The Circle Voice

First Ever Groton School Raffle!

First Ever Groton School Raffle!

Michael Walsh '21 November 4, 2020

The Circle Voice is partnering with the school’s administration to offer the first ever Groton School Raffle! There are multiple prizes offered by different departments across the school that students...

And the winner is...

And the winner is…

Aisling O’Connell '21 November 4, 2020

Your 2020 scariest and nicest seniors.

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Groton Election Results

Zoe Colloredo-Mansfeld '21, Editor-In-Chief November 4, 2020

The Groton 2020 Presidential Election took place from November 1 through November 3rd through an online survey. Students, faculty, and all other community members were encouraged to submit their choices....

Poetic Injustice

Zack Webber '24 November 4, 2020

Love and hate roam my mind, Digging up handfuls of sympathy and envy.   My mind sparks memories from when I wore smaller shoes, And foreshadows the sickening future.   As I...

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D&I: What Next?

Amelia Lee '22 November 4, 2020

From the Coronavirus outbreak to the Black Lives Matter protests, we have witnessed a drastic and rapid change in the political and social climate of the United States. The upcoming U.S. presidential election...

Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics on the right. Courtesy of Creative Commons.

Who will win the NBA Playoffs?

Tyler Weisberg '22 and Huck Jamison '22 September 13, 2020

Chief Analyst Huck Jamison: The Miami Heat will be the team to win the 2020 NBA Championship. This isn’t based around the fact that 2020 has been a wild year as a whole, but rather that the Heat are...

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Hybrid Learning

Emily Li '22, News Assistant Editor September 13, 2020

With 61 of 384 students opting for online learning, what fall term at Groton will look like for remote learners is still largely unknown. Unlike last spring term, where all of the Groton community was...

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Who Are the Covid-19 Decision Makers?

Isabel Cai '21, News Editor September 13, 2020

The decision to reopen with a hybrid model this Fall is an ongoing cooperative effort of the headmaster, faculty, and trustees since March. Headmaster Temba Maqubela consulted two groups: the Task Force,...

An Interview with @BlackAtGroton 

An Interview with @BlackAtGroton 

Derek Hu ’21, Editor in Chief September 13, 2020

On June 18th, 2020, the Instagram account Black At Groton made its first post, following the lead of other accounts such as Black At Andover and Black At Tabor. The account created a platform in which...

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Alumni Push for Change at Groton

Brianna Zhang September 13, 2020

On June 6th, one of the largest days of the Black Lives Matter movement, 500,000 demonstrators emerged onto the streets in 550 places, bearing homemade signs and chanting for social justice. At night,...

Isabels project. Courtesy of Isabel Cai 21.

Spotlight on Summer Arts Projects

Amy Ma '23, Graphics Editor September 13, 2020

While the pandemic restrains the range of our daily activities, many Grotonians have utilized this summer to pursue creative endeavors. An increase in downtime allows for projects which had usually been...

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Political Discrimination at Groton is Rampant and Dangerous

Steven Pang '22, Columnist September 13, 2020

(Discrimination is defined here as significant and negative differential treatment of individuals solely on the basis of an identity group.) On campus, politically motivated ideological discrimination...

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Performative Activism May be the Hero We Never Knew Was Needed

Alisa Gulyansky '24, Online Columnist September 13, 2020

Since the start of the summer and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, you may have seen classmates, friends, and family taking to social media to express their support for various...

Cassidy Thibodeau on the left. Courtesy of Cassidy Thibodeau 21.

How’s Everyone Doing? 

Maya Gite ’22, Assistant Features Editor September 13, 2020

Cassidy '21:  I can't believe it's already my final year on the circle. My time at Groton has really flown by, and I really just want to make the most of this year; enjoy time with my friends, commit...

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A Modified Return

Brendan Pelikh '22, Staff Writer September 13, 2020

It’s been 175 days since March 7th, 2020, the last day of the 2019-2020 school year’s Winter Term. More importantly, that was the time any of us experienced a normal school day at Groton. Now, with...

Jane Park 21 performing. Courtesy of Jane Park 21.

