Local Women Selected as 500 Festival Princesses

Three college age women are serving as 2015 500 Festival Princesses. Alison Mathena of Whiteland, Abby Lauck of Greenwood and Danielle Burris of Bargersville are among the 33 college-aged women in the program. Now through May, the 33 princesses will be involved with statewide community outreach programs, 500 Festival events, and have a presence at various Indianapolis Motor Speedway functions, including the pre-race ceremonies and Victory Circle celebration for the Indianapolis 500.

New in 2015, each 500 Festival Princess will participate in the program’s personal and professional development initiative, designed to empower participants to make a profound impact within their community and Indiana. In addition, each 500 Festival Princess will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

With a cumulative GPA of 3.387, this year’s 500 Festival Princesses were selected from hundreds of applicants based  on communication skills, poise, academic performance and community involvement. “For more than 50 years, the 500 Festival Princess Program has recognized Indiana’s brightest college-aged women. The program’s new personal and professional development initiative and the scholarships given to each young woman will reinforce its rich history,” said Leslie Carter-Prall, 500 Festival board member and princess program committee co-chair.


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