AGS participants received college-level experience in academics, creativity and leadership. Course topics included the arts, law, healthcare and entrepreneurship—16 varied subjects in all. Students also participated in a service project, visited American Village in Montevallo and attended a Birmingham Barons baseball game.
Matt, son of Stephanie Merrick and William Merrick III, attends Lincoln High School. At AGS, he studied the American legal process and web design.
AGS students 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 nominations and a written essay.
This year’s AGS participants represented 53 high schools in 29 counties.