The Circle Voice

International Experience at the Dining Hall

Angela Wei '21 February 11, 2019

Food mirrors culture, especially at Groton. Here, food makes up a large part of the Groton experience: students often look forward to meals as a way to spend time away from the rigorous academics and to...

Vol. 49, Issue 5

February 5, 2019

Mikaela Shiffrin’s Record-Breaking Year

Leah Pothel '21 February 5, 2019

Mikaela Shiffrin, a 23-year-old American alpine skier, had a tumultuous yet eventful 2018. This was the year she became recognized by the ski community as the most successful female slalom skier of all...

E-Sports: The Rise of Competitive Fortnite

E-Sports: The Rise of Competitive Fortnite

Tyler Weisberg '22, Assitant Sports Editor February 5, 2019

Since Fortnite’s initial release on July 25, 2017, it has become one of the most popular battle royale video games. Battle royale games are games with multiple combatants that fight each other until...

Johnny dribbling past Mr. Bannard

Annual Student-Alumni Basketball Game

Shane Dennin '21 and Nate Salander '21 February 5, 2019

A group of alumni spanning five decades in age gathered in the Athletic Center on January 20th for a game of basketball. Though many of the graduates never played together in their time on Groton’s team,...

Christian Pulisic: Soccer Star with Lucrative Deal

Evan Cheigh '22 February 5, 2019

A $73.1 million transfer fee. The largest sum of money ever paid to acquire an American soccer player. What player could possibly be worth this much? One answer: Christian Pulisic. Most U.S. men’s...

Jonah ready to pass the puck.

Athlete of the Issue: Jonah Gold

Derek Hu '21 February 5, 2019

Ever since Jonah Gold ’19 arrived at Groton in fourth form as an avid hockey player, he has been a valuable asset to the boys varsity team. “Jonah has a great work ethic, this makes him a role model...

Bread in the Dining Hall.

“Let’s Get This Bread!”

Annabel Kocks '20 February 5, 2019

As temperatures drop, students seek warmth through mugs of hot chocolate, large winter coats, or the Dining Hall’s fresh bread. In the coldest winter months, the Dining Hall staff prepares various styles...

A History of Sunday Bell Ringing

A History of Sunday Bell Ringing

Wally Capen '22, Jack Sperling '22 February 5, 2019

Bell ringing at Groton began shortly after the chapel was built in 1900, and a club was soon established for the activity. The Bell Ringing Club has fluctuated in membership in recent years and disappeared...

Suki at the bagel cafe.

A New Face at the Bagel Cafe

Eunice Cho '20 and Julia Lin '22 February 5, 2019

Since the departure of Cheryl, who was endearingly known as the “bagel lady,” Suki Johnson has taken over at the Schoolhouse cafe, and is quickly mastering the art of running the bagel stand. Since...

Erosion of Democracy

Erosion of Democracy

Jack Wilmerding '19, Assistant Opinions Editor February 5, 2019

A recent Groton alumnus, Victor Liu ’17, is currently forbidden from leaving China, with no charges against him. The Chinese authorities are after his father, Liu Changming, an alleged $1.4 billion fraudster...

Students filing into Chapel.

Should We Livestream Chapel?

Lars Caspersen '19, Humor Editor February 5, 2019

Aren’t you tired of waiting in line to get in to chapel? I sure am. So I decided that I might improve upon the engineering class’s best efforts to reduce this wait. To streamline logistics Groton needs...

Why I Would Send my Daughter to Groton

Why I Would Send my Daughter to Groton

Lilias Kim '19, Arts Editor February 5, 2019

Last night my mother called. She asked me, “Would you ever send your daughter to Groton?”  After a long pause I replied, “Yes.”  The silence on her end told me she was surprised. And I...

A Review of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Amy Lu '19, Humor Editor February 5, 2019

Before Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Sony Pictures Animation movies were far from award-show frontrunners in the animation industry. The studio’s most recent release, The Emoji Movie, received a...

Beyoncé dressed for the Ambani wedding.

Is Beyonce Guilty of Cultural Appropriation?

Isha Ambani, the daughter of India’s wealthiest man, married Anand Piramal on December 12, hosting the second-most expensive wedding in history, according to Business Insider and Bloomberg News. Attendees...

Andrew Practicing

Artist of the Issue: Andrew Lei

Claire Lee '20, Assistant Arts Editor February 5, 2019

Who was the man behind the electric bass during the performance of “The Man in the Mirror” on Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Groton’s exceptionally talented bass player: Andrew Lei ’19.  He frequents...

Elizabeth (center) in Under the Big Top

Alumni Spotlight on Elizabeth Dickson ’15

Grace Oh '21 February 5, 2019

Elizabeth Dickson ’15 was a small girl with big dreams growing up in New Jersey. As a child, she was fortunate enough to go to see Broadway plays such as The Lion King, and “sat in awe” watching...

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Jiacheng Kang '22 and Emily Li '22 February 5, 2019

Bright lights streak across the night sky with dazzling brilliance, illuminating cities below. After a day of outdoor festivities, Chinese families are gathered in front of the television to watch the...

Elizabeth Turner Visits the Circle as Mudge Fellow

Elizabeth Turner Visits the Circle as Mudge Fellow

Abby Kirk '19, Assistant News Editor February 5, 2019

Each year, one outstanding artist is offered the opportunity to spend a week on campus through the Mudge Fellowship, a one-week on-campus teaching experience. During their residence, the artist has the...

