GREENFIELD — For Hoosiers, the month of May is historically a special time of speed and spectacle, but for Emily Nickels, this year’s speed season is defined by outright royalty.
Nickels will join 32 other young women from throughout the state as a 500 Festival Princess for 2014, becoming an ambassador for the 500 Festival, the city of Indianapolis and the High Hoosier Holy Day, the Indianapolis 500.
Nickels and this year’s entourage were selected from a field of 230 applicants and represent nine Indiana colleges and universities and 24 cities and towns across the state, according to the 500 Festival.
But entering such a contest was something Nickels had never considered before.
“This is way off her radar,” said Nickels’ mother, Nancy.
“I’ve never done anything like this before,” Nickels said. “But my summer intern supervisor introduced me to the program, and that piqued my interest.”
She also received encouragement from a few sorority sisters who had been involved with the program in the past, and that was all the Ball State University junior needed to get her onto the grid.