UK student joins Derby Royal Court


Lauren Smith of Lexington, a senior majoring in political science/economics at the University of Kentucky, has been named to serve as a princess in the 2011 Derby Festival Royal Court. She is a University of Kentucky Student Government Association senator and an Otis A. Singletary Scholar.

Five young women were selected as princesses recently. They will act as ambassadors for the 2011 Derby Festival, attending nearly 70 events over a three-week period. The court will represent the Derby Festival and Louisville as official ambassadors for the springtime tradition of the Derby Festival. In addition, they will attend the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs and make visits to schools to discuss the importance of volunteering.

One of the five women will be crowned the Derby Festival Queen by a spin of the wheel at the annual Fillies Derby Ball presented by LG&E on April 15 at the Galt House East Grand Ballroom. Each woman will receive a $2,000 scholarship ($1,000 from the Fillies and $1,000 from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation).