Congressman Faleomavaega today offered his congratulations to Ms. Daisy Lee Garrison who has been selected as the 2013 American Samoa Cherry Blossom Princess by the American Samoa Society of Washington, D.C. The American Samoa Society of Washington, D.C. is a nonprofit organization and a member of the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) that sponsors the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in the nation’s capital.
Daisy Garrison, who is 19 years of age, was crowned last month during a coronation ceremony at the Fort Meyer Community Center in Virginia sponsored by the American Samoa Society and the Samoan community in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
“I would like to extend my congratulations to Daisy for her selection as the American Samoa 2013 Cherry Blossom Princess and I thank her for representing the people of American Samoa in this year’s Cherry Blossom festivities in our nation’s capital,” Faleomavaega said.
“As part of the Cherry Blossom Princess Education and Cultural Exchange Program, Daisy will be participating in a weeklong program with other Cherry Blossom princesses from across the U.S. and around the world representing their respective state or country and I have no doubt Daisy will proudly represent our territory well.”
Daisy Garrison is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garrison of Maryland. She is also the granddaughter of Toaali’i “Lopaki” Robert Palmer from the villages of Fagatogo and Vaitogi and the younger sister of Dolly Garrison who served as the American Samoa Cherry Blossom Princess in 2012.
Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Daisy was a 2012 graduate of Grace Christian Academy of Maryland where she graduated with a 3.0 GPA and Honors. During high school, she served in student government and played an active role in school and community programs. She was also conferred several awards including the Service Award, Citizen Award, and Joshua Award for her contributions.
Beyond her academic achievements, Daisy also excelled as an athlete, playing varsity volleyball and basketball all four years of high school along with varsity softball in her freshman and sophomore years. She served as volleyball Team Captain and received “All League” awards in each sport. She was also a swimmer in the Prince-Mont Swim League for 12 years.
In addition to her extracurricular activities, Daisy also contributed regularly to the community as a member of Lifestream Church of the Nazarene. She served with her church on a mission trip to Costa Rica in March 2012 and has represented her church at the District and Regional levels for the Festival of Life Competition for both basketball and volleyball; she was selected for the All Star Team each year from 2009-2012.
Currently a freshman at Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois where she is on academic scholarship, Daisy is pursuing a major in business.
“Again, I congratulate Daisy for her selection as Cherry Blossom Princess and I am thankful that she will have the opportunity to benefit from such a unique experience and program,” Faleomavaega stated.
“I am proud of Daisy’s achievements and I would like to thank her for being a fine example to our young Samoans around the world. I also would like to commend and thank her parents, grandparents, and family members who have played a vital support role in her education. I pray for her continued success in her academic pursuits and an enjoyable year ahead as American Samoa Cherry Blossom Princess.”
“Last but not least, I want to recognize and thank Isapela Enesi-Coggins, President of the American Samoa Society of Washington, D.C. for her leadership and the organization members for their continued efforts to represent our territory each year in the annual Cherry Blossom festivities in Washington, D.C.,” Faleomavaega concluded.