The Circle Voice

Update: How COVID-19 Is Affecting the Circle

Update: How COVID-19 Is Affecting the Circle

Evan Cheigh '22, Assistant News Editor

March 8, 2020

Citing an “abundance of caution,” the Global Education Opportunities (GEO) program is rescheduling trips due to the surge of COVID-19. Headmaster Temba Maqubela and Groton School Physician Sophie Allende-Ritcher announced in a joint email that the theater trip to Bali, the choir trip to Italy, and the cultural trip to India are being pos...

Groton School Primary

March 8, 2020

As the Democratic nominee field continues to narrow, many students and teachers engage in political discussions inside and outside of the classroom. The geographical diversity of Groton’s student body is accompanied by a similarly wide range of backgrounds and opinions, which stimulate these dynamic d...

It’s Time to Change Protected Period

Cam Nguyen '22 and Zola Sayers-Fay '22

March 7, 2020

The goal of protected period is to assess students without putting them under the enormous stress of an exam week, especially after a cold and dark term. According to Academic Dean Katherine Leggat, “Protected period has always been an integral part of Groton. It’s been here even before I arrived...

Run, Zebras, Run! Acceleration at Groton

Elizabeth Wolfram '23 and Aimee Zheng '23

March 7, 2020

Imagine being told that you are not allowed to accelerate academically by skipping course levels, just because other people would feel pressured to do so as well. Despite the peer pressure it might generate, having the freedom to accelerate is one of the best aspects of Groton. Due to the amount of extra work acceleration demands, it self...

Finding the “Runner’s High” at the Hyannis Half-Marathon

Finding the “Runner’s High” at the Hyannis Half-Marathon

Sophia Wu '21, Assistant Sports Editor

March 7, 2020

If you happened to wander along the river, you might have wondered what the group of 30-odd, colorfully clad runners were doing sloshing through snow while the sun threatened to set behind them. You might also have wondered what compelled them to venture to the Cape to run 13.1 miles while most Groto...

Groton Swim Smashes Through Expectations at Invitational

Charlie Weisberg '23

March 7, 2020

“There have only been a few times in my coaching career that I have been speechless. I’m proud to say today was one of those days. I’m so honored to be a coach to such amazing athletes. Today, you represented Groton Varsity Swimming at a whole new level,” said Coach Caley Zannoni in an email to...

Artist of The Issue: Chioma Ilozor

Artist of The Issue: Chioma Ilozor

Amelia Lee '22

March 7, 2020

You’ve listened to her songs on Spotify. Under the name Ai Bendr –– inspired by her middle name, Ai Bendors –– Chioma Ilozor '20 has dropped many catchy singles, such as “Stay With Me,” “blue skies,” and “Boy.” In addition, Chioma sings at many Open Mics and for many postludes. Wh...

A Guide to Spring Classes: Elective Highlights

Jiacheng Kang ’22 and Elizabeth Wolfram ’23

March 7, 2020

  There are many exciting electives in the spring term, and we find the ones displayed particularly unique. Some electives (such as advanced readings in a modern language) are advanced, term-courses within their given department. The electives below, however, are a few examples of beloved clas...

Athlete of the Issue: Caroline Wilcox

Athlete of the Issue: Caroline Wilcox

Michelle Kim '23

March 7, 2020

As the ball zipped across the court, she lunged for a powerful hit with her racquet. A deafening silence emptied the room as her clean cross-court died in the back left corner, leaving her opponent with no time to reach the ball. Applause signified yet another victory for Groton. Caroline Wilcox '20...

From Our Perspective: The Winter Recital Series

Maya Gite '22

March 7, 2020

In 2000, the first Groton student recital was held with three performers. Two decades later student recitals are an integral part of our music program here on campus. Musicians at every level get the opportunity to perform as a complementary addition to their music lessons during the year.  ...

