Rep. Young Names Jade Aldrighette 2010 Alaskan Cherry Blossom Princess
Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young is pleased to announce that Jade Aldrighette, of Juneau, has been chosen to represent Alaska as Cherry Blossom Princess during this year’s Cherry Blossom festival. This year’s festival will take place from March 27 – April 11, 2010.
Jade works for the Washington, D.C. Office of Governor Sean Parnell where she serves as a Policy Assistant. Previous to her work for Governor Parnell, Jade interned for Senator Stevens and Governor Murkowski and worked for former Governor Palin in Juneau. She is currently enrolled at University of Alaska Southeast, where she is majoring in Government and Political Science with a minor in Mathematics.
“I am very proud to have Jade representing the State of Alaska in this year’s Cherry Blossom festival,” said Rep. Young. “She was born and raised in Juneau, and loves being an Alaskan. Jade embodies the great Alaskan spirit and will be an excellent ambassador of an incredible state and all of its people.”
In 1918, the wives of William Howard Taft and the Japanese Ambassador planted the first cherry blossom trees in what was then the swampy tidal basin along the Potomac River. Each spring these trees bloom along with the plethora of cherry blossoms that have since been planted there.
After World War II, the Cherry Blossom Festival began to celebrate a new era of peaceful relations between Japan and the United States. Today, one young woman from every state is selected to join with a young woman from Japan to celebrate American-Japanese diplomacy.