32 Chosen As Rhodes Scholars
Dec. 10, 2000
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Thirty-two Americans, among them the top-ranking students in the classes of 2000 and 2001 at the U.S. Military Academy, were chosen Saturday night as Rhodes Scholars.
The winners were selected by eight regional committees from among 950 applicants who were endorsed by 327 colleges and universities throughout the nation.
Rhodes Scholarships, created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes, provide two or three years of study at Oxford University in England. Winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor, among other attributes.
Among the winners was Nicholas O. Melin of Fox Point, Wis., who was valedictorian of the West Point class of 2000. A civil engineering graduate, he has designed quick and durable temporary housing for refugees. He is a graduate of the Army Airborne school and will soon begin Ranger training.
Seth A. Bodnar of Franklin, Pa., ranks first in the West Point class of 2001 and is a member of the academy's baseball team. As cadet commander, he has taken part in a military exchange program with Kazakstan and Uzbekistan, said the Rhodes Scholarship Trust, based in the Washington suburb of Vienna, Va.
Yale University placed three students, the most of any institution, on this year's list of winners. Harvard University, which has 295 winners over the years, the most of any U.S. institution, did not have any recipients this year.
The 32 American students chosen as Rhodes Scholars for 2001, listed by district:
Luke A. Bronin, Greenwich, Conn., Yale University
Lipika Goyal, Scotch Plains, N.J., University of Pennsylvania
Brian Mullin, Milton, Mass., Yale University
Miles J. Sweet, Fairfield, Maine, Wheaton College
Zachary J. Battles, State College, Pa., Pennsylvania State University
Seth A. Bodnar, Franklin, Pa., U.S. Military Academy
Brandon Miller, Mohrsville, Pa., Princeton University
Carl Strauchler, Orange, N.J., Yeshiva University
Matthew Baugh, Raleigh, N.C., Duke University
Niuniu Ji, Greenville, N.C., Case Western Reserve University
Westley W. O. Moore, Pasadena, Md., Johns Hopkins University
Thomas M. Pallathy, Newark, Del., University of Delaware
Ben M. Goodwin, Conway, Ark., Hendrix College
Thomas S. McCaleb Jr., Tallahassee, Fla., U.S. Air Force Academy
Anna R. Terry, Fort Smith, Ark., University of Arkansas
Bradley D. Tuggle, Decatur, Ala., University of Alabama
Bradley J. Henderson, Loveland, Ohio, University of Chicago
Sarah S. Johnson, Lexington, Ky., Washington University
Raju Raval, Fort Wayne, Ind., Indiana University
Rudyard W. Sadleir, Park Ridge, Ill., University of Illinois at Chicago
Phillip N. Assmus, Madison, S.D., Luther College
Ian Klaus, Belvedere, Calif., Washington University
Nicholas O. Melin, Fox Point, Wis., U.S. Military Academy
Molly Zahn, Stevens Point, Wis., University of Minnesota
Joshua A. Chafetz, Houston, Texas, Yale University
Sara C. Galvan, Houston, Texas, University of Texas
Philip Mann, Durango, Colo., Arizona State University
Joshua D. Nassiri, Hayden, Idaho, U.S. Naval Academy
Emma Brunskill, Edmonds, Wash., University of Washington
Jordan A. Krall, Encino, Calif., Amherst College
Carl H. Tape, Fairbanks, Alaska, Carleton College
Courtney C. J. Voelker, Portland, Ore., Brown University