Monday, September 1, 2014

Camille Grant named Barnum Festival Queen

CHARLES WALSH cwalsh@ctpost.com

BRIDGEPORT — Paden Livingston, the newly crowned king of the 2006 Barnum Festival, says he is not planning a career as a politician. But if he was, he might make a pretty good one. Livingston, 18, plays both football and lacrosse at Shelton High School. When asked which sport he likes better, he chose to keep everybody happy.

"I can't answer that," he said. "This is going to be in the newspaper, right?"

Meanwhile, 2006 Barnum Festival Queen Camille Grant, of Central High School in Bridgeport, said that while she likes sports, especially playing basketball with her sister, she is far too busy at school to play on any organized teams.

"I'm really concentrating on a career in the medical field," said the 17-year-old who plans to take a pre-med course in college. Grant, who volunteers at a local nursing home on weekends, said she "devotes most of my spare time to studying and science activities."

To that end, Grant is active in numerous clubs including president of the National Honor Society Chapter at Central, as well as a member of the Interactive Club.

"I'm so thankful to God for this honor and totally surprised to have been selected," she said. "There were so many other really well-qualified candidates. I never thought I would get it."

Livingston, who in addition to school sports has a keen interest in comedy and "making people laugh," was also taken by surprise when his name was called by master of ceremonies