500 Festival Princesses: Meet Savannah and Katie!

Published On April 7, 2011 » 7882 Views» By admin » Blogs

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 52 days remaining until the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, we’re pleased to introduce you to Savannah and Katelyn.

Name: Savannah Teegarden

 

Hometown: Anderson, Indiana Savannah Teegarden

School: Ball State University

Number of Years you’ve have been to the Indy 500? This will be my first time attending the running of the Indy 500. I’ve watched it on television almost every year! To the 500 Festival Parade? This will be my first time at the parade as well. I am so excited to be a part of such an important and historical event in Indianapolis. Such a great way to kick off my first year at the 500 Festival Parade!

Your tips for someone attending the Indy 500 for the first time: Find a way to go! Not everyone will get the chance to go every year, but definitely try to go once. It is such a historical event that takes place right here in the Hoosier state, and it’s wonderful to have experienced it at least once in your lifetime.

Your tips for someone attending the 500 Festival Parade for the first time: I’ve never been to the parade before so again, just try your best to go at least once! It’s so important to be involved in Indiana history, and the parade is an essential part of it.

This is what I am doing in my community as a representative of the Princess Program: As a Princess, I know I only have a few short months to make this a wonderful experience. I have planned outreaches at many of the local schools in my hometown of Anderson and surrounding areas such as Lapel, Frankton, Alexandria, Muncie, etc. I am also trying my best to be as involved as I can in other organization’s events. Being a 500 Festival Princess isn’t just about being a representative for the 500 Festival, it’s a chance to give back to community through volunteerism. So I plan to make this the greatest few months of my life by doing whatever I can to give back to the people of Anderson and the Muncie community (being that I go to Ball State University) along with the wonderful people involved in the 500 Festival.

My Greatest 33 Line-up for the Indianapolis 500: To see my dream 33 line-up on TheGreatest33.com click here. I loved getting to put together my Greatest 33. I was shocked I knew a good majority of the Top 100 drivers! I feel like every one of the drivers in the Top 100 deserved a spot in my Greatest 33, but I am very happy with my choices! 🙂

This May, I’m most looking forward to seeing: Pace Car Reunion

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Name: Katie Groves Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana School: Marian University Kathleen Groves

Number of Years you’ve have been to the Indy 500? 11 To the 500 Festival Parade? 3

Your tips for someone attending the Indy 500 for the first time: -Bring sunscreen! -Pack a lunch/eat lunch before the race starts so you don’t have to leave to go get food once the race starts! -Bring a personal radio to listen to the commentators so you know what’s going on throughout the whole track, even the parts you can’t see! -Scream loud and have fun!

Your tips for someone attending the 500 Festival Parade for the first time: -Bring sunscreen! -Wave to those in the parade! -Cheer loud/make signs for your favorite driver so they can see their fans!

This is what I am doing in my community as a representative of the Princess Program: As a representative of the Princess Program, I am working with Race for the Cure, Pacer’s games, The 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500 Education Program, and visiting places such as nursing homes and The Miracle Place. I have prepared to visit some grade schools including my alma mater as well as make appearances and lead programs and prayer nights at my parish on the south side.

My Greatest 33 Line-up for the Indianapolis 500: To view my dream 33 line-up on TheGreatest33.com click here. TheGreatest33.com is a fantastic website designed to get fans involved with the Indianapolis 500 as well as the drivers. It’s great for fans of all ages and captures the history of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. I loved picking my Greatest33 and choosing who I would want in the race! I hope my Greatest33 wins an amazing prize!

This May, I’m most looking forward to seeing: World’s Largest Autograph Session

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Jeannette Y
Jeannette Y

Dear Princess Savavnnah, You deserve this opportunity and much more! You have already been an amazing Ambassador for the Festival! No matter what happens, you will always be the best of the group! Enjoy it all, it goes by so fast! Princess Love, J

Kelsey Foy
Kelsey Foy

Congratulations Katie! This is awesome! I hope to see you as the 500 Queen! Best of luck and wishes!

Marilou Zehnle
Marilou Zehnle

Congratulation Katie , you are a truly a beautiful person inside and out . The Zehnle's

Maloney Family
Maloney Family

Best of luck Katie !!! Making St. Mark so proud; another jewel in the St. Mark crown of successes this year!! Now let's put the real crown on!!!!

Samantha Bowling
Samantha Bowling

Dear Katie, Congratulations on your selection as a 500 Princess. Thank you for all that you do at St. Mark. You are truly a leader and inspiration to all!! Hope to see you next as the 500 Queen!!! The Bowlings

Lori Snider
Lori Snider

I met Al Unser Jr. many years ago because I actually got to go to a private party for him. Since he was on your list, I had to share that with you.

