The Circle Voice

Alumni Assist at GRACE

Alumni Assist at GRACE

Evan Cheigh '22 and Annabel Kocks '20

September 24, 2019

This year’s Groton Accelerate Challenge Enrich (GRACE) program introduced teaching assistants to accommodate the record number of 36 students.  Open to rising fourth formers, GRACE provides students with opportunities to either accelerate learning in order to skip a course (B courses) or to reinfo...

Letters from Ms. Christine Mazza and Mrs. Melissa LeBarre Thors

Ms. Christine Mazza (P '20), Mrs. Melissa LaBarre Thors (P '20)

September 24, 2019

This year, we wanted to commemorate September 11 in our first issue, but we wanted the article to not only honor the lives lost and changed by the attacks, but to also reach out to the community and tell a Groton story. For weeks, we searched for an adequate yet relevant tribute. Then, a few weeks a...

9/11: Born on a Day of Terror

Cara Chang '20, Editor in Chief

September 24, 2019

On September 11, 2001 at 9:01 a.m. on Long Island, Christine Mazza welcomed her son, Andrew Michael Mazza ’20, into the world. At 8:54 p.m. that same day in New York City, Thor and Melissa Thors held their first child, Gardner Dickinson Thors ’20, in their arms. But in those twelve interv...

Feel the Bern: Why Sanders is “Most Electable”

Feel the Bern: Why Sanders is “Most Electable”

Anuj Agarwal '21

September 24, 2019

Many Democratic voters nowadays are concerned with electability. According to August polls conducted by The Economist and YouGov, Democratic voters would rather vote for a candidate who would beat Trump than one who shares their policies. Jill Biden continued to perpetuate this line of thought in her...

Results of All-School Survey

September 24, 2019

Click here to open the PDF of the results.

Admist Celebration, a Renewed Fight

Admist Celebration, a Renewed Fight

Zoe Colloredo-Mansfeld '21, Sports Editor

September 21, 2019

The final whistle blew and the stadium in Lyon, France erupted into cheers as the US Women’s National Team (WNT) claimed the World Cup Trophy for the fourth time. This past summer the women’s team captured the attention of the nation as millions of fans rallied behind not only its historic Worl...

Groton Welcomes New Assistant Athletic Trainer

Groton Welcomes New Assistant Athletic Trainer

Jiacheng Kang '22, Breaking News Reporter

September 21, 2019

Being an athlete is not easy, and neither is treating the inevitable injuries. Regardless of the many different types of maladies, there is one person who is invariably involved in the speedy recovery of our athletes: the assistant athletic trainer.  Our previous assistant athletic trainer, Chr...

Girls Cross Country is Ready to Race

Girls Cross Country is Ready to Race

Tyler Weisberg '22, Page Editor

September 21, 2019

Groton Girls Cross Country is ready to hit the ground running. After the 2018-2019 season, the team is pushing to improve its placement at the Independent School League Championships (ISLs) this November by increasing its depth, acquiring new runners and taking advantage of increased summer training....

Boys Varsity Soccer Looks to Playoffs

Boys Varsity Soccer Looks to Playoffs

Sophia Wu '21, Assistant Sports Editor

September 21, 2019

The Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team played incredibly last fall, ending the season with an impressive 12-0-5 record. The team lost six seniors going into 2019 fall, which may mean shift in team dynamics and strategy this year. After a grueling preseason of conditioning and tryouts, the team took on 5 ...

Groton Theater Goes Back to the Classics

Isabel Cai '21, Assistant Arts Editor

September 21, 2019

  This upcoming Fall, theater director Laurie Sales will bring the classical Greek play, Antigone, to Groton.  Its unique rehearsal process and set design will only complement the play as Antigone deal in complex themes like human suffering and the clash of ideas; the play has “much to say, m...

A New Face in the Art Center This Fall

A New Face in the Art Center This Fall

Allison Jiang ’22, Assistant Arts Editor

September 21, 2019

Although Kristen Donovan has been a classically trained artist for nearly all her life, she prefers to teach art: “I love teaching―probably more than painting.” Art studio founder, mother of three, and now a teacher at Groton School, Mrs. Donovan is a woman who firmly believes in fostering love ...

Athlete of the Issue: Caleb Coleman

Athlete of the Issue: Caleb Coleman

Christina Oelhafen '21, Assistant Features Editor

September 21, 2019

After four years and twelve varsity letters, captain Caleb Coleman ‘20 heads into his final year of Groton football. In addition to Varsity football, Caleb has contributed to track, basketball, and lacrosse not only as an extraordinary athlete but also as a leader. His determination, grit, and resili...

