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Deadline for 2015 Cherry Blossom Princess Applications

Preliminary Cherry Blossom Princess Application

The New Jersey State Society is now accepting applications from young women interested in being selected as our 2015 NJ Cherry Blossom Princess. The Princess will represent the state in the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, April 5 through April 11, 2015, as well as at various other events throughout the year in New Jersey and in the Nationís Capital.

Princesses must be at least 19 years old and not have reached their 25th birthday prior to the end of the festival, (4.11.15). Our princess must be either born in, or living in, New Jersey or have family roots or other strong ties to the state (which could include attendance at a New Jersey college.)

If selected, the princess must be 100 per cent available between April 5 and April 11, 2015. While we pay the $500 entrance fee for our selected NJ Princess, applicants should be aware that housing, clothing and other expenses are the responsibility of the princesses and could run as high as $1000. (Princesses usually stay together in one downtown hotel, but they are free to find their own DC-area lodging to reduce expenses.) There is no initial cost to apply to us.

Applications are due by September 30, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Please print out the preliminary application above and postmark it in time to for us to receive it at the following address:

New Jersey State Society
PO Box 65086
Washington, DC 20035

Kindly include a head shot. You may also email the photo and the completed application to info@njss.org

If you would like to learn more about the National Conference of State Society' (NCSS) Princess Program, visit www.StateSocieties.org and click on the Princess Program tab. Note that the NCSS application deadline is later than ours. We serve as the selection committee and they manage the national program.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Each spring, Washington, DC celebrates the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Over 2,500 young women have participated in this popular and widely respected program. All Princesses participate in an exciting week of activities culminating in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, one of Washington's largest and most popular spectator events.The NJ princess will join other young women representing their states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the American Virgin Islands.

During the Festival, the Princesses will be guests of the Japanese Ambassador at an Embassy tea; welcome Japanís Cherry Blossom Festival Queen as well as the princesses of other countries; tour the White House and the US Capitol; visit charities supported by the Festival, participate in ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery and at the Vietnam Memorial; be introduced to attendees at a Congressional Reception; serve as models in the fashion show which is a traditional feature of the Festival luncheon; be featured in a nationally televised parade on Constitution Avenue; and be guests at the Festival Gala and Ball where one princess will be selected as the Festival Queen and travel to Japan to participate in that nationís Cherry Blossom Festival.

Neither a beauty pageant nor a talent competition, the Festival is a unique opportunity for a young New Jersey woman to represent New Jersey and the Society. Princesses are selected by the New Jersey State Society (NJSS) for their leadership, academic achievements, volunteer activities (including with NJSS) and interest in social, community and world affairs.

The NCSS also requires that princesses have at least a high school diploma, never been married and have no children.


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