Mid, Marylander are Rhodes scholars

December 08, 1997|By James M. Coram | James M. Coram,SUN STAFF

The Naval Academy's next brigade commander and a Maryland resident who specializes in linguistics were among the 32 Americans awarded Rhodes scholarships yesterday to study at Oxford University in England.

"I am still sort of shocked and in a daze," said Douglas M. de Lorenzo, a 21-year-old resident of North East in Cecil County who is studying linguistics and cognitive science at the University of Delaware. "I'm glad, I'm honored and I'm overwhelmed."

Midshipman Andrew A. Castiglione, who will become the Navy's top midshipman next semester, was more subdued. He was being interviewed for the Rhodes scholarship in Providence, R.I., Saturday while his classmates were in New Jersey, rooting Navy to its first football victory over Army in six years.

"It was difficult concentrating on the interviews," Castiglione said. "I was so excited about the game."

His first interview lasted about 20 minutes. Afterward, he was running up and down stairs to the cafeteria every 15 minutes to see how the game was progressing.

About 2: 30 p.m., he was called for a second, more intense interview. Although the score was 32-7 in Navy's favor by then, he was still a little nervous -- Army had rallied in previous years -- and felt the interview hadn't gone well.

But shortly afterward, the interviewers told the nine regional candidates from the New England states and New Jersey that Castiglione and three others were Rhodes scholars.

"They are really an interesting group of people," he said of fellow Rhodes scholars. "The day would have been worthwhile just for their company and the conversation. That's what made this a special day."

Castiglione, a 21-year-old Warwick, R.I., resident, is majoring in history at the academy and hopes to earn a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford -- "something very different from the academy" -- after he enters the Marine Corps this summer.

Philosophy -- philosophy of language, philosophy of the mind, and philosophy logic -- will be de Lorenzo's focus at Oxford also. After Oxford, de Lorenzo plans to earn a doctorate, teach and do research in linguistics.

During his four years at Delaware, de Lorenzo has been combining his research into what knowledge underlies language and how a child acquires that knowledge with a commitment to '' help refugees in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Liberia.

Upon graduation this summer, de Lorenzo plans to work in Kenya at an orphanage for children with AIDS.

Castiglione is the 34th midshipman to win a Rhodes scholarship, the first since 1994. Two other University of Delaware students ,, had won Rhodes scholarships before de Lorenzo -- in 1926 and 1991.

Rhodes scholarships were established in 1904 by the estate of Cecil Rhodes, a British philanthropist and Colonialist. They provide two to three years of study at Oxford to 32 Americans annually.

Pub Date: 12/08/97

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.