Tribute to Elson Harmon

Tribute to Elson Harmon

Cornelia Potter '21, Digital Editor

September 21, 2019

On June 18th, 2019, Elson Harmon, a man enthused by music, literature, and theater, passed away, leaving the Groton community in grief. With his death, members of our community lost a remarkable friend, mentor, and artist.  Before joining the Circle, Mr. Harmon accomplished many things. Departing fro...

Artist of the Issue: Derek Chang

Artist of the Issue: Derek Chang

Derek Hu '21, Assistant Features Editor

September 21, 2019

Senior Derek Chang ’20 discusses his love for the violin, his experience placing third at the world-renowned American Protege music competition at Carnegie Hall and his plans for the Circle as lead music prefect.   When and how did you first pick up the violin?   I started pla...

Spring Survey Highlights Student Perspectives

Spring Survey Highlights Student Perspectives

Evan Cheigh '22, Assistant News Editor

September 21, 2019

On May 22, 2019, the Circle Voice sent out a survey to all students in order to gather valuable information about the Grotonian community. Marianne Lu ’19, Editor-In-Chief of the Circle Voice last year, said, “We wanted to have a sense of how people identify and stand on certain issues, and hopefully st...

The Circle Welcomes New Teachers

The Circle Welcomes New Teachers

Liv Ting '20, Staff Writer

September 21, 2019

This year, Groton is welcoming nine new faculty members to the Circle. While they come from a variety of locations and backgrounds, they are all excited to share their knowledge and experiences with the community. Some of the new faculty (ie., fellows) will spend only a year teaching at Groton.  ...

Hong Kong Needs Peace, Not Protests

Hong Kong Needs Peace, Not Protests

Nathan Zhang '21, Digital Editor

September 21, 2019

Since June, protests have escalated against a deeply unpopular extradition bill between Hong Kong and China. I wholeheartedly agree that the bill is unjust, but I’m firmly against the negative impacts that the poorly executed, violent protests have had on Hong Kong citizens’ daily life.  On February 8,...

A Threat to Indian Democracy

A Threat to Indian Democracy

Leah Pothel '21, Assistant Opinions Editor

September 21, 2019

On August 5th, the sovereign, majority-Muslim state of Kashmir underwent a drastic shift in status after the Indian government revoked Article 370 of the constitution, thereby withdrawing Kashmir’s autonomy. These abrupt actions resulted in backlash throughout Kashmir and Pakistan, so the Indian gov...

Climate Change: A Hot Topic in 2020

Climate Change: A Hot Topic in 2020

Anuj Agarwal '21, Circle Voice Writer

September 21, 2019

As wildfires, hurricanes, and record-shattering heat waves sweep across the planet, it becomes alarmingly evident that procrastination on climate change will have devastating consequences. Amid a political culture of climate denial and shifting blame, we must consider the importance of the issue, es...

Playing the Victim: 2019 Straight Pride Parade

Playing the Victim: 2019 Straight Pride Parade

Eliza Powers '20, Arts Editor

September 21, 2019

When the slogan “Make America Great Again” was born, arguing that America lost its greatness during progressive Obama-era reforms that threatened the 1% in total power, it catalyzed a series of reactionary groups. Once the Black Lives Matter movement emboldened the country to recognize victims of...

Goodbye Gammons, Hola España

Goodbye Gammons, Hola España

Allison Jiang '22, Assistant Arts Editor

September 21, 2019

Following a grueling week of Spring exams, the classical musicians of Groton packed their instrument cases from the music wing to set off on the highly anticipated Orchestra Tour. During the month of June, members of the Groton Chamber Orchestra participated in two weeks of musical performance in their...

Summer Reading Reviews

Summer Reading Reviews

Amelia Lee '22, Staff Writer

September 21, 2019

This year, faculty picked the following books as required summer reading: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho for Second Form, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas for Third Form, The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Fourth Form, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki for Fifth Form, and Educated, A Memoir...

A Constitutional Reg Flag

A Constitutional Reg Flag

Brooks Anderson '20, Columnist

September 21, 2019

It has become clear to the vast majority of Americans that “thoughts and prayers” are no longer enough. In the wake of the Parkland shooting, there have been numerous calls for legislative action to implement stronger gun control laws on both state and federal levels. These calls have been amplified...