Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2006-09-27

Sarah Rogers of Hoover won first place in the 2006 Alabama Governor's School Essay and Alabama Hero award contest. The competition is sponsored annually by the Alabama Men's Hall of Fame and Vulcan Materials Company.

Rogers, whose winning essay was on the late Birmingham businessman A.G. Gaston, is a senior at Hoover High School.

Wilson Franklin of Montgomery won second place for his essay on the late U.S. Army surgeon general William Crawford Gorgas. Franklin is a senior at Lyman Ward Military Academy.

Ted Gillespie of Madison won third place for his essay on the late U.S. Supreme Court associate justice Hugo Black. Gillespie is a senior at Catholic High School.

The essays were written while the students were attending Alabama Governor's School at Samford University in June. They were enrolled in a class entitled "In Search of the Great Alabama Hero."

The winners were recognized Tuesday (Sept. 26) at The Club during the Alabama Men's Hall of Fame induction ceremony luncheon sponsored by the Women's Committee of 100 for Birmingham.

The late U.S. Senator John J. Sparkman was inducted into the Alabama Men's Hall of Fame during the ceremony. The Hall of Fame is housed in Samford's Harwell G. Davis Library.