Mock Trial Advances to “Elite 8”

Mock Trial Advances to “Elite 8”

Tyler Weisberg '22, Page Editor

March 7, 2020

Groton’s Mock Trial team, founded and coached this year by new Physics fellow Andrew Evans, will compete at the Massachusetts state tournament later this month. The team is one of 32 teams to make it to the first round of the tournament after beating Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, Lunenburg...

Poet’s Visit Echoes Across the Circle

Poet’s Visit Echoes Across the Circle

Stanislas Robert ’22

March 7, 2020

Sally Bliumis-Dunn’s visit to the Circle impressed and inspired many Groton English students. On February 18, English teacher John Capen invited Ms. Bliumis-Dunn to spend a day at Groton to lead several workshops on her latest anthology, Echolocation.  The workshops began with Ms. Bliumis-Dunn's anal...

Trump Probably Committed Treason… But I’m Glad We Acquitted Him

Trump Probably Committed Treason… But I’m Glad We Acquitted Him

Steven Pang '22

March 7, 2020

As the Democrats decide on a presidential candidate, President Donald Trump is marching through America, rallying his supporters and raising money. He wields an incredible weapon that has already generated massive crowds and 46 million dollars since January: "absolute exoneration" from the "greatest...

The Irony of COVID-19

The Irony of COVID-19

Christina Chen '23, Vivan Das '23 and Zhining Zhao '23

March 7, 2020

In mid-December last year, ophthalmologist Li Wenliang warned his medical school classmates about the possibility of a Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Wuhan. But on January 3, 2020, the police department of Wuhan ordered Dr. Li to stop spreading “false information.” Fast forward...

D&I is Inherently Political

Brooks Anderson '20, Columnist

March 7, 2020

Disclosure: I am both a registered Democrat and a member of the Diversity and Inclusion group.   The Diversity and Inclusion group (D&I) is inherently political. To be clear at the outset, I do not disagree with the principles or work of D&I. Yet, I firmly contest its assertion th...

Holi at Groton: A Burst of Color

Holi at Groton: A Burst of Color

Joon Whang '23

March 7, 2020

Warm weather this spring will breathe green back into the grass on the Circle and pink into the flowerbeds, but the biggest explosion of color will be in the Dases' backyard: teachers Nishad Das and Sravani Sen-Das will host the fifth annual Groton celebration of the Hindu festival Holi. For the many Hin...

Squash Wins Double National Championships

Squash Wins Double National Championships

Zoe Colloredo-Mansfeld '21, Sports Editor

March 6, 2020

For Groton varsity squash, their weekend at High School Squash Nationals in Hartford, Connecticut proved a fruitful one: when both teams returned to campus on Sunday night, they were division three champions.  The girls started the tournament off strong, beating both Friends Central then Hopkins S...

Celebrating MLK Day: Julie Lythcott-Haims on Being a Real American

Celebrating MLK Day: Julie Lythcott-Haims on Being a Real American

Gracie Mumford '21

February 14, 2020

On January 20, the Groton community celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day. Rather than attending classes, students had the opportunity to watch student performances and listen to Julie Lythcott-Haims, the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult and Real American: A Memoir. Follow...

“Freedom Dividend:” Not Feasible in the Land of the Free

“Freedom Dividend:” Not Feasible in the Land of the Free

Alisa Gulyansky '24 and Eleanor Taggart '24

February 12, 2020

As we advance into a new era of American politics, the prospect of moving toward a socialist or social-democratic style of government is becoming more mainstream. With candidates like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Andrew Yang running in the upcoming presidential election, this prospect has beg...

Embrace the Groton Grind

Embrace the Groton Grind

Garrett Johnson '20

February 12, 2020

During one of the first Chapel Talks I heard at Groton, Headmaster Temba Maqubela spoke about redefining the infamous “Groton grind” as the “Groton embrace.” The words did little to disguise the reality of Groton — Groton is a difficult school.  The natural question, given the increasing e...

