Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2015-06-11

Outstanding high school students from throughout Alabama will arrive at Samford University Sunday, June 14, for Alabama Governor’s School. Ninety rising seniors from 56 high schools in 27 Alabama counties will attend the two-week honors program for academically gifted students.

Drayton Nabers, Jr., director of Samford’s Francis Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership, will speak at the opening ceremony Sunday at 2:45 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall. The former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice is the author of two books on character: The Case for Character and The Hidden Key to Happiness.

During their AGS experience, students will attend morning and afternoon classes in major and minor areas of coursework. Major course topics include health care, law, business, research science, arts, video production, magazine writing and physics/engineering.  Minor courses cover web design, photography, film studies, classics, field biology, astronomy, leadership, global citizenship, sports medicine and, for the first time, creativity.

At an Insights dinner on Tuesday, June 23, AGS participants will hear Emily Schreiber tell how she began Laps for CF, a nonprofit foundation that raises awareness and support for cystic fibrosis.  Schreiber, who was diagnosed with the disease at age 9, is a recent Furman University graduate who will begin school at Samford’s Cumberland School of Law this fall.  The Birmingham native is credited with raising about $2.5 million for cystic fibrosis research and other needs.

AGS students will participate in a service project, attend a Barons baseball game and enjoy other recreational excursions and course-related field trips. They will also hear helpful presentations on the college admission process, scholarships and adjustment to college.

The closing ceremony will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 26.

AGS participants are nominated by their schools on the basis of academic ability, leadership qualities, creativity and community service.  Selectin is also based on teacher and guidance counselor recommendations and written essays.

This year’s AGS participants represent an average ACT score of 28.8 and an average SAT score of 1891.  Fifteen are ranked number one in their high school class.

Samford biology professor George E. Keller, III, is in his 15th year as AGS director. AGS founding director Carolyn G. Satterfield is chair of the GS Council.

More than 2,000 of Alabama’s best and brightest high school students have attended AGS since it began at Samford in 1987.

AGS alumni include Miss Alabama 2008 Amanda Tapley, a recent University of Alabama School of Medicine graduate who is about to begin a residency in emergency medicine. A classically trained pianist and Samford graduate who attended AGS as a high school student in 2005, Tapley will perform at Sunday’s opening session.

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.