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McCordsville's Jenna Nicodemus selected as princess for 500 Festival

The 500 Festival has announced the 33 Indiana women selected to serve as 2023 500 Festival Princesses. One is from Hancock County.

The princesses represent 19 Indiana colleges and universities and 21 cities and towns across the state.

Jenna Nicodemus, of McCordsville, is a graduate of Mt. Vernon High School, and a senior at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) majoring in public health-epidemiology. 

With a cumulative GPA of 3.71, this year’s 500 Festival Princesses were selected from hundreds of applicants based on leadership, academic stewardship, community involvement, and their embodiment of the Hoosier spirit. This year’s class represents a diverse group of women with a range of areas of study that include nursing, elementary education, business, engineering, sports media, and pre-med. 

Each year, the princesses conduct more than 1,500 hours of community outreach impacting more than 50,000 people, expanding the celebration and impact of the Indianapolis 500 in a meaningful way.  

The 500 Festival Princesses also participate in the 500 Festival Leadership Development Program, presented by FORVIS, which empowers participants to make a profound impact within their community and the state of Indiana. In addition, each princess will receive a $1,000 scholarship.