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Descending to Greatness
Keerthana Toram and Pooravi SrivastavaApril 22, 2024

Check out the exciting classes offered in the basement.

Tech education teacher and Bobcat Nation News advisor in front of the tool wall in the woodworking classroom.
SWHS's Jack of All Trades
Andrew Kronnenwetter, Staff Writer • April 22, 2024

Broadcast news, woodworking, and construction teacher, Mr. Joseph Jarvis has been a huge part of SWHS’ entertainment and news programs, giving...

Big Dawg Home Improvement
Annalyse McKenna, Staff Writer • April 19, 2024

Local business Big Dawg Home Improvements is a thriving business in the South Windsor community. This small business was started by a veteran,...

Barbara Eddy, ASL teacher in her classroom on the second floor.
Eddy Wraps up her Final Year Teaching at SWHS
Ethan Sands, Staff Writer • April 19, 2024

After nearly 20 years of service in the South Windsor School District, SWHS’s American Sign Language (ASL) teacher Barbara Eddy is retiring...

Two customers walking into the front of Mexicali located in South Windsor.
Mexicali Gives Back to the Community
Gwen Giard, Staff Writer • April 15, 2024

Opening in 2015, Mexicali has been the go-to Mexican restaurant for many South Windsor residents for almost 10 years. With a fun and family-oriented...

Graduated But Not Forgotten

Andrea Mainelli graduated from South Windsor High School in 1981.
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Andrea Mainelli graduated from South Windsor High School in 1981.

Andrea Mainelli, a 1981 South Windsor High School Graduate, was recently inducted into the High School Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 2, 2024. 

Throughout high school, she was class valedictorian, served on the student council and as class president in her sophomore and junior years. Mainelli was a member of the National Honor Society, and she was also selected to Laurel Girls’ State and received the Yale-Redden award for her impressive scholarship, athletics, and leadership. 

Mainelli played basketball at SWHS for three continuous years and was titled second-team all-state in basketball her senior year.

In her athletic career, she played field hockey, basketball, softball, and tennis while also being a captain in field hockey and basketball. She earned All-CVC honors in both field hockey and basketball for three continuous years and was titled second-team all-state in basketball her senior year. She was a 2-time CVC champion in field hockey and a 3-time CVC champion in basketball. Both her basketball and field hockey teams reached the state semi- or quarterfinals for each year that she played.

Andrea Mainelli played field hockey at SWHS and at Harvard.

After high school, Mainello attended Harvard University as a Division I field hockey recruit and majored in social studies with the goal of being in international relations. While at Harvard she earned eight varsity letters in field hockey all four years, was team captain, and was selected to attend the U.S Olympic Developmental camps. She played basketball her freshman year, but later transferred to lacrosse her sophomore year. 

Andreas’ biggest ambition after graduating high school was, “to make a positive contribution to society,” and after graduating from Harvard as an All-Ivy her senior year she successfully accomplished that goal.

After graduation, she became a banker at Morgan Stanley, and then a project developer of Energy Infrastructure in Central and Eastern Europe for Enron. She was part of a team that developed one of the first privately financed power plants in Poland. Later, she ran a division that delivered online and classroom training to professionals as CEO of Kaplan Professional and then was an executive at the College Board where she was in charge of global sales.

She currently works at a Global Education Strategy Consulting Firm and Investment Bank as a Senior Advisor for Tyton Partners.

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About the Contributor
Brianna Sweeney
Brianna Sweeney, Staff Writer
Brianna Sweeney is a Junior at South Windsor High School. She has been a competitive dancer since she was 8 years old, but when she's not busy dancing, she enjoys roller skating and writing. After high school, Brianna wants to go to college and get a degree in marine biology. This goal was acquired from her love of animals and the ocean.