Five Butler County students named among state’s brightest

Published 6:36 pm Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Alabama School of Mathematics and Science is currently seeking applications for the 2018-19 school year.

ASMS is our state’s only fully public and residential high school for sophomores, juniors, and seniors seeking advanced studies in math, science, and the humanities. Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and The Washington Post have named ASMS among the nation’s most competitive schools. Tuition, room, and board are free.

Currently, 262 students from 48 Alabama counties study at ASMS, including five from Butler County. Those students include Mandy Chen, Alexander Hall, Mitchell Patterson, Aaliyah Studstill, and Dawson Wilcox.

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“Every resident from Butler County should be exceedingly proud of these young people,” said Dr. Monica Motley, ASMS president. “They’re joining a growing movement of ASMS leaders who are making an impact on our state and world—creating opportunities where others see obstacles.”

Since the school’s founding in 1989, more than 2,100 young people have graduated from the school, representing all 67 counties. Each graduate has been accepted to college.

In the last 17 years, ASMS graduates have earned $190 million in merit-based scholarships. Two out of three graduates are leading in STEM careers, and two in three have pursued graduate degrees.

“We’re looking forward to more young leaders from Butler County joining our community,” said Motley. “I am continually impressed by the state’s young people and their innate leadership abilities we hone at ASMS.”

Applications for the upcoming cohort are available online at Students are evaluated based on academic success, ACT scores, maturity, essays, and recommendations teachers. The application deadline is Feb. 14, 2018.

For more information, please contact ASMS Admissions at Also, potential applicants and their families may attend one of several statewide information meetings.

The closest to Butler County is:


Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at 7 p.m. Montgomery Main Library

245 High Street