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Way to Go! Great Neck student named International Thespian Officer

Rosanna Gao, a senior at Great Neck South

Rosanna Gao, a senior at Great Neck South High School, has been elected to serve as an International Thespian Officer for the 2021-22 school year. Credit: Great Neck School District

A Great Neck student with a thirst for theater has been doing her part to advocate for the arts.

Rosanna Gao, a senior at Great Neck South High School, has been elected to serve as an International Thespian Officer for the 2021-22 school year. She is one of six internationally who will represent student voices in the Educational Theatre Association and its International Thespian Society.

In the position, Gao will work with the association's staff, chapter leaders and thespians worldwide to perform tasks ranging from nurturing student leaders to fundraising for accessibility.

Gao is a member of South High Thespian Troupe 7486, a chapter of the society.

"I really like how theater is a way to understand people's perspectives," said Gao, 17.

Gao's other achievements include receiving the association's President’s Leadership Scholarship, valued at $1,000, and winning a certificate of excellence for a one-act play she co-wrote that appeared in the New York Thespian Festival. She was also on a team that created Chamber: Connect, an app that was a winner in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's 2021 Young Musicians Innovation Challenge.

Gao is also co-founder of the nonprofit Music for Change, founder and president of the Nassau County Gavel Club, and president of her school’s study body and Tri-M Music Honor Society; she is also on the varsity track team.

— MICHAEL R. EBERT

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