to take their service dogs with them to school. At that time, only blind or deaf children had this right. Anna Laura Bryan wrote a bill allowing service dogs for all needs to accompany their owners to public schools. Governor Robert Bentley passed this bill into law in 2011. The daughter of a veterinarian, Anna Laura Bryan knew the wonderful role dogs can play in encouraging social interactions. In recent years, she has brought a student and service dog with her when she has had the opportunity to speak, and also worked to help the organization receive non-profit status.

Anna Laura Bryan is a shining example for our younger generation that you can never be too young to make a difference.

Miss Alabama 2012

Top 12 Finalist and Jean Bartel Quality of Life Winner at Miss America 2013

Platform Issue:
  • P.A.W.S. for Autism: People and Animals Working Side-by-Side
Education:
  • Graduate of Samford University 2012-Bachelor of Arts, Interior Design
  • Honors Graduate of Decatur High School-2008
Talent:
  • Vocalist: Classical, Country, Gospel, Jazz, Pop, etc.
Accomplishments:
  • Authored and lobbied for House Bill 502
  • Received two Resolutions from the State Capital for P.A.W.S. for Autism
  • Featured in USA Today for P.A.W.S. platform work
  • Member of Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek Academic Honor Society
  • Dean’s List; Morgan County’s Distinguished Young Woman 2008
  • Miss Samford University 2009
  • Miss Jefferson County 2010
  • Miss Trussville 2011
  • Miss Hoover 2012
  • Talent Winner, 4 consecutive years, Miss Alabama Pageant
  • A recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Medal
Leadership Roles:
  • Delegate for House Representative Arthur Payne
  • Student Representative for Samford University’s Interior Architecture re-accreditation
  • Disciple for Campus Outreach Summer Beach Project
  • Phi Mu New Member Committee Chairman Assistant
Career Ambition:
  • Become a registered Interior Designer and work for an architecture firm
Employment:
  • Student Employer for the Samford Football Office
  • Hostess at Johnny Rockets; Nanny; Lifeguard for the Decatur Country Club
Interesting Facts:
  • She sang for Governor Bob Riley at the 2010 Legislative Prayer Breakfast
  • Chapter 2 in Richmond Webster’s, Snapshots of Hope, is a story about Anna Laura
  • Her favorite place to sing is at church
  • She tried out for American Idol her sophomore year of high school
  • Named Spirit Idol in 2006 at the largest 4th of July Festival in the State
  • She has 6 cats and 4 dogs
  • She is from a long line of Phi Mu sisters
Family:
  • Parents- Norwood and Kathy Bryan; Brother- William Bryan
Hometown:
  • Decatur, Alabama
Hobbies:
  • Singing, Sports, Arts and Crafts, Working out

2013 Spirit of America Humanitarian Award Recipeint Video