Published on July 2, 2014 by Mary Wimberley  
AGS Winners 2014

Cordova High School's Kyle Allen and Briarwood Christian's Nikki Sullivan were named outstanding male and female students at this year's Alabama Governor's School.  They received their awards at the closing session of the Samford University-sponsored program Friday, June 27.

Allen and Sullivan were chosen by AGS students, faculty and staff on the basis of their participation and overall interest in the two-week honors program for rising high school seniors. This year's 91 students from high schools in 24 Alabama counties represented the largest number of participants in the history of AGS, which began at Samford in 1987.

Allen is the son of Lisa and Kenny Allen.  Sullivan is the daughter of Joanie and Ralph Sullivan.

AGS participants received college level experience in academic subjects, creative activities and leadership opportunities. They participated in a service project in Woodlawn, visited American Village in Montevallo, attended a Birmingham Barons baseball game and heard special lectures on servant leadership and issues that relate to human rights violations worldwide. In the classroom, they chose from 16 course topics to study in morning and afternoon sessions.

AGS director and Samford biology professor George Keller noted that this year's participants seemed particularly keen on absorbing all aspects of the program.

"These students took full advantage of the opportunities provided to them, and reported that their lives were changed because of the experience," Keller said.


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 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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.