Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-06-27

Kendell Hawkins of Susan Moore and Fowler Joiner of Lexington were named outstanding female and male students at the 2008 Alabama Governor's School (AGS), which ended Friday (June 27) at Samford University.

They were chosen by AGS students, faculty and staff on the basis of participation and overall interest shown during the two-week program for academically gifted rising high school seniors.

Hawkins, daughter of Sonya and Jeff Hawkins, attends Susan Moore High School in Blount County.

Joiner, son of Kelley and Willie Joiner, attends Lexington High School in Lauderdale County.

A total of 78 students from high schools in 27 counties attended AGS.

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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.