33 Indiana Women Selected as 2017 500 Festival Princesses

February 20, 2017

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

INDIANAPOLIS (February, 20 2017) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announce 33 college-aged women from across Indiana have been selected to serve as 2017 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 college-aged women. Serving as a 500 Festival Princess provides young women with countless opportunities for leadership, networking 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.

Each 500 Festival Princess will receive a $1,000 scholarship, made possible by Marlyne Sexton, an Indianapolis philanthropist and president of The Sexton Companies, in conjunction with individual donors and the 500 Festival Foundation. 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 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.

“The 500 Festival Princess Program, presented by Reis-Nichols, gives women the opportunity to enhance their leadership and personal skills. With more than 50 years of history, the program provides each young woman an extraordinary experience,” said Kathy Cabello, 500 Festival board member and Princess Program committee co-chair. “The 500 Festival is proud to guide Indiana’s next generation of leaders.”

The 2017 500 Festival Princesses represent 13 Indiana colleges and universities and 22 cities and towns across the state. With a cumulative GPA of 3.7, this year’s 500 Festival Princesses were selected from hundreds of applicants based upon on communication skills, academic performance and community involvement.

 

The 2017 500 Festival Princesses, Indiana hometown, high school, college or university and area of study are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Lore’al Avery, Indianapolis, a graduate of Merrillville High School and a junior at IUPUI majoring in Finance and Accounting and minoring in Communications.

Carly Bailey, Zionsville, a graduate of Zionsville Community High School and a junior at Purdue University majoring in Nursing.

Shivani Bajpai, Zionsville, a graduate of Carmel High School and a senior at IUPUI majoring in Biology and minoring in Spanish, Chemistry, Medical Humanities and Health Studies.

Esther Bower, Oxford, a graduate of Benton Central Junior/Senior High School and a sophomore at Ball State University majoring in Journalism News, Telecommunications and Dance.

Mackenzie Burnworth, Westfield, a graduate of Westfield High School and a junior at University of Saint Francis majoring in Risk Management and Insurance.

Katherine Cole, Westfield, a graduate of Westfield High School and a senior at Indiana University majoring in Secondary Life Science Education and minoring in Spanish.

Annie Cole, Indianapolis, a graduate of Pike High School and a sophomore at Taylor University majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Psychology.

Jessica De La Cruz, Indianapolis, a graduate of Southport High School and a senior at Indiana University majoring in Journalism and Spanish and minoring in Latino Studies and Portuguese.

Kylie Echard, Wabash, a graduate of Northfield High School and a junior at Purdue University majoring in Agribusiness and Agronomy.

Anna Marie Farlow, Wabash, a graduate of Southwood High School and a senior at Indiana University majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry, Psychology and Exercise Science.

Karlee Gable, Muncie, a graduate of Yorktown High School and a freshman at Indiana State University majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Reading and Special Education.

Amanda Hawkins, Noblesville, a graduate of Noblesville High School and a senior at Ball State University majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Interpersonal Relations.

Destiny Hibbs, Evansville, a graduate of North High School and a senior at Indiana University majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Psychology.

Madison Kovacs, Whiteland, a graduate of Whiteland Community High School and a junior at the University of Indianapolis majoring in Psychology and Pre-Occupational Therapy and minoring in Gender Studies.

Katie Krempp, Jasper, a graduate of Jasper High School and a junior at Purdue University majoring in Nursing.

Hannah Kruger, Hillsdale, a graduate of South Vermillion High School and a sophomore at Butler University majoring in Psychology and Strategic Communications and minoring in Spanish.

Jackie Leeuw, South Whitley, a graduate of Columbia City High School and a senior at Saint Joseph’s College majoring in Business Administration and Communications.

Lauren Lowry, Indianapolis, a graduate of Park Tudor School and a senior at Indiana University majoring in Accounting and Tech Management and minoring in Spanish.

Mannah Mace, Brazil, a graduate of Northview High School and a freshman at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Marketing and Spanish.

Kayla Meeks, Peru, a graduate of Peru High School and a junior at Indiana University Kokomo majoring in Nursing and minoring in Psychology.

Quinci Miller, Greencastle, a graduate of Greencastle High School and a sophomore at DePauw University majoring in Communications and minoring in Business Administration.

Samantha Mitchell, Bedford, a graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School and a sophomore at IUPUI majoring in Political Science and minoring in English and History.

Lauren Peacock, Winchester, a graduate of Winchester Community High School and a senior at Purdue University majoring in Agribusiness and minoring in Communications and Farm Management.

Jamie Rehm, Indianapolis, a graduate of Mt. Vernon High School and a junior at IUPUI majoring in Nursing.

Emma Schaefer, Fort Wayne, a graduate of Caroll High School and a junior at Ball State University majoring in Telecommunications and Spanish.

Amna Sohail, Indianapolis, a graduate of Lawrence Central High School and a senior at IUPUI majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Spanish and Math.

Ali Sparkman, Indianapolis, a graduate of Clarksville Senior High School and a junior at IUPUI majoring in Exercise Science – Pre Physical Therapy and minoring in Health Education.

Ashley Spears, Fortville, a graduate of Mt. Vernon High School and a senior at IUPUI majoring in Human Resource Management and Business Management.

Olivia Walker, Carmel, a graduate of Carmel High School and a senior at Purdue University receiving her Doctorate of Pharmacy.

Allie Watson, New Palestine, a graduate of New Palestine High School and a graduate student at Butler University studying to be a Physician’s Assistant.

Justine Weatherman, Clayton, a graduate of Cascade High School and a graduate student at Purdue University receiving her Master’s in Business Administration.

Emily Weiss, Carmel, a graduate of Guerin Cathloic High School and a senior at Indiana University majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management.

Taylor Wong, Indianapolis, a graduate of Roncalli High School and a junior at Ball State University majoring in Athletic Training and Studio Art Drawing.

One of these young women will be selected as the 2017 500 Festival Queen and will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. The Queen will be crowned May 20 during the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.

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 while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering 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, RaeLynn’s Boutique, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Vera Bradley, The Sanctuary on Penn, 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 (include hyperlink)

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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 $400 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.