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.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.