Sparkling Achievement

Nutrition and dietetics major crowned Miss University 2009

Miss University 2008 Mary Brandon Norman crowns Brooke Beard
as Miss University 2009. Photo by Harry Briscoe

Months of preparation paid off for senior Brooke Beard when she was crowned Miss University 2009 on Feb. 5 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

“I’m a bit overwhelmed but completely excited,” Beard said. “The fact that I can represent the university my senior year is a dream come true.”

Besides winning the crown, Beard received $2,000 in scholarships.

A nutrition and dietetics major from Madison, Beard is the daughter of William L. Beard and Madeline Beard. She is a student in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and a member of Delta Gamma, Order of Omega and Mortar Board.

Throughout her reign as Miss University, Beard will be promoting the Children’s Miracle Network as her platform.

“Children’s Miracle Network is an organization of hospitals across the nation that serves children regardless of their ability to pay,” she said. “I chose it because I have been volunteering at Blair Batson Hospital in Jackson for the past six years, so, after volunteering there for that amount of time, it just felt natural to select that as my platform.”