Taylor Adams ended her reign as the Indianapolis 500 Festival Queen last weekend. Her experiences as Queen will last her a lifetime.
“It has been an amazing year and I cannot believe it has already come full circle. It was bittersweet to hand over the crown, but I am very excited for the next young lady to wear the Queen’s crown and experience this amazing ride,” said Adams.
Adams was chosen out of 33 young women who were selected for the 2012 500 Festival Princess Program. According to Adams the feeling of having the crown placed on her head was surreal and unexpected.
“There were 32 other beautiful young ladies on that stage so I was not expecting to win,” she said.
As the 500 Festival Queen she was required to attend 500 Festival events and volunteer. In addition, the 33 princesses are involved with statewide outreach programs of their choosing. The young women were selected from 274 applicants based on communication skills, poise, academic performance and community and volunteer involvement.
Although outsiders may view the Princess Program as a pageant it’s far from it. It’s a scholarship program. The program is not about a young ladies outer beauty, it’s about poise, character, communication skills, community involvement, along with academic achievements.
As a recent Purdue University graduate, Adams majored in public relations and advertising. She has no immediate plans afterwards, but will continue to work around the Indianapolis area and enjoy life.
“I will always keep my roots in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and 500 Festival Princess Program, as well,” she said.
During her reign Adams hoped she conveyed to women that no matter the obstacle they can do anything they set their mind to, if they only believe. Adams said she learned she has a lot more to offer than she ever thought.
“I just hope to leave a positive image in people’s minds,” Adams said. “I hope I leave a legacy of an un-withering young woman who stood strong to her morals and character, while representing the 500 Festival to the best of her ability.”
Stay connected with Taylor Adams by following her on Twitter at @T_TayJ.