The Circle Voice

Headmaster Denies Anthem Request

Headmaster Denies Anthem Request

Powers Trigg '20, Editor-in-Chief

October 15, 2019

On October 5, Groton’s Varsity Football and their opponent Roxbury Latin took a moment before opening kickoff in Roxbury to honor their country with the playing of the National Anthem. It made an impression on the Groton sideline. Following the Roxbury Latin game, several Groton team members became...

Groton Switches to New Security System

Groton Switches to New Security System

Evan Cheigh '22, Assistant News Editor

October 15, 2019

When students arrived on the Circle this fall, they were greeted not by keypads on their dormitory entrances, but by new smooth black pads with blinking white lights. Gone were the numbers; a pixelated circle replaced them. Instead of typing in a four-digit code, students pulled out their phones and gen...

Groton’s First Open Mic of The 2019 School Year

Groton’s First Open Mic of The 2019 School Year

Cam Nguyen '22

October 13, 2019

Captivating.  Refreshing.  Hilariously entertaining. These are just a handful of an endless string of adjectives that could be used to describe what Groton’s first 2019 Open Mic had to offer. Cocooned in the warm glow of fairy lights with the company of fluffy blankets and friends, the Gro...

Civil Rights For The LGBTQ Community

Civil Rights For The LGBTQ Community

Leah Pothel '21, Assistant Opinions Editor

October 13, 2019

In 2013, Gerald Bostock was fired for “conduct unbecoming” after he joined a predominantly gay softball league that was created as a safe space for the LGBTQ community in Atlanta. Bostock had worked as the coordinator of child welfare services for a county government office in Georgia. He claimed t...

Piracy of Privacy: FBI Subpoenas

Piracy of Privacy: FBI Subpoenas

Llocxi Lopez '21

October 13, 2019

Not long ago, times were simpler –– at least technologically. Personal information was kept in cards, logs, and fiche film, and digital privacy laws were weak or nonexistent. However, in this new digital world, law enforcement has begun the widespread collection of personal information through or...

Inside the Disciplinary Committee

Annabel Kocks '20, Assistant News Editor

October 13, 2019

Two weeks into the academic year, Associate Head of School Andy Anderson and Headmaster Temba Maqubela selected Alan Du ’20 to serve as the non-senior prefect on the Disciplinary Committee (DC).  The DC provides Mr. Maqubela with a recommendation for a fair course of punishment. It is comprised...

New Busts to Line Schoolroom

New Busts to Line Schoolroom

Gracie Mumford '21

October 13, 2019

Since 1904, the busts of George Washington, Aristotle, and other prominent historical figures have lined the walls of the Schoolroom. The busts originally reflected the all-male student body and served as role models for the boys working diligently at their desks below. However, although Groton admi...

The Circle Voice Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Circle Voice Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Cornelia Potter '21, Digital Editor

October 13, 2019

  During the 1960s and 1970s, amidst the Vietnam War, America bubbled with social change and civil unrest, as did Groton students. In 1969 students created The Circle Voice to serve as the student body’s own form of expression. Fifty issues later, we peer backwards to re-examine this rich ...

Parents Weekend Concert

Parents Weekend Concert

Allison Jiang '22, Assistant Arts Editor

October 13, 2019

Just as the calendar nears the end of October, Parents Weekend begins, opening Groton’s school gates to welcome family and friends to the circle. The doors of the Campbell Performing Arts Center (CPAC) will also open to host the annual Parents Weekend Concert. In one evening of performances, students fro...

Protecting British Democracy: Boris Johnson Should Resign

Protecting British Democracy: Boris Johnson Should Resign

Jared Gura '22 and Jiacheng Kang ’22

October 13, 2019

On September 24, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom unanimously ruled that Prime Minister (PM) Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was unlawful and an obstruction of democracy. The intervention of the Supreme Court underscores the gravity of the situation, as it rarely involves itself in...

Should the Hong Kongers Keep Protesting?

Evan Cheigh '22, Jiacheng Kang '22, Steven Pang '22, and Tyler Weisberg ’22

October 13, 2019

On September 4, after months of protests, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam withdrew the controversial extradition bill that allowed Hong Kongers to be tried in China. The protests, however; did not end there. In fact, they have evolved into a turbulent movement for democracy in Hong Kong that...

Spotlight on Jamie Lamoreaux

Spotlight on Jamie Lamoreaux

Nathan Zhang '21, Assistant Digital Editor

October 13, 2019

Groton varsity football has recently been on a hot-streak, with big wins over St. George’s School, Middlesex School, and The Roxbury Latin School. Part of the success, of course, emerges from the hard work put in by all of the players, but another important part of success is the coaching. One coach in p...

