The Santa Lucia Festival Queen is an important and admired aspect in the history of the festival. The very first queen was named in the festival's 5th year, 1929. In those early days, the committee had difficulty narrowing down the list of potential candidates. Many young women in the Little Italy neighborhood dreamed of being named the Santa Lucia Festival Queen.

 

The tradition of naming a Santa Lucia Festival Queen was a way to honor those families that displayed their financial generosity to the festival committee. Candidates would raise money through a ticket raffle. The candidate who sold the most tickets, raising the most money, would be honored as queen. It was a way for young women and their families to show their devotion to Santa Lucia. The funds generated all went toward planning and preparations for the next year’s festival. Without former queens and candidates, it would have been difficult for the festival to run consecutively for over nine decades.

 

Today’s candidates still sell raffle tickets, but an academic and community service component has also been included. 

The Santa Lucia Queen

Sayler Maggiore Nacke

2019 Santa Lucia Queen

Past Queens

2020 ~

2019 - Sayler Maggiore Nacke

2018 ~ Gina Troia

2017 - Alyssa Caniglia Turnquist

2016 ~ Lauren Theiler

2015 ~ Katelyn Caniglia Turnquist Dethlefs

2014 ~ Vivian Caniglia

2013 ~ Kaylee D’Agata Fulton

2012 ~ Anna Venditte

2011 ~ Gina Pane Sanford

2010 ~ Francesca Ferro

2009 ~ Courtney Camley

2008 ~ Christine Pane

2007 ~ 

2006 ~ Ashlee Vieceli-Seffron

2005 ~ Ashlee Vieceli-Seffron

2004 ~ Jennifer Pane

2003 ~ Audrey Keruzis

2002 ~ Carmella Bonafede

2001 ~ Christina Bellavia

2000 ~ Amber D’Amato

1999 ~ Katie Woodrich Lethcoe

1998 ~ Annie Woodrich Distefano

1997 ~ Angela Sedlacek Anderson

1996 ~ Stephanie Cap Madison

1995 ~ Angela Losole Cherek

1994 ~ Angela Cammarata Dubuc

1993 ~ Gina Cundall Salcedo

1992 ~ Anne Maddalena Tyson

1991 ~ Dena Lynn Garcia

1990 ~ Jennifer Mandolfo Carey

1989 ~ Debbie Schab Koch

1988 ~ Michele Szurpicki Hargis

1987 ~ Beverly Barajas Butcher

1986 ~ Deanna Orsi Davis

1985 ~ Shirley Orsi Robinson

1984 ~ Johnna Marie Caniglia Robinson

1983 ~ Anna Marie Pantano Healy

1982 ~ Geri Pisci Sorensen Murphy

1981 ~ Terri Pattavina Grybko

1980 ~ Trudy Arenas Lane

1979 ~ Mary Lou Cappellano Riley

1978 ~ Carol Jean Mancuso

1977 ~ Jacquie Nanfito

1976 ~ Linda Miceli

1975 ~ Tina Nigro Goff

1974 ~ Lucia Falcone

1973 ~ Jeanie Longo

1972 ~ Karen Campisi-Ballue (D)

1971 ~ Jacquie Caruso

1970 ~ Cindy Lu Bruning 

1969 ~ Jeannette Sollowin Tiwald

1968 ~ Christine Palmesano

1967 ~ Cathy Curro McGowen

1966 ~ Linda Sortino

1965 ~ Lucia Ferraguti St. Cyr

1964 ~ Mary Mangiamelli

1963 ~ Linda LaFerla

1962 ~ Patricia Toscano

1961 ~ Antoinette Caniglia

1960 ~ Jean Vazzano Wooten

1959 ~ Juanita Romero (D)

1958 ~ Grace Ann Marchese

1957 ~ Patricia Yechout

1956 ~ Jo Ann Ruberti (D)

1955 ~ Lou Ann Puglisi

1954 ~ Joan Calandra Swan (D)

1953 ~ Rose Marie Milleria Leonard

1952 ~ Nellie Falcone (D)

1951 ~ Lucille DiGiacomo (D)

1950 ~ Josephine Caruso

1949 ~ Virginia Grasso

1948 ~ Pauline Oddo Frodyma

1947 ~ Penny Carlentine Buckley (D)

1946 ~ Josephine Polito Elworth

1931 ~ 1945

1930 ~ Concetta Piccolo (D)

1929 ~ Fena Caniglia (D)

1925 ~1928

2019 Queen

Sayler Maggiore Nacke has began attending the Santa Lucia Italian Festival since she was 4 years old. As soon as she could see over the counter, she started volunteering in the Pizza Booth, and has continued to make the traditional pizzas ever since. However, she always felt like she wanted to be a bigger part of the festival. "I have always looked up to the Queens, and the candidates. I always wanted to run to be queen, and I'm so excited that I can say I'm part of this elite group of women", said Nacke.

Sayler is 16 years old and attends Elkhorn South High school. She'll be graduating and heading to college after this year, but has not yet selected a university. Sayler says she enjoys being around her siblings and family, as well as friends. 

YOU COULD BE NEXT 

All prospective candidates must be baptized Catholic and 14 – 21 years of age.  Please download and complete Queen Candidate Application, then email to info@santaluciafestival.com

 

The Santa Lucia Queen is selected based on three criteria – Academics, Community Service and Raffle Ticket Sales.

All applicants must attend the Queens Kickoff Dinner that is held in the Spring.
The Queens Kickoff Dinner is held for prospective candidates and their families.
Community Service begins in March and the date is to be determined at the Queens Kickoff Dinner. Information about Raffle Ticket Sales will also be discussed at this dinner.

 

SANTA LUCIA FESTIVAL COMMITTEE

725 PIERCE STREET

OMAHA, NE 68108

PHONE: (402) 342-6632

A 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit Organization

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