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One Rhodes Scholar will get 2-year break from Army life

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The 32 winners of the scholarship were announced Sunday.

Zac Miller already knows what he'll do with his experience as a Rhodes Scholar: whatever the Army tells him.

The 21-year-old graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point said if he hadn't received the scholarship to Oxford University in England, he would have gone to Italy with a quick- reaction force.

"One of the unfortunate things ... is you don't get to chose, you go to the needs of the Army," said Miller, from Stonesboro, Pa.

On Sunday, Miller was one of 32 American students announced to receive the prestigious scholarships.

The Rhodes scholarship, created in 1902 from the will of British philanthropist and colonialist Cecil Rhodes, is the oldest international study award available to American scholars.

Winners this year were chosen from 925 applicants endorsed by 319 colleges and universities; Harvard University led with five recipients.

Two Oklahomans were among the applicants: Kevin Mills of Shawnee and Jeremy Marzuola of Ponca City. Mills, a senior at Cornell University, is pursuing majors in film and history. Marzuola, a senior at the University of Oklahoma, is pursuing a major in professional mathematics with a minor in physics.

The winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor, among other attributes.

Miller, one of three chosen from West Point, said he is looking forward to a two-year break from military life and will study politics, philosophy and economics. He will also use 28 weeks of leave from studies to travel through Africa and Asia.

The scholarships, valued at $28,000 a year, are the oldest of the international study awards available to American students and among the most coveted.


U.S. Rhodes Scholars

The 32 American students chosen as Rhodes Scholars for 2002, listed by district:

District I

Sanjay Basu, Lisle, Ill., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Robert R. Porter, Belmont, Mass., Harvard University

Megan S. Steven, Chatham, N.Y., Dartmouth College

Rachel Walshe, Warwick, R.I., University of Rhode Island

District II

David A. Kovara, Flemington, N.J., University of Delaware

Grace Yu, Kanagawa, Japan, Syracuse University

Zachariah R. Miller, Stoneboro, Pa., U.S. Military Academy

Shayna L. Strom, Penn Valley, Pa., Yale University

District III

Oeindrila Dube, Washington, D.C., Stanford University

Emelia M. Spencer, Rockville, Md., U.S. Naval Academy

Alexis R. Blane, Charlotte, N.C., Duke University

Samuel W. Malone, Zebulon, N.C., Duke University

District IV

Rhett Martin, Atkins, Ark., University of Central Arkansas

P. Kamar Cheruvu, Tampa, Fla., Duke University

William B. Roper Jr., Rutledge, Ga., Georgia Institute of Technology

Robert J. Smith, Stone Moun tain, Ga., U.S. Military Academy

District V

Andrew Park, Wheeling, Ill., Harvard University

Erica J. Watson, Henry, Ill., U.S. Military Academy

Anne Kafoure, Westerville, Ohio, Miami University

Zachary S. Morris, Rockford, Ill., Ripon College

District VI

Neil R. Brown, Saint Charles, Iowa, Harvard University

Katharine T. Buzicky, St. Paul, Minn., Princeton University

Christopher Elders, Kansas City, Mo., Morehouse College

Stephen E. Sachs, Clayton, Mo., Harvard University

District VII

Albert H. Cho, Tempe, Ariz., Harvard University

Mindy C. Hebert, New Iberia, La., Carnegie Mellon University

Kendra M. Young, Bigfork, Mont., Grinnell College

John C. Probasco, Rio Rancho, N.M., University of New Mexico

District VIII

Lillian B. Pierce, Fallbrook, Calif., Princeton University

Sunita Puri, Los Angeles, Yale University

Nico I. Slate, Newberry Springs, Calif., Stanford University

Elizabeth Angell, Bainbridge Island, Wash., University of Washington

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