The Circle Voice

A History of Senior Shenanigans

Seniors prepare for the prank

June 5, 2016

Pranks. Pranks. Pranks. What to do without pranks? A Groton without pranks is like a rainforest without rain, a peanut-butter and jelly without the jelly. Recently, graduates who returned to the Circle began conversations asking, "So, what kind of pranks are you kids up to nowadays?" Groton has a lon...

Rock Band Rocks the Circle

Band rocks the Circle.

June 5, 2016

On one warm spring Saturday, six students and two faculty members joined forces to put on a concert which they named Rock the Circle, and rock they did; set on the front steps of the Schoolhouse, they played Hendrix, the Who, the Rolling Stones, Prince, Cream, and everything in between to an enthusias...

Prize Day 2016

The graduating class of 2015 gathers next to the chapel on last year’s Prize Day.

Aly Manjee '18, Reporter

June 5, 2016

Prize Day--a day that the Seniors have been looking forward to since the start of their Groton careers. After a gruesome Fall filled with college applications, a cold and dark Winter, and Spring filled with relief and fans everywhere. Their final days on the Circle as students encroach the final push w...

2016 Editors Signing Off

Ethan and Varsha prepare to leave the Circle.

Ethan Woo '16 and Varsha Harish '16

June 5, 2016

As we write this, Prize Day approaches rapidly, the eerie prospect of being thrown into a bigger and broader world now a far more terrifyingly concrete reality. There will be no more rough and rowdy CV meetings, no more late nights spent watching Ross weep over InDesign, none of that exhausted pride felt a...

Farewell and See You Soon, Faculty

Ms. Klose will be one of those saying goodbye to the Circle this year.

Eunice Cho '20, Reporter

June 5, 2016

The school year is almost coming to an end. While this thought makes many people smile, we should appreciate the rest of our time at Groton this year since we won’t be seeing some familiar faces next year. Mr. Hansen came to Groton this year as a physics teacher and coached cross country in the fal...

From Soul Sauce to Seoul

Henry Bloomfield during the Kiss A Kumiho music video

June 5, 2016

There is one question that plagues us all from the ages of five to twenty five: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" For most little kids the answer happens to be an astronaut, ballerina, or rock star. While these career paths rarely pan out, things have gone according to plan in the most unexpect...

John Oliver: a Journalist, a Propogandist, or Neither?

Cartoon of John Oliver

June 5, 2016

Since its inception in April of 2014, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has attracted remarkably large numbers of viewers—among them many Groton students—with its comedic commentaries on a variety of issues in America, ranging from the "NSA’s detailed programs" to "putting a cowboy hat on a c...

Ironing Out the Dress Code

Students in varying levels of the dress code.

Nina Norton, Columnist

June 5, 2016

The dress code at Groton has always been a controversial topic. Many feel that there is an unfair disparity between what girls are allowed to wear and what boys are allowed to wear. But there is a reason behind that difference. Boys’ clothing is usually not form-fitting, and have far simpler styles than ...

Boys’ Crew To Compete at Henley

First and second boats after winning the Cooke Cup.

June 5, 2016

If you’ve spoken to anyone on the boy’s crew team, then you’ve definitely heard about their extended season. One of the most popular regattas in the world, the Henley Royal Regatta pulls competitive rowers from around the world to race at an elite level, and this summer, Groton’s boy’s crew...

Athlete of the Issue: Mike Brown ’16

Mike on defense.

June 5, 2016

If you’ve spoken to anyone on the boy’s crew team, then you’ve definitely heard about their extended season. One of the most popular regattas in the world, the Henley Royal Regatta pulls competitive rowers from around the world to race at an elite level, and this summer, Groton’s boy’s crew...

Artist of the Issue: Candace Tong-Li ‘16

Candace practices her violin in the orchestra.

Daisy Fey '18, Contributing Writer

June 5, 2016

You may have attended a concert she has lead or seen some of her paintings hanging up around the schoolhouse. You may have seen her recently published, illustrated book, samples of which are posted around the college office. At Groton, it seems that no matter which way you turn, the remarkable talent ...

Students Direct, Perform in Play Festival

Christian Carson '18 and Jon Lamson '18 in

June 5, 2016

Groton’s one act festival, arguably its most attended and enjoyable theatre production, continued its strong record this year with five new one-act shows. These shows were directed by six Groton students and used four original Grotonian works as their scripts. This year’s festival, rather unfortunate...

Summer Global Education Programs

June 5, 2016

Enjoying the baguettes in France, wild rice in China, and black beans in Peru, Groton students are given the opportunity to explore the world through the global education program. Each year students are able to travel to China, France, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru, Tanzania, and Uganda. Groton aims ...

To the Graduating Staff: From Your Former Assistants

The 2016-17 CV Staff

June 5, 2016

Prize Day is an especially bittersweet day for The Circle Voice staff, which must say goodbye to the Sixth Formers who have lent their guidance and expertise to the paper for the past year. As the new staff settles into place, we look back on the hard work of the 2015-2016 Editorial Board and hope to e...

