Joe Barrett of Port Washington receives Rhodes scholarship


A man who grew up in Port Washington is among 32 Rhodes scholars heading to Oxford University in England next year.

Joe Barrett, 23, was one of three recipients from New York receiving the scholarship to the prestigious university, said the Rhodes Trust, which hands out the scholarships worth an average of $50,000 a year.

Barrett said after Sunday's announcement he was fortunate to have been raised where he was, but also credited his experience volunteering abroad.

"Port Washington is a great town, with a wonderful public school system that I was the beneficiary of," he said. "But I've also benefited a lot from exposure to different places."

He graduated from the Paul D. Schreiber High School in 2009, where he played baseball and soccer for the school and travel teams.

Barrett graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in June with a major in history and a minor in South Asian studies. He also played midfielder for Princeton's club soccer team.

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