Cierra Giles, a junior from Gilbertown, Ala., majoring in early childhood and elementary education, was crowned Miss University of Mobile Saturday, Feb. 5.
Giles will go on to compete in the Miss Alabama pageant on June 8-11 at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.
“As a little girl I dreamed of holding a title but never thought I would. I’m just very excited and very honored,” Giles said
Her main goal as Miss UM is to promote her platform, “Volunteerism in America.”
“We often use our time more for ourselves than others.” Giles said.
Giles plans to work with two organizations that improve the lives of children. She will work in a mentoring program with Wilmer Hall in Mobile, Ala., which provides a home for children who have no home or who cannot live with their natural
“I want them to know they aren’t alone,” she said.
Giles also plans to work with Camp Grace in Mobile, Ala., which hosts different camps for children with disabilities.
Giles, who was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 9 years old, said “Since I have a disability myself, Camp Grace is very close to my heart. I want to let these children know that they can still have dreams. I want to be a
support and encouragement to them.”
Giles said her epilepsy “has made me stronger as a person. It humbled me, and challenged me.”
The first runner-up for Miss UM was junior Rebekah Clements from Lacey’s Spring, Ala. Clements also won the talent portion of the competition.
The second runner up was sophomore Joanna Canning from Irvington, Ala. Canning also won the swimsuit portion of the competition as well as Miss Congeniality.
The recipient of the Peoples Choice Award was freshman Alexandra McKinley from Stone Temple, Ga.
By Alisha Britnell, intern, Media Relations Writer
Photos by All Heart Photography
Cierra Giles, Miss University of Mobile 2011
Miss University of Mobile 2010 Sarah Becky Spain
crowns her successor, Cierra Giles, Miss University
of Mobile 2011