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.


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.