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WKU student selected as 2016 Derby Festival Princess

Andi Dahmer, a WKU freshman from Fisherville, is among five women selected to serve as Princesses in the 2016 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court.

WKU freshman Andi Dahmer has been selected to the 2016 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court. (Photo by Marvin Young)

WKU freshman Andi Dahmer has been selected to the 2016 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court. (Photo by Marvin Young)

Dahmer is majoring in Economics, International Affairs and Spanish, as well as Asian Religions and Cultures. She is a Cherry Presidential Scholar, Chinese Language Flagship Program participant and Student Government Association Senator. She also volunteers for the Humane Society.

The 2016 Princesses were introduced Monday (Jan. 11). The Royal Court Program is coordinated by The Fillies, Inc., a volunteer group that works closely with the Festival.

The Princesses will act as ambassadors for the 2016 Kentucky Derby Festival, attending nearly 70 events over a two-week period. Twenty-eight were selected as finalists out of the more than 100 original applicants for the five Princess positions.

One of the five will be crowned the Derby Festival Queen by a spin-of-the-wheel at the annual Fillies Derby Ball on April 16 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Each woman will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Candidates for the Princess Program must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point average and are selected by a panel of three out-of-state judges. Criteria for selection includes knowledge of the Derby Festival, poise, intelligence, personality and campus and community involvement.

Contact: Kentucky Derby Festival, (502) 584-3378

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