Paw Paw resident feels 'sheer excitement and overpowering joy' after receiving Rhodes Scholarship

Brad Devereaux
The Kalamazoo Gazette

Spencer B.L. Lenfield of Paw Paw, a Harvard University senior studying history and literature, has been named a 2012 Rhodes Scholar, a distinction that comes with a scholarship to the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Lenfield had a final interview with a selection committee Saturday in Chicago and said the few hours waiting to hear the outcome were nervewracking. When he found out he had won a scholarship, he was overcome with “sheer excitement and overpowering joy,” he said.

Lenfield, a graduate of Mattawan High School, was born in Seoul, South Korea, and was adopted as an infant by David and Valerie Lenfield of Paw Paw. He said he couldn't ask for more caring and supportive parents and they were the first ones he called Saturday. 

“I told them on speaker phone and they were so excited,” he said. “My mom started shouting and my dad was excited, too. I was all smiles.”

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