Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-07-08

Samantha Chambers of Northport and Tyler Dillard of Dothan were named outstanding female and male participants at this year's Alabama Governor's School, which concluded June 27 at Samford University.

Chambers, daughter of John and Janet Chambers, attends Tuscaloosa Academy.

Dillard, son of Kenneth Dillard and Faye Dillard, attends Northside Methodist Academy.

They were chosen by AGS students, faculty and staff on the basis of their overall participation and interest. They were among 78 rising seniors from 52 high schools in 29 counties who attended the two-week honors program at Samford.

Participants enjoyed college-level experience in academics, creativity and leadership, as well as field trips to museums and sporting events.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.