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Associated Press Modified: November 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm •  Published: November 19, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In a story Nov. 18 about Rhodes scholars, The Associated Press erroneously described the location of the KwaZulu-Natal region. It is in eastern South Africa, not western South Africa.

A corrected version of the story is below:

2 Yale students from Pa. named Rhodes scholars

2 Yale students from Pennsylvania among those named Rhodes scholars


Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two Yale students from Pennsylvania, one an economics major who has studied social problems in South Africa and the other a researcher on animal cognition, will be heading to England to study at Oxford as Rhodes scholars.

Senior David Carel of Penn Valley and sophomore Dakota McCoy of Wexford are recipients of the scholarships established in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes.

"I keep sort of checking my phone to see if this actually happened," Carel said Sunday. "It's so hard to believe, I just sort of assume I dreamed the whole thing."

Carel, 21, an economics major, said he spent much of his undergraduate years studying global health economics, mostly public health, and plans to study comparative social policy.

"It's a way to study not just health or education or in this case welfare economics, but the intersection of all three," he said.

A trip to explore the South African roots of his family led to work in the KwaZulu-Natal region of eastern South Africa, where he joined Peace Corps volunteers and later a nonprofit working with at-risk youths who aren't in school and don't have jobs, trying to prevent widespread alcoholism, depression and other problems. Greater knowledge of the AIDS and tuberculosis epidemics led him to become an advocate on those issues, he said.

Carel said his experience with rural education in South Africa prompted him to join a friend on an educational technology startup that works to provide data for school systems in the United States on the environment of their schools and student feedback on teachers.

"It's something that a lot of schools and a lot of districts are looking for right now. There's a big movement to improve the collection of data within schools," he said, adding that he might want to try to expand the use of such techniques in South Africa after he graduates.

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