The Seattle Japanese Queen Scholarship Organization crowned Frederica Miako Mackert as the 2011queen at the 52nd annual scholarship celebration on Memorial Day weekend. With the coronation, she also carries the title of Seattle Cherry Blossom andJapanese Cultural Festival Queen. The celebration at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue played to a full house, with enthusiastic supporters for all of the participants.
As their first official appearance, the 2011 participants took part in the Nisei Veterans Memorial Day commemoration at Lakeview Cemetary in Seattle.
Queen Frederica was selected by the six-member panel of judges to serve as queen for 2011. In addition, Queen Frederica was selected Miss Tomodachi or Miss Congeniality, anaward with special meaning because it’s awarded by her peers. The other 2011 participants are First Princess Erika Lynn Sakamoto Nicks, Princesses Kirsten Yuko Lee and Lauren Kylie Suguro. This year’s participants are all seniors at local colleges.
Queen Frederica, is the daughter of Wayne and June Mackert; First Princess Erika is the daughter of Richard and Yuko Sakamoto Nicks; Princess Kirsten is the daughter of Craig Lee and Nancy Kodani-Lee; and Princess Lauren is the daughter of David and Gina Oda Suguro.
During their year of service, the 2011 participants will serve at community events and volunteer at Keiro and Nikkei Manor. They will represent the greater Seattle Japanese community at the Cherry Blossom Festivals in San Francisco and Honolulu, andthe Nisei Week Japanese Festival in Los Angeles.
Queen Frederica will represent Seattle’s Japanese community in the Seafair Scholarship Program for Women in July, and the annual spring festival in Seattle’s Japanese sistercity, Kobe.
The Seattle Japanese Queen Scholarship Program is open to young collegiate Japanese American women from the greater Seattle region. They are offered scholarships, prizes, and the opportunity to enhance their cultural and community awareness.
FOR MORE INFORMATIONCONTACT:
Mari Sugiyama, [email protected]
Visit our Web site: http://www.seattlejqc.org