Defying odds, UW-Eau Claire grad heading to Oxford as Rhodes Scholar

On his seventh birthday, Tayo Sanders II received a microscope.

He recalls feeling cheated the first time he looked through it because his own senses wouldn’t allow him to explore “this extraordinary and foreign world.” But as he examined everything that fit under the scope, dismay turned to wonder. And that wonder “tied the knot” in his love affair with science.

This week, Sanders, a graduate of Kimberly High School, took his place at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, a Rhodes Scholar from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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