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    US Rhodes scholars include Detroit military cadet, UM student


    A U.S. Military Academy cadet from Detroit and a University of Michigan student are among 32 Americans to be named 2022 Rhodes scholars and earn scholarships to the University of Oxford in Oxford, England.

    Cadet Hannah Blakey of Detroit is a Persian and French major with an interest in marginalized and at-risk communities. Blakey said she would like to study the intersection of violent conflict and forced migration in the Middle East and Central Asia to better understand what measures can be taken to minimize and prevent human trafficking.

    Blakey has conducted several interviews and conversations with Persian-speaking refugees to better understand the cultural and economic factors that affect forced migration and refugees in Persian-speaking regions, according to a statement from the military. In the summer of 2019, she lived with an Uzbekistan host family and studied Persian at the Samarkand StateInstitute of Foreign Languages.

    Blakey holds multiple records on West Point’s Division I track team and she serves as the brigade executive officer.

    “This scholarship is an opportunity to continue my education in an environment that will challenge me to begin making the improvements I want to see in the world,” Blakey said in a statement. “I am always reminded that iron sharpens iron and being a recipient of the Rhodes scholarship is an embodiment of that.”

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