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Cherry Blossom

Maya Loflin, 2018 North Carolina Cherry Blossom Princess

Maya Loflin, 2018 North Carolina Cherry Blossom Princess

Meet our 2018 North Carolina Cherry Blossom Princess Maya Loflin at the NCSS States & Territories Night at the Ball Park! The 2018 Cherry Blossom Princesses, 2017 U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen, Samantha Olsen, and the 2018 Japan Sakura Queen will watch the Washington Nationals play the Atlanta Braves on Monday, April 9th. Tickets are $35, and include an $8 value towards purchases of food and souvenirs in the ballpark.

Monday, April 9 @ 7PM 

Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves

$35 per ticket - includes $8 towards purchases in the ballpark


2017 Cherry Blossom Princess Schuyler Weisel

2018 Cherry Blossom Princess

The North Carolina Society of Washington, D.C. is proud to announce our 2018 Cherry Blossom Princess is Maya Loflin, a student at East Carolina University from Pittsboro, North Carolina.

“We’re proud to announce Maya Loflin has been chosen to serve as our state’s representative for the National Cherry Blossom Festival,” said society president Navneet Buttar. “As a leader of her peers, an accomplished young professional and a selfless community servant, Maya 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."

Maya is a founding sister of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority at East Carolina University and helps fight hunger through volunteer efforts at food banks and homeless shelters, in addition to fundraising events. Maya is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education and has a passion for achieving equality for special needs students, both in school and in society.

While a student at Northwood High School, Maya was an active cheerleader, dancer, singer and artist. Maya served as the president of the Cosmetology Club, and was a member of Key Club and Future Farmers of America. Her senior year, she served as a Youth Counselor at the YMCA at Pittsboro.

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 9, 2018 with the opening celebration at the Tidal Basin. Highlights of the week include: the Congressional Reception on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 when the North Carolina Princess Maya Loflin will be escorted by Congressman David Price (NC-04); the Official Cherry Blossom Grand Ball on Friday, April 13, 2018; and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival on Saturday, April 14, 2018.