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37th Annual Frankford High School & Friends Christmas Party,
Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021
Noon to 5 p.m.,
Brookside Manor of
Somerton Springs
$35.00, Hors d'euvres, Buffet, Dancing, Cash Bar

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HYPE DRONE COVERAGE OF FRANKFORD'S 2021 HOMECOMING

SUMMER-FALL UPDATE
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Frankford's 2016 Alumni Graduate from College!:
 Khalil Lindsey 2020 
Indira Graham 2021
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2021 Update - Aviation Academy
New Robotics Team  
MY COVID ROADTRIP
 

 

IN THE NEWS! FRANKFORD'S BRIGHT SOLAR FUTURES ACADEMY RIBBON CUTTING ON CBS3

 
 

Goodbye Summer                       Hello Autumn         

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WE'RE LIVE ON FKD TELEVISION!

 

 

A Chat with Adam Anderson, New Director
of Frankford High School Television


Five Years Ago, A Rumor About Frankford Closing 

Adam:  That couldn't be further from the truth.  We're growing.
We've added eight teachers,   Enrollment has gone up.    When you bring back stuff that make things important to kids, it gets them to come into the building. 

 

Today's students want to learn more than the normal things--english, math, history.  They want to delve into art, music, culinary, photography...  These type of classes get them here and drive them to keep coming back.  When they started crunching programs in the 1970s & 1980s, school got harder for kids to stay in the building.  With the TV station, I get to showcase this new programming surge.

FKD-TV Gets Green Lit

A few years ago I applied for a PTSD grant to get cameras and equipment.  The teacher who was supposed to get the grant, left the school, so it fell into my lap.  I started doing film classes.  I talked about doing episodes and recording.  This year, they created my position, Director of Frankford High School Television, and I was happy to take it on.

 

I'm transforming my photography and film classes into learning how to produce shows and record events.  I teach five classes, three Photographic Media 1, where students learn how to photoshop, create graphics, and learn the basics of photo camera, video camera and animation. Photographic Media 2--along with the above, we focus on video production and a daily news broadcast. 

 

This year, they're learning how to use the cameras, create shots, composition, and we added aditional video skills in order to produce news content. 

 

Photo Media 3 has the same features, but with additional independent projects.  Some of the independent projects include:  Creating pun jokes episodes.   We also interviewed Ms. Blackman, Director of Equity and Inclusion.  They recorded some events through Blackman.  For example, she coordinated the Snipes episode.  Snipes Sneaker Company came out and did a demonstration with a local Artist, Jay Coreano, in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15).  He demonstrated how to create a painting on a sneaker.

CLASS OF 1971 50TH REUNION   OCTOBER 2021

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What's Covered on FKD-TV?

Our news episodes are weekly announcements and upcoming events twice a week.  We plan to produce more content, more often in the near future.  We're not able to produce formatted news content yet, but whenever there's an event, our camera crew covers it.

 

Our goal is to produce a five-day weekly news broadcast.  We're trying to make connections with people who are in the broadcast field.  I've talked to representatives from 6ABC, CBS3 and NBC10.  I'm trying to get them here to talk to students about the field, how to get into it, daily challenges, etc.  I'm hoping we can do some field trips to see how they operate.

 

EDITORS NOTE:  If there are alumni, who work for local stations mentioned above, or New York or DC broadcast markets and would like to pay-it-forward with a talk, a tour, or possible intersnhip contact Adam Anderson at:  aanderson2@philasd.org  

 

Dreaming of  a Late Night Set 

A lot of kids are coming into it at entry-level and are excited about learning how to video record and edit and want to join.  We've  had 12 TVs installed.  We produce slide shows, Instagram and Tick Tock projects. 

 

We have the following:

Four video cameras for news content

Five cameras for photography

33 desktops

Final Cut Pro on Apple

All computers have iMovie and a few  Photographic Media #2 and #3 have Final Cut Pro on Apple.  We have a broadcasting system called Sling Studio.  You can watch Sling TV everywhere.  

We use this device to record the news, then export it out and record it on YouTube.

Our Eyes on Fundraising

We want to fundraise so we can get T-Shirts for Media #2 & #3 students, and furniture and accessories for the set, along with new (more shallow) computer desks, to get more editing space.

