The Circle Voice

Mudge Fellow Silas Finch brings talent to Groton

Silas Finch works with Nico ‘17 on a project during a workshop.

Karla Sanford '19, Reporter

December 15, 2016

As Ms. Van Gelder says, Groton’s annual  Mudge Fellow must be someone who “works well with teenagers” and with whom “kids can relate.” Silas Finch certainly embodies these traits through his friendly character and incredible work. Silas was introduced to Groton five years ago when his brother...

Learning how to groove: Faculty playlist

Learning how to groove: Faculty playlist

Fran Saldivar ‘19

October 20, 2016

Longfellow once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” If this is true, then what better way to get to know the Groton faculty than through music? If you can take your teachers’ advice on school work, why not do the same for music?   “Everybody Dance Now” by C+C Music Factory Clas...

Previewing Parents Weekend Concert

Groton School football v. St. George's.
Jon Chase photo

Eunice Cho '19

October 20, 2016

Every fall, many parents visit the lovely and colorful Groton campus for Parents’ Weekend. And each year, a music concert that features many talented student musicians is held. This annual event is thought of to be one of the most enjoyable events that happen during Parents Weekend. In just one pe...

Halloween Costumes at Groton: A Guide

Halloween Costumes at Groton: A Guide

Cara Cheng '20

October 20, 2016

As bats and skulls appear in the Schoolhouse Forum, students are turning their attention to the spookiest day of the year: Halloween. Although some teachers seem anxious about having a campus full of sugar-filled teenagers brandishing plastic swords and sporting facepaint, nothing can stop the student bo...

Artist of the Issue: Anson Jones

Artist of the Issue: Anson Jones

Becky Zhang '18

October 20, 2016

One of the most most angelic voices on campus belongs to the unforgettable Anson Jones ’17. There’s no doubt you’ve seen her perform, whether in chapel, on stage, at Open Mic, or in the music wing serenading the halls with various songs using her “voice that sounds like butter melting across a ho...

Clint Eastwood’s Sully: A Review

Clint Eastwood's Sully: A Review

Michael Senko '18, Assistant Arts Editor

October 20, 2016

Everyone has heard about it: the 2009 miracle on the Hudson. It was an uncanny feat of triumph, and 155 lives were saved. After an unheard of double-engine failure, a full-sized passenger plane landed on the Hudson. An American hero was born, an epitome of the will of human survival. The world was u...

Pumpkin spice playlist: Must-listens for Fall Term

Pumpkin spice playlist: Must-listens for Fall Term

Becky Zhang '18

October 7, 2016

Fall is here: the season of letting go and starting over. While it may seem that we have been at school forever, we remain in a time of transition, reflected both in nature and in the mind. The trees are turning bronze and shedding their leaves while we, too, are forced to leave the past behind and focus...

Accomplished vocalist to perform at Groton

Accomplished vocalist to perform at Groton

Lily Cratsley '19

October 7, 2016

On Thursday, October 27th, Groton welcomes Nedelka Prescod and her band to the Circle as part of the Gammons Concert Series. Every year this series presents four to six free concerts for members of the greater Groton community that are held in Gammons Recital Hall. The first concert of this school year...

Take a chance on Chance the Rapper

Michael Senko '18, Assistant Arts Editor

October 7, 2016

It has been around four months since Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper’s 3rd official mixtape, dropped exclusively on Apple Music. Announced a week before it was set to release, it attracted all sorts of interest: Chance made first became mainstream with his album Acid Rap in 2013, saturating his gospel-influenced,...

Artist of the Issue: Mac Galinson

Artist of the Issue: Mac Galinson

October 7, 2016

To some people, art means taking a piece of paper and drawing when inspiration strikes. To others it means photographing the natural world. To Mac Galinson, it means acting on stage or writing songs for guitar. Mac has been acting since he was nine. He recounts his beginning in theater as a fairly unremarkable...

