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(Washington, DC) Today at the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art, Mayor Anthony A. Williams announced the winners of the 2006 Cherry Blossom Poster Contest. He was joined at the announcement by Minister Mitsuru Kitano, Minister of Public Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC, and by approximately 200 District of Columbia Public Schools students, faculty and parents.
“Washington, DC owns spring in this country, and each year the National Cherry Blossom Festival does a remarkable job of putting together one of the best spring festivals in the world,” said Mayor Williams. “I congratulate all the students who participated in this exciting contest. More than one million people come to the District each year for the festival — and I’m hoping these great posters will help attract even more.”
The 2006 poster contest theme is “Japanese Cherry Blossoms in DC: A Celebration of Beauty.” The theme celebrates the continued friendship between the United States and Japan, the 1912 Gift of Trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo, and the artistic talents of DC Public Schools students.
The winning poster was designed by Jackson Engman, a second grader at Watkins Elementary School. Other first place winners were Jasmine Bryant, a fifth grader at W.B. Patterson Elementary School; Deangeloo Welsh, a sixth grader at Bunker Hill Elementary School; and Antonio Boatwright, an eighth grader at Ballou Senior High School.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off Saturday, March 25 and runs through Sunday, April 9. On Saturday, March 25, from 10 am to 4 pm, all entries in the annual Cherry Blossom Poster Contest will be on display at the National Building Museum at 401 F Street, NW.
“The Cherry Blossoms are more than a group of beautiful, magnificent trees,” added Mayor Williams. “The trees and the festival represent cultural diversity. They show the world the beauty of our city. They drive tourism and bring new revenue to our city. And they help celebrate the wonderful relationship we have with Japan.”