New to the Circle: Composers Concert

Christina Chen '23

February 12, 2020

Coming up on March 2 is an exciting new opportunity: the Composers Concert, an idea conceptualized and now realized by music prefects (Josh Guo ’20, Alex Schade ’20 and Chioma Illozor ’20), student composers (Andrej Klema ’21, Jane Park ’21, Obinna Nwaokoro ’21, Jasmine Garcia ’22, Griff...

Jazz at the Hard Rock Cafe

Jazz at the Hard Rock Cafe

Joon Whang '23

February 12, 2020

Covered in neon lights and rock’ n’ roll memorabilia, the Hard Rock Café and its high energy vibe make it an amazing venue for live music. On January 26 Soul Sauce (the Groton School Jazz Band) took their musical talents to the Hard Rock Café in downtown Boston to perform a live gig –– a fir...

Maineland: Film Insight into Boarding School

Emily Li '22 and Annie Pei '22

February 12, 2020

Imagine traveling across the world into an unknown culture during the most rapidly changing time of your life. More specifically, imagine going from mainland China to Maine. In the documentary Maineland, directed by Miao Wang, two students from mainland China embarked on a life-changing experience t...

Coach Evans: Revamping Basketball Defense

Coach Evans: Revamping Basketball Defense

Tyler Weisberg '22, Assistant Sports Editor

February 12, 2020

Head Coach Harold Francis appointed him as the team’s defensive coordinator. With that mandate, Coach Evans is working hard to improve the team’s defensive consistency, which, after reviewing game footage, he believes centers around players’ focus and concentration on the court. Coach Evans has b...

Inside Look into the Speakers’ Committee

Annabel Kocks '20, Assistant News Editor

February 12, 2020

The Groton community welcomes speakers for one circle talk each term, Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day, and Global Education Day. For each occasion, speakers typically are selected by either the Speakers' Committee, Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) faculty advisors partnered with Cultural Alliance heads or...

Opinion: Wait On A Pool

Jiacheng Kang '22, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

As the Groton Swim team expands each year, there is a growing sentiment among the swimmers that the current pool does not adequately accommodate the full team. Gaining official recognition as a varsity sport in 2014, the program has developed steadily since then. Just four years ago, the team was co...

Looking to Finish the Season Strong: Team Updates

Charlie Weisberg '23

February 12, 2020

Boys Varsity Basketball:    In the last month alone, Boys Varsity Basketball has won more games than in their entire 2018-2019 season.  “The boys had a very big win against BB&N recently. It was our first ISL win in a few years. We have excellent team chemistry and when the boys execu...

GRAIN: Making the Groton Education Accessible

GRAIN: Making the Groton Education Accessible

Addison Hyde '21

February 12, 2020

In the 2014-15 school year, Groton’s tuition ranked the most expensive among 40 peer schools. Now, Groton’s tuition is ranked 39 out of the same 40 due to GRAIN, the Groton Affordability and Inclusion initiative.    Headmaster Temba Maqubela pushed for GRAIN upon his arrival to the Circle seven y...

Letter to the Editor: True Respect and 6-5-4

Letter to the Editor: True Respect and 6-5-4

Stephen Belsky, Kate Dennison, David Belsky ‘12, Molly Belsky ‘12 and Jared Belsky ‘15

February 12, 2020

To the Editor: Re “Should We Keep 6-5-4?”, (Opinions piece, Dec. 2019): We have roughly 85 years of aggregate time on the Circle in our family.  Our experiences are not uniform, and our opinions about discrete School issues are understandably diverse, as the perspectives of students and facu...

New Faculty Housing to be Completed in 2020

New Faculty Housing to be Completed in 2020

Tyler Weisberg '22, Assistant Sports Editor

February 12, 2020

Since October 2019, Groton School has been constructing a new faculty residence behind Hundred House. According to Andy Anderson, Associate Head of School, Groton is hoping to complete construction by next July. The goal of this building is to provide students with better access to their teachers w...

