The Circle Voice

Should Senior Prefects Campaign? Two Views.

Should Senior Prefects Campaign? Two Views.

Halle Livermore '19 and Katie Reveno '20

June 2, 2018

Yes. by Halle Livermore '19 Imagine a presidential election in which campaigning is prohibited. Upon voting, you are provided a list of all eligible candidates, and from this list you must choose the leader of the free world. Your favorite actors are eligible, so you circle them and proceed to circle othe...

The Scourge of Fortnite in Lower School

The Scourge of Fortnite in Lower School

Tyler Weisberg '22

June 2, 2018

The gaming industry, rapidly increasing in size, surpassed 100 billion dollars in revenue in 2017. The impact of this growth has started to seriously affect Groton students. Usually, gaming at Groton has not been too problematic, but the game Fortnite has become an epidemic in the Lower School boys’ dor...

Girls Making Gains: A Piloted Class

Girls Making Gains: A Piloted Class

Elizabeth Girian '20

June 2, 2018

The weight room is supposed to be a comfortable, casual atmosphere, fit for working out before or after school. The daily scene in Groton’s weight room, however, may not be welcoming to all kinds of people. It usually involves loud rap music, sweat, and a big group of boys. The issue: girls are lar...

Athlete of the Issue: Nailah Pierce

Athlete of the Issue: Nailah Pierce

Ben Zaidel '20

June 2, 2018

“Trusty teammate.” “Fierce leader.” “Phenomenal athlete.” These are the words used by girls varsity crew team members to describe Nailah Pierce ’18. Nailah has been on the team since her first spring at Groton, and over the last four years she has managed to master the sport of rowing. In...

Boys Varsity Tennis Competes in New England Championship Finals

Boys Varsity Tennis Competes in New England Championship Finals

Max Steinert '20

June 2, 2018

Two weekends ago, on the Groton tennis courts, the boys varsity tennis team concluded their outstanding season with the New England Championships. As the number-one seed and holders of a 14-0 undefeated record during the regular season, with wins over perennial superpowers such as Andover, Exeter, and D...

Groton Breaks the Bubble: Summer GEOs

Groton Breaks the Bubble: Summer GEOs

Powers Trigg '20

June 2, 2018

At the turn of the twentieth century, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) concluded his studies on the Circle. In the decades that followed, FDR became one of America’s great presidents, often ranked in the same presidential assemblage as Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln. What was it that placed FDR on...

A Farewell to Familiar Faces: Departing Faculty

A Farewell to Familiar Faces: Departing Faculty

Eunice Cho '20

June 2, 2018

As the end of the school year approaches, the Groton community will bid farewell to fourteen faculty members. Two are heading off on year-long sabbaticals, five are moving on from the Circle, and six will be retiring. They will be missed by colleagues and students alike. Physics intern Sonia Cwik described her...

A Letter from Your Former Editors

A Letter from Your Former Editors

Christian Carson '18 and Annie Colloredo-Mansfeld '18

June 2, 2018

At first glance, it’s hard to figure out why anyone would want to be editor-in-chief of The Circle Voice. Editors spend the last year of their bucolic days at Groton herding thirty-odd people, dedicating hours and hours to reading over every section for typos, and playing lengthy matches of article pi...

Prize Day: Hats Off the the Class of 2018

Prize Day: Hats Off the the Class of 2018

Cara Chang '20

June 2, 2018

“Dare to be all you can be.” “Life is just one, big improvisation.” “Fall forward.” “Make good art.” “Continue to share your heart with people even if it’s been broken.” “Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.” “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” It has been years si...

A History of Senior Pranks

A History of Senior Pranks

Robin Huntington '22 and Amelia Lee '22

June 2, 2018

As Prize Day looms near, seniors indulge in the infamous “senior spring,” where they have less work, and therefore more time to dwell on their upcoming departures. What better way to make the last few weeks special than to pull off an unforgettable prank? Senior pranks generally happen in mid to lat...

One Act Play Festival Returns

One Act Play Festival Returns

Grace Oh '21 and Elena Junkala '21

June 2, 2018

The popular One Act Play Festival, referred to as One Acts, marks the end of spring term at Groton. On Saturday, May 27, students excitedly watched their friends shine in a series of short plays. One Acts is a tradition which started before Laurie Sales was the Theater Director. Plays were not student-w...

Artist of the Issue: Ben Calmas

Artist of the Issue: Ben Calmas

Eliza Powers '20

June 2, 2018

According to Ben Calmas ’18, “something clicked” the first time he looked through a camera lens. At Groton, he has most recently contributed his artwork as Photography Editor for The Circle Voice  (CV) and through his work on senior portraits this spring. Ben took photo classes for all three terms o...

Sixth Formers Move On to College Athletics

May 30, 2018

Many high school athletes dream of competing at the collegiate level. Of the eight million students that play high school sports, fewer than five hundred thousand will have the chance to play in college. As the Sixth Form completes their time on the Circle, a small handful of Groton standouts are plannin...

