Published on June 30, 2015 by Mary Wimberley
Rivers Jackson of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and Adriel McMahan of Athens, Alabama, were named outstanding male and female students at this year’s Alabama Governor’s School at Samford University. The two-week honors program for academically gifted rising high school seniors ended Friday, June 26.
The award winners were chosen by AGS students, faculty and staff on the basis of their participation and overall interest. They were among 88 participants from 56 high schools in 27 Alabama counties.
Jackson, a student at Muscle Shoals High School, is the son of Tanya and Wyatt Jackson.
McMahan, a student at Elkmont High School, is the daughter of Brandy and Brandon McMahan.
AGS participants received college level experience in academic subjects, creative activities and leadership opportunities.
More than 2,000 of Alabama’s best and brightest high school students have attended AGS since it began at Samford in 1987.
About Samford University—Samford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of 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 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.