Platt student among this year's Barnum Festival dignitaries

From left, Brianna Feola, Kyle Thibodeau, Maggie Bodington, John Stafstrom; Shyheim Snead, Dajsha Perrin, and Sergio Cruz.

The six newest members of the 2013 Barnum Festival Royal Family were selected Sunday, May 5, at the Holiday Inn in Bridgeport, and includes a student from Platt Technical High School in Milford.

The royal court will play a key role in the 65th Barnum Festival, the annual salute to the life and achievements of P.T. Barnum, world famous entrepreneur and former mayor of Bridgeport.

The event was sponsored by The Bridgeport Hospital Foundation. The Ernest and Joan Trefz Foundation will provide scholarships to the Royal Court.

This year's king is Shyheim Snead, a student at Kolbe Cathedral in Bridgeport. Maggie Bodington, a student at Stratford High School, was crowned queen.

Sergio Cruz, of Bridgeport, a student at Fairfield Prep, and Kyle Thibodeau, a student at Masuk High School in Monroe, were named princes.

Brianna Feola, a student at Derby High School, and Dajsha Perrin, of Bridgeport, a student at Platt Tech in Milford, were named princesses.

The new royal family was chosen from a pool of 30 applicants from high schools in greater Bridgeport.

“P.T. Barnum inspired generations of young people to the call of civic duty, entrepreneurship and helping neighbors,” said 2013 Barnum Festival Ringmaster John F. Stafstrom, Jr. partner in the Bridgeport office of Pullman & Comley, and longtime Bridgeport resident. “It's uplifting to participate in the bright future of students that reflect the diversity of the entire Barnum Festival region. We celebrate Barnum's legacy and the promise of our students.”

The contestants were interviewed by a panel of judges who chose the winners based on their records of academic leadership, enthusiasm and social skills.