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Forest Park High School alum Allison Hoffman has been chosen as one of the 33 Indianapolis 500 Festival Princesses that will serve as ambassadors to this year’s festival and race.

The 2016 race will be the 100th running of the May classic held every Memorial Day weekend at the corner of 16th and Georgetown Streets in Indianapolis.

Hoffman PhotoHoffman graduated from Forest park in 2012 and is a senior at Purdue University.

The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization, announced that 33 college-aged women from across Indiana have been selected from a record number of applicants to serve as 2016 500 Festival Princesses.

The 500 Festival Princess program has a long history of celebrating Indiana’s most civic-minded, academically driven college-aged women.

Now serving as a 500 Festival Princess provides young women with countless opportunities for leadership, networking, and professional development.

The 500 Festival Princesses will participate in the program’s personal and professional development initiative, which empowers participants to make a profound impact within their community and Indiana.

Each 500 Festival Princess will receive a $1,000 scholarship, made possible in part by the 500 Festival Foundation.

500 Festival Princesses are also provided with once-in-a-life-time experiences, including involvement with the 500 Festival’s statewide community outreach programs, volunteering at 500 Festival events and participating in various Indianapolis Motor Speedway functions, including the pre-race ceremonies and Victory Circle celebration for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

This year’s princesses represent 13 Indiana colleges and universities and 21 cities and towns across the state.

With a cumulative GPA of 3.5, the women were selected from hundreds of applicants based upon their communication skills, commitment to service, leadership, scholarship, and professionalism.

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