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Girls’ JV Tennis enjoys success in recent years

Girls’ JV Tennis enjoys success in recent years

Ben Calmas '18

May 11, 2017

For the past decade, Girls’ JV Tennis has consistently finished each season with one of the best records of any team on campus. The team is undefeated in the ISL since 2015, and fell only to rival St. Mark’s in 2014. This season, they are off to an impressive start, winning their all of their six ...

Strength in numbers for Track and Field

Strength in numbers for Track and Field

Alex Kogler '19

May 11, 2017

This year, Track and Field has the second largest roster of any team on campus despite being the newest program. Established as an FSA in 2007 and recognized as a varsity sport in 2010, the team has witnessed a dramatic growth in participation in its ten years. With a current group consisting of 15 ...

Lower school athletes make immediate impact on varsity teams

Lower school athletes make immediate impact on varsity teams

Mark Herdiech '18

May 11, 2017

Groton Varsity baseball is lucky to have so much young talent on this team this year. This season, Luke Beckstein ‘20 stepped right into a starting role at second base. He is a multidimensional player who is comfortable playing at any spot in the infield, and has developed great chemistry with fellow mid...

Athlete of the Issue: Marcella Flibotte

Athlete of the Issue: Marcella Flibotte

Addie Newsome '18

May 11, 2017

The Independent School League is known for its fierce athletic competition, and this standard remains especially high for lacrosse. Facing powerhouses such as Governors, St. Mark’s, and St. Paul’s, Groton Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse remains a competitive team in the league. The team owes their suc...

Afternoon Fun: Spring FSA’s

Afternoon Fun: Spring FSA’s

Rohan Varkey '18

May 11, 2017

This term, the FSA, or Faculty Sponsored Activity, program is as popular as ever, allowing students to pursue an activity they are interested in as their afternoon activity. These FSAs span a wide array of activities, including: Horseback Riding: This term, Sandra Redjali ’19 is doing a horseback riding FSA with ...

Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung!

Min Shin '18

May 11, 2017

As winter term has come to an end, students and faculty members are looking forward to the spring. After months of cold and snow, they yearn for warmer weather, Spikeball, and sunny afternoons on the Circle.  Many highly-anticipated events also take place during the last term of the school year.  ...

Seniors reflect on their time at Groton

Seniors reflect on their time at Groton

Marianne Lu '19

May 11, 2017

ELYSSA WOLF What is the most valuable lesson that Groton has taught you? I think that Groton has taught me how to prioritize. You learn to choose whether you want to spend the night watching movies, running around campus with your friends, or writing a paper. Sometimes you choose the work, somet...

IMPACT impacts Sixth Form

IMPACT impacts Sixth Form

Ben Calmas '18

May 11, 2017

IMPACT, spelt in capital letters but not an acronym, is a self defense and situational awareness course. Many Sixth Formers oppose having to go through this school-required process, popularly known as “model mugging.” Until going to the event, many view IMPACT as a waste of precious spring time, ...

13 Reasons Why Not

13 Reasons Why Not

May 11, 2017

Thirteen Reasons Why, a Netflix series based on the novel by Jay Asher, is considered controversial because of its portrayal of suicide. The show is about the reaction of various people to the thirteen tapes that 17-year-old Hannah Baker made before she committed suicide. Each of the tapes focuses on ...

Mohamad Hafez brings art to the Circle

Mohamad Hafez brings art to the Circle

Daisy Fey '18

May 11, 2017

This spring, Syrian artist Mohamad Hafez installed his powerful work around the Circle. Thanks to Beth Van Gelder, Mr. Hafez has been welcomed into our community to tell his story through his work.         Ms. Van Gelder first noticed Mohamad’s work in an ad in Artscope Magazine for an ...

DAMN.

DAMN.

Michael Senko '18

May 11, 2017

It has been over two years since Kendrick Lamar released To Pimp A Butterfly. The album, eclectic, masterful, and wildly successful, ushered in a new era of experimental rap-jazz that, at first listen, seems to continue in DAMN.. But Kendrick’s new album, released on April 14th, is notably more mat...

Artist of the Issue: Piper Higgins ’17

Artist of the Issue: Piper Higgins ’17

Becky Zhang '18

May 11, 2017

An Open Mic head, Choir Prefect, and Music Prefect, Piper Higgins does it all. And yet, she has never taken a music lesson in her life. In her five years at Groton, Piper has continually inspired others with her beautiful voice and guitar playing. You simply can’t miss her filling the Chapel and...

Groton School places fifth at Deerfield debate

Groton School places fifth at Deerfield debate

Julia Kendall '19, Reporter

May 11, 2017

On April 30th, Deerfield hosted its annual parliamentary debate. While Andover won the debate, twelve representatives of Groton’s Debating Society managed a strong showing of fifth place out of nineteen schools. Eight of the twelve students who attended were in the novice division, making Groton’s pl...

To Europe and the Philippines: an update on sabbaticals

To Europe and the Philippines: an update on sabbaticals

Fran Saldivar '19, Reporter

May 11, 2017

Every year, a few of our hardworking teachers get to take a yearlong break to experience life away from campus. This year, history teachers John Lyons and Jen Wallace took sabbatical leaves to travel, read, and prepare for another ten years at Groton. The Circle Voice contacted them for updates on th...

