South Oldham grad chosen as a Ky. Derby Festival Princess

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

Five women chosen for the 2013 Kentucky Derby Festival’s Royal Court include a South Oldham High School graduate, festival officials announced today.


The women selected will act as ambassadors for the 2013 Kentucky Derby Festival, attending nearly 70 events during a two-week period.

Cameryn "Cammie" Jones of Goshen is a senior at the University of Kentucky studying food science. She is a 2009 graduate of South Oldham High School.

Jones has been named to the dean's list five times and serves as Recruitment President & Career and Personal Development Director for the UK chapter of Chi Omega women's fraternity.

She recently served as a public relations/marketing intern for the Kentucky Distillers' Association.

The 2013 Royal Court also includes Chelsea Diamond of Louisville, Katherine Gardner of Greenville, Allison Grant of Harrodsburg and Dominique Luster of Louisville. Alternates are Amy Bastawros of Louisville and Olivia McMillen of Louisville.

The Derby Festival’s Royal Court Program is coordinated by The Fillies, Inc., a volunteer group that works closely with the Festival. 
The court will represent the Kentucky Derby Festival and the city of Louisville as official ambassadors for the springtime tradition of the Festival.

They will attend nearly every official Derby Festival event beginning with the Poster Premiere on Jan. 23 to their appearance in the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade on May 2. In addition, they will attend the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs and make visits to schools to discuss the importance of volunteerism.

One of the five women will be crowned the Derby Festival Queen by a spin-of-the-wheel at the annual Fillies Derby Ball on April 19 at the Galt House East Grand Ballroom. Each woman will receive a $2,000 scholarship funded by the Fillies and the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation.

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

The Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.  It entertains more than 1.5 million people annually. This involvement makes the KDF the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.