A total of 83 rising high school seniors will arrive at Samford University Sunday, June 16, for the 26th annual Alabama Governor's School. Participants in this year's two-week honors program for academically gifted students represent 53 schools in 29 counties.
Stephen Black, founder and president of Impact Alabama non-profit student service initiative, will speak at the opening ceremony June 16 at 2:45 p.m. in Reid Chapel.
During AGS, students choose major and minor areas of coursework for morning and afternoon sessions. The 16 course topics include the arts, law, healthcare, research, business, the environment, journalism and others. New this year is a study of film as art, analyzing how scenery, cinematography, editing and sound all shape the film experience.
On Tuesday afternoon, June 18, AGS participants will assist with a service project in the Woodlawn area of Birmingham. During the two-week program, June 16-28, they will also visit American Village in Montevallo and attend a Birmingham Barons baseball game and seminars related to college admission and scholarships.
Birmingham family practice physician Robert R. Record will speak at an Insights Dinner on Tuesday, June 25. Dr. Record is founder and chief executive officer of Christ Health Center in Woodlawn.
The closing ceremony will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 28, in Brock Recital Hall.
AGS participants are nominated by their schools on the basis of academic ability, leadership qualities, creativity and community service. Selection is also based on teacher and guidance counselor recommendations and written essays.
Samford biology professor Dr. George Keller is in his 13th year as AGS director. AGS founding director Dr. Carolyn G. Satterfield is chair of the AGS Council. More than 2,000 of Alabama's best and brightest high school students have attended the AGS program since it began at Samford in 1987.