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A New Face In the Athletic Center

Evan Khym ’24 March 9, 2021

This winter, Daniel “OJ” Ojeda joined the Groton Athletics Department as a strength and conditioning coach. In his short time on the Circle, OJ has established himself as a dependable and committed...

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The Phases of Winter Sports

Joon Yeong '23, Assistant Sports Editor March 9, 2021

As a school that stresses its academics along with athletics, the recent pandemic has led to a tough balancing between sports and health. First, there is the obvious concern regarding the spread of Covid-19...

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Athlete of the Issue: Neve Ley ’21

Julie Xie ’23 March 9, 2021

Neve Ley ’21, co-captain of the girl’s ice hockey team, has showcased her proficiency in the rink the moment she stepped on campus. From the team’s first win against St. Marks during her third form...

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NFL Draft Prospects

Huck Jamison '22 March 9, 2021

Can’t Miss The best prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft is Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell. Although someone like Trevor Lawrence is arguably the greatest football prospect the game has ever seen,...

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A Lucky Run or the New Standard?

Henry Haskell '23 March 9, 2021

When the NBA season started this fall, all the talk in the Western Conference was about the clear contenders for the number one spot: the Clippers and Lakers. Surprisingly, as the All-Star Break draws...

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It’s Time to Modernize Senior Prefect Elections

Beatrice Agbi '21 March 9, 2021

Groton, in its 135-year-long history as one of the nation’s top schools, has acquired quite the reputation for changing with, sometimes even before, the times. Once a school for rich white Christian...

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Steven Pang ’22 vs. Jack Wang ’22: Gamestop Debate

Steven Pang '22 and Jack Wang '22 March 9, 2021

For years, Gamestop, the video game chain focusing on brick and mortar stores, has been struggling to stay in business as more game purchases went online. Because of this, a great number of investors on...

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Why Groton Should Have a Student Council

Joon Whang '23, Assistant Opinions Editor March 9, 2021

Life at Groton has become defined by a collection of stringent rules and procedures: meal times determine who gets a slice of pizza for lunch and at what time; arrows direct traffic and movement in the...

“The Pandemic’s Frontlines” Circle Talk

Alisa Gulyansky '24 and Amelia Barnum '24, Staff Writer March 9, 2021

The most recent Circle Talk united us on something we all have in common: the devastating ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic. As the name, “The Pandemic’s Frontlines,” suggests, the talk featured...

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The Multi Variable Decision

Elizabeth Wolfram '23, Opinions Assistant Editor March 9, 2021

This past August I looked through the Multivariable Calculus roster and found that I was the only girl in the class. I guess all the other girls must be in the other section I thought. I soon discovered,...

Groton’s Scholastic Awards

Amelia Lee , Assistant News March 9, 2021

For Groton students, the Covid-19 pandemic has limited important outlets of social interaction and travel. But it has certainly not limited their artistic abilities. As students have created meaningful...

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Standardized Tests Reimagined

Robbie Long '21, Staff Writer March 9, 2021

It’s January of 2020. My team bus slowly maneuvers the icy New England roads on the way home from a hockey game, and I begin to doze off while my “to-do list” for the next day sits on my computer...

Artist of the Issue: Janice Zhai

Lang Burgess '23 March 9, 2021

From choreographing dance routines to designing clothes, Janice Zhai ‘21 has done a bit of everything. She is an art prefect and recently received two honorable mentions in the Scholastic Art Awards...

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Bridgerton – The Allure of Decorum During the Pandemic

Christina Chen '23, Arts Assistant Editor March 9, 2021

There are many aspects of Bridgerton, a recent Netflix Originals hit based on Julia Quinn’s novel series of the same name, that make it a charming and enticing series. Perhaps it’s the Regency era...

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Update on the New Schoolroom Busts

David Wang '23 and Amy Ma '23, Staff Writer March 9, 2021

Walk inside the schoolroom and you’ll find a range of dignified historic men, perched on mahogany staring back at you. From Caesar to Washington, these 17 busts stood as esteemed role-models for the...

Spotlight on Advanced Open Studio Art Class Projects: Blending of Mediums and Borders

Michelle Kim '23, Arts Assistant Editor March 9, 2021

The Advanced Open Studio art class directed by Ms. Ho and Ms. de Jesus-Akuete has pioneered through Covid-19 protocols by working on cooperative group projects, collaborating with artists distanced by...

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A Fantastic Year for Debate

Steven Pang '22, Online Columnist March 9, 2021

Although most sports this year have suffered because of Covid-19, Groton’s Debating Society has had a fantastic year. Not only has Groton’s Debate team emerged as one of the top teams in our league,...

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Smiles and Bagels: Suki and her Motherly Wisdom

Elizabeth Wolfram '23, Online Columnist March 9, 2021

It’s been a rough week. You’ve had lots of majors and have skipped lunch multiple times to study. Whenever you do so, you always get a quick bagel from the cafe before heading back to the stacks. On...

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The Social Dilemma: The Problem We Live With

Jack Lionette '23, Arts Assistant Editor March 9, 2021

Like most, I found myself turning towards my phone at an increasingly frequent rate during the pandemic. Without the ability to interact face to face with peers, Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram, and texting...

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Spotlight: Essence Step Team

Ava Bridges '24, Arts Assistant Editor March 9, 2021

In Spring of 2018, six dancers, Angelica Parra ’21 and Edwina Polynice ’21 among them, prepared to take the stage during a Saturday Open Mic. Essence, Groton’s newly revived step group, was about...