The All-New Lead Prefect

Students enjoying time with their peer counselors under the current system.

May 13, 2016

It is spring term once again. The flowers are blooming, and the weather is gradually improving. Soon the current Sixth Formers will leave the Circle, and the Fifth Formers will finally step up to fill their absence. Fifth Formers are even busier than normal as they deal with standardized testing,...

Top Journalists Visit the Circle

Students chat with the journalists about media and politics following the all-school lecture.

May 13, 2016

As Obama pointed out at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, journalism is a “dogged pursuit”— a job that aims to disclose transparent information to the public. It’s also a business: a business that, as Obama said, at times “incentivizes speed over depth, and when controversy...

Upcoming Day of Service

Jamie Jiang '18 volunteers at Rivercourt Residences.

May 13, 2016

Grotonians will soon have another chance to exemplify our school motto. The first Community Day of Service in 2016 will take place on Saturday, May 14. The Day of Service, as usual, will be organized by the Groton Community Engagement (GCE) and will be an all-school event. Although the community has...

Loose Cannon

Curt Schilling is not afraid to voice his opinion.

May 13, 2016

Curt Schilling was a popular man, a hero of sorts among Boston sports fans. In Game 6 of the 2004 American League Championship Series, he appeared on the mound against the Sox’s bitter rivals the Yankees with what appeared to be red spots of blood on his sock covering his right ankle, which he had...

A Beautiful Story

A Beautiful Story

Aly Manjee '18

May 13, 2016

On April 20th, Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew announced huge changes to the face of the US dollar. The biggest change: sliding Andrew Jackson to the back of the $20 bill, and putting Harriet Tubman on the front. The announcement came as a surprise. Everyone had expected Alexander Hamilton to...


Deconstructed pasta, a hipster favorite.

May 13, 2016

Judging by how much we all make fun of Langa Chinyoka’s '17 mason jars (out of which she dares to eat brownies), I would have expected her to give it up at some point, but there she goes, either scooping our newest baked feed into her clear blue mason jar or drinking water out of the jar with a straw....

Modern Day McCarthyism

Zizi Kendall '17, Assistant Opinions Editor

May 13, 2016

“I am going to fix the US economy!” said every Republican ever. A large aspect of this classic Republican campaign piece is dependent on government spending, a method which in reality does next to nothing for the economy. In fact, cutting spending in STEM sectors, as Republicans have been doing,...

New Exchange Student: Advait from India

Advait Ganapathy plays tennis after school.

Rajit Khanna '19

May 13, 2016

Three weeks ago, Advait Ganapathy arrived on the Circle with heavy aspirations. He had been chosen by his school to embark on the journey across the Atlantic. “I accepted the offer as soon as I got it,” he said, “since I had heard of Groton in India and I knew that the experience would be a memorable...

New Exchange Student: Anna from New Zealand

Anna Cardy laughs with friends after a meal in the Dining Hall.

May 13, 2016

In America, Anna Cardy loves surplus water, her three hundred year old rental house, and Dining Hall food. In New Zealand, she loves acting, her three older siblings, and “balls” (the New Zealand equivalent of prom). For the rest of the school year, Anna will be taking Fifth Form classes, playing...

Different From Doon: An Op-Ed by Advait

Advait Ganapathy '17

May 13, 2016

The quote above truly encompasses my experience at Groton so far. From the infamous summer heat of Mumbai to the cool breeze beside the pristine Nashua, coming to Groton has exposed me to a completely alien way of life and has given me the opportunity to actually experience it. My first hurdle...

From Boarding School to Baywatch

Alexandra Paul’s senior yearbook photo.

May 13, 2016

Not many Grotonians know that along with FDR ‘00 and Candace Nelson ‘91, one of Groton’s better-known alumni is Alexandra Paul, one of the stars of the original “Baywatch” series. Born in New York, Paul arrived at Groton as a Third Former and graduated in ‘81. Although she would later...

Flapjacks and Followers

A series of Walker-Jacks’s food Instagrams.

Marianne Lu '19 and Karla Sanford '19

May 13, 2016

5,774. This is the number of followers Catherine Walker-Jacks ‘13 has managed to amass in just four months. Driven by her passion for cooking and photography, she decided to start an Instagram account in January to showcase her breakfast recipes. With a biography that reads “poach eggs, not elephants,”...

Spring FSAs: Training and Translating

The Groton Rugby Association.

Millie Kim '17, Assistant News Editor

May 13, 2016

Tackling the Fields: Rugby FSA Groton’s Rugby Team, formed three years ago, has returned to the fields this year with new players—Dowey Tran ‘17, Ben Cardinal ‘18, Sammy Malhotra ’18, Owen Duggan ‘17, George Altshuler ‘18, and Rohan Varkey ’18— with original players Marco McGavick ...

Athlete of the Issue: Anna Thorndike ’16

Anna '16 squares off against Thayer Academy.

