Mary Cincotta has served as the president of the Northeast Alumni Association for the past six years.
A member of the Class of 1969, she first got involved in the association about 10 years ago when the district had proposed closing Northeast High and sending those students to East High.
At the time, she was an employee of the district, teaching at Southeast Junior High, so she was aware of the issues involved when students were moved from school to school.
Alumni Association members rallied and following a letter-writing campaign and multiple appearances at board meetings, staved off the school’s closure.
Since being elected to the presidency, Cincotta’s goal has been to increase membership, so it’s likely you’ll see her and other members manning membership tables at events such as Chalk Walk, Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce events, and the annual Northeast Historical Society Homes Tour.
Cincotta oversees the production of the association newsletter and coordinates fund-raising events like the annual golf tournament.
Funds raised provide scholarships for current students, the teacher’s luncheon, and contributions for the school’s food pantry, which provides food items, toiletries, and clothing for students.
Alumni members also staff the pantry and are collecting donations of dresses, suits, and jewelry for this year’s Prom Closet.
What Cincotta loves about Northeast “is that it still fosters neighborhoods and good neighbors. There’s a core group of people keeping Northeast vibrant, viable, and moving towards the future,” she said.
For more information about the Northeast Alumni Association, visit the organization’s Facebook page at “Northeast High School Alumni, Kansas City, Missouri.”