The Circle Voice

Groton Switches to New Security System

Evan Cheigh '22, Assistant News Editor

October 15, 2019

When students arrived on the Circle this fall, they were greeted not by keypads on their dormitory entrances, but by new smooth black pads with blinking white lights. Gone were the numbers; a pixelated circle replaced them. Instead of typing in a four-digit code, students pulled out their phones and gen...

Groton’s First Open Mic of The 2019 School Year

Cam Nguyen '22

October 13, 2019

Captivating.  Refreshing.  Hilariously entertaining. These are just a handful of an endless string of adjectives that could be used to describe what Groton’s first 2019 Open Mic had to offer. Cocooned in the warm glow of fairy lights with the company of fluffy blankets and friends, the Gro...

Civil Rights For The LGBTQ Community

Leah Pothel '21, Assistant Opinions Editor

October 13, 2019

In 2013, Gerald Bostock was fired for “conduct unbecoming” after he joined a predominantly gay softball league that was created as a safe space for the LGBTQ community in Atlanta. Bostock had worked as the coordinator of child welfare services for a county government office in Georgia. He claimed t...

Piracy of Privacy: FBI Subpoenas

Llocxi Lopez '21

October 13, 2019

Not long ago, times were simpler –– at least technologically. Personal information was kept in cards, logs, and fiche film, and digital privacy laws were weak or nonexistent. However, in this new digital world, law enforcement has begun the widespread collection of personal information through or...

Inside the Disciplinary Committee

Annabel Kocks '20, Assistant News Editor

October 13, 2019

Two weeks into the academic year, Associate Head of School Andy Anderson and Headmaster Temba Maqubela selected Alan Du ’20 to serve as the non-senior prefect on the Disciplinary Committee (DC).  The DC provides Mr. Maqubela with a recommendation for a fair course of punishment. It is comprised...

New Busts to Line Schoolroom

Gracie Mumford

October 13, 2019

Since 1904, the busts of George Washington, Aristotle, and other prominent historical figures have lined the walls of the Schoolroom. The busts originally reflected the all-male student body and served as role models for the boys working diligently at their desks below. However, although Groton admi...

The Circle Voice Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Cornelia Potter '21, Digital Editor

October 13, 2019

  During the 1960s and 1970s, amidst the Vietnam War, America bubbled with social change and civil unrest, as did Groton students. In 1969 students created The Circle Voice to serve as the student body’s own form of expression. Fifty issues later, we peer backwards to re-examine this rich ...

Parents Weekend Concert

Allison Jiang, Assistant Arts Editor

October 13, 2019

Just as the calendar nears the end of October, Parents Weekend begins, opening Groton’s school gates to welcome family and friends to the circle. The doors of the Campbell Performing Arts Center (CPAC) will also open to host the annual Parents Weekend Concert. In one evening of performances, students fro...

Protecting British Democracy: Boris Johnson Should Resign


October 13, 2019

On September 24, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom unanimously ruled that Prime Minister (PM) Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was unlawful and an obstruction of democracy. The intervention of the Supreme Court underscores the gravity of the situation, as it rarely involves itself in...

Should the Hong Kongers Keep Protesting?


October 13, 2019

On September 4, after months of protests, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam withdrew the controversial extradition bill that allowed Hong Kongers to be tried in China. The protests, however; did not end there. In fact, they have evolved into a turbulent movement for democracy in Hong Kong that...

Ancient Greece Meets Trapeze Acts in Groton Theater Trip


October 11, 2019

Trapeze acts and circus performers illuminated in dazzling lights versus a classic Greek play that was written in 441 B.C.: two seemingly disparate concepts Groton Theater Director Laurie Sales is tasked with connecting.    On September 28, Groton theater, currently working on the Sophoclean tragedy ...

Athlete of the Issue: Jack Goodrich

Christina Oelhafen '21, Assistant Features Editor

October 11, 2019

Jack Goodrich ‘20 has been an avid soccer player from a young age, and has contributed to the Varsity Boys Soccer team for the past three years. Last year, the team found success, making it all the way to the Independent School League (ISL) tournament. This year, Jack is leading the team both on and...

A Survivor and Soldier: Luka Bakic ’15


October 11, 2019

Luka Bakic, a current Ensign in the US Navy and Groton graduate of 2015, bears a unique, war-ridden history. Born in the late 1990s in Belgrade, Serbia, Luka and his family were caught in the Kosovo War (1998-99). The Bakics eventually fled the city once the NATO began bombing Serbia in 1999 to end S...

Artist of the Issue: Josh Guo

Derek Hu '21, Assistant Features Editor

October 11, 2019

The Postlude Prince   Joshua Guo ‘20 is a gifted and passionate pianist. Having performed many times after morning chapel, The Circle Voice’s humor section last year dubbed him the “Postlude Prince.” Josh spoke with The Circle Voice about his musical journey and plans for performing arts on the ...

Looking Back at Groton’s 135 Birthdays

Claire Lee, Features Editor

October 11, 2019

Despite many changes that have taken place, it is still Groton tradition to celebrate the school’s birthday with much pomp and grandeur.   26th of October 1885: Groton School’s first anniversary. Being the first ever celebration, the boys had no precedent of hosting birthday feasts and the da...