Tragedy, Love in “The Women of Lockerbie”

Tragedy, Love in “The Women of Lockerbie”

Fran Saldivar '19

May 30, 2018

In the aftermath of Pan Am 103’s fatal flight over the hills of Lockerbie, Scotland, a mother from New Jersey looks for the remains of her son. Also scavenging the plane’s wreckage are the women of Lockerbie. While the mother grieves, these women fight the United States government and strive to rescue...

Artist of the Issue: Josie Fulton

Artist of the Issue: Josie Fulton

Katie Reveno ‘20

May 30, 2018

If you’ve ever been to a Groton theater production, there is a good chance that you have seen Josie Fulton ‘18 doing one of the things she loves most: acting. Whether as a leading role  in Twelfth Night, a dancer in Cabaret or a grieving mother in “The Women of Lockerbie,” Josie has been a strong and consis...

The Man Behind the Mask: DJ Juice

The Man Behind the Mask: DJ Juice

Katie Reveno '20

May 30, 2018

It is nine o’clock on a typical Groton Saturday night. After walking awkwardly past the teachers stationed by the Dining Hall stairs, you squeeze into the throng of sweaty, overworked students and begin jumping in sync with the music. What a hype song choice, you might think to yourself and look over ...

Athlete of the Issue: Elechi Egwuekwe

Athlete of the Issue: Elechi Egwuekwe

Ben Zaidel '20

May 30, 2018

What makes an athlete truly exceptional? Sure, it comes down to your physical strength and reflexes, but the best athletes have a mastery of the intangibles: drive, determination, and grit. Elechi Egwuekwe ’18 is the perfect example of such an athlete. Finishing up her fourth year on the girls varsit...

Students Tackle Ovid, Molecular Modeling in Tutorials

Abby Kirk '19

May 30, 2018

Differential Equations: Ben Cardinal ’18 and Catherine Qiao ’18 meet with math teacher Jon Creamer every week and work with complex math equations involving derivatives of functions. Infinite Jest: A revolutionary novel published by David Foster Wallace in 1996, Infinite Jest – called “still a challen...

From Botswana to Thailand for Summer Grant Recipients

From Botswana to Thailand for Summer Grant Recipients

Karla Sanford '19

May 30, 2018

Every summer, Groton gives students the opportunity to apply for various grants directed towards service projects. These grants—the Lawrence Fund, the Dwight Fund, the (Groton Opportunity for Leadership Development) G.O.L.D. Fund, and the Parents’ Independent School Network (PIN) Grant—are all a...

With 17 Days Until Prize Day, Seniors Reflect

Alex Kogler '19

May 30, 2018

Alex Waxman ’18 Now a senior, Alex Waxman ’18 has a wide plethora of accomplishments under his belt. Whether as an actor in the latest play, or as a member of the crew team, Alex is an active member of the community. Reflecting on his four years at Groton, Alex says that his favorite aspect ab...

It’s Time for Groton to Pay Its Fair Share

It’s Time for Groton to Pay Its Fair Share

Leo McMahon '20

May 30, 2018

Today, Groton School, with its princely $380 million endowment, pays zero property taxes to the town. This state of affairs exists because the School, as a nonprofit, is exempted by the federal government from paying tax. Therefore, as many other educational facilities, Groton gives a relatively small...

Why the Dress Code Isn’t Working

Why the Dress Code Isn’t Working

Katie Reveno '20

May 30, 2018

Few topics at Groton are mired in more controversy than the Dress Code. At a recent Groton Feminists meeting, students discussed the implications of the Dress Code in our everyday lives and reviewed the official rules. Though members had varying experiences and thoughts about Dress Code, the overall c...

With the Year Almost Out, Advice From a Departing Senior

Andrew Rasetti '18

May 30, 2018

It has only just now hit me how little time I have left on the Circle. Now that the end is finally here, it is hard not to reflect on my four years here and think about what I could have done differently for a better-lived Groton life. After much thought, I am going to give all of you some advice abo...

Battling Groton’s Big Brother: Give Students Trust

Battling Groton’s Big Brother: Give Students Trust

Julia Kendall '19

May 30, 2018

Shock. Excitement. Shock again. Nervousness. Shock once more. These were the emotions that ran through my head on the morning of April 17th—my first actually surprising Surprise Holiday. Once the shock had subsided, several friends and I decided to take the early bus into Boston, and, afterwards, hea...

Movement for Female Busts Gains Momentum

Movement for Female Busts Gains Momentum

Marianne Lu '19

May 30, 2018

Newton. Milton. Shakespeare. Franklin. Hawthorne. Emerson. Hamilton. Lincoln. Washington. Homer. Grant. Demosthenes. Caesar. Socrates. Dante. Goethe. Scott. Christopher Columbus. These are the busts on display in the Schoolroom. All of them are men, and all are Western. As part of a larger chapel talk...

