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Contributed photo by The University of the South | Klarke Stricklen, a Sewanee student and CSAS graduate, is one of 32 American students chosen as a Rhodes scholar for 2022.

Klarke Stricklen, a senior at the University of the South and graduate of Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, has been chosen as a Rhodes scholar for 2022.

Stricklen majors in American studies and minors in African American studies at Sewanee, according to a Monday news release from the university. She has also worked as a student research assistant for the Roberson Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation.

"Klarke embodies Maya Angelou's idea that 'History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.' Through her important work with the Roberson Project, she has helped to uncover and contextualize the university's historical entanglements with slavery and its legacies," said Vice-Chancellor Reuben Brigety in the — news release. "While working to understand the university's past, Klarke has also led efforts to move the university community toward a better version of what it could be."

Her other campus involvements include membership in the Roberson Project working group, the Bairnwick Women's Center, the campus chapter of NAACP and two Greek societies: Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta history honor society.

Stricklen is one of 32 American students chosen for next year and the 27th student from Sewanee chosen as a Rhodes scholar. She will begin studies at Oxford University next fall and plans to work toward a Master of Science in economic and social history.

— Compiled by Anika Chaturvedi

(READ MORE: Hundreds of Sewanee students, alumni call on school to revoke honorary degree of conservative Christian writer)

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