Published on July 1, 2011 by Mary Wimberley  
AGS Winners 2011

Will Sorrell of Birmingham and Claire Oldfather of Madison were named outstanding male and female students at 2011 Alabama Governor’s School.  The two-week honors program for rising high school seniors concluded Friday, July 1, at Samford University.

Sorrell and Oldfather were chosen by AGS students, faculty and staff on the basis of participation and overall interest shown during the session. This year’s AGS included 80 students from high schools in 23 counties.

Sorrell, a student at Briarwood Christian School, is the son of Vicki and Casey Sorrell.

Oldfather, who attends Providence Classical School, is the daughter of Dana Oldfather and the late Duane Oldfather.

AGS participants received college level experience in academics, creativity and leadership.  In addition to classroom study, they also enjoyed a Birmingham Barons baseball game, a visit to American Village,  a service project at a Shelby County cemetery, and many campus recreational activities.


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.