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Yorktown's Circolo da Vinci Hands out Student Scholarships

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Scholarship winners Alexa DelBene, Rocco D'Ascanio, Melissa Corcione, Teresa Piccolo and Anthony Lombardi Credits: Brian Marschhauser
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Credits: Brian Marschhauser
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Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, honoree Mary Calvi, and Circolo da Vinci members RoseMarie Panio and Rocco Panio Credits: Brian Marschhauser
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One of the organization's founders, Al Capellini, emcees the event. Credits: Brian Marschhauser
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Bob Sassano, a founder of Circo da Vinci, leads the Pledge of Allegiance. Credits: Brian Marschhauser
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Msgr. Edward M. Barry gives the invocation. Credits: Brian Marschhauser
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Circolo da Vinci members Valerie Pilla-Reilly and Sean Reilly perform a song for the scholarship winners. Credits: Brian Marschhauser
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The Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro donates $1,000 to Circolo da Vinci. Credits: Brian Marschhauser
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Credits: Brian Marschhauser
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Elaine Eitzer, Circolo da Vinci board member and head of the organization's scholarship fund, with the night's honoree, journalist Mary Calvi Credits: Brian Marschhauser
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JEFFERSON VALLEY, N.Y. – Five area high school seniors were awarded scholarships Tuesday, May 16, by Circolo da Vinci, a nonprofit Yorktown organization that promotes Italian-American heritage. The 35th annual scholarship dinner was held at Ceola Manor in Jefferson Valley.

This year’s scholarship award recipients were: Alexa DelBene of Yorktown High School, Melissa Corcione of Somers High School, Teresa Piccolo of Somers High School, Anthony Lombardi of Somers High School and Rocco D’Ascanio of Somers High School.

Mary Calvi, an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, was named this year’s honoree and received the Circolo da Vinci Award. Calvi, wife of Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, works for CBS. She previously worked for News 12 Westchester. In 1989, she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in broadcast journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She has been awarded the National ACE Award for Excellence in Journalism, Clarion Award for Excellence in Reporting, and ACIM Award for Excellence in Community Service.

Also at the dinner, Dorothea LaScala was named the grand marshal of the 2017 Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro.

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