33 Indiana Women Selected as 2019 500 Festival Princesses

33 Indiana Women Selected as 2019 500 Festival Princesses

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

INDIANAPOLIS (February 20, 2019) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announces the selection of 33 women from Indiana universities and colleges to serve as 2019 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. 2019 marks the 60th Anniversary of the 500 Festival Princess Program. Since the program’s launch, nearly 2,000 Indiana women have experienced the honor of serving as a 500 Festival Princess.

 

Each 500 Festival Princess will receive a $1,000 scholarship, made possible by the 500 Festival Foundation and Marlyne Sexton, an Indianapolis philanthropist and president of The Sexton Companies. 500 Festival Princesses are also provided with once-in-a-life-time 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 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.

 

“The 500 Festival Princess Program, presented by Reis-Nichols, gives women the chance to strengthen their leadership and personal intelligence. With over 50 years of history, the program implements each young woman with a remarkable experience,” said Kathy Cabello, 500 Festival board member and Princess Program committee co-chair. “The 500 Festival is pleased to engage with Indiana’s next generation of leaders.”

 

The 2019 500 Festival Princesses represent 13 Indiana colleges and universities and 20 cities and towns across the state. With a cumulative GPA of 3.65, this year’s 500 Festival Princesses were selected from hundreds of applicants based on communication skills, academic performance and community involvement.

 

The 2019 500 Festival Princesses, hometown, high school, college or university and area of study are as follows (in alphabetical order):

 

Justice Amick, Greenwood, a graduate of Center Grove High School and a senior at Ball State University majoring in telecommunications and journalism.

Haley Begay, Pittsboro, a graduate of Tri-West Hendricks High School and a junior at Indiana University majoring in journalism and Spanish.

Anne Bowen, Terre Haute, a graduate of Terre Haute North High School and a freshman at Indiana State University majoring in insurance and risk management and financial services.

Kori Bowen, Terre Haute, a graduate of Terre Haute North High School and a junior at IUPUI majoring in health sciences.

Savannah Bratcher, Fishers, a graduate of Fishers High School and a junior at Purdue University majoring in public relations and strategic communications.

Beth Brouwer, Lafayette, a graduate of McCutcheon High School and a senior at IUPUI majoring in health services management.

Hyesoo Chae, West Lafayette, a graduate of Carmel High School and a graduate student at Purdue University studying pharmacy.

Victoria Chandler, Noblesville, a graduate of Noblesville High School and a senior at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, majoring in English writing and global studies.

Erin Dark, West Lafayette, a graduate of William Henry Harrison High School and a graduate student at Butler University majoring in pharmacy.

Darby DeFord, Spencer, a graduate of Owen Valley High School and a senior at Butler University majoring in biology and chemistry.

Regan Giesting, Fishers, a graduate of Hamilton Southeastern High School and a senior at DePauw University majoring in computer science.

Molly Henley, Pittsboro, a graduate of Tri-West Hendricks High School and sophomore at Purdue University majoring in kinesiology (pre-med).

Karley Hockemeyer, Decatur, a graduate of Bellmont High School and a junior at Huntington University majoring in AgBusiness marketing and communications.

Kathleen Jacobs, Huntington, a graduate of Huntington North High School and senior at Purdue University majoring in agricultural economics and agricultural communication.

Olivia Johnson, Zionsville, a graduate of Zionsville Community High School and junior at Purdue University majoring in Spanish.

Sarah Knight, Noblesville, a graduate of Noblesville High School and a junior at Butler University majoring in health sciences (pre-PA).

Lauren Koester, Brookville, a graduate of Franklin County High School and a senior at Butler University majoring communication sciences and disorders and business administration.

Kristen Layman, Carmel, a graduate of Carmel High School and a senior at Marian University majoring in accounting.

Bailee Leathers, Greenwood, a graduate of Center Grove High School and a sophomore at Indiana University majoring in nursing.

Jenna Nosek, Greenfield, a graduate of Scecina Memorial High School and a junior at Butler University majoring biology and classical studies.

Macy Pohl, Fishers, a graduate of Bishop Chatard High School and a senior at IUPUI majoring in health sciences.

Sheetal Prasanna, Carmel, a graduate of Carmel High School and a sophomore at IUPUI majoring in computer engineering.

Heidi Przytulski, Pendleton, a graduate of Pendleton Heights High School and a junior at Ball State University majoring in communication studies.

Cassandra Pulido, Indianapolis, a graduate of Lawrence North High School and a junior at Indiana University majoring in marketing and international business.

Vanesa Quiroga, Porter, a graduate of Chesterton High School and a junior at Indiana University majoring in social work.

Emily Ratliff, Fishers, a graduate of Hamilton Southeastern High School and a junior at Indiana State University majoring in elementary education.

Summer Samuels, Indianapolis, a graduate of Lawrence Central High School and a senior at Indiana University majoring in human biology (pre-med).

Megan Schrock, Indianapolis, a graduate of Heritage Christian School and a senior at Valparaiso University majoring in marketing.

Tenaya Shull, Mentone, a graduate of Tippecanoe Valley High School and a senior at Indiana Wesleyan University majoring in community development.

Ronnie Tosino, Indianapolis, a graduate of Ben Davis High School and a junior at IUPUI majoring in tourism, conventions and event management.

McKayla Tucker, Valparaiso, a graduate of Boone Grove High School and a junior at University of Indianapolis majoring in human biology.

Hannah Walter, Nappanee, a graduate of NorthWood High School and a sophomore at Purdue University majoring in health science (pre-med).

Grace Ybarra, Indianapolis, a graduate of International School of Indiana and a freshman at Indiana University majoring in broadcast journalism and Spanish.

The 2019 500 Festival Queen Scholar will be announced on Saturday, May 18 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.

 

 

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.

 

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