Abby Sosa was named Miss University of Alabama first alternate. A freshman, studying biology on the pre-med track, Abby is from Cullman, Alabama. She plans to graduate with a masters and attend medical school at The University of Alabama in Birmingham. Abby is a member of the Hispanic/Latino Association and Phi Mu Sorority and a member of University of Alabama Dance Marathon (UADM), which raises funds for the children being treated at Children’s of Alabama by raising awareness about pediatric illness. Abby’s Social Impact Initiative is Bridging the Gap and she also works with Send Me Refuge, working to change the course of Hispanic poverty in Mexico and Alabama.
Second alternate Imani Muse, from Chicago, Illinois, is a member of the Honors College, Black Faculty and Staff Association Ambassador, Brother of Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity Inc., The Black Student Union and UA Hollowed Grounds Tour Guide. She is studying Accounting in The Culverhouse College of Business and minoring in Real Estate and Personal Wealth Management. Her social impact initiative is Small Acts Matter, where she has been encouraging tangible change since 2017 and sharing the message that small acts can have a large impact in the lives of others. Imani aspires to become a high profile accountant and start a program educating on and advocating for financial literacy in underprivileged communities such as her own in the Southside of Chicago.
Lydia Fisher, originally from Wapello, Iowa, placed as third alternate. She is a second-year student at the University of Alabama, studying biology on the pre-med track, with intentions of becoming a cardiovascular surgeon. In her spare time, Lydia enjoys volunteering at DCH regional medical facility, spending time with friends and family, dancing, and studying. Her social impact initiative is Educating the Voters of Tomorrow. She is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Society and an intern with the Department of Health Promotion and Wellness in Project Health.
Fourth alternate Neeley Robertson is the daughter of Joe-Michale and Jennifer Robertson from Ellisville, Mississippi. She is studying musical theatre as a freshman. Neeley enjoys nature walks, trying new foods, singing in church, and spending time with loved-ones. Her Social Impact Initiative is “RESTORED: Giving Purpose Back to Dementia Patients,” which aims to raise awareness of dementia’s affects, encourage early diagnosis for patients, and increase support for those currently battling dementia. RESTORED focuses on reaching all generations, enlightening them of the issue, and informing them of ways to help. Sharing our gifts and talents with dementia patients is one way to be of service to these individuals who are often over-looked and under appreciated. Neeley was also the winner of the talent portion of the competition and had the most votes for People’s Choice.
Freshman Rylie Dewley, from Grand Blanc, Michigan, was the winner of the Social Media Challenge. Rylie is a Biology major, working to also obtain a minor in Political Science. She represents the University as a Crimsonette with the Million Dollar Band. Rylie is also on the Morale Team for UADM. Her Social Impact Initiative is Star Heart Smart, which sees Rylie travel to classrooms and events to teach youth to have and keep a healthy heart.