As a senior at Winsor, Arielle Mitropoulos '15 ran her first Boston Marathon as a member of the American Liver Foundation's Run for Research team. Preparing to run her fifth consecutive marathon this Monday, the Wellesley College senior has raised over $36,000 for the foundation to honor the memory of beloved Winsor French teacher Mimi Minkoff.
Back in 2015, Arielle shared what inspired her to take on the challenge. "Ms. Minkoff was one of the most important people in my life," Arielle said, reflecting that their relationship "is one that I will treasure for the rest of my life. She was more than just a teacher or a mentor. She offered me countless hours of support, advice and laughter from my very first year at Winsor in seventh grade."
Preparing for this year's race, she says, "Whenever I find myself struggling, I remember why I started this journey. From the beginning, my mission has remained steadfast: to keep Ms. Minkoff's memory alive, to remember her life, and to honor the fact that she was so much more than this disease. This endeavor has allowed me to remain so deeply connected to her, and I can only hope I am making her proud."
Also joining Arielle in tackling the 26.2-mile course are 3 familiar faces on the Winsor campus. Senior Annie Kaplan '19 is following in Arielle's footsteps, facing the challenge as a high school senior. And visual arts faculty Erin Calamari and history faculty Josh Constant are both running for the first time, Mr. Constant for Newton Wellesley Hospital, and Ms. Calamari for Spaulding Rehabilitation's Race for Rehab team.
From all of us at Winsor: GO WILDCATS!