Delaney Tantillo '17, Assistant Sports Editor

May 13, 2016

Throughout the past four seasons, Anna Thorndike ‘16 has made a tremendous impact on the Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse team. Anna began playing lacrosse when she was eight years old, and her experience and talent have made her an asset to the team since she joined in third form. Anna has been a starting...

Deflategate: Goodell Up And Brady Down

The embattled Tom Brady.

May 13, 2016

While Grotonians were on their Spring Long Weekend, the newest chapter of the Deflategate saga unfolded. For those who have not been following what has been dubbed “Deflategate,” in the 2015 AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts, the Patriots were accused...

Will Chef Curry Cook Again?

Stephen Curry and the Warriors have been heavily favored the win the NBA Championship all season.

May 13, 2016

The NBA Playoffs have already brought great excitement in two seven-games series, overtime games, and astounding individual performances from players such as Isiah Thomas, Paul Millsap, and Draymond Green. Competition will be fierce, especially in the Western Conference, as teams vie to reach the finals...

The Ultimate FSA

The ultimate frisbee team plays on the Circle.

Michael Xiao '18

May 13, 2016

A group of nine students, coached by Dr. Lamarre-Vincent, are reintroducing ultimate frisbee to the Circle. For those that don’t know, ultimate, as some call it, is a non-contact sport that involves throwing and passing the frisbee along a field in order to score in an end zone. There are usually seven...

King of the Jungle

Promotional poster for “The Jungle Book.”

Michael Senko '18, Staff Writer

May 13, 2016

Disney’s new movie “The Jungle Book,” directed by Jon Favreau, is a cinematic spectacle. Baloo’s fur flows and shakes with shocking realism, the sound of Kaa’s scales squirming and sliding across branches is impeccably slimy, and the half-warehouse-in-LA, half-CGI jungle is packed to the brim...

When Life Gives You Beyoncé or Vice Versa

When Life Gives You Beyoncé or Vice Versa

Adia Fielder '17 and Langa Chinyoka '17

May 13, 2016

The iconic new album from Beyoncé is an emotional journey. Primarily but not only about Beyoncé’s relationship with Jay-Z, “Lemonade” is about growth and healing. Pray You Catch Me The opening song of “Lemonade” is raw and stripped back – it introduces the themes of the album; th...

Artist of the Issue: Steven Anton ’16

Steven Anton '16 on drums.

Will Robbins '16, Assistant Sports Editor

May 13, 2016

Steven has been a major contributor to Groton’s Music Department since Third Form. He began playing the piano in kindergarten and picked up the saxophone in fourth grade, but it wasn’t until eight grade that Steven began playing the bass, his strongest instrument. After Tarik Welch’s ‘12 graduation,...

Sr. Anderson Named Next Assistant Head

Sr. Anderson is slated to serve as Groton’s next assistant head, starting in the 2016-17 school year.

Hadley Callaway '17, Assistant News Editor

April 22, 2016

Groton’s next assistant head will be Spanish teacher and crew coach Andy Anderson, Mr. Maqubela announced on March 7. In June, he will replace Katherine Bradley, who announced last November her appointment to be the next Head of Dana Hall School. Mr. Anderson first came to Groton in 1980 as the...

Student Center Undergoes Extensive Renovation

Foosball tables and furniture have been installed around the Student Center.

Jack McLaughlin '17, Assistant Features Editor

April 22, 2016

Since returning from Spring Break, students may have noticed a fresh coat of paint in the Student Center. This new paint job is part of an ongoing plan to breathe new life into the Student Center, a space that many say has begun to show its age. The $250,000 renovation project is the result of continued...

Welcoming Future Grotonians: Revisit Day, 2016

A panel of Sixth Formers spoke the night before Revisit Day.

Millie Kim '17 and Isabella Yang '17

April 22, 2016

The Chapel was instantly filled with laughter as Rose Lovy ’16 recalled a particularly memorable experience at Groton. Parents, revisiting students, faculty, and students sat in attentive silence as Rose delivered her chapel talk on the morning of March 31, the first Revisit Day of 2016. On this day...


Left behind in the wake of terrorist attacks.

Christopher Ye '17, Assistant Opinions Editor

April 22, 2016

On the morning of Tuesday, March 22, travelers flocked out of the Brussels Airport in panic and disarray as smoke trailed behind them. Two suicide bombers had detonated at the airport, killing at least ten and injuring scores more. Later that day, the same horror was repeated at Maelbeek metro station....

Security or Liberty?

An Apple store.

Aly Manjee '18

April 22, 2016

With the battle between the FBI and Apple finally over, we look back at it and realize that along with the battle in the courts between the two parties, with the former demanding that the tech giant unlock the the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone, there was also a public relations battle. A poll conducted...

An Open Letter to My Third Form Self

Hanna Kim '17, Assistant Opinions Editor

April 22, 2016

Dear Third Form Hanna, Hello, little insignificant Third Form Hanna. I hate to break it to you, but you are going to look back on yourself a couple of years from now and shudder in embarrassment. Everything you do now is going to seem awkward, embarrassing, and ridiculous, but it’s okay, because...