The Class of 2022 Inductees

Congratulations to the 2022 Inductees!


AndersonKyle was a 2000 graduate of South Windsor where he played JV Lacrosse and performed in over a dozen drama club shows, including lead turns in Camelot, The Sound of Music and Bye Bye Birdie. Kyle was a three-year member of Choral Spectrum and also a member of his class executive committee. Kyle was the National Honor Society Secretary and the inaugural Eugene Policelli Award recipient.  Kyle graduated from New York University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater.
Kyle has had a variety of positions in the entertainment field since graduating from NYU. Currently he is the anchor of Entertainment Now, SiriusXM's on demand podcast network focusing on music, movies and television. Previously he was the host of Up All Afternoon, a daily pop culture talk show on SiriusXM 105 (2017-2019); host of LA Daily on SiriusXM 105 (2016-2017); Senior Writer, Entertainment Weekly (2011-2016); Editor, MTV News (2009-2011); Editor, Rolling Stone (2008); Editor, Spin (2004-2007) and Writer, FHM (2001-2004).

Kyle writes “My actual memories of high school are foggy, speckled with the suggestion of mildly bucking against authority and indulging in the folly of youth. The friendships have faded, the accomplishments diminished. But there remains an exceptional lot of teachers who left an indelible impression and to whom I owe an uncollectable debt for instilling in me an intellectual curiosity that has fueled my entire adult life and career. Highlights included discussing the finer points of theatrical comedy with Steve Foley, trading jazz recommendations with David White, navigating the 2000 election with Chad Ellis, exploring the French countryside with Gail McKenna, road tripping through American history with Brian Hermes, and gleaming the cube with Bob Vanesse. I have retroactively discovered a deep appreciation for their skills, patience, and senses of humor—they both guided me steadily and allowed me to discover things on my own, a magic trick I have yet to unravel. I realize now that were I in their positions, I would have one hundred percent ordered me to shut up, and I'm forever grateful they didn't, considering I've built a life out of imposing my thoughts and opinions on the world of culture.” 


Jim is a 1990 graduate of South Windsor High School where he lettered in varsity football, indoor track and outdoor track. Jim was coached by South Windsor High School Hall of Fame members Ralph McCarroll and Bob Labreche while competing for the Bobcats. Jim earned All-New England recognition in the 55 meter and long jump during his senior year as a Bobcat. Jim enrolled at Eastern Connecticut State University where he became the premier sprinter in the first 20 years of the men’s track and field program. During a three year career from 1993-1995 Jim earned All-New England recognition 8 times in six different events. Jim graduated as the program record holder at 55, 100 and 200 meters along with the 4x100 and 4x400 relays and second all-time in the long jump at Eastern. Jim served as an assistant track coach at Eastern for three years and was inducted into the Eastern Connecticut State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.

After graduating from Eastern, Jim, who had grown up in South Windsor with the mindset of always looking out for the helpless and trying to help the underdog entered the United States Army.  Jim served two tours of duty in the Middle East where his unit provided protection for supply caravans from IED’s and enemy attack. After several near-death experiences there Jim told himself if he made it back home he would spend his life taking care of people who need help. He saw law enforcement as a way of changing the lives of others.

Jim is currently a 19 year member of the Hartford Police Department where he is a citywide Homeless Outreach officer. Jim’s homeless outreach program is run out of a repurposed bomb squad truck that Jim renovated into a van to carry supplies to serve the homeless. Jim calls his outreach van a “mini bodega” that serves more than 900 homeless men and women who Jim routinely checks in on. Jim is parked every Monday morning across from the Hartford Public Library. Otherwise, he drives to various homeless encampments where he distributes water bottles, protein bars, sleeping bags, coats, hoodies, blankets, personal hygiene products, beef jerky, canned tuna and chicken salad. Jim also partners with Footwear with Care to hand out new socks, sneakers and boots to the homeless. When asked why the homeless need good footwear Jim says “It’s like the military, you walk from point A to point B, and if you keep your feet dry and decent, you’re going to feel good. If not, you’re going to fall apart."

Concerning Officer Barrett, Lisa who was homeless for 4 years says “When you’re down and out he shows that he cares. He’s very humble and doesn’t judge people. He believes in me and he believes in people and I survived, I have Officer Barrett to thank for that.”

Jim again showed that caring for people that need help is at the heart of who he is when on October 14, 2019 Jim answered a call of an emotionally disturbed man vowing to jump off the bridge at 200 Columbus Avenue. Jim was the first on the scene with his bike. Jim came upon a man who was positioned on a railing overlooking the traffic filled roadway below and was able to pull him back to safety.

