Sherando graduate named Miss USA’s first runner up

Savannah Gankiewicz, a Sherando High School graduate, placed as first runner up in the Miss USA pageant held on Friday in Reno, Nevada.

Savannah, who competed as Miss Hawaii, had a great week leading up to the competition including winning two of the event’s most significant categories.

During the costume competition on Wednesday, she paid tribute to the historic Lahaina Banyan Tree which served as a sign of hope for the Hawaiian community when they stood tall after the devastating fires earlier this year.

She also won best interview during the lead up to Friday’s pageant.

If the winner of Miss USA goes on to win Miss Universe in November, then Savannah would become Miss USA.

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Sherando High School graduate competes in Miss USA

Savannah Gankiewicz, a 2013 Sherando High School graduate, is participating in the Miss USA pageant Friday night in Reno, Nevada.

She earned her spot in the competition after being named Miss Hawaii USA in January.

Savannah is a model, entrepreneur and Program Director of a Maui based nonprofit, What Makes You Beautiful.

Through her role in the nonprofit, she helps facilitate the youth program which empowers young women to develop self-love, confidence, and compassion.

She is also the co-founder of EchoHouse, a boutique hotel in Bali set to open in 2024.

The pageant will air Friday, September 29th at 8 pm on The CW.

A link to vote for Savannah for the People’s Choice category is available here

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