LOCAL WOMAN TO PARTICIPATE IN CHERRY BLOSSOM PRINCESS PROGRAM

THURSDAY MARCH 24, 2016

LOCAL WOMAN TO PARTICIPATE IN CHERRY BLOSSOM PRINCESS PROGRAM

SOMERSET- Somerset resident Alexandria Murphy will represent Massachusetts in the Cherry Blossom Princess Program that will have young women from across the country gathering in Washington, D.C. for different programs next month.

The program is a cultural, educational and professional development program for women between the ages of 19 years old and 24 years old that takes place in the nation’s capital during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The event is sponsored by the National Conference of State Societies.

Some of the activities for participants in the Cherry Blossom Princess Program will include a parade, community service, a lantern lighting ceremony, presentations at embassies, a celebration of states and a congressional reception.

“It’s just a great cultural immersion and women’s leadership program,” Murphy said. “It’s a great program that allows young women to pursue their dreams and careers and get those connections that are possible.”

Murphy is a student at Worcester State University where she is a sophomore with a major in communications and criminal law and a minor in pre-law. Murphy is a 2014 graduate of Somerset Berkley Regional High School. Murphy also went to Washington yesterday with Worcester State and will be there until March 26 with the 2016 Presidential Leadership Program advocating for her peers. She is also running for Student Senate as a resident senator at WSU. She is a committeewoman on the Class Committee of 2018 at WSU.

A queen will be chosen from the Cherry Blossom Princess Program participants to represent the U.S. on a trip to Japan. Murphy said the queen will be chosen randomly with a spinning wheel. She said there will be no pageant.

Murphy’s Gold Award advisor in the Girl Scouts was a woman who represented Rhode Island in the Cherry Blossom Princess Program and is now Miss Rhode Island.

“I believe it will be a great experience to get out there and meet new women who are empowering themselves,” Murphy said.

Murphy said she would like to learn about the Japanese culture and the rich history between that country and the United States.

“And it will allow me to become a better collaborative leader and to be a role model for younger women for whatever they want to pursue in the future,” Murphy said.

Murphy will be attending the program from April 10 to April 17. She is raising money for her expenses for the trip with a Go Fund Me page which people can access by going to gofundme.com/macherryblossom16.”

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