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2009 NJ Cherry Blossom Princess & Festival

The NJ State Society was proud to introduce Naimah Terry of Jersey City as New Jersey’s 2009 Cherry Blossom princess at the festival in Washington, DC March 29 through April 4. Naimah represented the Garden State at many educational and cultural events, including the parade and gala ball, and volunteered at a food bank and in a local school. Naimah’s Congressman, Rep. Don Payne, introduced her to Members of Congress, Senators and staff at a Capitol Hill reception.

Naimah is a Dean’s list junior at Rutgers, concentrating in Urban Planning and Community Development and participating in many civic activities. Naimah plans to attend law school and devote herself to community development initiatives in New Jersey.

The National Conference of State Societies sponsors the princess program along with the Japan Cherry Blossom Association to commemorate the spirit of friendship symbolized by the 1912 planting of Japanese cherry trees along the Tidal Basin. Princesses are selected for their leadership, academic achievements, and interest in social, community and world affairs.

Women 19-24 who wish to apply for the 2010 Cherry Blossom program should write a one-page letter addressed to NJSS Executive Director explaining why she would be a good representative of New Jersey. The letter should be mailed to PO Box 65086, Washington, DC 20035, postmarked no later than January 15, 2010.