The more Elizabeth Score learned about the 500 Festival Princess program, the more she was sold.
“The 500 Festival seeks to provide life-enriching opportunities to the Hoosier community,” Score said. “That ability, along with the professional development aspect of the program, is absolutely wonderful. Everything they do from youth programs up through adults is just magnificent.”
The Noblesville resident is one of 33 500 Festival Princesses selected for 2021. Score, who attended Noblesville schools through eighth grade, graduated from Northpoint Homeschool Co-Op in Noblesville in 2020. Score, who took college credits during high school at Ivy Tech Community College, is an Indiana University sophomore majoring in law and public policy.
The Princesses were selected through a competitive process consisting of a written application and virtual interviews.
Score, 19, became a race fan after she started dating 2020 Noblesville High School graduate Brandon Pfeil. She went with Pfeil’s family to the Indianapolis 500 in 2018 and 2019. She also learned about activities from Pfeil’s grandfather, Steve Kammeyer, who has been volunteering for the 500 Festival and the race for several years.
“That sparked my love for the Indy 500,” Score said.
Although most of the events and outreaches will be virtual, Score is eager to participate any way she can.
“I’m so excited to make an impact in any way I can at the 500 Festival,” Score said. “I love the 500 Festival Kids Fit program. If we can make that happen in any aspect in person, that is where my heart is. I’m very passionate about being physically active and maintaining that kind of balanced lifestyle with diet and exercise. Passing that along to kids in the name of the 500 Festival would be really fun.”
Score played basketball growing up and competed briefly in Body and Training track club.
“I’m partnering with a couple of organizations to see how I can make an impact with their organization,” Score said. “One of the programs I’m excited to be partnering with is Hope Center Indy, a shelter for women in recovery for a lot of different things. They present a Christ-centered approach to healing and reintegration into society. I will have the honor to work with them to provide ad fun night, whether it’s virtual or in person.”
Each 500 Festival Princess receives a $1,000 scholarship, made possible by Marlyne Sexton, an Indianapolis philanthropist and president of The Sexton Companies, and the 500 Festival Foundation.