Madison's Kelsey Shaw selected as 500 Festival Princess
Friday, March 07, 2014 10:00 AM
Madison resident Kelsey Shaw has been chosen as one of the 33 young women from across Indiana to serve as an Indy 500 Festival Princess.
Shaw, a 2011 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School and junior at Purdue University, is the daughter of Mark and Tammy Shaw of Madison. She is majoring in agriculture education at Purdue.
Shaw also has been crowned Miss Indiana FFA 2009-2010 and Miss Jefferson County in 2010.
As ambassadors of the 500 Festival, the 2014 Indianapolis 500 and their hometowns, the princesses will attend and volunteer at 500 Festival events and programs throughout the month of May. In addition, the 33 princesses will be involved with statewide outreach programs of their choosing.
Princesses are also present at various Indianapolis Motor Speedway functions and participate in the Indianapolis 500 Victory Circle celebration.
This year's 500 Festival princesses represent nine Indiana colleges and universities and 24 cities and towns across the state.
The young women were selected from 230 applicants based on communication skills, poise, academic performance and community and volunteer involvement.
Applicants must be between 18 and 23 years old, single and legal residents of Indiana. Candidates must also be full-time students in an accredited Indiana college or university and must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. This year's princesses have a cumulative grade point average of 3.379.