Groton Feminists and SAC Team Up to Host Film Festival

Groton Feminists and SAC Team Up to Host Film Festival

Katie Reveno '20, Assistant Features Editor February 5, 2019

On February 16, the Student Activities Committee (SAC) and Groton Feminists will host LunaFest, a traveling film festival featuring women filmmakers. According to the LunaFest website, LunaFest’s mission...

Debate’s Winter Debut

Tyler Weisberg '22 December 18, 2018

Groton’s Debating Society made its debut this term at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (BB&N) on Sunday, December 2nd. Two novice and two advanced teams each consisting of two debaters attended...

Time to Abolish Intervis

Time to Abolish Intervis

Abby Kirk '19, Assistant News Editor December 18, 2018

Intervisitation is a broken system that actively prevents the formation of a healthy culture around sexuality at Groton. Intervis is intended for members of the opposite sex to visit in each other’s...

Peer Counselors meeting in the Wellness Center.

Peer Counseling: An Analysis

Yumin Shivdasani '20, Assistant Opinions Editor December 18, 2018

The peer counseling program undeniably maintains and promotes the mental wellbeing of students on the Circle, but shortcomings in the system prevent certain groups of students from reaping its benefits....

Catastrophic Global Warming: President Trump, Just Stop It

Brooks Anderson '20, Columnist December 18, 2018

Wildfires. Earthquakes. Hurricanes. Flooding. The consequences of climate change and global warming are nigh. It’s impossible to claim that only in a few decades this will be a real problem. It’s a...

Groton students and faculty at SDLC and PoCC.

Groton students and faculty at SDLC and PoCC.

Caleb Coleman December 18, 2018

Every year, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) holds a Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) and People of Color Conference (PoCC) concurrently. The former is for students...

Vaping in America: a Buzzing Issue

Vaping in America: a Buzzing Issue

Jack Wilmerding '19, Assistant Opinions Editor December 18, 2018

Vaping, particularly Juuling, has wormed its way into high school and college campuses across the country. While the explosion of Juuling is unhealthy for all age groups, it is especially damaging to minors...

Spotlight on Starling Irving '13

Spotlight on Starling Irving ’13

Eliza Powers '20, Assistant Arts Editor December 18, 2018

Every year, new third formers come to Groton, each haunted with a slight reminiscence of their middle school fashion style. By fourth form, most conform to the staples of a New England preparatory school...

Lower School Athletes to Watch

Lilly Gordon '21 December 18, 2018

Callie Messina '22 Calie, a returning player to the varsity basketball team, rounded out last year with an average of 7 points and 4 assists per game, and hopes to continue to up her stats in the upcoming...

Getting Team Gear

Getting Team Gear

Tyler Weisberg '22 December 18, 2018

From black lacrosse hoodies and squash Patagonias to red cross country uniforms, members of each sports team on campus are easily identifiable by their team gear. Behind their pristine gear and uniform,...

Getting Team Gear

Powers Trigg '20 December 18, 2018

After the death in the ring of a Wisconsin boxing standout named Charlie Mohr at the NCAA Championship, a coach glumly remarked, “College boxing is now finished.”  The NCAA had already put greater...

Meghan during a game.

Athlete of the Issue: Meghan Carney

Leah Pothel '21 and Cornelia Potter '21 December 18, 2018

Meghan Carney '19 arrived at Groton in Fourth Form and has been a fixture on the girls varsity basketball team since the beginning, both on and off the court. “Meghan can hang with everyone and makes...

A Look into Groton's Alumni Office

A Look into Groton’s Alumni Office

Cara Chang '20, Assistant News Editor December 18, 2018

The Alumni and Development Office significantly impacts life on and off the Circle––helping to provide internships, raising money for the School and more. Recently, the office has implemented a series...

New Initiatives in the Library

New Initiatives in the Library

Katie Reveno '20, Assistant Features Editor December 18, 2018

During the final week of fall term, library director Mark Melchior implemented two initiatives in the library: he sought both to create a more relaxing study environment by turning on the previously unused...

Mrs. Bannard teaching Public Speaking.

Speeches of Conviction Continue Under New Leadership

Jacinta Lopez '22 and Robin Huntington '22 December 18, 2018

Although Speeches of Conviction are the main projects of the winter and spring Public Speaking elective, they have become much more than a term grade: on the night of the speeches, the long line of eager...

St. Mark’s Day Previews

Lilly Gordon '21 November 10, 2018

St. Mark’s Day marks the end of the regular season for most varsity athletes. Depending on the team, coaches used different strategies to prepare for the big day: some focused on increasing fitness while...

Girls cross country after a race against BB&N.

Cross Country New England’s

Tyler Weisberg '22, Assistant Sports Editor November 10, 2018

Since the boys junior varsity and varsity cross country teams came in fifth and sixth last year during the NEPSAC New England Championships, the team has gained and said farewell to some valuable runners....

Brit and Jim at work.

Jim’s Right Hand Woman, Brit Hyde

Leah Pothel '21 and Cornelia Potter '21 November 10, 2018

For the past two years, Brit has been an extra pair of hands helping in the Athletic Center, serving as the Assistant to Athletic Equipment Director. This began back in fourth form when Brit had seriously...

MVP Steve Pearce.

Red Sox’s Historic Season Ends with World Series Title

Preston Bannard '01 November 10, 2018

The Red Sox topped the Dodgers this year four games to one in a World Series that was closer than some of the scores suggested. Coming into the series, there were several intriguing contrasts between the...

Leo during a cross country race at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

Athlete of the Issue: Leo McMahon

Emily Li '22 November 10, 2018

“Wonderful team leader,” “Enthusiastic runner,” and “Leading with speed.” These are some words members of the boys varsity cross country team use to describe captain Leo McMahon ’19. Leo...

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