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Neuqua Valley alumna among Rhodes scholars

The US Rhodes Scholarship Class for 2022 includes the largest number of women selected for the scholarship in a year, the Rhodes Trust said on Sunday.

Of the 32 students selected to study at the University of Oxford in England, 22 are women, the American Trust Secretary’s office said in a statement.

One of the women selected is Louise Franke, a 21-year-old senior studying biochemistry at Clemson University in South Carolina. Franke said she hopes to combine her interests in science and politics through a career in health politics. She intends to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford.

Franke, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, is also the first Clemson student to be elected to a Rhodes class. She cited her mentors and various academic programs at the school as an integral part of her success.

“It feels great to be part of this historic moment, as a woman and as a woman from the south,” said Franke. “I don’t really have the words for it.”

There is one student from Illinois: Trisha N. Prabhu of Naperville, a Neuqua Valley graduate and a senior at Harvard. The major in government is the founder and CEO of ReThink Inc., an app that proactively detects offensive digital content and gives users the opportunity to reconsider its publication.

All 32 fellows were due to start in Oxford in October.

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