2 Floridians chosen as Rhodes Scholars

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MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Two Floridians, one from Madeira Beach and another from St. Augustine, were chosen as Rhodes Scholars and will pursue post-graduate studies at Oxford University.

Christian Nattiel and Lucinda M. Ford were among the 2017 recipients announced early Sunday. They were chosen from 882 applicants who were endorsed by 311 colleges and universities.

Nattiel, from Madeira Beach, is a senior at the United States Military Academy, where he is double-majoring in mathematical sciences and philosophy. He attended Boca Ciega High. In a 2013 interview with a local newspaper, Nattiel said he aspired to be a politican.

Ford, from St. Augustine, is in her final year at the United States Naval Academy, where she is majoring in ocean engineering. Upon graduation, she will take up a commission as a submarine officer.

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