Tulsa, Lawton students selected as Rhodes Scholar finalists

Thursday, November 20th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ A University of Oklahoma senior and the daughter of a judge have been selected as finalists to represent Oklahoma in the Rhodes Scholarship competition in St. Paul, Minn.

Jennifer Harris of Lawton and Tulsan Kyden Creekpaum, both 22, were named after interviews with 14 finalists. Their selections was announced Wednesday during a meeting at OU.

Harris is an economics and political science major at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, and Creekpaum studies political science and piano performance at OU.

``On behalf of the Oklahoma selection committee, I am pleased to congratulate Jennifer and Kyden on their selection today,'' said committee chairwoman Linda Lambert. ``This year's group has been the strongest group of candidates we have seen.''

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902.

They bring outstanding students from 18 countries to the University of Oxford for study. Recipients get full tuition and maintenance allowance for those two years.

Creekpaum, the son of Eddie and Eileta Creekpaum, graduated from Edison High School in Tulsa. Harris, the daughter of Special District Judge Ken Harris and Karen Youngblood, graduated from Eisenhower High School in Lawton.

32 Rhodes Scholars will be chosen nationally.