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2019-12-03 -Short Attention Span Theater-
Meet the Only West Point Cadet to Be Named a Rhodes Scholar This Year
[Mil.com] West Point Cadet Daine Van de Wall, the son of immigrants from the Netherlands and "First Captain" of the Corps of Cadets, has been chosen for a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford.
Statue of Cecil Rhodes in the garden of the Kimberley Club, Kimberley, SA.
Last year, two members of the Air Force Academy were selected as Rhodes Scholars. But Van de Wall, who intends to become an infantry officer, was the only one from a service academy to be chosen for the coveted award earlier this month.

"Service means a lot to me, specifically having parents who are immigrants coming over here and just being welcomed into the United States of America," Van de Wall, a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, said in an academy news release.

"My parents had the privilege to become naturalized citizens here a few years ago. Now, what it means to me to serve is really just to give back and have the opportunity to thank America for everything it's done for me," he added.

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Van de Wall, of West Friendship, Maryland, was among nearly half of this year's 32 recipients of Rhodes Scholarships who are first-generation Americans, according to the Rhodes Trust.

For the third consecutive year, the majority of the recipients were minorities, and for the first time those selected included a transgender woman.

This year's recipients "once again reflect the extraordinary diversity that characterizes and strengthens the United States," Elliot F. Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, said in a statement. "They will go to Oxford in September 2020 to study in fields broadly across the social, biological and physical sciences, and in the humanities."

The Rhodes Trust pays all college and university fees, and provides a stipend to cover expenses while in residence in Oxford.

The scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of Cecil Rhodes, the controversial diamond mine magnate and British imperialist who was prime minister of the Cape Colony in southern Africa in the 1890s.

Van de Wall, a systems and decisions science major, said he intends to pursue a Master of Philosophy in international relations at Oxford.
A Dutchman, Rhodes must be pleased.
As first captain and brigade commander for 4,400 cadets, Van de Wall will have the honor of leading the Corps of Cadets onto the field Dec. 14 at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field for the 120th Army-Navy football game.

"The role of the First Captain is to lead the course," Van de Wall said in the academy release. "I'm ultimately responsible for the performance of the Corps of Cadets. My job is to come up with the objectives we're trying to reach and come up with a vision for how we're going to get there."
Posted by Besoeker 2019-12-03 07:07|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6488 views ]  Top

#1 From Wiki on Rhodes:

.....the BBC has spent £10m of our money putting together a farrago of exaggerations and smears about this great man." Peter Godwin said of the film that "it feels like a work overwhelmingly informed by malice, consistently seizing on the very worst interpretation of the man without really attempting to get under his skin. Rhodes was no 19th-century Hitler. He wasn't so much a freak as a man of his time."
Posted by Besoeker 2019-12-03 07:24||   2019-12-03 07:24|| Front Page Top

#2 Van De Wall is in the forces...
Irony overload.
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2019-12-03 07:34||   2019-12-03 07:34|| Front Page Top

#3 /\ Indeed !
Posted by Besoeker 2019-12-03 07:35||   2019-12-03 07:35|| Front Page Top

#4 Heh, forces. I see I'm not the only one who picked up on that.

He wasn't so much a freak as a man of his time.

This is something that really annoys me about today's progressives/activists/morons - a total unawareness of any historical context whatsoever.
Person X was bad because he kicked a dog.
Yeah, but the dog was biting his leg at the time.
It doesn't matter. Kicking dogs is bad.
Posted by SteveS 2019-12-03 13:27||   2019-12-03 13:27|| Front Page Top

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