Mary Horty
Mary Horty

Congratulations Katie !! I am so proud of you.."May you always walk in sunshine. May you never want for more. May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door"!!

Sonya K. Mink
Sonya K. Mink

If anyone deserves to be crowned princess... it's you! Not only are you smart, but you do lots of community service. AND...You are beautiful inside and out! Good luck, sweetie!

Lauren Hacker
Lauren Hacker

Katie! You are so beautiful!! I am so proud of you for getting into this program and I know you are representing it in an amazing way! Love you!

lara kuczmanski
lara kuczmanski

Congrats Katie!!! This is the first year that I've really knew about the 500 and I'm so excited for the race!

Nate Truitt
Nate Truitt

Katie Groves is awesome!!! Woot woot!!!!

Michael Higdon
Michael Higdon

Katie you are a great person and friend! I'm glad I got the opportunity to meet you!

Tyler
Tyler

Katie! thanks for finding us at the pacer game! :)

Allie Schmieman
Allie Schmieman

Congrats, Katie! You are fantastic! Can't wait to room with you next year!

Bryan Stonecipher
Bryan Stonecipher

Congratulations Katie! You are an inspiration and a role model to all. I am sure your Dad, Mom, and sister are very proud. I hope my kids grow up to be like you! Well...the 2 boys can't be a 500 princess..you get the idea. =)

Ted Belcas
Ted Belcas

Katie , I like your line up although Mario and Al Sr. should be up front with Rick Mears. Good luck

Mary
Mary

Good luck. Andretti's are awesome

Page Clemens
Page Clemens

Congrats!! Come here and let me rub your arm (my brush with fame!). You are adorable!!

FG
FG

Katie - I am proud of you and impressed that you help with The Miracle Place.

Mary Merkel
Mary Merkel

Congratulations Katie. I hope your time with the festival will be great. Don't forget to check out the 500 festival kids activities while princessing!

Dad
Dad

Katie, Pops loves you!!!! and he is very proud of you!!!

Mary Kate
Mary Kate

Katie, you have always been a princess in my eyes! I love you and I am so happy for you :)

Katie Shore
Katie Shore

SO proud of you Katie! I always knew you were a Princess since the day I met you! Love you!

Pawpaw
Pawpaw

We are very proud of you. Love you

Mrs. Kubsch
Mrs. Kubsch

It was very nice to meet you today. Thank you for making our 500 Festival trip such a success. The students really enjoyed spending the day with you. Good luck!

Kevin Crockett
Kevin Crockett

Alright Katie! You've made me a race fan! Can't wait to see you at my first Indy 500!

Sarah
Sarah

woohoo! That's my sister! I love you Katie(=

Laurie Hitze
Laurie Hitze

Thank you for your assistance at the track today! The students had a wonderful day! Good Luck.

Morgan Meade
Morgan Meade

Good Luck, Katie!! You are so gorgeous inside and out!

Jessy Kirkwood
Jessy Kirkwood

Katie! You are so beautiful, and I am so proud of who you are. Keep your head up always and know that you are loved. This is such an accomplishment.

Augie
Augie

You're a princess?!?! Who would have thought? ( ; Like the line up. TK is better looking than Marco just so you know lol. Take it all in 500 princess!

Kelly
Kelly

Go Katie! You're awesome!

Madelyn
Madelyn

yeah Katie! Look at you race fan =) Have a BLAST!

Kylie beeler
Kylie beeler

Good luck Katie hope u win I had a great time with u today thanks for telling me what the flags were

Beth
Beth

I'm so happy you got your love of racing from your Mom! So proud of you!!

Bob Golobish
Bob Golobish

Congrats, Katie! You've got my vote for the top spot!

Liz
Liz

Katie, love your top 33! You got this girl. :)

Lorna Thomas
Lorna Thomas

Goodluck Katie.....We're so happy for you. CONGRATS!!!!!

Mutoh Fan
Mutoh Fan

Katie, congrats on this! Thanks for all the tips you gave me a few years ago when I took my first trip to the Brickyard. I am sad to see Mutoh is not in your lineup of 33, though.

Marie Finch-Hibner
Marie Finch-Hibner

Katie - Soooo proud of you! Enjoy every minute of your reign. Sunscreen is always good. I like your race line up, but I would've put Tony Kanaan a little closer to the front row. He's an awful good lookin' guy. :) Love ya!

Kim
Kim

I love your enthusiasm and your tips. Best of Luck, Katie!!

MAry Lynn
MAry Lynn

I really love your 33 line up! and I always remember the sun screen!

Patrick Collier
Patrick Collier

Good luck Katie! I know that you are a big IndyCar and Marco Andretti fan. Hope you get to kiss him in the Winner's Circle this year!