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A D.C. Tradition Since 1948

2024 CHERRY BLOSSOM PRINCESS: Miss Scarlett O'Meara
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Congratulations to our 2024 Cherry Blossom Princess

About Scarlett: 

Scarlett was born in Madison, Wisconsin and spent her early years in Brookfield, Wisconsin. She attended Arizona State University (ASU) and graduated summa cum laude in December 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Scarlett lives in Los Angeles, CA and enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with friends, and listening to live music. She has lived in all timezones in the continental United States (Virginia, Wisconsin, New Mexico, California) and has traveled extensively across the country. Scarlett is a proud Green Bay Packers shareholder and looks forward to her annual trips home to Wisconsin to see family and friends. She can’t wait to represent the Badger State in the 2024 Cherry Blossom Festival. 


A Tradition Since 1948

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.


Since 1948, State and Territorial Societies along with many Embassies and Consulates in Washington, DC, have enabled more than 3,000 young women leaders from across the United States and world to participate in this program and the celebration of the unique and enduring friendship between the United States and Japan. As Cherry Blossom Princesses, these young women represent their respective states, territories, and countries in both public and private events held each day across the Washington area and engage with leading government, business, arts, media leaders and role models.


At the conclusion of the week-long Cherry Blossom Princess Program, a new United States Cherry Blossom Queen is chosen at the Official Cherry Blossom Grand Ball and Sushi Reception by a random spin of a wheel of fortune from among the Princesses representing States and Territories. The following morning, the newly crowned United States Cherry Blossom Queen and her Japanese counterpart, along with the State, Territory, and International Princesses are invited to participate in the National Cherry Blossom Parade® and the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival. 

(Pictured: Rachel Bohn, Wisconsin's 2016 Cherry Blossom Princess, was crowned the Queen of the Cherry Blossom Festival.)

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