2017 Guam Society Cherry Blossom Princess and Junior Princess Application – Deadline Sep 15, 2016 **NOW CLOSED**

Hafa Adai Guam Society Members, Family and Friends,

Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC and the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan.

Since 1952 the Guam Society of America has selected a Princess to represent our island of Guam during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Over the years our Princesses have represented us well with their intelligence, positive attitude, beauty, love for our island of Guam.  The Guam Society of America has a reputation of being one of the most active societies in the National Conference of State Societies.  We have had some amazing young women serve as our princess and have even produced three queens in our long history. Our current Princess, Diana Cruz was an undergraduate at the College of Southern MD and served gracefully since her coronation.

As the end of summer approaches, it is time again to select another Cherry Blossom Princess to participate in the upcoming 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival which runs from March 20-April 16, 2017.  We are seeking candidates interested in representing the Guam Society as our 2017 Cherry Blossom Princess. We encourage all young ladies who meet the minimum requirements listed below to apply.  Please contact Cevina Garner at Cevina.evita84@gmail.com or info@guamsociety.org and an application will be sent to you.  You may call Cevina Garner at 443-938-6262 if you have any questions.

Residence: Candidates must be a U.S. citizen and be the daughter or granddaughter of a parent of Chamorro (Guamanian) descent.  She should be well-informed about Guam’s history and culture.

Age: Candidates must be at least 19 years of age, but no older than 24 years old as of April 16, 2017, the closing day of the 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival.

Education: Must be at least a high school graduate and pursuing a secondary education, a college graduate, or possess another degree or certificate.

Marital: Candidates must be single, never have been married, and no children.

General: Must be a current member of the Guam Society of America.

Cherry Blossom Princess Applications will be accepted through September 15, 2016 and our Princess will be announced at our annual Chamorro Night event on October 8, 2016.

In 2012, the NCSS officially began the Junior Cherry Blossom Princess Program.  This program allows younger girls of state and territorial societies to participate in some of the Festival activities as well.  In 2013, the Junior Princesses were introduced at the Princess Tea where they each received their sash and tiara from the U.S. and Japan Cherry Blossom Queens. They also participated in the USO Care Package Stuffing event and visited the Children’s Museum.  Our current Junior Cherry Blossom Princess is Melani Nauta-Borja daughter of Mary Lou Nauta.  We encourage families with daughters ages 5-12 to participate.  Please review the Junior Princess requirements below and if you have any questions or would like a participation form sent to you, please contact Cevina Garner at Cevina.evita84@gmail.com or info@guamsociety.org.

1.  The Junior Princess must be a U.S. citizen and be the daughter or granddaughter of a parent of Chamorro (Guamanian) descent.  Her family must be current members of the Guam Society of America.

2.  The Junior Princess must be at least 5 years old and be able to walk across the stage on her own, however no older than 12 years old as of April 16, 2017.

3.  The Junior Princess must have a parent/guardian with her at all times at all events they attend.

4.  Participation fee of $100 is required – the Guam Society will cover the fee for the Junior Princess selected to represent the Guam Society – please see additional details below*.  The junior princess program is open to all in the age category listed above, however, the fee must be covered the parents of the junior princess(s) who decide to participate. Checks must be made payable to The National Conference of State Societies.

5. The Junior Princess must be willing to attend other Festival events throughout the week.  Please note that some of these events may require purchased tickets and there will be limited space so other family members may not be able to attend.   Any additional tickets purchased are the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

6.  Parents must sign the Cherry Blossom Junior Princess Participation form and waiver.

*NOTE:  This program is open to all young girls in the Society.  However, the GSA will sponsor only one Junior Cherry Blossom Princess each year and will pay the required participation fee.  In the event that 2 or more girls are interested there will be a selection process to choose one lucky girl to represent the GSA as the 2017 Junior Cherry Blossom Princess.  All other girls will be responsible for their own participation fee.

Good luck to all our young Chamoritas who are applying for the 2017 Cherry Blossom Princess and Junior Princess positions.