 

I'm in the process of using my carpentry skills to build a set in the classroom.   We have some walls up.  We'll have an 8 foot long and 5ft bottom in an L shape and build a whole second wall .  So we can have a couch and plants, to make it look like a Late Night Television  set.

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CLASSES OF 1975 & 1976  45TH JOINT REUNIONS

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CONGRATULATIONS
FRANKFORD HIGH SCHOOL 155TH GRADUATING
CLASS OF 2021

 

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A Pandemic Didn't Stop You from Arriving to Your Destination with Grace and Determination.

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Obituary of Francis X. Donohoe

FRANCIS X (Frank) DONOHOE of Linfield, PA, formerly of Philadelphia and Glenside, PA and Ocean City, NJ, died June 5, 2021 at the age of 87 following a brief illness.

Frank was born in Philadelphia, PA August 22, 1933 to the late Hugh A and Katharine (Gaughan) Donohoe and was pre-deceased in his youth by his brother, Hugh J Donohoe.

 

Frank attended Saint Athanasius grammar school before graduating from La Salle College High School (1951) and La Salle College (1955) and later earned a Master’s Degree from Saint Joseph’s University (1969). 

Mr. D’s life’s work was teaching, including 25 years at Frankford High School in Philadelphia, PA, 8 years at Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Flourtown, PA and 25 years at La Salle College (Evening Division) in Philadelphia, PA. Whenever he was asked what he taught, his answer was always, “Kids.” As such, he leaves behind a legacy as teacher and mentor in thousands of young lives.

 

Dad’s avocation was raising his five kids on love of God, love of family, Big 5 basketball doubleheaders and Notre Dame football. His quiet strength and determination were the perfect complement to Mom’s unfailing energy, enthusiasm and patience. In his later years, he liked nothing more than to spend time with family, make sure everybody had his or her favorite beverage, tell a story, share a word or two of wisdom and maybe sing a song…as long as there was a quiet place to hide when the silliness got out of hand.

Frank is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Mary Lou (White) Donohoe; sister Mary Gail Dwyer of Cherry Hill, NJ; daughter Katharine Truitt (Stephen) of Swarthmore, PA; son Patrick Donohoe (Allison) of Schnecksville, PA; son Dr. Michael Donohoe (MaryEllen) of Eagleville, PA; daughter Eileen Hedrick (Ron) of Collegeville, PA; daughter Theresa McDougall (Scott) of Farmington, MI; (11) grandchildren and (12) great grandchildren; (10) nieces and nephews and (24) great nieces and nephews; and family of the heart too numerous to count.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation made in Frank’s memory to La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor, PA or Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Flourtown, PA.

 

CLASS OF 2021
COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES

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Community College of Philadelphia
Arcadia University
Arizona State University-Tempe
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Community College of Philadelphia
Holy Family University
Immaculata University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)
La Salle University
Saint Joseph's University
University of the Sciences
The Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Temple University
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Widener University
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Gannon University
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Neumann University
Point Park University
Wilkes University
York University
IUP
Delaware State
Georgia State
Morgan State

ALUMNI PARTICIPATION
AT FRANKFORD

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Spearheaded by Tamiko Ward, Class of 1987 and Alumni Association board member -- there is a plan underway to get more alumni involvement with current Frankford students.   "I met with Principal Calderone about almini participation at the school.  The possible areas of involvement is:  mentoring, career day panelists and club/sports support."

Unfortunately, October 8th's Frankford Alumni Meet & Greet will be rescheduled in the future.  Frankford-Alumni.com and Frankford's Alumni Association Facebook Page will keep you updated on future events, th alumni/student involvement plan and this incredible opportunity to pay-it-forward. 

 

 


Classes are in Session
Happy Learning!



We're rapidly getting back to a "new normal," but for many, the mask is still on or within reach even after the needle pricks.


 

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NOT ALL FACE MASKS ARE
CREATED 
EQUAL


 

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HEALTHY HALLOWEEN
TREATS

Here's How to Make theseYummy Monster Treats!

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2021-2022
JEAN TRENDS

What is Your
Restaurant Culture?

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COLLEGE TRENDS

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CONGRATULATIONS 112TH
PIONEER ACHIEVEMENT
2020 AWARD WINNER

JOHN "JACK" 
PURDY
CLASS OF 1952

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Jack moved from Scranton, PA to Philadelphia in 1939. He attended Wilson Junior High and then went on to Frankford where he ran track and played varsity baseball and basketball for two years. Jack was “All Public” two years in a row for baseball. During his time at Frankford he was also a member of the “Ye Monks” fraternity.

