Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-06-26

Students from Florence, Birmingham Win Alabama Governor's School Honors Shao-Yu Chen of Florence and Elizabeth Reiser of Birmingham were named outstanding male and female students at the 2009 Alabama Governor's School, which concluded at Samford University Friday (JUNE 26).

They were chosen by AGS students, faculty and staff on the basis of participation and overall interest shown during the two-week honors program for rising high school seniors. Eighty-two students from 52 high schools in 26 counties participated.

Chen, who attends Florence High School, is the son of Chiong-Yiao Chen.

Reiser, a student at Briarwood Christian School, is the daughter of Sally and Billy Reiser.

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 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.