Purdue student Taylor Adams crowned 2012 500 Festival Queen

Purdue student Taylor Adams crowned 2012 500 Festival Queen

Sat, 2012-05-19

INDIANAPOLIS (May 19, 2012) – The 500 Festival announced today that Taylor Adams of Indianapolis was crowned the 2012 500 Festival Queen at the Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by ProLiance Energy, held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway®.

Adams is a junior at Purdue University where she is majoring in Public Relations and Advertising. She is one of 33 young women who were selected for the 2012 500 Festival Princess Program, where they serve as ambassadors for the 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500®. She is a 2009 graduate of Ben Davis High School and is the daughter of Cari Adams.

Princess Erika Tishner of Elwood, a Graduate Student at Ball State University majoring in Architecture, and Princess Audrey Putnam of Bristol, a junior at Purdue University majoring in Management, were chosen as 2012 Princess Court members. Tishner is the daughter of Lisa and Ron Cole and Brett Tishner. Putnam is the daughter of Joel and Jean Putnam.

The 500 Festival Queen and Princesses attend 500 Festival events and volunteer throughout the month of May. In addition, the 33 princesses are 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.

As 500 Festival Queen, Adams is the recipient of a $2,500 educational scholarship from the 500 Festival and WTHR Channel 13. In addition, Hoffman will wear a jeweled crown provided by G. Thrapp Jewelers at 500 Festival events and the Indianapolis 500®. She will participate in a variety of appearances throughout the week and participate in the Indianapolis 500® pre-race and Victory Circle celebrations. She will continue to represent the 500 Festival at various functions throughout the year.

The 500 Festival Princesses represent 13 Indiana colleges and universities and 21 Hoosier cities and towns. The young women were selected from 274 applicants based on communication skills, poise, academic performance and community and volunteer involvement.

To be eligible for the 500 Festival Princess Program, applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 23, single and legal residents of Indiana. Candidates must also be full-time students in a fully-accredited Indiana college or university and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. This year’s Princesses’ collective GPA is 3.44.

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

Editor’s Note: Click here for individual photos of Taylor Adams, Audrey Putnam, Erika Tishner.

Click here for a photo of Queen Taylor Adams after the crowning at Breakfast at the Brickyard.

Click here for a picture of the Queen and her court.

To view a group photo of the 2012 500 Festival Princesses click here.

Click here for a picture of the Indiana Mayor’s in attendance at the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by ProLiance Energy.

To download photos from today’s event, please visit https://www.500festival.com/programs/princess-program.                 

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 55 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-Marathon, 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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