 

Throughout his school years, Jack played for numerous sandlot sports organizations. He played on the first PAL Team in the 27th District. In 1951 he was presented with the Inquirer award for winning the Baseball Federation championship of Philadelphia.

 

In 1953 Jack signed with the Milwaukee Braves until he was called to duty by the US Marine Corp. While stationed at Camp Lejeune for two years he played baseball and football. Upon returning from duty he resumed his professional career with the Braves. Through the ‘60’s into the ‘80’s Jack played for and managed local teams. At the same time, he scouted and ran try-out camps for the Phillies, as well as coaching local football organizations.

 

From 1991 until 1997 Jack coached baseball at Bucks County Community College and then moved on to coach at Council Rock High School for six years.  Over his years as both player and coach, he helped teams win numerous championship honors. In 2011 Jack was elected to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Jack has also served as President of the Lower Bucks American Legion. He worked for Western Electric and AT&T for 38 years where he became President of the CWA (Communication Workers of America) Union Local.

 

HEALTHY THANSKGIVING & CHRISTMAS DISHES

Appetizer

Side Dish

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Sweet Potato Rounds with Herbed
Ricotta, Walnuts and Cranberries

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Herbed Wild Rice and
Quinoa Stuffing

 

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Skip the Tofurkey

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Main Dishes

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POCONO MOUNTAIN FUN

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CLASS OF 2020

"ASK YOURSELF HOW CAN I BE BETTER TODAY, THAN I WAS
YESTERDAY?..."
 
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FRANKFORD
CLASS OF 1950

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TEACHER HIGHLIGHT

school district of Philadelphia

Watch  and learn how  Marcel Reynolds, a special education teacher in Autistic Support, prepares her students for life after high school.

Jahri Evans, Roman Harper & Marco Garcia & 
were inducted into the 
Saints Hall of Fame

The media selection committee of the Saints Hall of Fame has selected guard Jahri Evans...6 feet 4, 318 pounds, he's one of the most decorated offensive linemen in franchise history. He played 11 seasons with the Saints from 2006-16 after being drafted in the fourth round in 2006 out of Bloomsburg.  

Among his accolades were five consecutive selections to the Associated Press All-Pro teams, including four consecutive first-team honors from 2009-2012.

New Orlean Saints

Mount Fuji

As We Travel Along the Rocky Shore of Life, this talented group of musicians, including Class of 75 alum, Leslie Aita (top left), reminds us, there's still beauty to embrace.  Enjoy!

FRANKFORD'S  

CULINARY AWARD-WINNING PROGRAM

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Frankford High School is known for many things, especially its Culinary Arts Program. It is an award winning program that has been featured in a documentary and on Rachel Ray.

 

Students in this three-year program will have hands-on training in cooking techniques, baking skills, and restaurant service.  Each part is supported by theoretical knowledge.

The program exposes students to different cuisines from around the world and uses equipment found in both large and small-scale restaurants.

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CLASS OF 1981 20TH REUNION

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 Class of 1970,

50th Reunion

Saturday, November 27, 2021

FOP Lodge #5, 

11630 Caroline Rd,

Philadelphia, PA 19154.

DJ, Buffet, Wine and Beer

1-5 p.m.

$50 per person 

Make Check or Money Order Payable to:  FOX REAL ESTATE, C/O DENISE EMERY JESSEL, PO BOX 425, OCEAN CITY, NJ 08226. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS  SO WE CAN SEND YOU A RECEIPT.

2021

Revised

Reunions & Events

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37th Annual Frankford High School & Friends Christmas Party
Sunday, December 12, 2021
Noon to 5 p.m.
Brookside Manor of Somerton
Springs, Bustleton Ave. & County Line Rd., Feasterville, PA
Cocktail Hour, Hors d'euvres, hot buffet, cash bar, dancing...
$35.00 per person, paid by
11/12/2021


 

Class of 1966
55th Reunion

Wednesday,
November 17, 2021

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Brookside Manor of

Somerton Springs

50 Bustleton Pike,Brookside Manor of Somerton Springs 
50 Bustleton Pike,

Feasterville, Pa. 19053
Time: noon to 4 p.m. 
Price: $50.00 per person due no later than Wednesday October 27,2021.
Please make checks payable to:
Janet Pratowski and mail to:
Janet Pratowski 
P.O.Box 870, Lansdale, Pa. 19446
Any questions please call:
Janet Pratowski:  
(215) 368-3858 or 
E-mail jpratowski@verizon.net

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Class of 1972 
50th Reunion Brunch

Sunday,
October 9, 2022
12-4 p.m.
$50 per person

Brookside Manor of Somerton Springs, 50 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville, PA  19053
For more info. 

