Forest Park Graduate Named 2016 500 Festival Princess

Allison Hoffman

Allison Hoffman

Indianapolis (Local Sources) – Allison Hoffman, a 2012 graduate of Forest Park High School has been selected as one of 33 Indianapolis 500 Festival princesses for 2016.

The 33 women, who all attend an Indiana college or university, will be ambassadors for this year’s 500 Festival and the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.

Allison is a senior at Purdue University majoring in Professional Flight Technology.

Each festival princess will receive a $1,000 scholarship and be involved with the festival’s statewide community outreach programs, volunteering at festival events and participating in Indianapolis Motor Speedway functions, including the pre-race ceremonies and Victory Circle celebration for the May 29 race.

“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, in a news release.

The queen will be crowned May 21st during the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard.

This year’s princesses represent 13 Indiana colleges and universities and 21 cities and towns across the state. With a cumulative GPA of 3.5, they were selected from a record number of applicants based on communication skills, academic performance and community involvement.

They are…
2016 PRINCESSES

Alexandra Harris, Bloomington, a senior at Indiana University, majoring in arts management
Allison Hoffman, Huntingburg, a senior at Purdue University, majoring in professional flight technology
Ally Stein, Fishers, a junior at Purdue University, majoring in education
Alyssa Garnett, Winamac, a second-year graduate student at Purdue University, earning a master’s in business administration
Amber Kriech, Carmel, a junior at IUPUI majoring in organizational leadership and supervision
Bailey Troutman, Anderson, a sophomore at Indiana University Kokomo, majoring in communication arts
Bianca Davis, Indianapolis, a senior at Indiana University, majoring in economic consulting and public policy analysis
Briana Smith, Carmel, a junior at Purdue University, majoring in psychology
Brianna Perry, Poseyville, a junior at the University of Southern Indiana, majoring in exercise science and pre-physical therapy
Brittany Young, Columbus, a freshman at Ivy Tech Community College of Columbus, majoring in agricultural education
Bukhti Shabbir, Indianapolis, a post-graduate student at the University of Indianapolis, majoring in physical therapy
Caitlyn Foye, Newburgh, a sophomore at Butler University, majoring in biology
Caitlyn Waldrop, Hillsdale, a senior at Indiana University, studying biology and pre-med
Christy Kettler, Westfield, a junior at Purdue University, majoring in agronomy with a focus in crop and soil management
Claire McElwain, Zionsville, a junior at Indiana University, majoring in journalism
Elyse Hoy, Greenwood, a sophomore at Franklin College, studying biology and pre-med
Jessi Arbuckle, Greenwood, a junior at Taylor University, majoring in public relations
Kayla Keith, Carmel, a senior at IUPUI, majoring in tourism, convention and event management
Kayla Wilson, Fishers, a freshman at IUPUI, majoring in civic leadership
Katelyn O’Mara, Indianapolis, a senior at Franklin College, majoring in psychology and studio art with a focus in painting
Kylee Stewart, Greenfield, a junior at IUPUI, majoring in journalism
Macy Nikirk, Bedford, a sophomore at IUPUI, majoring in marketing and supply chain management
Madeline Hayden, Plainfield, a junior at Purdue University, majoring in speech language and hearing sciences
Madison Stahl, Fishers, a junior at Indiana University, majoring in elementary education
Monica Wright, Indianapolis, a sophomore at Butler University, majoring in marketing and international business
Morgan Jacobs, Fishers, a sophomore at Indiana State University, majoring in business
Morgan Lee, Greenwood, a junior at Indiana Wesleyan University, majoring in nursing
Nilofer Rajpurkar, Greenwood, a junior at Purdue University, majoring in biomedical engineering
Nina DeWitt, Stilesville, a junior at IUPUI, majoring in biology and Spanish
Rebecca Kuhlman, Indianapolis, a senior at Marian University, majoring in communication
Samantha Lozano, East Chicago, a senior at Indiana University, majoring in political science and Spanish
Sarah Correll, Macy, a senior at Purdue University, majoring in agricultural education and agricultural economics
Shelby Bradford, Warren, a senior at IUPUI, majoring in nursing

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