Artist of the Issue: Jane Park 

Allison Jiang ’22, Arts Editor September 13, 2020

You can catch her performing in dance recitals, singing postludes with the choir, and even composing original music– Jane Park ’21 is a multifaceted artist who is an active member of the music, dance,...

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New Entertainment, New Accessibility 

Allison Jiang ’22, Arts Editor September 13, 2020

If you observe the typical YouTube homepage, it might consist of the following: a couple of laughing late-night show hosts, suspenseful movie trailers, and maybe the latest live performance of your favorite...

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Clubs Get Creative Combatting Covid-19 

Christina Chen ’23, Assistant Arts Editor September 13, 2020

As we prepare for the long-awaited return to campus, students are finalizing hybrid plans for their clubs, following Mr. Maqubela’s lead in conducting campus activities safely. Especially for the extracurricular...

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Affirmative Action isn’t Actually Harming your Chances at College

Leah Pothel '21, Opinions Editor September 13, 2020

With the lawsuit against Harvard as well as the recent report filed by the Department of Justice claiming that Yale discriminates against Asian Americans and white students in its admissions process, affirmative...

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Chaplain Allison Read: Living out a Legacy on the Circle

Eleanor Taggart ’24, Staff Writer September 13, 2020

In 1989, then middle schooler, now Chaplain, Allison Read, watched as Bishop Harris became the first female bishop and Black female bishop consecrated in the Episcopal church. “Controversial at the time,...

New Faces on the Circle

Stanislas Robert ’22 and Robert Hong '22, Assistant Features Editor and Writer September 13, 2020

Students are all familiar with the “why Groton?” question; however, we rarely think about the teacher admissions process, and what makes our faculty come to Groton. To find out, The Circle Voice has...

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Groton Sports: What Has Changed?

Tyler Weisberg '22, Sports Editor September 13, 2020

Assistant Head for External Programs Megan Harlan’s email gave students some insight on how the sports program has changed this fall, and to find out more, we conducted an interview with the athletic...

Aroon Sankoh 21 in the middle. Courtesy of Tyler Weisberg 22.

Athlete of the Issue: Aroon Sankoh

Michael Lu '24, Staff Writer September 13, 2020

Aroon Sankoh ’21 started his varsity running career when he came to Groton in third form, moving up to the varsity squad by his third race. In the same year, he placed 20th in the Independent School...

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Politicians Need to Stay out of Science

Joon Yeon Whang '23, Assistant Sports Editor September 13, 2020

Wearing a mask to protect from Covid-19 is consensus among medical professionals around the world. Yet, in America, wearing a mask is political. According to a Pew Research Center survey 86% of Democrats...

Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs. Courtesy of Creative Commons.

Let’s Not Forget What it Means to Honor Someone

Jiacheng Kang '22, Assistant Opinions Editor September 13, 2020

In the wake of the killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks, protesters have placed a heightened emphasis on symbolism. The exigent demand is apparent: remove the names...

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Art Class Changes for the New School Year

Michelle Kim '23, Arts Assistant Editor September 13, 2020

Just as the school is working to establish a new norm, the art department is getting creative to tackle the new Covid-19 restrictions.  What were once credited classes, such as jazz ensemble, improvisation,...

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Non-Groton Sports: A No-Go

Maya Gite '22, Features Assistant Editor September 13, 2020

Non-Groton sports, also known as club sports, have been a popular fit into many Groton students’ athletic routines. In past years, student-athletes have joined additional teams in order to stay in shape,...

The Schoolhouse in 2019. Courtesy of Groton Flickr.

New Year, New School: Student Life Under Covid-19

Amelia Lee '22, Assistant News Editor September 13, 2020

No dances, no off-campus trips, and no interscholastic games. Social distancing measures have eliminated the possibility of many activities we previously enjoyed. Students moving in on campus or preparing...

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Committed Fall Athletes

Christina Oelhafen '21, Features Editor September 13, 2020

While most seniors will retire their sticks, helmets, and cleats at the end of this not so normal fall season, four will continue their high school sports careers to the collegiate level. This season,...

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Want Safer Cities? Defund the Police

Zola Sayers-Fay '22, Staff Writer September 13, 2020

The views of the American people regarding racism and police brutality have shifted dramatically over the summer. According to the Pew Research Center, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has become...

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