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Major Weather Report: Winter Storm Jacques

Sophia Bay '23, Staff Writer March 9, 2021

In his first year at Groton, Jacques Dy ’25 has already made a name for himself in the Groton community. A student with an eclectic range of interests, Jacques loves to snowboard and surf, as well as...

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Why Do These Covid-19 Rules Exist?

Jiacheng Kang '22 March 9, 2021

While some of Groton’s Covid-19 rules seem to make perfect sense, the rationale behind other rules might not be easily understandable. In an attempt to find the answers to these questions, the Circle...

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Yet Another Major Snowstorm!

Jacques Dy '25 February 14, 2021

 Once again, another winter storm is impacting the USA in what seems to be an extremely active February for storms. Time: On Sunday and Monday, snow showers that may or may not be associated with this...

Groton Theater during Covid-19 – “The Wolves” 

Christina Chen ’23, Assistant Arts Editor February 8, 2021

An exciting kick-off to the winter term, the fall term theater team recently released their first and second episodes of “The Wolves,” an award-winning play written by Sarah DeLappe,, available for...

Groton Valentine's Day Playlist

Groton Valentine’s Day Playlist

Allison Jiang ’22, Arts Editor February 8, 2021

With Valentine's Day coming up, the Circle Voice asked the Groton community to recommend the best love songs that they had been listening to. Here is what some members of the community had to say about...

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Mudge Fellow Sobia Ahmad: The Personal and the Political

Allison Jiang ’22, Arts Editor February 8, 2021

At a quick glance, Sobia Ahmad’s Small Identities installation is a wall of regularly arranged ceramic tiles; however, upon closer inspection, a multitude of faces appear on those tiles. Following...

AOTI: Kate Clark

Michelle Kim February 8, 2021

Often known around campus as an incredibly versatile musician, an elite drummer, and the entertaining beatboxer of Groton’s a capella group The Maqupellas, Kate Clark ‘21 has established a long and...

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Review of Soul

Jasmine Powell '24 February 8, 2021

Toy Story, Inside Out, and Monsters Inc. are films most of us grew up watching, each movie title’s two words full of the magic Disney Pixar brought to us through the big screen. For some, the sparkles,...

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Lower School Athletes to Watch

Charlie Weisberg '22, Sports Editor February 8, 2021

Evan Khym ’24 As a new third former, Evan Khym ’24 brings young talent to the Groton Boys Varsity Squash Team. Evan was first introduced to squash over seven years ago. His excitement of sprinting...

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Spotlight on Winter Term Activities

Stanislas Roberts ’22, Assistant Features Editor February 8, 2021

This winter term, Groton is introducing a wide variety of after-school activities. Students got to choose one activity or sport for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and another for Tuesday and Thursday. Varsity...

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Athlete of the Issue: Ronan Doherty

Tyler Weisberg '22, Sports Editor February 8, 2021

  When Ronan Doherty first joined the hockey team as a young second former, the team record was 11-13. But during his fifth form year, the team’s record was a staggering 22-8. As a senior captain,...

Humor!

Humor!

Aisling O’Connell '21, Humor Editor December 16, 2020

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Coping in a Crisis

Zoe Colloredo-Mansfeld '21 December 16, 2020

“Fall term was like the thunderstorm of thunderstorms: occasionally terrifying, pretty destructive, but sometimes fun to play in,” said Caroline Drapeau ’21, when asked to describe her experiences. For...

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An Optimistic Future for US-China Relations

Harry Liao '21 December 16, 2020

At first glance, Biden’s victory is good news because it offers the US-China relationship a fresh start. However, to accurately predict what the President will do, one must analyze his foreign policy...

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Groton’s Secret to Fall Success

Evan Cheigh '22, Assistant Opinions Editor December 16, 2020

This fall, the Groton community accomplished something truly special: zero cases of COVID-19 among students and school staff. So who and what was behind this remarkable feat? And now, as we enter an unpredictable...

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International Students Stranded by Shut Embassies

Isabel Cai '21, News Editor December 16, 2020

While most students had the choice of returning to campus this Fall, some international students were unable to obtain a visa to enter the United States during the pandemic. For anyone who wishes to engage...

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Zoomers and Essential Workers: An Ethically and Strategically Flawed Approach to Battling Covid-19

Elizabeth Wolfram '23, Staff Writer December 15, 2020

A middle-aged man drips with sweat as he picks up the package he’s delivering. The combination of his mask, his asthma, and the late-spring heat makes it hard for him to breathe. He places the box on...

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Arts Showcases of the Start of Winter

Brianna Zhang ’23, Staff Writer December 15, 2020

Even with virtual school for the first two weeks of the winter term, Groton’s music, dance, theater, and visual arts programs are busy planning their undertakings. Here’s an overview of the art showcases,...

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Artist of the Issue: Anna Pimentel

Christina Chen ’23, Assistant Arts Editor December 15, 2020

  There are few who can overlook the stage presence Anna Pimentel ’21 has whenever she performs. At Open Mics, Jazz ensemble performances, and postludes, Anna always delivers no matter what part...

Evangelist 2.0

Angela Wei '21 December 15, 2020

A gun slung forward he is praying to a time on fire too bad it’s a hope-drought I would’ve liked to sit by his fireplace read a poem or two before lying face down on the street and surrendering

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