CONGRATS AND KUDOS TO LOCAL RHODES SCHOLAR
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provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University
of Oxford in England, and may allow funding in some instances for four
years. Elliot F. Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust called
the Rhodes Scholarships, "the oldest and best known award for international
study, and arguably the most famous academic award available to American
college graduates." They were created in 1902 by the Will of Cecil
Rhodes, British philanthropist and African colonial pioneer. The first
class of American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904; those elected
today will enter Oxford in October 2009.
Rhodes Scholars are chosen in a two-stage process. First, candidates must
be endorsed by their college or university. Over 1500 students each year
seek their institution's endorsement; this year, 769 were endorsed by
207 different colleges and universities.
Committees of Selection in each of 16 districts then invite the strongest
applicants to appear before them for interview. Gerson said, "applicants
are chosen on the basis of the criteria set down in the Will of Cecil
Rhodes. These criteria are high academic achievement, integrity of character,
a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership,
and physical vigor. These basic characteristics are directed at fulfilling
Mr. Rhodes's hopes that the Rhodes Scholars would make an effective and
positive contribution throughout the world. In Rhodes' words, his Scholars
should 'esteem the performance of public duties as their highest aim.'"
Applicants may apply either through the state where they are legally resident
or where they have attended college for at least two years. The district
committees met separately, on Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22,
in cities across the country. Each district committee made a final selection
of two Rhodes Scholars from the candidates of the state or states within
the district. Two-hundred nine applicants from 107 different colleges
and universities reached the final stage of the competition, including
a record 16 that had never before had a student win a Rhodes Scholarship.
Gerson also reported, "in most years, we elect a winner from a college
that had never before had a Rhodes Scholar.
This year we are pleased to announce a first-time winner from Augsburg
College in Minneapolis, Minnesota." In addition, Gerson reported
that, "Rhodes Scholars were also selected on Saturday from
RIDGE HUNT PRESENTS CHECK
Blue Ridge Hunt met Dec. 20 at Merry Carol and Herb Jonkers' Woodley Farm
south of Berryville for a special presentation. Prior to the hunt moving
off, Blue Ridge Hospice received a check for $23,000 representing proceeds
of the Blue Ridge Fall Races held last fall at Woodley Farm. This was
the second year for this annual race meet hosted by the Blue Ridge Hunt
to benefit the patient care services of Blue Ridge Hospice. Pictured from
left are hunt joint master Anne McIntosh, races co-chair Melanie Marks,
Herb Jonkers, joint master Linda Armbrust, races co-chair Michael Hoffman
hospice CEO Ernie Carnevale, and Merry Carol Jonkers. Next year's race
meet is scheduled for Sept. 19 at Woodley.
2008 USEF PEGASUS MEDIA AWARD WINNERS
The United States Equestrian Federation in Lexington, Kentucky bestowed
their Pegasus Awards for media excellence on an array of talented journalists,
photographers and publications at their annual meeting in Cincinnati on
Saturday, January 17, 2009.
This year, Middleburg's own The Chronicle of the Horse was honored in
two catagories. First, the Single Article award was awarded to journalist
Sara Lieser for her thought-provoking article, "Defining Dangerous
Riding Is No Simple Matter," which addresses the important topic
of defining and preventing dangerous riding in three-day
eventing. According to Brian Sosby of the USEF, the author's approach
to the topic was thorough and direct, and the topic was met with an adept
sense of balance and skillful journalistic writing.
The second honor for The Chronicle was in the photography competition
for an image by photographer Kat Netzler. Originally appearing in The
Chronicle of the Horse, the shot named "Kate Aldrich
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