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State and Federal Communications Again Provides Sponsorship for the 2017 Cherry Blossom Princess for The Ohio Society of Washington, D.C., as part of National Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington, D.C. – April 4, 2017 – State and Federal Communications, headquartered in Akron, Ohio, is once again the sponsor of the 2017 Cherry Blossom Princess of The Ohio Society of Washington, D.C. This year, Ms. Nmahawa (Mawa) Konate, the Ohio winner of the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) Cherry Blossom Event, is being feted with the other princesses at a number of festivities, dinners, and a parade in Washington D.C. in early April.

State and Federal Communications President and CEO Ms. Elizabeth Z. Bartz will presented Ms. Konate at the “NCSS Cherry Blossom Premier Event – Celebration of States and Territories”, a dinner reception held April 3 from 6:30-8pm at The Piedmont Room at Clyde's of Gallery Place in Washington, DC, 20001.

Since 1948, state and territorial societies, as well as the international embassy community, have selected more than 3,000 accomplished young women for their academic achievement, exceptional poise and appearance, leadership, interest in social, civic, community and world affairs, with a strong desire to serve others through community service, maturity and responsibility to represent their respective states/territories as "Cherry Blossom Princess."

The weeklong National Cherry Blossom Festival allows the ladies to participate in a number of activities, community service, and cultural exchange events. The week culminates by selecting one Cherry Blossom Queen, who is then invited by the Japan Cherry Blossom Association (JCBA) to visit Japan.

Ms. Bartz explains, “The Cherry Blossom Princess program is a wonderful event that State and Federal Communications is so proud to sponsor. These young women have outstanding backgrounds and have already achieved much in their early careers. Our support empowers them to fuel their dreams of future leadership positions. We look forward to Mawa representing The Ohio Society of Washington, D.C., at many events this season.”

Ms. Konate is a 2013 graduate of Independence High School in Columbus and a current student at The Ohio State University. She is majoring in public affairs and is currently interning with the Peace Corps as a fellow in the John Glenn Washington Academic Internship Program.

Prior to moving to Columbus, she spent her childhood in Conakry, the capital and largest city on the West African country of Guinea. Ms. Konate has a passion for public service and working to eliminate poverty, hunger, and illiteracy around the world. In her current position, she is working on the ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative that seeks to create equal opportunities for girls in more than 35 developing countries by helping them overcome traditional barriers to education. She previously interned with ‘Unchained’, a Columbus, Ohio non-profit organization that helps raise awareness and combat human trafficking.

While at The Ohio State University, she has served as treasurer and vice president for the ‘African Youth League’, was a national delegate on the ‘Social Matters Committee for the Model African Union’, and has volunteered with the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Ms. Bartz concludes, “With Mawa’s strong background and interest in making a difference in this world, we think she would be an excellent choice for the Cherry Blossom Queen award. We hope she is chosen for this unique honor!”

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Ms. Elizabeth Z. Bartz, President and CEO of State and Federal Communications, introduces Ms. Nmahawa (Mawa) Konate, as the 2017 winner of The Ohio Society of Washington, D.C., Ohio Cherry Blossom Princess Program, at the National Conference of State Societies Cherry Blossom Festival Premiere on April 3. State and Federal Communications is again the sponsor of The Ohio Society of Washington, D.C.’s entrant this year.


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