By Nicole Lafond
Freshman Dolly Garrison has been recognized as the 2012 American Samoa Cherry Blossom Princess by the American Samoa Society of Washington, DC. This society is involved in the sponsorship of the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C.
Garrison will be participating in a weeklong program April 7 to 14, with other Cherry Blossom princesses from across the United States and around the world. There will be representatives from each of the 50 states, according to a press release from the American Samoan Congressman Eni Faleomavaega.
“We will have the opportunity to go to all of the different embassies, meet congressmen, tour the Capitol, volunteer at Wednesday’s Child[adoption agency] and be in the parade,” Garrison said.
Garrison went through an application process and was selected based on her heritage, academic performance, extracurricular activities, community involvement and leadership skills.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual event that is known as a celebration of spring’s arrival in the United States. Historically, the festivities commemorate the gift of 3,000 cherry blossoms to the United States from Japan in 1912, as a recognition of friendship between the two countries, according to a Fox News article from March 21.
The festival is usually two weeks long, but this year marks its centennial celebration. Because of this, the national festival will be five weeks this year, from March 20 to April 27, according to the same Fox News article.
Garrison is proud to be a part of this prominent event.
“I am so very honored to have been chosen for this position, because I was chosen to represent my heritage out of a large group of people,” she said.