YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Six area high school seniors were awarded scholarships Thursday, May 10, by Circolo da Vinci, a nonprofit Yorktown organization that promotes Italian-American heritage. The 36th annual scholarship dinner was held at Vittoria’Z in Jefferson Valley.

This year’s scholarship award recipients were: Matteo Cosentino of Fordham Preparatory School (Albert Capellini Memorial Scholarship); Melanie Lattin of Ossining High School (Circolo da Vinci Scholarship); Aidan Mahoney of Somers High School (Ken Langone Scholarship); Bianca Rose Maniglia of John F. Kennedy Catholic High School (Robin Risi Memorial Scholarship); Patrick Patierno of Yorktown High School (Louis Materasso Memorial Scholarship), and Risa Repetto of Walter Panas High School (Circolo da Vinci Scholarship).

Dr. Rocco Noto was named this year’s honoree and received the Person of the Year Award. Noto is a practitioner of adult and pediatric medicine in Yorktown. In his award biography, Circolo da Vinci notes that Rocco is “compassionate” and “one of the nicest people in the world.” Through his solo practice, Noto offers personalized care and is known all of his patients on a first-name basis, the organization stated.

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Noto was born in Sicily and raised in Milan. He immigrated to the United States when he was 11 years old. He worked at various restaurants to finance his education at Fordham Preparatory School and New York University. He graduated from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1983 with a degree in medicine and surgery.

Noto completed internships at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn; Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx; Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, and Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in the Bronx. He has served as clinical preceptor for medical students at New York Medical College and as preceptor to nurse practitioner students at Pace University. He has also served as a physician at both Nyack Hospital and Westchester Square Hospital. He is currently affiliated with Northern Westchester Hospital Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital. He lives in Yorktown with his wife. They have three adult children.