The 2011 500 Festival princesses represent 11 Indiana colleges and universities and 24 cities and towns across the state. The young women were selected from 278 applicants based on communication skills, poise, academic performance, and community and volunteer involvement. The 500 Festival has narrowed the field to 33 princesses who will serve as ambassadors for the 2011 500 Festival.
In this blog series we will introduce you to the 500 Festival Princesses, share what they are doing in Indiana communities and their tips for the month of May. We will also share their dream line-up of 33 drivers from TheGreatest33.com. Want to earn bragging rights by sharing your line-up with friends and family too? Be sure to click the “share” feature after finalizing and submitting your line-up!
With 18 days remaining until the Indy 500, we’re pleased to introduce you to Annie!
School: Franklin College
Number of years you have attended the Indy 500? 1 The 500 Festival? 1
Your tips for someone attending the Indy 500 for the first time:
Be sure to wear sunscreen, bring a poncho, and enjoy yourself!
Your tips for someone attending the 500 Festival Parade for the first time:
Bring your family and friends to the IPL 500 Festival Parade. It’s a great way to spend time together. Be sure you are sitting somewhere you can see everything. Everyone has worked so hard on the floats and each one is different and spectacular. Also, bring an umbrella just in case, always better to be safe than sorry!
This is what I am doing in my community as a representative of the Princess Program:
I have several outreaches into the community that allow me to represent the Princess Program. I have scheduled 8 opportunities with different Johnson County 4-H clubs speaking on a number of topics, from Healthy Study Habits to my tips on sheep showmanship to how 4-H has prepared me for my future. I also have been using these scheduled talks as a way to share with others about what the Indianapolis 500 Festival Events have to offer. I also have a three week program series with the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana titled Uniquely Me! This program is designed to teach girls from grades 3-5 about self esteem and confidence. My program is unique in the fact that it uses “staples” of the Indianapolis 500 to help girls discuss their issues and know how to manage stress. For example, at one station, the girls will be learning how to listen to their inner voice through a process that uses the different colors of the flags used during the Indianapolis 500.
This May, I’m most looking forward to: Carb Day!