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Way to Go! Gianna Cannavo, Franklin Square

Gianna Cannavo, a senior at H. Frank Carey

Gianna Cannavo, a senior at H. Frank Carey High School, is New York's 2016 Homecoming Queen. Photo Credit: Sewanhaka Central High School District

A Franklin Square student has been named New York’s 2016 Homecoming Queen and will represent the state next month at the national level.

Gianna Cannavo, a senior at H. Frank Carey High School, earned the designation after first being named her school’s homecoming queen last fall and submitting an application and resume for the state crown.

For winning, she received a scholarship and will compete for the title of America’s Homecoming Queen, which will take place in Memphis on July 27-31. At the national level, Cannavo will be interviewed by judges, partake in an essay contest and evening gown presentation, and deliver a speech on why people should visit New York.

“I was really excited and thrilled to win,” Cannavo, 17, said. “This brings a lot of pride to Franklin Square and myself.”

Cannavo’s achievements include launching her school’s Save Our Society Club, serving as co-president of Habitat for Humanity Club, and serving as historian for Foreign Language Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America Club. She’s also been a member of National Honor Society, 21st Century Scholars, Italian Culture Club, and PALS Social Club.

In addition, Cannavo has volunteered in an afterschool program at nearby Polk Street Elementary School and worked with organizations including the Mary Brennan INN in Hempstead, the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.

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