Each June, we joyfully celebrate the senior class graduating and becoming alumni. “You are always welcome here,” President Dave Manzo tells each graduating class. “This is not good-bye; it’s ‘see you soon!’” And then, a few short months later, it is basketball season and those same seniors return to our basketball court, wearing red alumni jerseys and competing fiercely against the Falcons.
We try to keep up with you active alums. We celebrate your triumphs as you move ahead on the road to further independence: moves to more independent living, further job training, new friends, travels, more graduations. We like to hear from you and truly mean it when we say, “Once a Falcon, Always a Falcon.”
As you read this issue, you will notice that during the last year we have lost some longtime Falcons of all ages. To honor those we’ve lost, we’ve included an excerpt from Talia DiPanfilo’s eulogy for her brother, Frankie, Class of 2011. We hope her remarks resonate for you, too, and that you will join us in recognizing the many different facets of life as an alum of Cotting School.