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 catch up with peers. But Groton’s culture is predominantly American. Thus, the food may not always...

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 time. Hailing from Vail, Colorado with a father who competed for the Dartmouth College ski team, Mikaela...

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 there is only one left standing. Even at Groton, it appears to be the most commonly played video game,...

Annual Student-Alumni Basketball Game

Johnny dribbling past Mr. Bannard

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, they all had one goal in mind: to beat this year’s boys varsity basketball team. The Student-Alumni...

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 soccer fans are already familiar with the 20-year-old American player. Now that he’s making world...

Athlete of the Issue: Jonah Gold

Jonah ready to pass the puck.

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 to the other teammates, always going to the gym and working out” commented his coach, Bill Riley....

“Let’s Get This Bread!”

Bread in the Dining Hall.

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 of warm bread every day at lunch to satisfy student cravings.  The origin of this tradition is unclear. In fa...

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 for two years after the heads graduated in 2016. Last year, John Rogers ’22, Robin Huntington...

A New Face at the Bagel Cafe

Suki 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 the cafe in the Forum opened four years ago, students in all forms have been taking advantage of this...

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 who has evaded authorities for years, and they are using Victor and his sister as hostages...

Should We Livestream Chapel?

Students filing into 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 to get with the times and allow students to enter chapel virtually. We should live-stream chapel. The...

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 understood why. A few years ago were St. Paul’s sexual assault case and the Boston Globe Spotlight ...

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 dismal 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was thought to be the worst movie of 2017. And yet, during...

Is Beyonce Guilty of Cultural Appropriation?

Beyoncé dressed for the Ambani wedding.

Sammy Agrawal '21, Maya Gite '22, and Yumin Shivdasani '20

February 5, 2019

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 ranged from Bollywood actors to famous politicians, but one figure received global attention for...

Artist of the Issue: Andrew Lei

Andrew Practicing

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 the stage with gigs ranging from band performances at Hard Rock Cafe to accompanying talented Gr...

Alumni Spotlight on Elizabeth Dickson ’15

Elizabeth (center) in Under the Big Top

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 the actors perform on stage. Hoping to become an actress herself, she  performed whenever she had the chance, put...

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 Spring Festival Gala, a famous national television show, and count down the minutes until the new year....

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 opportunity of an exhibition in the Dining Hall’s Brodigan Gallery, studio workshops, and interdisciplinary...

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 is to create a platform for women’s stories to be shared and to support women in the film industry....

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 the debate.  The BB&N debate, unlike previous debates this scholastic year, included a r...

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 rooms while a faculty member is on duty, the door is propped open, and the lights are turned on.  ...

Peer Counseling: An Analysis

Peer Counselors meeting in the Wellness Center.

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. Lower Schoolers have observed the efficacy of peer counseling; for example, Jacinta Lopez Guzman ’22...

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 real problem right now. We are killing ourselves. Greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be up...

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 ranging from ninth to twelfth grades and focuses on “self-reflecting, forming allies and building...

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 due to nicotine’s effect on developing brains. Per Business Insider, Boston Children’s Hospital...

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 wardrobe: Patagonia jackets, L.L. Bean duck boots, polo shirts, Vineyard Vines, and Lily Pulitzer....

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 season. As point guard for the team, Calie is at the center of the game and must distribute the...

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, however, is a long process, one which the athletic department has worked on to improve and perfect. Each...

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 safeguards in place from padded headgear to softened gloves to canvas flooring.  Nonetheless, college...

Athlete of the Issue: Meghan Carney

Meghan during a game.

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 battle out of it,” said Coach Mrs. Spring. “She has to be tough mentally because basketball can...

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 of changes, the biggest of which is Give2Groton (G2G), and new opportunities for alumni engagement. The...

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 fireplace and to promote love of literature by displaying “Books for Break.” As a first-year...

Speeches of Conviction Continue Under New Leadership

Mrs. Bannard teaching Public Speaking.

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 audience members snakes outside of the Campbell Performing Arts Center (CPAC), and the Black Box...

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 others use the time to improve technical work. Unfortunately, St. Mark’s does not have a volley...

Cross Country New England’s

Girls cross country after a race against BB&N.

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. There were three consistent sub-eighteen-minute 5k runners last year, and two of them remain. Losin...

Jim’s Right Hand Woman, Brit Hyde

Brit and Jim at work.

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 injured herself during a soccer game, and her extensive surgeries to repair the damage on the top of...

Red Sox’s Historic Season Ends with World Series Title

MVP Steve Pearce.

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 two franchises but also some striking similarities in the rosters. The World Series has never bee...

Athlete of the Issue: Leo McMahon

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

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 started his varsity running career when he came to Groton in fourth form, slowly working his way up...