CHRIS CLARK , Director of Player Personnel / Cleveland Monsters General Manager - Class of 1994


Chris is a 1994 graduate of South Windsor High School where he began his road to sport by being a varsity soccer and hockey player.

Former Columbus Blue Jackets forward Chris Clark was named the general manager of the Cleveland Monsters, the club's American Hockey League affiliate, and promoted to director of player personnel by the Blue Jackets in June 2019 after spending the past seven years in player development. He joined the club in June 2012 as development coach and most recently served as director of player development, overseeing the growth of the organization's prospects playing in the professional minor leagues, various major junior leagues and college hockey.

Clark registered 103-111-214 and 700 penalty minutes in 607 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals and Calgary Flames. The South Windsor, Connecticut native appeared in 89 games with Columbus between 2009-11 and notched 8-12-20 and 59 penalty minutes while serving as an alternate captain. He spent four-plus seasons with the Capitals, tallying 60-63-123 and 278 penalty minutes in 240 games with the club and serving as captain from 2006-09.



Dr. Colasanto graduated from South Windsor High School in 1985.  He attended the University of Connecticut from 1985 – 1989. During his time at UConn, he served the community as a volunteer for the South Windsor Ambulance Corp for over 12 years and at Manchester Memorial Hospital for over 4 years.  After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Neurobiology, he worked in research at the University of Connecticut Health Center designing and testing new pain medications at the cellular level.  Then, he received a Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown in 1993.  He returned to Connecticut and taught Anatomy and Physiology at Manchester Community Technical College as Adjunct Faculty while continuing basic science research at the University of Connecticut.  In 1995, he attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and received his M.D. in 1999. 

After medical school, he completed his Internship in Medicine at Yale in 2000 and was awarded Intern of the Year.  He was also the recipient of a research based award for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (Best of ASCO 2003), and Radiological Society of North America Roentgen Resident - Fellow Research award for 2003.  During internship and residency, he continued to volunteer for South Windsor Ambulance Corp and also worked for the State of Connecticut as Assistant Medical Examiner. 

He completed his residency at Yale in 2004 in the Department of Radiation Oncology.  He started an academic career as Assistant Professor at Yale School of Medicine, Department of Therapeutic Radiology.  At Yale, he was a committee member of several national and local organizations, including CALGB Genitourinary Cancer Committee Member, RTOG Lung Cancer Committee Member, Endocrine Cancer Section Chief, VA (Veterans Affairs) Section Chief, Yale Thoracic Oncology Program member, Co-Chair of the Yale Quality Improvement Committee, Graduate Medical Education Committee at Yale, Clinical Advisor to the Gateway Community College, Editorial Board Member to the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, Reviewer to the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology & Physics Journal and The Cancer Journal.  He remained active in clinical research.   He was Principal Investigator on 9 clinical trials at Yale and 4 at Saint Francis Hospital.  He published a book chapter on thyroid cancer and 17 medical publications including co-author of a landmark publication in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in 2006 that changed the way we treat certain lung cancers today.  He has given medical presentations for several organizations, nationally and internationally.  More recently, he is a Radiation Oncologist in private practice at the Smilow Cancer Hospital Yale – New Haven Health at Saint Francis in Hartford, CT.   He continues to be involved in medical research and continues to teach at Manchester Community Technical College.



1989 graduate of SWHS, where Nick was a member of both the varsity football and baseball teams.  He was voted team co-captain of the football team his senior year when they completed an undefeated regular season, won the CCC East Championship and were the State Runner up in Class MM.  He was also named All CCC East on defense in both his junior and senior years as a nose guard; and was selected all CCC East and All State Honorable Mention on offense as a kicker in his senior year.  The football team won the CCC East all 3 years Nick played Varsity.

Nick went on to play football at Westfield State University in Westfield, MA.  He earned a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science. In his senior year, he interned with the MA State Police Special Investigations Unit where he gained a passion for law enforcement.  While in college, Nick enlisted in the Army National Guard where he served for eight years. 
In 1997, Nick was hired by the NY State Police.  During his time as a Trooper, he received 11 letters of commendation from his Troop Commander for various accomplishments including the solving of a homicide.  In 2003, he was recognized as Troop K Trooper of the year.  He received two Superintendent's commendations, one for responding to the World Trade Center Collapse for 13 weeks and another for pulling a man out of a vehicle before it exploded.  In 2004, Nick was promoted to Investigator and assigned to the Special Investigations Unit where he earned 7 more letters of commendation. In 2012, he was awarded Investigator of the Year for his undercover purchase of a newborn baby.  He was promoted to Senior Investigator in 2016 and assigned to NYS Homeland Security as the Deputy Director of Counterterrorism where he was responsible for overseeing four counterterrorism units.  In 2018, Nick was forced to retire due to a work-related illness – a rare, aggressive cancer attributed to his exposure during his  9/11 World Trade Center assignment.  Nick has had several surgeries and other treatments to battle this cancer.  He remains strong and enjoys spending time with his family and being involved in his kids' athletic activities.  He is currently the assistant coach of his youngest son’s all-star baseball team that has won the NY State Championship 3 years in a row and also coaches his football team.

