Sprung-Keyser ’11 named Rhodes Scholar

Sammi Handler

Ben Sprung-Keyser ’11 has been named one of 32 Rhodes Scholars for 2015 and plans to spend two years studying economics at Oxford beginning next fall.

Currently, he is studying economics at Harvard University. Last year, Sprung-Keyser was elected to Phi Beta Kappa based on his perfect academic record. He works as a research assistant to Larry Summers, an economics professor, and to James Poterba the President of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

In January, Sprung-Keyser, along with a teammate, won the 2014 World Universities Debating Championship in Chennai, India. In 2013, he was the youngest national champion ever of the American Parliamentary Debate competition. Two years ago, Sprung-Keyser won the National Playwriting competition, resulting in his play being performed in New York City.

In 2010, his junior year of high school, Sprung-Keyser was named the National Forensics League National Champion, making him the only junior to win first place in more than a decade.