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Sophomore Selected as 500 Festival Princess

February 1, 2002

February 1, 2002, Greencastle, Ind. - Casey Lynn Brackney, a DePauw University sophomore, is one of 33 Indiana women selected to serve as the 2002 500 Festival Princesses. The 20-year old Brackney, who is majoring in psychology and social work and whose hometown is Greencastle, will act as an ambassador for Indiana by attending 500 Festival events such as the Mayor's Breakfast and Kids' Day. The young women also will ride on the Princess float during the parade and take the ceremonial parade lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval on the day of the world-famous 500 mile race.

The princesses, who represent communities across the state, attend ten different colleges and universities, hail from 18 hometowns and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.39. The princesses were selected from more than 150 applicants based on communication skills, poise, academic performance and community and volunteer involvement.

One of the thirty-three young women will be selected as the 2002 500 Festival Queen and receive a $2,500 scholarship. The queen will be announced May 5 during Indianapolis 500 Opening Day Ceremonies at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 500 Festival was created in 1957 to organize civic events celebrating the Indianapolis 500. It is a not-for-profit organization supported by corporate sponsorships, memberships and ticket sales. Thousands of volunteers help produce 500 Festival events. With annual participation of more than 400,000 people from around Indiana and the world, it has grown to be one of the largest festivals in the nation. To learn more about the 500 Festival, click here.

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