The Royal Court is made up of The Derby Queen® and the Derby Princesses®.
The Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court was announced on Monday, Jan. 9. This year's five Derby Princesses are:
Kailee Barnes of Louisville, KY – Kailee, 19-years-old, is a sophomore at the University of Kentucky majoring in Human Health Sciences as a Pre-Med student. She is a Presidential Scholar, on the Dean’s List, and is the Sisterhood Chair of Kappa Delta –Epsilon Omega Chapter. Kailee serves on the Pre-Medical Activities Council and volunteers at UK Hospital in Lexington.
Natalie Brown of Crestwood, KY – Natalie, 21-years-old, is a Senior at the University of Louisville majoring in Communications. She is a Trustees Scholar, Honors Scholar, on the Student Orientation Staff and serves as a Cardinal Ambassador. Natalie hosts a Student News Show at U of L and also volunteers for Heuser Hearing Institute with the Delta Zeta Sorority.
Sidney Cobb of Frankfort, KY – Sidney, 20-years-old, is sophomore at the University of Louisville. A Pre-Law student, she is majoring in Political Science and History. Sidney is a National Merit Scholar, a McConnell Scholar, on the Dean’s List, and is a Heather French Henry Quality of Life Winner. Sidney is Vice Chair of Engaging Issues for the Student Activities Board and also serves as a Citizenship Instructor at Kentucky Refugee Ministries. 4
Daphne Woolridge of Louisville, KY – Daphne, 18-years-old, is a Freshman at the University of Louisville majoring in Secondary Education English with a minor in Pan-African Studies. She is a Porter Scholar, Whitney M. Young Scholar, on the Dean’s List and received over $1 million dollars in awards and scholarships upon graduating from Louisville’s Male High School. Daphne is part of the Minority Teacher Recruitment Program, a C.O.N.E.C.T Mentor and volunteers at Indian Trail Elementary.
Taylor Marchelle Young of Louisville, KY – Taylor, 20-years-old, is a Junior at the University of Louisville majoring in Secondary Education. She is a Woodford R. Porter Scholar, on the Dean’s List, part of the Minority Teacher Recruitment Program, and serves as an Event Coordinator for the Society of Porter Scholars. Taylor also volunteers for Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana.
Two alternates were also chosen to become Princesses if one of the originally chosen five Derby Princesses is unable to serve.
Macey Mayes of Central City, KY, a Junior at the University of Louisville, was chosen as the first alternate.
Alexis Skaggs of Rineyville, KY, a Senior at Western Kentucky University, was chosen as the second alternate.
Being a Derby Princess is a great opportunity for any talented young woman to earn scholarship monies, as well as serve as an official ambassador for the city and the Kentucky Derby Festival in the spring. Each Derby Princess receives two $1,000 scholarships – one from The Fillies, Inc., and one from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation. In addition to other sponsor gifts, each woman also receives a complimentary wardrobe.
Applicants must be single, female residents of Kentucky or the metropolitan area, including Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties of Indiana, and full-time college students, with a minimum accumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Candidates must also be poised, outstanding in the community and 18 years old on or before December 31. Contact Shannon Adkins, Vice President of the Fillies, Inc., at (502) 396-7425 or email at Royalcourt2017@gmail.com with any questions.
Since 1957, past Derby Queens and Princesses have been making an impression on their community. They include Martha Layne Collins, Kentucky’s first woman Governor, and a number of other community leaders. The Fillies are honored to continue to produce the Derby Princess Program in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby Festival.
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