500 Festival Selects 33 Young Women to Serve as 2013 500 Festival Princesses

500 Festival Selects 33 Young Women to Serve as 2013 500 Festival Princesses

Tue, 2013-03-05 15:17

INDIANAPOLIS (March 5, 2013) – Thirty-three young women from across Indiana have been selected to serve in the 2013 500 Festival Princess Program.

Becoming a 500 Festival Princess is an experience of a lifetime. As ambassadors of the 500 Festival, the 2013 Indianapolis 500® and their hometowns, the princesses will attend and volunteer at 500 Festival events and programs throughout the month of May. In addition, the 33 princesses will be involved with statewide outreach programs of their choosing. Princesses are also present at various Indianapolis Motor Speedway® functions and participate in the Indianapolis 500® Victory Circle celebration.

This year’s 500 Festival princesses represent 9 Indiana colleges and universities and 21 cities and towns across the state. The young women were selected from 200 applicants based on communication skills, poise, academic performance and community and volunteer involvement.

Applicants must be between 18 and 23 years old, single and legal residents of Indiana. Candidates must also be full-time students in a fully-accredited Indiana college or university and must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. This year’s princesses have a cumulative grade point average of 3.40.

Sponsors for the 500 Festival Princess Program include WTHR-TV 13 and G. Thrapp Jewelers. Apparel and accessory providers include The Secret Ingredient, Indianapolis Motor Speedway® and Vera Bradley.

The 2013 500 Festival Princesses, Indiana hometown, college or university and area of study are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Marisa Beaty, Muncie, Butler University (Class of 2013), majoring in Physician Assistant Studies
Allie Beckman
, Jasper, IUPUI (Class of 2013), majoring in Biology
Taylor Blackburn
, Mitchell, Indiana University (Class of 2015), majoring in Sports Communication Broadcasting
Erika Burghardt
, Mulberry, Indiana University (Class of 2014), majoring in Psychology and Communication
Nicolette Crouch
, Indianapolis, Purdue University (Class of 2014), majoring in Economics
Sarah Dapper
, Indianapolis, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame (Class of 2015), majoring in Nursing
Makenzie Dick
, Auburn, Indiana Wesleyan University (Class of 2014), majoring in Psychology and Addictions Counseling
Becca Duggan
, Indianapolis, Purdue University (Class of 2014), majoring in Speech Language Hearing Sciences
Bailey Farrer
, Royal Center, Purdue University (Class of 2015), majoring in Animal Sciences
Sarah Ferry
, Indianapolis, Butler University (Class of 2013), majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Jordan Gill
, Columbus, Indiana University (Class of 2013), majoring in Marketing and Apparel Merchandising
Jill Griffin
, Cutler, Purdue University (Class of 2014), majoring in Agribusiness Management
Whitney Hamblin
, Carmel, Ball State University (Class of 2014), majoring in Visual Communications
Erika Hess
, Indianapolis, Ball State University (Class of 2013), majoring Information Systems
Lauren Hines
, Greenwood, Anderson University (Class of 2016), majoring in Nursing
Sarah Hurdle
, Fishers, Indiana University (Class of 2013), majoring in Political Science and French
Allison Jacob
, Indianapolis, Ball State University (Class of 2014), majoring in Public Relations and Communication
Fayth Kalb
, Fishers, Indiana University (Class of 2013), majoring in Human Biology and Psychology
Lauren Karmire
, Shelbyville, Butler University (Class of 2017), majoring in Pharmacy
Blair Martin, Indianapolis, Indiana University (Class of 2014), majoring in Political Science and Telecommunication
Marlena Mathis
, Greenwood, IUPUI (Class of 2013), majoring in Nursing
Haley Mummert
, Flora, Purdue University (Class of 2013), majoring in Management
Codie Myers
, Washington, IUPUI (Class of 2015), majoring in Nursing
Molly Newell
, Indianapolis, Indiana University (Class of 2013), majoring in French and International Studies
Alexandra Norris
, Carmel, Butler University (Class of 2014), majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Ellen Plew
, Westfield, Indiana University (Class of 2015), majoring in Dietetics
Morgan Reith
, Brownsburg, University of Southern Indiana (Class of 2013), majoring in Advertising and Public Relations
Natalie Russell
, Indianapolis, Purdue University (Class of 2013), majoring in Mass Communication – Broadcasting
Kelsey Sager
, Fishers, Purdue University (Class of 2013), majoring in Elementary Education
Emily Smith
, Noblesville, Purdue University (Class of 2013), majoring in English
Allison Storm
, Indianapolis, Purdue University (Class of 2014), majoring in Business and Retail Management
Katherine Susemichel
, Brownsburg, Purdue University (Class of 2013), majoring in Communication: Public Relations
Sydney Willmann
, Hartford City, IUPUI (Class of 2014), majoring in Journalism, Political Science, and Pre-Law

One of these young women will be selected as the 2013 500 Festival Queen and receive a $2,500 scholarship. The queen will be crowned May 18 during the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by ProLiance Energy, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway®.

To learn more about 500 Festival events and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.500festival.com, or contact the 500 Festival at (317) 927-3378.

The mission of the 500 Festival is to advocate and celebrate the spirit, heritage and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®. Through social, cultural and educational events and programs, the 500 Festival enhances the quality of life for all citizens of our communities.

The 500 Festival, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was created in 1957 to organize civic events celebrating the greatest race in the world. Over the past 56 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation.

Last year, more than 500,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in nearly 50 events and programs throughout the month of May. Whether they were athletes running the Mini, fourth grade students participating in the Education Program, families enjoying the state’s largest festival for kids or spectators being dazzled by one of the nation’s premier parades, they were there, celebrating the legacy.

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