Two North Carolinians and a recent Wake Forest University graduate from Florida are among 32 Americans who have won prestigious Rhodes Scholarships.
The local winner is Charles Tyson of Chapel Hill, a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia. A double major in political and social thought and English, Tyson is the executive editor of The Cavalier Daily, the student newspaper. He writes the lead editorials at the paper and was widely recognized for his coverage of the ouster and reinstatement of UVa President Teresa Sullivan.
Timothy McGinnis of Charlotte, a Princeton University graduate, also won the award. He now works at an organization that runs a health care clinic in Sierra Leone, and previously volunteered in a clinic in the Democratic Republic of Congo. While at Princeton, he captained the lacrosse team and worked 12-hours a week as an emergency medical technician in a nearby community in New Jersey.
Wake Forest graduate James M. OConnell is a winner from Tampa, Fla. He earned degrees in politics and international affairs. OConnell served on the universitys trustee board and chaired the Honor Council. He led an effort to create an LGBTQ center at Wake Forest and helped organize the universitys 50th anniversary of desegregation.
The students will receive full support for graduate study at Oxford University in England.