New additions to the 2017-18 Course Catalog

New additions to the 2017-18 Course Catalog

Christian Carson '18, Assistant News Editor

May 11, 2017

As Sixth Formers begin to focus on their imminent departure from the school, the rest of the student body looks towards the next year – more specifically, towards their course selections. The 2017-2018 Course Catalog brings substantial changes to selections available for students. Confirmed course additi...

Prefects of all religions to lead daily chapel services

Prefects of all religions to lead daily chapel services

Eunice Cho '20, Reporter

May 11, 2017

In a significant change to the weekday chapel program, next year, prefects from all religious services will assist in running morning chapel. In addition, the voting   for the Class of 2018’s House and Senior Prefects took place a month earlier than normal, with the positions announced on April 28th....

Groton students join the March for Science

Groton students join the March for Science

Lily Cratsley '19, Assistant News Editor

May 11, 2017

Earth Day was first celebrated in the United States in 1970, after the Vietnam War, smoggy industrialization, and a massive oil spill off the coast of California incited a wave of environmentalism. Forty-seven years later, the holiday’s relevance remains as global scientists come to the conclusion th...

An APpalling Waste: How AP exams lost their way

An APpalling Waste: How AP exams lost their way

Charlie Vrattos '18, Columnist

May 11, 2017

As the spring term approaches its end, fifth formers face a major obstacle between them and summer break: APs. These dreaded “advanced placement” courses are the bane of any fifth former’s existence and come as the conclusion of a long year of studies in one course. While the popularity of these terr...

Hitting the iron ceiling: the weight room and gender

Hitting the iron ceiling: the weight room and gender

Nina Norton '18, Columnist

May 11, 2017

Here at Groton we pride ourselves on two things: our diversity, and our inclusivity. We care about those two things so much that at least twice a year we have a day devoted entirely to them. And yet, you only have to look as far as our athletic center to find exclusion. When you walk into the weight room, ...

Kim Jong Three, Two, Un: A Nuclear Countdown?

Kim Jong Three, Two, Un: A Nuclear Countdown?

Rajit Khanna '19, Reporter

May 11, 2017

In another of a series of miscues regarding the Trump administration’s North Korea foreign policy, Trump claimed that he was sending an “armada” to the Korean Peninsula. North Korean officials probably had a laugh when news leaked that the “armada,” which included the USS Carl Vinson aircra...

The grocery store from The Interview?: Revisit Day

The grocery store from The Interview?: Revisit Day

Andrew Porter '20, Reporter

April 19, 2017

With the admissions season having drawn to a close, newly admitted students came to Groton for Revisit Day. As Mr. Gracey said, it’s a way to help students get a “feel for the culture of the school.” But just how legitimate is Revisit Day? Revisit Day is a way to increase the yield of admitted st...

A little less terrible: the fallacy of Obamacare-worship

A little less terrible: the fallacy of Obamacare-worship

Leo McMahon '19, Reporter

April 19, 2017

“Ryancare” (or “Trumpcare,” depending on whom you ask) may have failed to pass the House, thereby saving twenty-eight million Americans from losing their health insurance and between 270,000 and 500,000 people from dying in the next decade, at least according to Vice News. But that doesn’t mea...

How does that make you feel?

How does that make you feel?

Nina Norton '18, Columnist

April 19, 2017

Given the high rates of depression and anxiety suffered by high-school students--especially at a place as demanding as Groton--it is little surprise that the counseling office is a frequent topic of conversation here. And, more often than not, that discussion turns critical. Many of us have had some...

Undermining Spring Athletic FSAs: a bad call

Undermining Spring Athletic FSAs: a bad call

Charlie Vrattos '18, Columnist

April 19, 2017

Spring sports are, without a doubt, one of the highlights of Groton’s favorite term. On a warm day in April or May, students can amble between the baseball diamond, tennis courts, and lacrosse fields or walk down to the boathouse to watch the crew team racing on the Nashua River. In recent years, howeve...

Incognito no longer: Congress sells our search histories

Brooks Anderson '20, Reporter

April 19, 2017

On March 28th, the House passed a resolution that dismantles certain Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and bars the Commission from issuing similar rules in the future. The regulations that were rolled back essentially forced ISPs, or Internet Service Providers, to obtain specific opt-in consen...

Beyond the Circle: Members of the Form of 2017 commited to college teams

Layne McKeown '18, Reporter

April 19, 2017

MacGregor Beatty, Univeristy of Chicago, Tennis : MacGregor Beatty has played at the top of the Boys’ Varsity Tennis ladder since he was in Third Form. Next year, MacGregor will play tennis at the University of Chicago. A competitive program, UChicago is currently ranked fifth within the University Athlet...

Athlete of the Issue: Taggart Eymer

Athlete of the Issue: Taggart Eymer

Powers Trigg '20, Reporter

April 19, 2017

Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary Manchester United manager, offered his take on what makes teams successful. “Attacking wins you games.  Defense wins you titles.” Taggart Eymer, a starting defender on the Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team for the past four seasons, understands this sentiment as wel...