Award-Winning Author Elizabeth Kolbert Visits Circle

Award-Winning Author Elizabeth Kolbert Visits Circle

Annabel Kocks '20, Assistant News Editor

February 12, 2020

On February 4, Groton welcomed journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert. The content of Ms. Kolbert’s lecture focused primarily on the material outlined in her book: the five extinctions that have taken place over the course of millions of years a...

How Coronavirus Affects the Circle

How Coronavirus Affects the Circle

Cara Chang '20, Editor in Chief

February 12, 2020

“Dear Groton Parents and Guardians,” the letter began, “As you are no doubt aware, world health experts have been working to contain the transmission of a novel strain of coronavirus… Groton School is monitoring the situation closely.” Headmaster Temba Maqubela and school physician Sophie Allende-Richter s...

New Faces in the Sport Medicine Center

Sophia Wu '21, Assistant Sports Editor

February 12, 2020

Samantha Wall and Charles “CJ” Harper joined the Groton Athletics Department this winter term to fill the vacancies left by Art Cheeks, our former Head Athletic Trainer and Cory Varell, our former Strength and Conditioning Coach. While students left campus for summer accustomed to seeing the...

Athlete of the Issue: Rachel McMenemy

Athlete of the Issue: Rachel McMenemy

Christina Oelhafen '21, Assistant Features Editor

February 11, 2020

In Rachel McMenemy’s first season as a zebra, she led the Groton Girls Varsity Basketball team to the NEPSAC Class B finals and brought home the championship. As captain, Rachel continues to lead the team with confidence and passion on and off the court. She contributes her knowledge and skill every d...

Letter to the Editor: What Diversity & Inclusion Stands For

Letter to the Editor: What Diversity & Inclusion Stands For

Hollis Maxson '21, Lwazi Bululu '20, and Isabel Brown '20

February 11, 2020

What Diversity & Inclusion Stands For To the Editor: Re “The Dangers of Groton’s Echo Chamber,” (Opinions piece, Dec. 2019): The Diversity and Inclusion Committee was created to ensure that every member of our community, regardless of their personal identifiers (i.e. race, gender, sexua...

Should Congress Have Condemned China?

Lawrence Li '23, Jiacheng Kang '22, Steven Pang '22, and Zhining Zhao '23

February 11, 2020

In 2017, China created “ Vocational Education and Training Centers” as a form of forced cultural assimilation directed toward Uighur Muslims. The camps entail prohibitions against religion, a ban on languages other than Chinese, and the enforcement of Chinese ideologies on residents. These camps w...

Unnecessary and Unwanted: Trump’s Iranian Crisis

Unnecessary and Unwanted: Trump’s Iranian Crisis

Anuj Agarwal '21

February 11, 2020

Former Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was recently assassinated through an American drone strike in Iraq. This killing has drawn criticism both from Democrats and foreign leaders like British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, but the Trump administration argues that the killing helped subvert the like...

Legally Blonde: Groton Theater Tackles Stereotypes

Legally Blonde: Groton Theater Tackles Stereotypes

Derek Hu '21, Assistant Features Editor

February 11, 2020

If you’re finding the winter long and mundane, you should look out for this term’s musical, Legally Blonde. “Our company is taking on incredibly challenging material… and they are coming at that material with real passion and focus and creativity,” said Director of Theater Laurie Sales. ...

Artist of the Issue: Teddy Deng

Artist of the Issue: Teddy Deng

Allison Jiang '22, Assistant Arts Editor

February 11, 2020

Teddy Deng ’20 felt an artistic spark during the summer of 2018 as he gazed at the night sky. Inspired by that beauty, Teddy grew into a passionate photographer, enjoying capturing the “natural world’s beauty.” With his beautiful star trail creations (a merging of images capturing the movemen...

Boys Hockey Preview

Boys Hockey Preview

Sophia Wu '21, Assistant Sports Editor

December 20, 2019

“We want to become the hardest working team in the ISL this year,” said Coach William Riley after their successful season ended in heartbreak last year. The boys varsity hockey team is out for revenge this year. After brutal back-to-back losses to St. Mark’s School, once on St. Mark’s Day and on...