33 Indiana Women Selected as 2015 500 Festival Princesses

33 Indiana Women Selected as 2015 500 Festival Princesses

Wed, 2015-02-25

500 Festival Princesses will serve as ambassadors of the 500 Festival and Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (February 25, 2015) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization committed to enriching the quality of life for Indiana residents and visitors, today announced that 33 college-aged women from across Indiana have been selected to serve as 2015 500 Festival Princesses.

The 500 Festival Princess Program has a long history of celebrating Indiana’s most civic-minded, poised, academically driven college-aged women. Serving as a 500 Festival Princess provides young women with once-in-a-life-time experiences and countless opportunities for leadership and professional development. Now through May, the 33 princesses will be involved with statewide community outreach programs, 500 Festival events and have a presence at various Indianapolis Motor Speedway functions, including the pre-race ceremonies and Victory Circle celebration for the Indianapolis 500.

New in 2015, each 500 Festival Princess will participate in the program’s personal and professional development initiative, designed to empower participants to make a profound impact within their community and Indiana. In addition, each 500 Festival Princess will receive a $1,000 scholarship, made possible in part by Marlyne Sexton, an Indianapolis philanthropist and president of The Sexton Companies.

“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 2015 500 Festival Princesses represent nine Indiana colleges and universities and 29 cities and towns across the state. With a cumulative GPA of 3.387, this year’s 500 Festival Princesses were selected from hundreds of applicants based upon on communication skills, poise, academic performance and community involvement.

The 2015 500 Festival Princesses, Indiana hometown, college or university and area of study are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Danielle Burris, Bargersville, Indiana University (Class of 2016), majoring in Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management

Kathryn Campbell, South Bend, Purdue University (Class of 2015), majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Emily Carnes, West Baden Springs, Indiana University (Class of 2015), majoring in Health Administration

Jessica Clark, Williamsport, Purdue University (Class of 2015), majoring in Agriculture Sales and Marketing

Casie Conley, Knightstown, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (Class of 2016), majoring in Public Relations

Bonnie England, Pittsboro, Indiana Wesleyan University (Class of 2016), majoring in Social Work

Allison Grana, Columbus, Purdue University (Class of 2016), majoring in Pharmacy

Taylor Hall, Greenfield, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (Class of 2015), majoring in Nursing

Maqenzi Hovious, Deputy, Indiana University (Class of 2016), majoring in Speech/Language Pathology

Adrianne Johnson, Shelbyville, Indiana University (Class of 2016) pursuing a M.S. in Sports Management

Abby Lauck, Greenwood, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (Class of 2015), majoring in Health Services Management

Kayla Lindsay, West Terre Haute, Indiana State University (Class of 2017), majoring in Communication-Public Relations

Natalie Lorenzano, Indianapolis, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (Class of 2016), pursuing a M.S. in Biology

Alison Mathena, Whiteland, Purdue University (Class of 2016), majoring in Public Health

Madeline May, Pendleton, Ball State University (Class of 2017), majoring in TCOMM News

Emily Mishler, Goshen, Purdue University (Class of 2015), majoring in Communication and Apparel Design

Abigail Montgomery, Fishers, Purdue University (Class of 2016), majoring in Nursing

Alexis Nash, Indianapolis, Indiana University – Kokomo (Class of 2015), majoring in Communications

Elizabeth Olivas, Frankfort, Marian University, (Class of 2016), majoring in Nursing

Valerie Parker, Roanoke, Purdue University (Class of 2015), majoring in Biology-Health and Disease

Elena Peters, Fishers, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (Class of 2017), majoring in Psychology

Kelsey Quinn, Peru, Purdue University (Class of 2015), majoring in Health Sciences, Pre-Professional

Ashley Sankari, Indianapolis, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (Class of 2016), pursuing a M.S. in Criminal Justice and Public Safety

Sommer Scarpino, Carmel, Purdue University (Class of 2015), majoring in General Communication and Spanish

Jenna Schmidt, Somerset, Purdue University (Class of 2016), Special Education and Elementary Education Dual Major

Chelsea Sterba, Fort Wayne, Butler University (Class of 2015), majoring in Marketing and Finance

Holly Storms, Brownsburg, Purdue University (Class of 2017), majoring in Elementary Education

Samantha Storms, Darlington, Ball State University (Class of 2016), majoring in Nursing

Shelby Swain, Fishers, Purdue University (Class of 2016), majoring in Agricultural Economics- Quantitative Analysis

Lily Wargel, Tell City, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (Class of 2015), majoring in Elementary Education

Teresa West, Santa Claus, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (Class of 2018), majoring in Biology/Pre-Pharmacy

Hannah Willocks, Terre Haute, Indiana State University, (Class of 2016), majoring in Human Resources Development

Jessika Zachary, Crawfordsville, Ball State University (Class of 2016), majoring in Photojournalism 

One of these young women will be selected as the 2015 500 Festival Queen and will receive a $2,500 scholarship. The queen will be crowned May 16 during the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.

G.Thrapp Jewelers is a proud sponsor of the 500 Festival Princess Program. Additional support of the program is provided by: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Vera Bradley, The Sanctuary on Penn, retro 101, Macy’s, and the 500 Festival Foundation.

To learn more about 500 Festival’s events and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.500festival.com.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Individual and group photos can be viewed online at: https://www.500festival.com/2015princesses.                

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 while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering 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 $350 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook.

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