Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-06-12

Samford University will host 78 of the state's top rising high school seniors during Alabama Governor's School (AGS) June 15-27. Participants from 49 high schools in 27 counties are expected to arrive Sunday for the two-week honors program for academically gifted students.

Opening ceremonies will be Sunday at 2:45 p.m. in Samford's Brock Recital Hall. Alabama state senator J.T. "Jabo" Waggoner of Birmingham will address the students, parents and other guests. His topic will be "The Common Denominator of Success."

Newly-crowned Miss Alabama Amanda Tapley, a pianist who attended AGS as a high school student in 2005, will play the prelude and postlude at the ceremony. She now attends Samford.

During their two-week stay at Samford, AGS participants will choose major and minor areas of coursework, attend special lectures, and engage in an off-campus service project. They will attend a Barons baseball game and travel to Montgomery for a performance of The Count of Monte Cristo at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

The 16 course topics for morning and afternoon sessions include the arts, law, health and science-related subjects, history and other areas of interest.

Samford biology professor Dr. George Keller is AGS director.

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.