Whiteland Grad Selected as 500 Festival Queen
Alison Mathena of Whiteland was crowned Queen of the 2015 Indianapolis 500 festivities Saturday, May 16. Mathena was selected from a field of 33 college-aged women with an average GPA of 3.89. Abby Lauck of Greenwood and Danielle Burris of Bargersville were also among the 33 princesses.
“For more than 50 years, the 500 Festival Princess Program has recognized Indiana’s brightest college-aged women,” said Leslie Carter-Prall, 500 Festival board member and princess program committee co-chair.
New in 2015, each 500 Festival Princess participated in personal and professional development programs. In addition, Mathena, daughter of Alan and Lisa Mathena, received two scholarships totaling $2,500.
Her duties include representing the Indianapolis 500 at a variety of functions throughout the month of May. The highlight is race day where she will participate in a parade lap around the famed track and have the honor of handing the next Indianapolis 500 champion the traditional bottle of milk accompanied by a kiss on the cheek.
Mathena returns to Purdue as a senior this fall where she is working toward a degree in public health.