Personal finance offerings demystify money

Lily Cratsley '19, Assistant News Editor

April 18, 2017

“Anyone can be a millionaire,” says Groton’s Chief Financial Officer Arthur Diaz. “It’s not necessarily how much money you have, although I think it’s possible for most people to accumulate a good amount, but how well you understand how to manage it.” Coming from Pomfret School to Groton last ye...

Winter storm brings issues, extra-long weekend

Lily Cratsley '19, Assistant News Editor

February 24, 2017

On February 7th, an otherwise inconspicuous Tuesday night, cheers rang through the halls of dorms across campus. The news had just come out in an email: on account of Winter Storm Niko, classes for Thursday were cancelled and long weekend would begin a day early. School is not often cancelled at boardi...

Sugar, spice, and nothing nice: Sean Spicer, the propagandist

Sugar, spice, and nothing nice: Sean Spicer, the propagandist

Brooks Anderson ‘20

February 23, 2017

Since the advent of the position in 1932 under the Roosevelt administration, the White House press secretary has been the primary spokesperson for the executive branch of the government, according to the JFK Library. The press secretary is responsible for briefing the press corps on issues that conc...

E&R: Turning time (and socks) into big bucks

E&R: Turning time (and socks) into big bucks

Kamsi Onwochei ‘20

February 23, 2017

The choice between using E&R or doing your own laundry is solely dependent upon individual preference. I personally do my own laundry and find it easier not only because I get my clothes back faster, but also because I can account for where my things are instead of risking the chance of losing it...

Please excuse our mess: Groton’s constant construction

Please excuse our mess: Groton’s constant construction

Charles Wahba ‘20

February 23, 2017

Recently, Groton has been investing time and resources into constructing and renovating facilities across campus. But have we been spending too much money on these projects, and are they necessary? Let’s look at the biggest construction project the school has built recently: the new Schoolhouse. The overal...

Concussions and the NFL: A $13 Billion Headache

Concussions and the NFL: A $13 Billion Headache

Charlie Vrattos '18

February 23, 2017

With another exciting Super Bowl in the books and a growing fan base for the event overseas, it would seem that the National Football League has nowhere to go but up. In fact, according to the latest estimates by Forbes Magazine, the organization is set to make upwards of thirteen billion dollars thi...

Varsity teams look towards St. Mark’s games

Varsity teams look towards St. Mark’s games

Westby Casperson '17 and Powers Trigg '20

February 23, 2017

Rivalries always loom large on the schedule. The stakes are high. Passions run deep. Tensions rest at the razor’s edge. As Jimmy Connors once said about his battles with John McEnroe, “There are no hugs and kisses.” With the earliest competition dating back to 1886, Groton vs. St. Mark’s ...

March Break Trips to Prepare Teams for Fast-Approaching Spring Season

March Break Trips to Prepare Teams for Fast-Approaching Spring Season

Addie Newsome '18

February 23, 2017

Each year during March break, teams take trips in preparation for the spring season. These trips provide opportunity for athletes to improve their game as well as develop strong team camaraderie. This year, Baseball, Boys’ Lacrosse, and Girls’ Lacrosse will all travel to warm destinations over the b...

Athlete of the Issue: Kai Volcy

Athlete of the Issue: Kai Volcy

Benjamin Calmas '18

February 23, 2017

As a dual varsity athlete and captain, Kai Volcy is a dominant athletic force. After spending the fall season conditioning, Kai is in top shape during basketball and track seasons. As Kai has only been on the track team since her Fourth Form year, being elected to the position of captain for her Six...

New Intramural Basketball League adds excitement to winter term

New Intramural Basketball League adds excitement to winter term

Westby Casperson '17

January 27, 2017

If you enter the Athletic Center and walk up the stairs to the gym on a Sunday or before week day basketball practices have commenced, you will often see balls flying around the court. Pick-up games of one on one, three vs. three, and even full court five on five are common in the winter. Without lawn ...

Athlete of the Issue

Athlete of the Issue

Alexandra Kogler '19

January 27, 2017

Terrence Wang ‘17 dominates the squash court. According to teammate Charlie Vrattos ‘18, Terrence “should be the artist of the issue…he’s an artist on the court.” Since his arrival in fourth form, Terrence has been one of Groton’s top squash players. After playing the number one position ...

Lower School athletes to watch

Lower School athletes to watch

Addie Newsome '18

January 27, 2017

Nick Steinert '19 Caleb Coleman ‘20 Boys’ Varsity Basketball Third Former Caleb Coleman is a shooting guard on Boys’ Varsity Basketball. Inspired by his father who played basketball at Brandeis University, Caleb joined his middle school team. Last season, Caleb was the only Second Former to make the varsity team...

Boys’ basketball wins Middlesex tournament

Boys’ basketball wins Middlesex tournament

Aram Moosavi '17

January 27, 2017

Christmas came early for Coach Francis and the Boys’ Varsity Basketball team. Before the team went home for Christmas break, they participated in the annual Huckins-Rouse tournament held at Middlesex. The team was guided by the mantra established by Coach Francis at the beginning of season, which is “t...