Contact:  Rose Ann Taylor-Scheswohl @ 215 514-7217or
Marianne Knappick-Zinck
@ 267 885-4510

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...Through this program, students will be able to fly solo by age 16, earn their Private Pilot License by 17, achieve Certified Flight Instructor by 18, and become an Airline Pilot by 21.

BRIGHT SOLAR FUTURES

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The Bright Solar Futures program provides training in solar installation, energy conservation, work site safety, construction and electricity basics, and job readiness.

Students will be prepared to earn the following industry credentials:

  • OSHA10 – required for any construction work

  • North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP®) Associate Credential- recommended for applying to entry-level solar jobs

  • Construction and Skilled Trades Selection System (CAST)- required for some utility jobs.

The training will include hands-on training in the new Frankford Solar Lab, field trips to multiple solar sites, and paid summer internships.

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OUR NEW NORMAL

A NEW WAY OF LIVING

GAZE OUT THE WINDOW

FOR YOUR FUTURE.

GLANCE IN THE REAR VIEW

MIRROR AT YOUR PAST.

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COVID TRAVELING - (Part One)

MY COVID ROAD TRIP

By Maryann Portone, Class of 1965

 

I have traveled a bit this year, but all of my trips have been by auto. I am not yet comfortable with flying,

and I probably won't be until more people are vaccinated and we are in a better place regarding this pandemic. 

 

Unfortunately, my trips were all tempered by the fact that I had a foot/ankle injury that inhibited my

mobility.  In May and June, I was in pain and limping badly.  In July, I had surgery to repair the tears.  

By my September trip, I was walking, unsteadily; however, I wasn't permitted to go into the ocean.  I was permitted to go onto the beach only if wearing my huge moonboot wrapped in a trash bag.  I was also allowed to go into the pool only on one foot.  Needless to say, I was quite the conversation piece on

the beach and at the pool.

 

My traveling companion to South Carolina was my friend, Maureen, who sympathetically adjusted to my issues and helped me when necessary.

 

Williamsburg, Virginia

 

In May, we took a road trip to the South, visiting Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.  First, we visited Colonial Williamsburg.  One of the days was sunny and fairly warm, so the resort opened their pool.  There was limited attendance, and very few people were wearing masks.

 

Even though I was double vaccinated in March,  I wore my mask and tried to stay socially distant as much

as possible.  The resort required masks while indoors, and assured guests that sanitized “clean” pens were used at the front desk.

 

These were the only accommodations to Covid protocol.  At the historic site, masks were required on the shuttle bus and in all indoor facilities, but there was no social distancing. 

Gas Shortages

 

While we were in Virginia, the gas crisis happened—and we saw lines at the gas pumps blocks long. 

By the time we left Williamsburg, the lines were gone because none of the stations had any gasoline.

 

It was so strange to see plastic bags over all of the gas-pump dispensers.  Fortunately, I was able to find

a gas station off of I-95 in Virginia who still had gasoline.

 

Myrtle Beach

 

Once in Myrtle Beach, I found a few stations with gas; but the lines were long and the prices had jumped considerably.  South Carolina usually has cheap gas, but not this time.  So, the four states affected by this crisis were Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, and I visited three of the four. 

 

While in Myrtle Beach, I noticed a different mindset regarding Covid protocol. Masks were rarer, and

social distancing almost non-existent.  One night for dinner, we went to my favorite seafood buffet restaurant.  As usual, the line, was out the door.  However, people were lined up back-to-back with

very few wearing masks.

 

When I asked the hostess about that, she said,  "We stopped doing that several weeks ago."  But, it was required that people wore plastic gloves when getting their food at the buffet.

 

Later in the week, I told my family members about this experience.  My nephew told me,

“South Carolina never thought there was a pandemic."

