2017 Cherry Blossom Princess
The North Carolina Society of Washington, D.C. is proud to announce our 2017 Cherry Blossom Princess is Schuyler Weisel, a student at UNC-Chapel Hill from Raleigh.
“We’re proud to announce Schuyler Weisel has been chosen to serve as our state’s representative for the National Cherry Blossom Festival,” said society president Andrea Hall. “As a leader of her peers, an accomplished young professional and a selfless community servant, Schuyler exemplifies all the characteristics of a Cherry Blossom Princess. We are thrilled to welcome her to Washington, D.C. to participate in this unforgettable experience."
As a student at UNC-Chapel Hill and a member of Carolina Women in Business, Schuyler supports Angel Tree, the Ronald McDonald House and the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. Schuyler is a member of the Tri Delta sorority at UNC-Chapel Hill and works to support St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, Hope Center Uganda, and the Chapel Hill Fire Department through volunteer efforts and fundraising events.
While a student at Broughton High School, Schuyler founded and presided over the Food and Cultural Experiences Club, served in student government, held leadership positions in the Latin Honor Society, and was elected Vice President of the school chapter of DECA, an organization that prepares students in business. Schuyler has supported Stop Hunger Now, Walk for Hope, and the High School Key Club sponsored by the local Kiwanis Club. She was inducted into the Broughton Service Club, which recognizes leaders for their outstanding service to the Broughton community.
The Cherry Blossom Princess Program is a weeklong program that takes place every year during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington. The National Conference of State Societies, the non-profit, voluntary umbrella association for State and Territorial Societies in the National Capital Area, organizes the cultural, educational and professional development program for women ages 19 to 24. Cherry Blossom Princesses are selected for their leadership, academic achievements, and interest in community and world affairs.
The North Carolina princess will join other young women representing their states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the American Virgin Islands. One queen will be chosen from among the princesses by a spin of a wheel at the ball and will travel to Japan to represent the United States. The North Carolina Society of Washington is the oldest state society and has sponsored a Cherry Blossom Princess annually since 1950.
The week-long events begin April 2, 2017 with the opening celebration at the Tidal Basin. Highlights of the week include: the Congressional Reception on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 when the North Carolina Princess Schuyler Weisel will be escorted by Congressman David Price (NC-04); the Official Cherry Blossom Grand Ball on Friday, April 7, 2017; and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival on Saturday, April 8, 2017.