An introduction to the arts at Groton

The Music Prefects

Becky Zhang '18, Assistant Arts Editor

September 13, 2016

GUAC GUAC, or the Groton Undiscovered Artist Club, is an Instagram account (@thisisguac) created in October 2015 featuring a range of artwork by students and faculty, from photography to white-board sketches, knitting, and body art. GUAC has now more than three hundred followers and this year’s Art...

Artist of the Issue: Langa Chinyoka

Artist of the Issue: Langa Chinyoka

Michael Senko '18, Assistant Arts Editor

September 13, 2016

If you were to stop any returning student on the Circle and ask them, “Who is the coolest person at this school?” the answer, every time, would be Langa Chinyoka. She is, therefore, the Circle Voice’s obvious choice for the first Artist of the Issue for the 16-17 school year! Langa, of DAWG, Grotones...

Artist of the Issue: Candace Tong-Li ‘16

Candace practices her violin in the orchestra.

Daisy Fey '18, Contributing Writer

June 5, 2016

You may have attended a concert she has lead or seen some of her paintings hanging up around the schoolhouse. You may have seen her recently published, illustrated book, samples of which are posted around the college office. At Groton, it seems that no matter which way you turn, the remarkable talent ...

Students Direct, Perform in Play Festival

Christian Carson '18 and Jon Lamson '18 in

June 5, 2016

Groton’s one act festival, arguably its most attended and enjoyable theatre production, continued its strong record this year with five new one-act shows. These shows were directed by six Groton students and used four original Grotonian works as their scripts. This year’s festival, rather unfortunate...

King of the Jungle

Promotional poster for “The Jungle Book.”

Michael Senko '18, Staff Writer

May 13, 2016

Disney’s new movie “The Jungle Book,” directed by Jon Favreau, is a cinematic spectacle. Baloo’s fur flows and shakes with shocking realism, the sound of Kaa’s scales squirming and sliding across branches is impeccably slimy, and the half-warehouse-in-LA, half-CGI jungle is packed to the brim...

When Life Gives You Beyoncé or Vice Versa

When Life Gives You Beyoncé or Vice Versa

Adia Fielder '17 and Langa Chinyoka '17

May 13, 2016

The iconic new album from Beyoncé is an emotional journey. Primarily but not only about Beyoncé’s relationship with Jay-Z, “Lemonade” is about growth and healing. Pray You Catch Me The opening song of “Lemonade” is raw and stripped back – it introduces the themes of the album; th...

Artist of the Issue: Steven Anton ’16

Steven Anton '16 on drums.

Will Robbins '16, Assistant Sports Editor

May 13, 2016

Steven has been a major contributor to Groton’s Music Department since Third Form. He began playing the piano in kindergarten and picked up the saxophone in fourth grade, but it wasn’t until eight grade that Steven began playing the bass, his strongest instrument. After Tarik Welch’s ‘12 graduation,...

Maru-a-Pula Marimba Band Comes to Groton

The marimba band from Maru-a-Pula raises the CPAC.

Hadley Callaway '17, Assistant News Editor

May 13, 2016

On April 28th, the Maru-a-Pula Marimba band visited Groton for a musical intervention. “We’re here to help you,” said MaP principal Andy Taylor on the CPAC stage, after joking that studies show that AP scores are improved after listening to marimba. “You’re going to feel like a bubble in a...

Orchestra Trip

The chamber orchestra performs at Lessons and Carols.

Macy Lipkin '18

April 22, 2016

Each year since 2005, one of Groton’s three primary musical ensembles has gone on tour, most often internationally. A year after the jazz band began the tradition with a tour of Japan, orchestra played throughout Switzerland in 2006. In 2009, they traveled to China, and in 2012, South Africa. Jazz...

Flowers and Fortissimos: Spring Music FSAs

Drew Bassilakis ‘16, Lilias Kim ‘18, Matthew Higgins Iati ‘17, and Zahin Das ‘16 practicing their instruments

Kevin Xiao '18 and Rohan Varkey '18

April 22, 2016

This term, a wide variety of art FSAs ranges from classical piano to an actual band! Matthew Higgins Iati ’17 will be working with Ms. Lanier on a “Piano Work” FSA this spring. His practices will consist of a plethora of pieces—including the Schubert Impromptu and a few Mozart Sonatas. When...

