ATTENTION POTENTIAL MARYLAND CHERRY BLOSSOM PRINCESS CANDIDATES:The 71st Anniversary Cherry Blossom Princess Program will be held in April 2019 in Washington, DC (official dates TBD). The Cherry Blossom Princess Program is a cultural, educational, and professional development program for women leaders ages 19 to 24 held each year during one week of the National Cherry Blossom Festival© in Washington, DC. It is sponsored and managed by the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS), the non-profit, voluntary umbrella association for State and Territorial Societies in the National Capital Area. If you believe you have the qualifications to be considered as a Maryland Cherry Blossom Princess, please click here to fill out the application.
2017 Cherry Blossom Princess
Diana Leonora Tappert
Diana Tappert is currently earning her Bachelors of Arts in International Studies with a Minor in the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality and a Minor in English from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU). She is also participating in the Humanities Center Honors Program - a completion date of May 2017 for both. She is fluent in both English and French.
Diana competes and represents JHU at the United Nations-style debate competitions at colleges and universities both domestic and international. She has been a member of the Hopkins Feminists JHU group since 2014 in several roles, including President. Within this organization, she has worked at promoting gender equality and inclusivity, as well as organizing programming to spark discussion and community dialogue.
Diana is presently working with the Department of Justice on an internship program. In this role, she supports the efforts of the CID International Violent Crime Unit as part of the Department of Justice's Honors Internship Program and produces high quality informational case notes for departmental use and streamlined office database management strategies.
Diana is looking forward to representing her County and her State as the Maryland Cherry Blossom Princess, as well as working with Amanda this Spring when they visit the Ronald McDonald House in the Baltimore area.
2016 Cherry Blossom Princess
Amanda Misaki Buker
Amanda is currently earning her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Asian Studies from the University of Maryland. She would like to further her studies in a Master's degree program and be able to work in a field involving Japanese relations with America. It will give her an opportunity to encourage her State to continue to provide Japanese language courses with its public school systems and to work in a position related to Japan which is her main focus and interest.
Amanda was studying Japanese language and culture at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan until she returned to the United States in January. Prior to this she had chosen to enroll in a Japanese magnet program during her middle school years, which was the only one in Baltimore County, and was able to take Japanese every week-day. This manifested a life-long love of anything Japanese. Additionally, with her mother working for the Japan Embassy, she was able to go to many of the cultural events and was able to connect even more through witnessing the cultural exchange between America and Japan.
Along with her studies, Amanda also pursues her interest in Japan through dance, afterschool clubs, and volunteer experiences through the Japan American Society, and Embassy of Japan.
2015 Cherry Blossom Princess
Mai SegawaMai Segawa is earning her MSc in Migration Studies from the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. Mai holds a BA in Psychology, Medical Anthropology, and a minor in Childhood Studies from Case Western Reserve University. She is a global activist deeply committed to advocating for girls education and the rights of displaced children and families. Mai is the founder of Adoption Network Cleveland’s Scholars Program, a certificate program for young professionals wanting to learn more about the journey of adoption and the rights of the child. This year will mark the fourth anniversary since the Scholars program successfully launched in October 2011. After the earthquake disaster hit Japan in 2011, Mai organized the “Jewelry Sale for Japan” and directed the “Relief for Japan Benefit Dinner” to raise funds for the tsunami victims and the Japanese Red Cross. Receiving a scholarship from the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, she was able to become the special student visitor of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Zambia, Africa, where she visited the Meheba refugee camp.