- Alaska Congressman Don Young and his wife, Lu, announced today that they have selected Amy Sparck of Bethel to represent the State of Alaska in the 1997 National Conference of State Societies Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival begins today in Washington, D.C.
"Lu and I are pleased to have Amy representing Alaska during the 1997 Cherry Blossom Festival," Young said, "We are sure she will make Alaska proud while sharing her native culture and traditions with the other princesses and guests," he added. Amy is the daughter of Lucy Jones-Sparck and the late Harold Sparck of Bethel, Alaska. She currently works for Senator Murkowski on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Before coming to Washington, D.C., Amy attended the University of Alaska Anchorage and Boston University where she majored in Mass Communications with an emphasis on Advertising and Psychology. Amy's other experiences include working for the Association of Village Council Presidents in Bethel, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Kuskokwin Campus and as an intern for Alaska Senator Frank Murkowksi.
She plans to wear the traditional jewelry and clothing of her tribe, the Cup'ik heritage (subculture of the Yup'ik people) including her dance headdress to some of the events.
The 1997 Cherry Blossom Festival starts today and runs through April 12th in Washington, D.C.