Contest “Russian Cherry Blossom Princess 2012"

January 6, 2012 - 12:32


2012 is a year of the 200th Anniversary of Fort Ross and the 100th Anniversary of the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Russian Princess Committee
Russian Cherry Blossom Princess 2012
to represent the Russian Embassy
from April 7 till April 14 2012
at the Cherry Blossom Princess Program
at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington.
This tradition began to commemorate the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees from Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki to the city of Washington, and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan.
Cherry Blossom Princess Program started in 1948. Prior to the beginning of the festival young ladies (Princesses) from each US state and US territories have been selected for their academic successes and achievements, extraordinary talents, their contribution to public and their interest to world politics. After they started to invite representatives from other countries — foreign princesses. It helps to make better communications between the different countries, sharing their culture and history. In the end of Festival one of princesses becomes the U. S. Cherry Blossom Queen (except International representatives).
The Embassy of Japan plays a key role in celebrating and their Queen (Japanese Cherry Blossom Queen) represents them.
All princesses participate in a number of official actions of the festival such as the Lantern Lighting Ceremony, Princess Luncheon, Congressional Reception, Grand Ball, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, where their representatives carry a flag of their state or country.
Since 1948, it drew more than three thousand young women, including daughters of presidents, congressmen, senators, ministers, diplomats and other dignitaries.
In 2010-11, two of our representatives, Kristina Bourdugova and Elizaveta Agladze, properly represented Russia at the festival, have proved them from the best side. For more information about their participation in the program
Please send us information about potential candidates till 31 January 2012 (the requirements of the festival organizers listed below)
Russian Princess Committee:
Svetlana Sokolova, Chair
President of The American Association of Russian Language, Culture and Education (AARCE),, cell: (240) 372-3343
Luda Clark, Сoordinator, cell: (202) 379-6327
International Cherry Blossom Princess Qualifications
To qualify as an NCSS International Cherry Blossom Princess, all candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications in order to be accepted to represent their Country in the 2012 Cherry Blossom Festival.
Purpose: An opportunity for Embassies to participate in an event where their candidate (Princess) representative can exchange and share their culture with young women from the United States.
Residence: The Princess or parent should be born in the country represented. This is important so that the Princess will have first-hand knowledge about their country.
Age: The Princess is between 20 years of age, but no older than 25 years old, the closing day of the NCSS festival activities of the 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival®.
Education: The Princess must speak English. Communication is extremely important. Preferable to have honors and awards; Community, Social & Civic Activities/Organizations; interesting hobbies, sports, interests, special talents
Marital: The Princess must be single, never have been married, no children.
Dress: International Princesses are encouraged to wear their native costumes at the Parade and State Society receptions, if they so desire.
Wardrobe: Basic garments needed are:
• One WHITE, formal, floor length ball gown (not skin tight) and long WHITE gloves for the Grand Ball/Banquet
• One dressy skirted suit or comparable dress for the Congressional Reception and Japan Ambassador Reception. No cocktail dresses or dresses with plunging necklines will be allowed.
• A good selection of interview type skirted suits, dresses, and one pantsuit (matching top and pants) for daytime wear throughout the week. A list of appropriate attire for the week will be listed on the Schedule of Events well in advance.
• Comfortable shoes that are coordinated with your dress/suit. We suggest these be flats or 1-2” heels. NO SANDALS, FLIP FLOPS, THONG OR MULE STYLES SHOES.
• One all-season coat, preferably with a liner, due to the unpredictability of Washington weather.
Bright, colorful clothing is highly recommended. Outfits that are totally black, brown or dark gray are not acceptable at any time during the week. This dress code will be enforced for all U.S. and International princesses, and you will be required to change immediately if inappropriate clothing is worn.
Princesses may NOT wear crowns or tiaras (except when provided by NCSS). Jeans, stretch pants, tight shorts, boots, high split skirts, or mini skirts will not be allowed during scheduled Festival events and activities. Princesses may not wear heavy make-up or nail polish in colors such as black, blue, and other dark colors.
We recommend you bring an extra suitcase due to the number of gifts you receive. Each Princess herself is responsible for bringing 60 gifts in order to receive 60 gifts from others participants.
Availability: The Princess must attend all scheduled NCSS Festival events and may be asked to participate in related events during the Festival period. The program provides college-aged, professional women the chance to meet and interface with role models, gain an increased understanding of government and industry, as well as, be exposed to a broader international environment. In addition to the educational and professional development aspects, the program includes evening receptions with individual states, the Japan Ambassador and other Ambassadors, a Princess Tea, the Lantern Lighting Ceremony, a Princess Luncheon, a Congressional Reception, and the Official Cherry Blossom Grand Ball/Sushi Reception.
Emergency: Each Princess must provide NCSS with the name and phone number of a responsible adult in the Washington, DC, area who can be reached in case of an emergency, in addition to filling out the required Emergency Care Information Form.
General: The Princess should possess poise, intelligence, maturity, have a good personality and character, and enjoy good physical, mental and emotional stability in order to withstand the rigorous schedule of Festival activities. No visible tattoos or body piercing – for clarification contact the Princess Chair.
The International Princess may be invited to participate in State Society receptions. Their participation is encouraged, as this is a wonderful way to interact with the US Princesses and State Society members.
Attendance: Each Princess must be in Washington, DC, by Saturday, April 7, 2012, to attend Princess Orientation at 9:00am and the Princess Tea at 3:00pm at the headquarters hotel, Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel * 999 9th Street, NW * Washington, DC. Additional events that weekend are the traditional Lantern Lighting Ceremony and the Opening Reception. You will receive a full and detailed Schedule of Events and the required dress for each event prior to the Festival. You should plan to be available for Festival activities until 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 14, 2012. It is important that all Princesses be available and on time for all official functions.
Transportation: Princesses will be transported to all events by bus, which will leave from the headquarters hotel each morning, move the Princesses between Festival events during the day, and returning them to the hotel each evening. It is imperative that each Princess use the bus, even if they are not staying at the headquarters hotel, to avoid traffic problems.
The completed Princess application MUST include the following documents (forms itself we will provide after potential candidate will be chosen:
1. Statement of Interest by Princess – signed by the Princess and the Embassy Representative (Form A).
2. $500.00 Princess Program Fee
3. Each participant is responsible for an appropriate indigenous gift or memento from their State or Country (60 gifts)
4. Princess Participation Agreement signed by the Princess, Parent or Guardian, and the Embassy Representative (Form B).
5. Legible Copy of Birth Certificate, Drivers License or Passport (to confirm eligibility)Do NOT submit the original of either document – these will not be returned.
6. A color digital photo – must provide a digital head shot color photo, via email, and include in the body of the email name and the country representing. This will be used for the official Festival program and publicity purposes. The photos should be a head and shoulders portrait with just one pose. For consistency, we ask that you wear a black drape and no jewelry other than pearls and conservative earrings. No hats, crowns or tiaras.
7. Cherry Blossom Princess Biographical Information (Form C).
8. Copy-Ready 2012 Cherry Blossom Princess Biography, 100 words or less (emailed)
9. Emergency Care Information signed by the Princess (Form D).
10. Photo Release signed by the Princess and Parent or Guardian (Form E).
11. Escort Form and Additional Princess Information (Form F).
12. United States Cherry Blossom Queen and Runner-Up Selection and Participation Agreement signed by the Princess, Parent or Guardian, and State Society President (Form G).
13. Absence Request (signed by the Princess) – only if applicable (Form H).
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