AN IMPRESSIVE pattern is emerging in Annapolis.
For the second consecutive year, a Naval Academy senior has won a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.
Emelia M. Spencer, the academy's third-ranked senior, was one of 32 U.S. winners of this year's scholarships, two- or three-year tickets to study at Oxford University.
Ms. Spencer, of Rockville, is a sailor, brigade operations officer and education director of the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference. She will study international relations.
The award brings honor to Ms. Spencer and to the academy, which selects some of the nation's best and brightest students, often competing with the Ivy League.
Adm. John R. Ryan will retire as superintendent in June to become president of the New York Maritime College. The back-to-back Rhodes Scholarships he leaves behind are feathers in the institution's hat.