Marian University Student, Alumna Named 500 Festival Princesses

by Katie Bradley | Apr 14, 2015

This May, Marian University will have two representatives in the Indy 500 Princesses program. Adrianne Johnson ’14 and Elizabeth Olivas ’16 have been selected as Indy’s 500 Festival Princesses. Each year, 33 young women are chosen for the program and serve as ambassadors of the 500 Festival, their hometowns, and—in this case—Marian University.

Selection for the program looked at everything from a strong desire to serve others, to academic achievement, to a great sense of humor.

“It has been humbling and such an honor to represent the Indy 500, Shelbyville (my hometown), Indiana University-Bloomington (where I am currently pursuing my master’s degree), as well as Marian University where I earned my bachelor’s degree and currently work as a graduate assistant in the department of athletics,” said Johnson who graduated in 2014 with a degree in business management. “Just as important, I am a part of a historical legacy and sisterhood of Indiana women that spans back to 1959.”

In the months leading up to May, the 500 Festival Princesses are involved with statewide outreach programs, including visits to hospitals, schools, and various youth programs.

“Aside from the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I have already had and will continue to have in the rest of my year of reign, I am looking forward to all of the professional and leadership development that the program has to offer,” Olivas, who studies nursing and is minoring in psychology and Spanish said. “I am excited to see how this program will help shape me in becoming a better leader in the future.”

Princesses will attend and volunteer at all 500 Festival events throughout the month of May, are present at various Indianapolis Motor Speedway functions, and participate in the pre-race ceremonies and Victory Circle celebration for the Indianapolis 500

Johnson and Olivas will also participate in next week’s Clayton Family Circle of Honor and M-Club Wall of Fame Induction Dinner at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.   

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