This Spring’s Six Sensational FSAs

From crew to quidditch, there are a plethora of activities available in the afternoons this spring, but six particularly passionate students have come up with even more.

First The Circle Voice’s Sports Editor Tyler Weisberg ’22 will be working on updates for The Circle Voice’s website. This activity will be sponsored by Ms. Friedman, who is Groton’s director of communications and the adviser to the Circle Voice and Zebra Tales.

 Meanwhile, Evan Cheigh’s ’22 interest in classics inspired him to photograph and study around 100 of Mr. Sackett’s archaeological pieces in order to build a catalog. Evan is excited to work with Dr. Reyes on this project, saying, “Dr. Reyes is an expert in archaeology, and I couldn’t think of anyone better to do this FSA with.” 

Dr. Reyes is sponsoring a second FSA in which Steven Pang and Jiacheng Kang will be practicing debate and public speaking with him. Jia obtained a whopping 270-point score at a Loomis Chaffee debate in January, qualifying him for the Worlds Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships. These two skilled debaters will no doubt focus on honing their skills at a high level. 

Half of this term’s FSAs are music-oriented. In addition to singing choir, Griffin Elliott is also doing songwriting with Mr. Moriarty. Like Dr. Reyes, Ms. Lanier is also working on two student activities. She sponsors Max Fan’s piano playing and Allison Jiang’s violin playing. 

Allison is excited to get more time to practice, and she hopes to share her classical music with wider communities. “Sometimes, classical music can seem inaccessible with its obscure Italian terms and grandiose concert halls,” says Allison. Calling her FSA, “Violin and Service,” Allison hopes to do some virtual performances that aim to demystify the workings behind the pieces she plays. She plans on performing for people at Groton and beyond. By taking advantage of virtual opportunities, Alison found a creative way to bring joy during these strange times.