33 Indiana Women Selected as 2018 500 Festival Princesses

33 Indiana Women Selected as 2018 500 Festival Princesses

500 Festival Princesses Will Serve As Ambassadors of the 500 Festival and Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (February 21, 2018) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announces the selection of 33 college-aged women from across Indiana to serve as 2018 500 Festival Princesses.

The 500 Festival Princess Program, presented by Reis-Nichols, has a long history of celebrating Indiana’s most civic-minded, academically driven young women. Serving as a 500 Festival Princess provides young women with countless opportunities for leadership and professional development. The 500 Festival Princesses will participate in the 500 Festival Leadership Development Program, presented by BKD, which empowers participants to make a profound impact within their community and Indiana. Since the program’s founding in 1959, nearly 2,000 Indiana women have experienced the honor of being selected as a 500 Festival Princess.

Each 500 Festival Princess will receive a $1,000 scholarship, made possible by Marlyne Sexton, an Indianapolis philanthropist and president of The Sexton Companies, and the 500 Festival Foundation. 500 Festival Princesses are also provided with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including involvement with the 500 Festival’s statewide community outreach programs, volunteering at 500 Festival events and participating in various Indianapolis Motor Speedway functions, including the pre-race ceremonies and Victory Circle celebration for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500.

“For more than 50 years, the 500 Festival Princess Program has recognized Indiana’s brightest college-aged women. The program’s new personal and professional development initiative and the scholarships given to each young woman will reinforce its rich history,” said Leslie Carter-Prall, 500 Festival board member and princess program committee co-chair. “The 500 Festival is proud to take the lead on investing our time and resources to shape Indiana’s next generation of leaders.”

The 2018 500 Festival Princesses represent 14 Indiana colleges and universities and 21 cities and towns across the state. With a cumulative GPA of 3.7, this year’s 500 Festival Princesses were selected from hundreds of applicants based on communication skills, academic performance and community involvement.

The 2018 500 Festival Princesses, hometown, high school, college or university and area of study are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Allison Ault, Russiaville, a graduate of Western High School and a junior at Indiana University Kokomo majoring in Communication Arts – Journalism.

Taylor Bowen, Michiana Shores, a graduate of Marquette Catholic High School and a senior at Butler University majoring in Digital Media Production and Art Plus Design.

Taylor Browning, Indianapolis, a graduate of Cathedral High School and a senior at Hanover College majoring in Chemistry.

Lauren Bryant, Greenfield, a graduate of Greenfield-Central High School and a senior at the University of Indianapolis majoring in Biology and Psychology.

Natalie Cole, Westfield, a graduate of Westfield High School and a junior at Butler University majoring in Violin Performance with emphases in Music Theory and Music History.

Molly Connor, Elizabethtown, a graduate of Columbus East High School and a senior at Indiana University majoring in Public Management and Leadership.

Rachel Curry, Fort Wayne, a graduate of South Side High School and a junior at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) majoring in Radiology.

Alexis Doan, Indianapolis, a graduate of Lawrence North High School and a sophomore at Indiana University majoring in Marketing and International Business.

Elaina Etter, Munster, a graduate of Munster High School and a senior at Purdue University pursuing her Doctorate of Pharmacy.

Alyssa Fain, Greenwood, a graduate of Center Grove High School and a senior at Indiana University majoring in Marketing and Management.

Stephanie Forsythe, Avon, a graduate of Avon High School and a junior at IUPUI majoring in Tourism Conventions and Event Management.

Lauren Frank, Indianapolis, a graduate of Roncalli High School and a senior at Indiana University majoring in Biology.

Ariel Gastelum, Greenwood, a graduate of Center Grove High School and a junior at IUPUI majoring in Marketing, Supply Chain Management and International Studies.

Maggie Glowinski, Indianapolis, a graduate of Roncalli High School and a sophomore at Indiana State University majoring in Elementary Education.

Alyssa Halcomb, Versailles, a graduate of South Ripley High School and a junior at IUPUI majoring in Business Marketing and Supply Chain Management.

Emma Haney, Thorntown, a graduate of Western Boone Jr. Sr. High School and a junior at Ball State University majoring in Intense Interventions, Special Education.

Kathryn Hannon, Sullivan, a graduate of Sullivan High School and a senior at the University of Evansville majoring in Neuroscience.

Laura Hauersperger, Hayden, home-schooled graduate and a senior at IUPUI majoring in Journalism and Public Relations.

Amanda Holland, Fort Wayne, a graduate of Carroll High School and a junior at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne majoring in Nursing.

Eva Li, Greenwood, a graduate of Center Grove High School and a junior at Indiana University majoring in Nutrition Science.

Kara Miller, Valparaiso, a graduate of Valparaiso High School and a junior at Purdue University majoring in Supply Chain Analytics and Management.

Natalie Murdock, Fishers, a graduate of University High School of Indiana and a sophomore at Purdue University majoring in Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Purva Patel, Greenwood, a graduate of Whiteland Community High School and a junior at DePauw University majoring in Biochemistry and Neuroscience.

Katherine (Katie) Pfaff, Lewisville, a graduate Tri Junior Senior High School and a junior at Butler University majoring in Strategic Communication: Public Relations.

Lindy Pok, Indianapolis, a graduate of Heritage Christian High School and a senior at Purdue University majoring in Management and Marketing.

Anna Rather, Bargersville, a graduate of The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities and a junior at Butler University majoring in English Literary Theory, Culture and Criticism.

Alexis Skelton, Westfield, a graduate of Westfield High School and a senior at the University of Southern Indiana majoring in Biology (Pre-medical) and Spanish with a minor in Health Administration.

Hannah Thomas, Indianapolis, a graduate of North Central High School and a senior at Indiana University majoring in Public Relations and Advertising.

Olga Vlashyn, New Palestine, a graduate of New Palestine High School and a graduate student at Purdue University pursuing her Doctorate of Pharmacy.

Carolina Vogel, Indianapolis, a graduate of Fishers High School and a medical student at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, pursuing her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine.

Sav Williamson, Zionsville, a graduate of Zionsville Community High School and a junior at IUPUI majoring in Social Work.

Hallie Wright, Greenfield, a graduate of Eastern Hancock High School and a senior at Purdue University majoring in Plant Genetics, Breeding and Biotechnology.

Abby Zielinski, Danville, a graduate of Danville Community High School and a junior at Indiana University majoring in Neuroscience and Biology.

The 2018 500 Festival Queen Scholar will be announced on May 19 during the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. The Queen Scholar will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship.

As representatives of the 500 Festival, Princesses play a crucial role in the execution of the 500 Festival’s mission to produce life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and foster a positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. Appearances by the 500 Festival Princesses are available by request.  

Support of the 500 Festival Princess Program is provided by: Reis-Nichols, BKD, Nicole Bryan Salon, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Vera Bradley, and the 500 Festival Foundation.

To learn more about 500 Festival Princess Program, please visit www.500festival.com/princessprogram.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Individual and group photos can be viewed online here (include hyperlink)

 

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About the 500 Festival

Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and foster a positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $400 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com, follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.