Key Upcoming Games

Tyler Weisberg '22

October 13, 2019

Varsity Boys Cross Country Independent School League (ISL) Championships | November 1 | Away at St. Mark’s School Boys Cross Country is already looking ahead to its first championship meet at St. Mark’s School. “For ISLs, I think we have a great chance for a top 3 finish given the strengt...

Lower School Athletes to Watch

Amelia Lee '22

October 13, 2019

Alicia Guo ’24 started playing volleyball two years ago, first on the Fay Volleyball team then with the club Smash Volleyball.  She is passionate about the sport because “the feeling of hitting the ball and killing the opponent is very rewarding.”  Head Volleyball coach Jennifer Wallace...

Destruction of the Presidency: Anderson’s Authority

Brooks Anderson '20

October 13, 2019

It is an impressive feat to fully extinguish all the prestige and tradition of an office, especially such a vaunted one as the presidency, in only three years. Most presidents attempt to rollback or alter the policy achievements of their predecessors, but none have completely defiled the office itself as ef...

Destruction of the Presidency: Garett’s Gospel

Garrett Johnson '20

October 13, 2019

The greatest myth of the presidency is that the ethical code of the office’s occupant must match the respect the nation owes to the office itself. The office of the president is a symbol of democracy, the embodiment of our trailblazing ability to peacefully transfer power from one opposing side to...

First Chinese Mudge Fellow

First Chinese Mudge Fellow

Jacinta Lopez '22 and Aimee Zheng '23

October 13, 2019

Every winter, an artist is chosen to come and participate in the Old Mudge Fellowship. The artist’s work is displayed in the Brodigan Gallery for around two months and he will come to Groton to work with various art classes and the community for a week. The Mudge Fellow tradition started in 199...

Status Update: Boys Varsity Soccer Field

Status Update: Boys Varsity Soccer Field

Tyler Weisberg '22, Assistant Sports Editor

October 13, 2019

The Boys Varsity Soccer field has been closed off all fall for repairs due to unforeseen complications with the new grass. Buildings & Grounds (B&G) is working hard to get the field back in play. Currently, the varsity team is practicing on the boys JV soccer field, thus changing the prac...

The Student Behind The Scenes: Andrej Klema

Jiacheng Kang '22

October 13, 2019

After a mentally taxing day of class, many of Groton’s students head to either sports practice or theater. However, Andrej Klema, a Fifth Former, files into the equipment room to assist Athletic Equipment Manager Jim Lockney with stringing racquets, issuing uniforms, and organizational management. ...

Ancient Greece Meets Trapeze Acts in Groton Theater Trip

Alisa Gulyansky '24

October 11, 2019

Trapeze acts and circus performers illuminated in dazzling lights versus a classic Greek play that was written in 441 B.C.: two seemingly disparate concepts Groton Theater Director Laurie Sales is tasked with connecting.    On September 28, Groton theater, currently working on the Sophoclean tragedy ...

Athlete of the Issue: Jack Goodrich

Athlete of the Issue: Jack Goodrich

Christina Oelhafen '21, Assistant Features Editor

October 11, 2019

Jack Goodrich '20 has been an avid soccer player from a young age, and has contributed to the Varsity Boys Soccer team for the past three years. Last year, the team found success, making it all the way to the Independent School League (ISL) tournament. This year, Jack is leading the team both on and...

A Survivor and Soldier: Luka Bakic ’15

A Survivor and Soldier: Luka Bakic ’15

Michelle Kim '23, Amber Gumira '23, and Zhining Zhao '23

October 11, 2019

Luka Bakic, a current Ensign in the US Navy and Groton graduate of 2015, bears a unique, war-ridden history. Born in the late 1990s in Belgrade, Serbia, Luka and his family were caught in the Kosovo War (1998-99). The Bakics eventually fled the city once the NATO began bombing Serbia in 1999 to end S...

Artist of the Issue: Josh Guo

Artist of the Issue: Josh Guo

Derek Hu '21, Assistant Features Editor

October 11, 2019

Joshua Guo ‘20 is a gifted and passionate pianist. Having performed many times after morning chapel, The Circle Voice’s humor section last year dubbed him the “Postlude Prince.” Josh spoke with The Circle Voice about his musical journey and plans for performing arts on the Circle as a lead m...

Looking Back at Groton’s 135 Birthdays

Looking Back at Groton’s 135 Birthdays

Claire Lee '20, Features Editor

October 11, 2019

Despite many changes that have taken place, it is still Groton tradition to celebrate the school’s birthday with much pomp and grandeur.   26th of October 1885: Groton School’s first anniversary. Being the first ever celebration, the boys had no precedent of hosting birthday feasts and the da...