Cambridge woman among 32 US Rhodes Scholars

Associated Press
Boston Herald

Harvard University senior Elizabeth Byrne said she truly was shocked when she learned she was one of 32 Americans named as 2014 Rhodes Scholars this weekend.

Byrne, 22, of Cambridge, the only Massachusetts resident to receive the honor this year, said she got to know many of her fellow nominees Friday night and Saturday and was impressed by them during the interviewing process in Boston.

"I was just speechless, completely shocked, because the chances of getting this are amazingly small," Byrne told The Associated Press on Sunday, the day the scholars were announced. "Everybody (nominated) is clearly incredibly intelligent. I was just amazed and really so honored to be chosen in that pool."

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