Students Take Independent School Health Survey

Students Take Independent School Health Survey

Katie Reveno '19

May 30, 2018

On April 23, 2018, Groton students in the second through sixth forms took an online survey about topics ranging from mental health, to drugs and alcohol, to academic pressures. The biannual Independent School Health Check survey was first administered at Groton in 2016. While the Groton community gene...

Student-Led Sustainability Committee Hopes to Make Groton Greener

Student-Led Sustainability Committee Hopes to Make Groton Greener

Afran Ali and Olivia Ting ’20

May 30, 2018

Starting April 12, 2018, daily emails full of environmental-minded memes and tips to go green began to come to the inboxes of Groton students and faculty. These emails were sent by the Sustainability Committee, a new group of environmentally-minded students and faculty established by Sandra Redjali, Lucy Gund, Ishana ...

With Freeman-Coppadge Departing, GCE Looks Towards Next Year

Cara Chang '20

May 30, 2018

On Prize Day, in addition to the 84 graduating seniors, Groton School will bid farewell to English teacher and Director of Community Engagement Jonathan Freeman-Coppadge.  Mr. Freeman-Coppadge, his husband Darren, and their son Langston will return to their family community in Maryland, where Mr. Freeman-...

Hospital to Horseback Riding: Spring FSAs

May 30, 2018

Rugby: One of Groton’s longest lasting and most popular FSA’s, the rugby FSA treats the sport like any other Groton sport, with daily practices and the occasional match. Madame Stanton sponsors Greg Segal ‘18, Faiz Malik ‘19, Sammy Malhotra ‘18, Filip Engstrom ‘20, Yan Davidoff ‘18, Theo...

Zebra Unmasked: Behind Groton’s New Athletic Logo

Alex Kogler '19

May 30, 2018

Recently, after a lengthy March break, a familiar yet unknown face greeted students returning back to campus. Whether in the school store, in classrooms, or on the athletic field, a new zebra logo, with sharp mane and pensive eyes, can be spotted throughout the school. The question on everyone’s mi...

What to Look Forward to in Spring

Karla Sanford '19

May 30, 2018

Spring Fling One of the students’ most anticipated events of the spring term is Spring Fling. This school-wide competition pits all dorms against each other. Prizes include the title of best girls dorm or best boys dorm with the promise of feeds. Planned by the fifth-form Events Committee, Sprin...

Timothée Chalamet, Hollywood’s Heartthrob

Julia Kendall '19

May 30, 2018

If you had met 22-year-old Timothée Chalamet just five years prior, he would have been a senior at New York City’s renowned Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, preparing to enter Columbia University in the fall of 2013. However, instead of staying on his inten...

For Many, Push for All-Gender Dorms Continues

Lily Cratsley '19 and Marianne Lu '19

April 23, 2018

One of the hallmarks of boarding school life is residence halls, with boys’ residence halls separated from girls’. Some students, though, believe that these gender-divided dormitories are in sore need of an update. Many individuals on campus are pushing for the implementation of a gender-inclusive living sp...

Finding Community at Students of Color Conference

Lily Cratsley '19, Assistant News Editor

April 23, 2018

Every year, the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE) holds a High School Students of Color Conference. Groton School has been attending the conference for several years, previously organized and chaperoned by Assistant Director of Admissions, Cultural Alliance leader, and Director o...

The Traditions We Left Behind

Elizabeth Girian '20 and Caroline Wilcox '20

March 2, 2018

When thinking of Groton, the traditions that come to mind include  Roll Call, Parlor, Chapel, and surprise holiday. These are the constants in our Groton careers – but what were the traditions before our time? How have Groton traditions changed over the decades?   For one, there were chapel talks given from ...

Greece to the Ganges: 2018 Global Education Trips

Karla Sanford '19

March 2, 2018

This year, the Global Education program will run trips to India, Greece, China, and Tanzania. The majority of travel opportunities will happen this spring break, with Tanzania being the only summer trip.   From March 4 to March 19, faculty members Tom Lamont and Monika Andersson will lead...

Chelsea Manning: The Best Senate Opinion?

Leo Mchahon '19

March 2, 2018

Perhaps the strangest match-up in the upcoming 2018 Senate elections will take place in a Maryland Democratic primary, between transgender activist and former leaker Chelsea Manning and epitome of the deep state establishment, the incumbent Ben Cardin. The election reverses the usual national security iss...

Trump’s Visit to Parkland Only Added Insult to Injury

Macy Lipkin '18

March 2, 2018

On Valentine’s Day, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz pulled the fire alarm of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and fired his AR-15 rifle as students and faculty fled into the halls. Seventeen people died at the Parkland, Florida high school in the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook in 2012. &...

A Not-So-Balanced Budget

Brooks Anderson '20

March 2, 2018

Oh where, oh where have the deficit hawks gone? I can tell you this much: they’re certainly not on Capitol Hill or in the White House. On January 31, 2010, Representative Paul Ryan said the following about the federal budget: “the debt and the deficit is just getting out of control. And the ad...