Nick resides in Saratoga, NY now with his wife and three children.



Craig was a 1970 graduate of W. H. Hall High School, where he received four varsity letters in football and lacrosse.  In his senior year, the Warriors became West Hartford’s first undefeated, untied league champion football team.  Craig was selected as an all-league guard and as a player on the East Team in the 1970 Nutmeg Bowl Game.  He enrolled at Bates College, graduating in 1974 with a major in American History.  He later earned a M.A. in Educational Psychology from UCONN, a Sixth-Year Certificate in World History and an MA in American Studies, both from Trinity College, and was awarded honors in graduate scholarship.

In 1974, Craig was hired as a Social Studies teacher at SWHS, where he served for nearly 33 years, nine as Social Studies Department Chair.  He taught classes in Current Affairs, U. S. History, Ancient and Modern World History, and began the freshman Global Village program.  He also developed and taught SWHS’s first courses in A. P. U. S. History and A. P. World History, as well as Connecticut’s first high school course of study in Connecticut History.  He advised the SWHS Model U. N. Club for many years and expanded its scope to include club participation in both the Harvard University Model U. N. as well as the University of Hartford Model U.N.  Craig also advised many SWHS students as contestants in the regional, state, and national History Day competitions.  He later served for several years as a judge at Connecticut History Day on behalf of the Connecticut Historical Society. 

Craig coached SWHS varsity football for nine years (1974-83), having primary responsibility for the offensive and defensive lines as well as calling the defensive signals on game day.  During the off seasons, he helped develop the team’s first strength program.  In 1977, SWHS won the Central Valley Conference football championship.  After his coaching career, he continued to scout up-coming opponents of the Bobcats for several years.

In 2007, Craig was hired as the Education Manager at the Mark Twain House and Museum and served as the museum’s Site Director for four National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Teacher Workshops and Institute.  He presented scores of educational programs and workshops on Mark Twain’s cultural and historical legacy to students, teachers, and the public at the Twain House and at libraries, schools, and civic organizations throughout the Northeast.  In 2014, he became a historical interpreter for visitors to the Twain House and later a “living history” actor who created a tour for visitors portraying- Rev. Joseph Twichell, Mark Twain’s Best Friend



Kristen is a 1983 graduate of South Windsor High School where she excelled in academics, music and theater. Kristen was a member of the Drama Club, Vocal Ensemble and Choral spectrum her Sophomore, Junior and Senior years. Over this time, she was selected to the All State Chorus and was in the National Honor Society her Junior and Senior years. From there, Kristen took her talents to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester MA before embarking on a professional career in the performing arts and starting a family with her husband Jeff and having twins Annie and Henry.

Kristen has performed with many opera companies throughout the country, such as New York City, Virginia, Chautauqua and many more Operas. In 2011 Kristen performed in the North American premiere of Handel’s first opera, Almira, with Operamission in New York City, and in 2015 created the role of Ruth Draper in Verlezza Dance’s dance opera Icarus Rising, about real-life WWII freedom fighter Lauro DeBosis. The New York Times describes her as possessing a “shimmering soprano” while The Washington Post highlights her “sparkle and precision”. On the concert stage Kristen has performed a broad spectrum of works, from classical pieces such as Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Haydn’s Mass in Time of War at Carnegie Hall to An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan. She also greatly enjoys pops concerts; her favorite being Sci-Fi Spectacular which she has performed with the Cleveland, Indianapolis, Seattle, Baltimore, Edmonton and Ottawa Symphonies.  

During the pandemic lockdown Kristen recorded new works for several composers, in subjects ranging from modern poetry to Jewish liturgical music; provided music for her church’s weekly Zoom services and sang from the sidewalk to residents of local independent living homes. In the spring of 2021 she returned to live performance which reaffirmed her belief that there’s nothing like performing in front of an audience. Kristen currently lives in Ridgewood, NJ, and finds time to pay it forward by acting as the president of the Ridgewood Friends of Music, a non-profit that supports the excellent music program in her town’s public schools.