Crystal Dollins of Bedford to Represent Granite State at National Cherry Blossom Festival

WASHINGTON – The New Hampshire State Society and the National Conference of State Societies today announced that Ms. Crystal Dollins of Bedford has been selected to represent New Hampshire at the 95th Annual National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

Dollins, 24, said, “This is a very special honor. I will do my best to represent New Hampshire and to promote international understanding and friendship.”

Crystal Dollins currently works for U.S. Senator John Sununu (R-NH) as his Staff Assistant. She is a 2005 graduate of the University of New Hampshire and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. Prior to joining Senator Sununu’s staff in September 2005, Dollins was actively involved in politics on campus. She was selected to represent the University of New Hampshire in a social security roundtable discussion with the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor, Steven Law. Crystal is the daughter of Lloyd and Lisa Dollins of Bedford.

In addition to working as a congressional Staff Assistant, Ms. Dollins enjoys spending time outdoors kayaking, hiking and running.

The 2007 National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the 95th anniversary of the City of Tokyo’s gift of3,000 cherry trees to the people of Washington, D.C., and serves as an enduring symbol of friendship between Japan and the United States. The weeklong festival begins on Sunday, April 8, 2007.

During the festival, Dollins and the princesses representing other states and several other countries will participate in educational, leadership, and cultural activitiesthat nurture international relationships and cultural exchanges. At the conclusion of the festival, one of the princesses will be selected as the U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen at the Grand Ball by the spin of a wheel.

The United States Cherry Blossom Princess program is sponsored by the National Conference of State Societies along with individual state societies that select young women based on their leadership, academic achievements, and their interests in community and international affairs.