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Cherry Blossom Princess Applications due

If you are interested in being considered for NJ Cherry Blossom Princess for the 100th Anniversary Year of Japan's gift of the cherry blossom trees to the Nation's Capital, email for more details.

This is not a beauty pageant, but a unique opportunity for a young New Jersey woman to represent the Garden State and the Society and at the same time, learn about other states and countries, as well as her own government and to tour the Nation’s Capital.

NJSS selects its princess each year based on her leadership, academic achievements, volunteer activities and interest in social, community and world affairs.

The applicant must be at least 19 years old but not have reached her 25th birthday prior to the end of the festival, be either a NJ native or have other strong NJ connections, be at least a high school graduate, unmarried, knowledgeable about NJ and available for the entire festival week of April 8-15 to be in DC.

It is helpful if the nominee has a friend or relative in the Washington, DC, area with whom to stay, or has an entity willing to underwrite the week’s lodging of approximately $1000. NJSS also contributes about $1000 to pay the entrance fee and related expenses.

This year is the 100th Anniversary of Japan’s gift of the cherry trees to the United States, so this year’s festival, gala ball and parade, will be spectacular. As is tradition, one queen will be chosen from among the princesses by a spin of a wheel at the gala ball and will travel to Japan for numerous service activities with Japan’s Cherry Blossom queen.