Holy Cross Society Announce 107th Celebration Queen – Brianna Nigrone

The Queen Selection Committee of the Holy Cross Society of Easton, PA is very proud to announce that Brianna Nigrone has been selected as the Queen of the 107th Celebration.Brianna Nigrone is the daughter of Greg and Beth Nigrone. She is the granddaughter of Kathleen and the late Salvatore (Tootie) Nigrone and the great- granddaughter of Santo and Mary Nigrone. Brianna is 16 years old and a junior at Wilson Area High School.

At Wilson High School, she is a new student guide, is involved in GSA, and participates in badminton club, prom committee, key club, world travelers club, and student council. She is also a volunteer at Special Olympics and the St. Anthony’s Festa. Last year Brianna was selected for The Mayor’s Summer Youth Camp where she learned about the City of Easton’s history and how city governments function alongside Mayor Sal Panto. She has always had an interest in her Italian culture and enjoyed learning about it.

Brianna has grown up attending every festival since childhood and heard stories of her father and grandparents going before she was born. She looks forward to the celebration and seeing everyone each year. Brianna is the fourth generation of the Holy Cross Society and hopes to travel to Santo Stefano in the near future to learn more about her Sicilian heritage. Taking pride in her culture is something Brianna has always cherished and hopes to expand upon that experience on her travels to Italy. She looks forward to one day seeing her family’s legacy in Santo Stefano.Brianna feels extremely fortunate to be involved in such an amazing organization where she is able to celebrate her culture and trace her Italian lineage. After high school she hopes to attend a 4 year college. Brianna is very honored to be the 107th Holy Cross Society Queen and wants to thank all the men and women from the Holy Cross for playing a large role in her life thus far in keeping her heritage alive.

Founded in 1911 by a local group of men and women who migrated from Santo Stefano di Camastra, in the Province of Messina, on the island of Sicily, the Holy Cross Society continues to share many of the same cultural traits and traditions of their ancestors.

Today, many of the descendants of the original founders and additional families continue the Sicilian traditions and celebrate their heritage at an annual celebration held the second weekend each September at the Society’s grounds at the Route 78 Interchange in Easton.

Many local business and civic leaders, together with their families, have their origins in Santo Stefano di Camastra and are involved with the Holy Cross Society. Local dignitaries include Mayor Sal Panto and Northampton County Judge Sam Murray. Easton area business include, Alfero Company, Morici’s Restaurant, Giacomo’s on the Hill, Palmeri Transportation, Piscitello Home Center, and many more family operated businesses.

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