Arielle Evans, a Georgetown College senior from Louisville, was named Monday (Jan. 9) as one of six princesses for the 2012 Derby Festival Royal Court. They will represent the Derby Festival and Louisville as official ambassadors at almost 70 festival events, beginning with the Poster Premiere on Jan. 25.
Comfortable in front of the camera or behind a microphone, Arielle said the princesses have already faced a Louisville media blitz, including being on WHAS radio and TV with colorful talk show host Terry Meiners.
One of the six women will be crowned the Derby Festival queen by a spin of the wheel at the annual Fillies Derby Ball on April 20 at the Galt House Hotel & Suites. Each woman will receive a $2,000 scholarship ($1,000 from the Fillies and $1,000 from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation).
Arielle has quite a pageant resume, having competed the past three years in the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Pageant and finishing 1st runner-up in GC’s Belle of the Blue Scholarship Pageant her freshman year (2009).
At Georgetown, she is a student professional in the Admissions Office and a member of Phi Mu, Lyric Theatre Society, and the jayvee volleyball team. A double-minor in Musical Theatre and Spanish, Arielle tutors a Scott County High School student in Spanish.
The Exercise Science major hopes to be accepted to the University of Kentucky’s Health Promotion program for graduate school.
“I am very excited about this opportunity. But I am not the only princess that can be found on campus,” said Arielle proudly, referring to GC’s first Executive Scholar-in-Residence. “Gov. Collins was a former Derby Princess as well!”