Anderson, Indiana

AU senior chosen for 500 Festival Princess Program

Wed, 2010-02-24 13:09 -- univcomm
February 24, 2010

An Anderson University senior is among 33 women selected to serve in this year’s 500 Festival Princess Program.

Ashley Casterline, of Fishers, was named among the 33 princesses, officials announced Tuesday.

Casterline-revShe is seeking a major in marketing at Anderson University. She is also a member of the university’s cross-country team.

The 33 will be involved with statewide outreach programs of their choosing. Princesses are also present at various Indianapolis Motor Speedway functions.

This year’s 500 Festival princesses represent 13 Indiana colleges and universities and 24 cities and towns across the state. The women were selected from 243 applicants based on communication skills, poise, academic performance and community and volunteer involvement.

Candidates must also be full-time undergraduate students in a fully-accredited Indiana college or university and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.

This year’s princesses have a cumulative grade point average of 3.43.

One of the women will be selected May 22 as the 2010 500 Festival Queen and receive a $2,500 scholarship. To learn more about 500 Festival events and volunteer opportunities, please visit

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.