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Nicole Eldred ’18 Crowned 2016 Alaska Cherry Blossom Princess

Nicole Eldred, a member of Washington and Lee University’s Class of 2018, currently graces the front page of Alaska Rep. Don Young’s website. She represented her home state of Alaska in Washington, D.C., as the Cherry Blossom Princess during a weeklong cultural festival, in April, celebrating the friendship between the U.S. and Japan.

Nicole, who was nominated by Young, said, “It’s been an absolutely wonderful week and unforgettable experience that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do, if it weren’t for Congressman Young.”

“It’s been an honor to nominate Nicole as our 2016 Alaska Cherry Blossom Princess and join her throughout this annual celebration honoring our nation’s close relationship with the Japanese people,” said Young. “Nicole, an accomplished young woman in her own right, joins the ranks of so many others, including Sen. Murkowski, who have so honorably represented our state in this celebration of nations. As a valued member of my staff last summer, Nicole proved to be a remarkable ambassador for Alaska — something she has continued throughout this year’s festival and will do long into the future.”

Nicole is studying philosophy at W&L, where she is a resident advisor.