The Alabama School of Mathematics and Science (ASMS) celebrated 78 graduates May 23, 2019. The Class of 2019 is thoroughly prepared for their collegiate careers, due to challenging academics at ASMS and the school’s unique residential experience.
The 2019 senior class scored a composite 30 on the ACT, the highest score in the school’s history. The senior class included six national merit finalists (Reed Robinson, Nathan Amos, Danielle Colborn, Thomas Haigood, William Horn, Gwynneth McCallister). In addition, one student received the National Merit Corporate Scholarship (Reed Robinson) and five students were commended (Riley Cushing, Madeline Dotson, Genevieve Eddy, Michael Jones, and Scott Simpson).
The senior class president Jerika Edwards was awarded the Bright Futures College Scholarship from the Kimberly-Clark Foundation. Edwards was one of 46 students throughout the United States and Canada chosen to receive this award.
Over half of the senior class will attend some of the top schools in Alabama including Auburn University, the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Others will attend universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Yale University, the United States Naval Academy, Columbia University, and the University of Rochester.
“Congratulations to the Class of 2019, one of the school’s most academically talented, creative, and gifted groups,” says ASMS Board Chair Jo Bonner. “It has been a pleasure meeting with these students and learning about their plans for the future. There is no doubt the Class of 2019 will make its mark in Alabama and throughout the world.”
This year’s commencement address was given by 2000 ASMS Alumna Dr. Amber Gordon, a neurosurgeon with Mobile Infirmary. Gordon is the first alumni to give a commencement address.
Gordon, who grew up in Atmore, Ala., graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. Receiving her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Gordon also completed her residency in both general surgery and neurological surgery. Gordon specializes in surgery and treatment of the brain, spine & peripheral nerve disorders.
“My calling to Neurosurgery began while I was here at ASMS,” Gordon says. “My experiences while here at ASMS not only shaped my academic career, but also opened my heart to a profession of service.”
Gordon’s commencement address was filled with valuable wisdom and tasks for the Class of 2019. As she addressed the soon-to-be graduates, Gordon urged the seniors to remember these words.
“If you remember nothing else I say today, remember this… your experiences at the Alabama School of Mathematics and Sciences have enriched your lives in incalculable ways. I challenge you to go out into this world and become life long learners, purveyors of truth and seekers of excellence.”
The ASMS Community wishes all Alumni luck in their future endeavors.
Congratulations to the ASMS Class of 2019: