The Circle Voice

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...

Night Games’ Success Continues

Night Games’ Success Continues

Tyler Weisberg '22, Page Editor

December 20, 2019

On October 25, Groton held its first night game of the school year –– the boarding school version of “Friday Night Lights” –– where Groton Basketball trounced Rivers 55-30. The spirit and ethos in the atmosphere were incredible: parents, students, and teachers alike rooted for the team. The ...

A New Approach to Climate Change

Alex Brown '21, Edwina Polynice '21 and Mikayla Murrin ’21 starring in Six Polar Bears Fell Out of the Sky This Morning.

Derek Hu '21, Assistant Features Editor

December 20, 2019

Groton School hosted two comedies and two dramas in a series of climate change plays on December 11. Eliza Powers ’20, Zoe Park ’21, Angela Wei ’21, and Sammy Agrawal ’21 each directed a captivating and thought-provoking play to convey the severity of climate change. “I really wanted to do a comedy about clim...

Lower School Athletes to Watch

Jiacheng Kang '22, Breaking News Reporter

December 20, 2019

  When Ronin Kaplan ’23 was eight years old, he lost his first game 11-0 against a future top-ten player in US Junior Squash, but his love of the game lured him back. At Bronxville Middle School, he played at the number one spot and led his school to finish second in a national tournament....

Groton’s Musical Holiday Traditions

Groton School's Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra came together to play

Joon Whang '23

December 20, 2019

The first snow at Groton not only marks a seasonal shift, but also cues the start of Christmas and the festive vibe that takes over campus. Trees and lights decorate the dorms, and the Christmas classics make their way onto the Spotify playlists.  The holiday season also means a month of rehearsals as various m...

Ethics Students Produce Podcasts About Campus Issues

Ethics students producing their podcast.

Gracie Mumford '21

December 20, 2019

The Daily, the Moth, Radiolab, and Hidden Brain — all well-known podcasts designed to inform listeners about global stories and issues. This fall for their final project, Ethics students created similar podcasts that pertained to a more local environment: Groton. Each student, either alone or in pai...

The Dangers of Groton’s Echo Chamber

Alisa Gulyansky '24

December 20, 2019

                When I first set foot on the Circle, I was in for a major culture shock: coming from a conservative public school in a conservative Floridian town, I was not used to the overtly left wing culture at Groton. At my old school, talking about politics was considered taboo; teachers’ jobs were on the line if the...

Students and Faculty Attend People of Color Conference

From left to right: Beatrice Agbi '21, Kamsi Onwochei '20, Hutshie Faugas '20, Aroon Sankoh '21, Leah Pothel '21

Evan Cheigh, Assistant News Editor

December 20, 2019

From December 4 to 7, seven Groton educators and six students attended the People of Color Conference (PoCC) in Seattle, Washington. Hosted by the National Association of Independent Schools, PoCC is a unique opportunity for students and educators to broaden their perspectives, build leadership skills, and sh...

Artist of the Issue: John Donovan

Michelle Kim '23

December 20, 2019

John Donovan ’20 is a talented, comprehensive artist who loves stagecraft, drawing, and painting. His recent works include the set creation of Groton theater’s fall play, Antigone, which featured a towering ladder of chairs, a beautifully painted floor, and a huge set of walls.  What is your ...

How to Get to Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall connotes accomplishment and brillance, but not all musicians who make their “Carnegie Debut” get there purely on merit.

Allison Jiang, Assistant Arts Editor

December 20, 2019

It’s a classic New Yorker joke: on the intersection of 57th Street and Seventh Avenue of New York City, a man asks a passerby for directions. He asks, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” Upon closer examination, the passerby turns out to be Jascha Heifetz, acclaimed violinist and virtuoso, who ans...

Athlete of the Issue: Luke Beckstein

Luke Beckstein ’20 out on the ice.

Christina Oelhafen '21, Assistant Features Editor

December 20, 2019

When Captain Luke Beckstein ’20 steps onto the ice, adrenaline runs through his veins and he relentlessly works to put the puck into the back of the net. Unsurprisingly, he’s been named captain for the 2019-2020 hockey season. In addition to leading the hockey team, Luke was also named captain for...

Should We Keep 6-5-4?

Elizabeth Wolfram ’23, Zhining Zhao ’23, and Erin Dollard ’20

December 20, 2019

  In today’s world, the unjust vilification of institutions and traditions is all too common. Groton is no exception: over the years, 6-5-4 has been misrepresented time and again. We must defend the institution of 6-5-4, which is integral to the character of the School and honors the hard work, dedi...

Fake News and Dollar Bills

Fake News and Dollar Bills

Kellen O'Donnell '22

December 20, 2019

The media within the United States has controlled the political realm dating back to our Founding Fathers. However, since the 2016 presidential election race, the influence of media in politics has become far too polarizing. In 2016, huge scandals on both sides of the race created tremendous opportu...

Trump’s Shot at Reelection

Trump’s Shot at Reelection

Brooks Anderson '20, Columnist

December 20, 2019

Donald Trump will likely be re-elected in 2020. The economy is strong, the Democratic candidates are weak, and impeachment is a colossal liability. That’s not even to mention the fierce popularity Trump still enjoys with his base and the lockstep approval he’s obtained from party leadership.  It ...