Our Students.

December 4, 2007

Academic Excellence
The Best and Brightest

Meg McCrummen
Saint Paul’s Episcopal School
Mobile, Ala.

Accepted to numerous universities including the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, Furman University and the University of Georgia’s Honors Program, Meg is a freshman at The University of Alabama this fall. Boasting a high school GPA of 4.4 on a 4.0 scale, she says UA made her feel wanted.

“Of all the schools I applied to, only UA’s admissions department conveyed that they would be privileged to have me on campus, not the other way around,” said McCrummen.

Active in numerous high school and community activities, Meg is a National Merit Finalist and was Student Government Association president during her senior year. “I expect the next four years at the University will help me grow in leadership and scholarship,” she says. “It seems that Alabama offers something for everyone and I can’t wait to see what is to come!”

Meg is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Norman H. McCrummen of Mobile.

Richard Cockrum
Bryant High School
Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The valedictorian of his class and Alabama District Governor of Key Club, Richard‘s academic and leadership abilities gave him many choices when it came to college. “At first I thought I needed to go to the Ivy League,” says the honor student, who had his pick of schools after scoring a 33 on the ACT and a 4.31 GPA. “But after visiting a couple of my top choices, I had taken for granted the beauty of the UA campus, the air of excitement on it and all of the academic opportunities provided. Plus, Alabama is a great place to live and have fun.”

Starting on campus this fall, he will be busy with the University Fellows Program and the Computer-Based Honors Program. Richard also plans to get involved with campus organization and initiatives — particularly admissions. “I’m interested in helping to recruit the best students in the country,” he says. “I want to show them what I have been shown — that UA will give you a stellar academic program while you have the best time of your life.”

Richard is the son of Ricky and Elizabeth Cockrum.

Agata Kargol
Benjamin Franklin High School
New Orleans, La.

“My parents and I visited tons of colleges like Vanderbilt, Emory, Loyola-Chicago and Washington University just to name a few,” says Agata describing her college search. “But when I visited UA something clicked and I felt at home.” The honor student, who scored a 33 on the ACT and a 2240 on the SAT, never thought she’d end up at a university in the South.

As Agata began taking a hard look at colleges, she felt she had to objectively decide which one was the best for her. “The facts were there,” she says. “UA was a high-caliber institution with the major I wanted, not to mention the University Honors Program, Computer-Based Honors Program, Creative Campus, University Fellows and a half dozen other really interesting programs.”

In the end, Agata’s choices came down to funding. For many students and their families, scholarship opportunities play a big role in their college choice. “Paying $50,000 a year was way beyond our capabilities,” she says. “In the end, UA and Boston College were my two choices — they were both high-caliber, provided scholarship support and gave the impression they wanted me.” In the end, her choice was easy.

“UA had the majors I wanted, the innovative honors programs I was looking for, and the University actually wanted me to be there.”

Agata is the daughter of Armin and Urszula Kargol.

Jereme Gray
Spring Woods High School
Houston, Tx.

A valedictorian of Spring Woods High School in the Spring Branch Independent School District, Jereme Gray has always set his goals high. To reach his goal of valedictorian, he took the maximum number of honors classes, studied hard and in his words, “prayed a lot.” He graduated with a 6.53 GPA (because of the honors courses) while also being the captain and quarterback on the football team and the centerfielder and occasional pitcher for the baseball team.

Achieving his goal had its rewards when Harvard and Stanford universities tried to lure the National Merit Scholar to their campuses. As it turns out, the lifelong Alabama fan will be at The University of Alabama this fall.

“When I visited, I loved the campus and the faculty and staff seemed to be interested in me and what I wanted to do with my future,” Jereme says. “Alabama seemed to have it all. The scholarships, campus, people and living arrangements made it the perfect balance for me.”

Jereme is looking forward to spending the next four years on campus and it looks as though he plans to be as busy as he was in high school. “I want to participate in anything and everything — UA has so much to offer,” he says. “Being here give me the opportunities to grow and develop into the person I want to be, both socially and academically.”