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Newsmaker: Jacqueline Coplen

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Allegheny College senior Jacqueline Coplen, a political science and Spanish double major, has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.

Noteworthy: Finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship, a prestigious international fellowship that pays for American students to pursue a degree at the University of Oxford in England.

Age: 21

Residence: Allegheny College in Meadville, from Carlisle

Family: Mother, Lorelai, father, Rick, both retired Army officers now working for the Army in civilian positions. Sister, Michaela Coplen, a freshman at Vassar College.

Background: Coplen is a cadet in the ROTC program at Edinboro College and maintains a near-perfect GPA at Allegheny College, according to the school. She has won several leadership and academic awards and works as a seasonal horseback riding instructor on her family’s farm. If she wins the scholarship she hopes to study philosophy at Oxford and use her degree to pursue a career as an Army lawyer, possibly as a special victims counsel.

Education: Senior, political science and Spanish double major at Allegheny College, graduated from Carlisle High School.

Quote: “Keep the long view in mind. … Keep your options open. I didn’t know when I first walked into Allegheny that I would ultimately want to pursue philosophy at Oxford, but I always kept my options open.”

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