Artist of the Issue: Emma Rimmer ’16

Emma Rimmer is an enthusiastic chorister and actress.

Claudette Ramos '16, Assistant Arts Editor & Columnist

April 22, 2016

From channeling the glamorous Glinda in this winter’s theater production of “The Wiz” to sweetly serenading the student body in her clear, ringing soprano during a Lessons and Carols solo, Emma Rimmer ‘16 has left a considerable effect on the Groton arts scene. Since Second Form, she has participated...

Zootopia: A Review

Candace Tong-Li '16, Arts Editor

April 22, 2016

From the start, this year’s Disney blockbuster was bound to be a hit. From playful marketing to adorable character design, “Zootopia” drew people of all ages into cinemas the moment it hit the screen. It’s not surprising, seeing as most Disney and Pixar movies rise to the top of the box office...

Artist in Residence: Luke Pontifell

Artist in Residence: Luke Pontifell

Ella Capen '17

February 9, 2016

Each year, Groton invites an artist from outside the community to share his or her artwork with the school. The visiting artists are honored as Mudge Fellows, or people brought to the school by a fellowship in name of the Mudge family. The program is designed to introduce the Groton community to inspirational...

Music for Your Mid-Teen Crisis

Adele

Roselle Lovell-Smith '18 and Becky Zhang '18

February 9, 2016

You’re walking alone around the wintry Circle. All your friends have early practice, but you have late. The Dining Hall is serving root beer pork for dinner. The world has never been more desolate. You turn to your Walkman for some smooth tunes, but all you have is Kidz Bop. What do you do? The...

Artist of the Issue: Allie Banks ’16

Allie Banks '16 in action.

Ella Anderson '17, Assistant Arts Editor

February 9, 2016

Allie Banks ’16, a photography and singing tour de force, brings a distinct energy and passion to this issue’s artist feature. An excellent conversationalist and interviewee, Allie is prominently featured on the Circle, from her eye-catching photo on the cover of “The Grotonian” last spring and...

Bowie’s Swan Song, Song by Song

Bowie's Swan Song, Song by Song

Michael Senko '18

February 9, 2016

David Bowie’s 26th and final studio album, “Blackstar,” was released just two days before his untimely passing. In that short period of time, the album was heralded as one of his best, reinvigorating Bowie in a new light as he drifted towards his last. And, when all was revealed, “Blackstar”...

Spooktober Cinema

Spooktober Cinema

Michael Senko '18

October 31, 2015

The kids don their white bed sheets. The pumpkins morph into Jack-o’-lanterns with the flick of a lighter. The candy bowl is on the porch, and the arbitrary “only take one” sign is ducktaped to the door. A creepy, maniacal aura fills the air. There are ghouls and mummies and goblins and a helluva...

Holy Guacamole: The Art Prefects Take Instagram

GUAC’s first Instagram post, a self-portrait of Echo and Suzy

Becky Zhang '18, Copy Editor

October 31, 2015

Most are aware of the new and raging Instagram page that is “This is GUAC.” GUAC, or the Groton Undiscovered Artist Club (cleverly named by Suzy Kuczynski ’16 and Echo Zhuge ’16), features artworks ranging from photography to white-board sketches, knitting, and Snapchat drawings. After gaining...

Artist of the Issue: Libby Llanso ’16

Libby at work during one of her fashion design classes

Ella Anderson '17, Assistant Arts Editor

October 31, 2015

Libby Llanso is a force to be reckoned with on the Groton arts scene. She’s hard to miss in the sea of seniors, and her bright personality and bold sartorial choices make her a standout. Even from seeing her from afar, it is clear to the onlooker that Libby is a huge presence in Groton’s arts department....