College student Madeline Barrows, 19, got to live out her own Cinderella story this month.

She won a Pinterest contest by designing a board of Cinderella fashion that impressed the Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long. Barrows has almost 500 followers on the Pinterest social media website, she said.

Her prize was two tickets to “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” on opening night March 3 at the Broadway Theater in New York City, complete with meeting the star, Laura Osnes, at the after-party.

“I have loved Cinderella since I was little,” Barrows said. “I was in the Once Upon a Time Players’ production of “Cinderella” in sixth grade.”

That was the start of a love of theater for the psychology major at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey who plans to be a child therapist. She is in the Stockton theater club and will perform in the spring Broadway Medley show in late April.

Barrows credits her grandfather, Joseph Jones, of Dennis Township, with sparking her interest in musicals.

“The first show he introduced me to was ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ when I was really, really little,” she said. Some time later, he sat her down on the couch and played the “Phantom of the Opera” soundtrack, she said. She’s been hooked ever since.

Her parents are Christine and Kenneth Barrows, of Galloway Township. Christine attended “Cinderella” with her for her birthday gift, Barrows said.

To see Barrows’ winning entry, visit pinterest.com/maddyflorence/a-lovely-night/.

Naval Academy

Stephen Brown, of Atlantic City, a junior at Holy Spirit High School, was selected to participate in the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar program this summer.

The six-day summer seminar teaches prospective applicants about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics and professional training are key elements in developing national leaders, according to the USNA.

Clown Program

Maria Leonard, of Cape May Court House, became the eighth graduate of the “Bumper ‘T’ Caring Clown Program” at Cape Regional Medical Center last month. Known as “Dr. Ann T. Pasta,” she will visit patient care areas to provide humor that heals, the hospital said in a statement.

Leonard is a major in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, having served for 18 years. Her parents, Lorraine and Vincent Leonard, live in Stone Harbor.

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