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BOISE -- A 2012 graduate of The College of Idaho and a Boise native attending Montana State University are two of 32 American college students named Sunday as prestigious Rhodes Scholars.

College of Idaho student Amanda J. Frickle of Billings, Mont., majored in political economy and in history, and graduated summa cum laude. Much of her academic work has been in gender studies.

Meanwhile, Boise native and Montana State student Joseph W. Thiel is majoring in chemical engineering and liberal studies with a focus on politics, philosophy and economics.

The award provides Frickle and Thiel with scholarships at Oxford University in England.

Frickle has been active politically as a student body president, president of the Gay-Straight Student Alliance, a leader in the Obama campaign in Montana, and has petitioned for sustainable environmental practices. She has also worked for the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho.

Thiel was the vice president of Engineers Without Borders at Montana State, and has worked in Kenya to provide water to rural primary schools. He is also a student representative on the Board of Regents of the Montana University System.

The winners were selected from 838 applicants endorsed by 302 different colleges and universities.

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