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2016 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court selected

The KDF Royal Court was announced on Monday, Jan. 11. (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News) The KDF Royal Court was announced on Monday, Jan. 11. (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The five women who will serve as princesses in the 2016 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court were introduced on Monday.

  • Millicent Ashley Cahoon of Louisville is a junior at the University of Louisville majoring in psychology. She is a member of Psi Chi Honor Society, has been on the Dean's List for four semesters, is conducting her own social psychology experiment and is pursuing a non-profit certification. She volunteers with Helping Hands.
     
  • Loandria "Andi" Julia Dahmer of Fisherville is a freshman at Western Kentucky University major 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 Association Association Senator. She volunteers for the Humane Society.
     
  • Stephanie Dooper of Owensboro is a senior at the University of Louisville majoring in political science and liberal studies. She is the founder of The Roosevelt Institute Campus Chapter, a Recipient of the University of Louisville Outstanding Community Engagement Award. She also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.
     
  • Madison Kristine Orman of Prospect is a junior at the University of Louisville majoring in business finance. She is a Trustee's Scholar, has been on the Dean's List for five semesters, is a Cardinal Host and a Pointe and Contemporary Dancer. 
     
  • Adrienne Georgann Poole of Brandenburg is a freshman at the University of Kentucky majoring in marketing. She is president of UK Phi Beta Lambda, a member of Student Government Leadership Development Program and news reporter for the Meade County Messenger. She is also an intern with Goodwill Industries of Kentucky.

Two additional women were chosen as alternates in the event a princess or princesses are unable to serve. They are Gabriella Torres of Louisville and Brooke Elizabeth Hasl of Prospect. Both are students at the University of Kentucky. 

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

One of the five princesses 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 - $1,000 from the Fillies and $1,000 from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation.

Candidates for the princess program must maintain a 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. 

The first Derby Festival Princess was crowned in 1957, the second year of the festival. Previous princesses have included former Kentucky Governor Martha Layne Collins and the late Gail Gorski, the first female pilot ever hired by United Airlines.

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