500 Festival Selects 33 Young Women to Serve as 2014 500 Festival Princesses

500 Festival Selects 33 Young Women to Serve as 2014 500 Festival Princesses

Wed, 2014-02-26

INDIANAPOLIS (February 26, 2014) – Thirty-three young women from across Indiana have been selected to serve in the 2014 500 Festival Princess Program.

Becoming a 500 Festival Princess is an experience of a lifetime. As ambassadors of the 500 Festival, the 2014 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 nine Indiana colleges and universities and 24 cities and towns across the state. The young women were selected from 230 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 3.379.

Sponsors for the 500 Festival Princess Program include G.Thrapp Jewelers, WTHR and The Sanctuary on Penn. Apparel and accessory providers include retro 101, Indianapolis Motor Speedway® and Vera Bradley.

The 2014 500 Festival Princesses, Indiana hometown, college or university and area of study are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Laura Alemán, Fort Wayne, Ball State University (Class of 2014), majoring in Audiology

Madeline Blackwell, Indianapolis, Indiana University (Class of 2016), majoring in Human Biology

Chelsea Clifton, Poneto, Ball State University (Class of 2016), majoring in Social Work

Calin Cochran, Frankfort, Purdue University (Class of 2015), majoring in Pre-Professional Health Science/Pre-Physician Assistant

Alyssa Dyke, Indianapolis, Butler University (Class of 2016), majoring in Art+Design and Biology

Kelly Fields, West Lafayette, Purdue University (Class of 2015), majoring in Neurobiology and Physiology

Mckenna Fiew, Pendleton, Purdue University (Class of 2018), majoring in Pre-Pharmacy

Ally Gatmaitan, Avon, Purdue University (Class of 2015), majoring in Nursing

Danielle Goeman, Carmel, Purdue University (Class of 2014), majoring in General Health Science

Haley Hackman, Brownstown, University of Indianapolis (Class of 2017), majoring in Psychology/Occupational Therapy

Brittany Ignas, Indianapolis, Indiana University (Class of 2014), majoring in Kinesiology-Contemporary Dance

Lauren Isaacs, Terre Haute, Purdue University (Class of 2015), majoring in Communication

Caroline Kirkwood, Bicknell, Butler University (Class of 2014), majoring in Strategic Communication

Lindsay Lausten, Indianapolis, Purdue University (Class of 2014), majoring in Psychology

Elizabeth Lecher, Greensburg, Purdue University (Class of 2014), majoring in Agricultural Economics

Leslie Ann Lindsay, Sullivan, Indiana State University (Class of 2015), majoring in Exercise Science/Sports Medicine

Caroline McKinney, Fishers, Purdue University (Class of 2015), majoring in Communication

Elizabeth Mertz, Martinsville, Butler University (Class of 2016), majoring in Business

Emily Nickels, Greenfield, Ball State University (Class of 2015), majoring in Public Relations

Kristin Quick, Warsaw, Purdue University (Class of 2017), majoring in Agribusiness

Brittany Royer, Rossville, Indiana University Kokomo (Class of 2014), majoring in Psychology

Adrienne Runge, Speedway, IUPUI (Class of 2014), pursuing an MS degree in Biology; graduated from University of Notre Dame with a BA in Italian and Pre-Health Studies

Brooke Sahm, Indianapolis, Indiana University East (Class of 2015), majoring in Nursing

Kelsey Shaw, Madison, Purdue University (Class of 2015), majoring in Agricultural Education

Danika Smith, Arcadia, Indiana University Kokomo (Class of 2015), majoring in Public Administration

Michè Smith, Indianapolis, IUPUI (Class of 2015), majoring in Journalism

Suzanne Stephan, Carmel, Purdue University (Class of 2014), majoring in Management

Patia Storms, Brownsburg, Purdue University (Class of 2015), majoring in Finance and Management

Emma Tiernon, Indianapolis, Indiana University (Class of 2016), majoring in Journalism

Brittany Wagner, Monticello, Purdue University (Class of 2016), majoring in Pharmacy

Sydney West, Indianapolis, Indiana University (Class of 2014), majoring in Telecommunications and English

Corey Windler, Indianapolis, Ball State University (Class of 2015), majoring in Business Administration

Stephanie Wolfred, Greenwood, Butler University (Class of 2015), majoring in Strategic Communication

One of these young women will be selected as the 2014 500 Festival Queen and receive a $2,500 scholarship. The queen will be crowned May 17 during the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by ETC 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 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 57 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation. The mission of the 500 Festival is to produce 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. www.500festival.com

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