 

North Carolina

 

Some of my family members live in North Carolina, so we stopped to visit them before coming home.  

There, I found more people wearing masks and observing social distancing.  It was great seeing my family members after not having seen them for two years!

 

Atlantic City

 

In June, I went to Atlantic City for a week.  Masks were required indoors, but no one was wearing them

at the pool, on the beach or on the boardwalk.  In the casinos and in the restaurants, everyone was

wearing a mask because, I think, they were mandated.  I believe New Jersey was one of the Northeast

states where the pandemic was addressed seriously.

 

Back to Myrle Beach

 

In September, we went back to Myrtle Beach, spending a week in a resort on the beach.  Once again, masks were seen indoors, usually, but never outdoors.  By this time, many people were vaccinated, but the Delta variant had stirred things up again.  At the seafood buffet, the situation was the same—no masks, long close lines and gloves were required to obtain food. 

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Christine's Mom

Christine Duffy, 2019

Pioneer Award Winner spent summers in France.

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111th Pioneer Award Recipients - 

                  2019 Pioneer Assembly at Frankford High School

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Welcome Carnival Horizon!

"I was a below average student," Christine Duffy,

2019 Pioneer Award Winner,

announced at the 111th Pioneer Achievement

Award Ceremony in October.

 

" I didn't have a passion or a plan of what I wanted to do

after I graduated."

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Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner,

suspense author, anthology editor, Marvel comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer.  He was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers.  Pen Name, Shane MacDougal.  Inducted into the Martial Arts of Fame... wikipedia, 

And Class of 1976...

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Joe Ledger Series

"I was scouted by Marvel. Which is funny because my agent and I had been strategizing on how to get on Marvel’s radar when Axel Alonso (then the editor-in-chief) called me out of the blue."

 

"He’d picked up a copy of my novel, PATIENT ZERO, enjoyed it and thought that my brand of action, character development, and humor would be a good fit. So he invited me to write for him. I started with an eight-page Wolverine story as a back-up to that year’s anniversary issue; then got a gig to write a very adult, very edgy Punisher comic."

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STEVEN HUNT, CLASS OF 75

FROM TECH STARTUPS TO

GLOBE-TROTTING

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"I was very fortunate to graduate first in my class of EE’s (Electrical Engineering) at Drexel.  This gave me the opportunity to go to work for Bell Laboratories."  

 

"At that time, this was one of the preeminent research and development firms in the world.  But to work as an engineer there you needed a masters degree.  So, they sent me all expense paid to Stanford to get that degree."  

 

"When I returned to the Labs my main focus was on learning as many different areas of technology as I could.  The best way to manage technology is to understand it."  

 

"...Every time an opportunity came up to do more than just design – including cross project coordination, project leadership, etc – I took it and learned as much as I could about how to optimize the results."  

 

"...At that point it was just a matter of expanding on what I learned and always growing.  As my mother used to say “you should stop learning when they close the lid”.

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"I was the weird Goth Girl, who befriended the popular boy."

2019 PIONEER ACHIEVEMENT

 

AWARD CEREMONY

111th Pioneer Achievement Award Winner

Christine Devonne Duffy - Class of 1979

President of Carnival Cruise Line

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JULIA ROONEY CLASS OF 2001

2019 REUNIONS

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Hi  I'm Mason Dennis

Here's how I transitioned  from Frankford to Rosemont College playing lacrosse.  I'm currently majoring in mathematics, but communications has caught my eye.  Stay Tuned!

Welcome Back!
We've been waiting
for you.

So glad you stopped by our new alumni  destination. 

Welcome to your

new second home!

 

We've got some

great house-warming gifts. 

Sorry, it’s not a  Keurig or microwave.

But our gifts will come

in handy when you need

them the most.

Oh sure, you can sneak a peek?

TRAILBLAZING PIONEERS

CLASS OF 1971
SENIOR TRIP TO D.C.
 
 
WHO ARE WE?
WE'RE FRANKFORD ALUMNI...

We help each other

1.  Navigate College

2.  Start Careers

3.  Guide Career Changes

4.  Embark into a New Chapter

5.  Mentor and Share Knowledge with those Traveling in our Footsteps.  

Even if you just moved the tassel over a short while ago, or 60 years ago, there's a place for you with the Frankford Alumni Association.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

An example of trailblazing

is  finding a new way

to get across the top of the mountain.