Cherry blossoms bring beauty to campus as festival begins

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The beautiful Yoshino cherry trees are blossoming on the Stratford campus at the start of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Above, a cherry tree blooms near the middle school. Below, Stratford senior Hinal Patel, who is this year’s festival queen, rides on the royalty float with junior Monica Montalvo-Perez,  a princess on the Cherry Blossom court, during last Saturdays’ parade on Cherry Street. (Photos by HADLEY NEAL and ANNA PAREL)