The Circle Voice

The Birth of a Voice: Walter Russell Mead and The Circle Voice

The Birth of a Voice: Walter Russell Mead and The Circle Voice

Sophia-Nicole Bay '23 and Joon Whang '23 January 18, 2023

Fifty-three years ago, the box through which students perceived the world outside of Groton was tuned to a dead channel. The creation of the Circle Voice did not change the channel, it deconstructed the...

How Has the Russo-Ukrainian War Touched Our Community?

How Has the Russo-Ukrainian War Touched Our Community?

Sophia-Nicole Bay '23 May 28, 2022

When Russia began its assault on Ukraine on February 24th, Juliya Makhanov ’22 was up late completing her homework like most students. But when those explosions reverberated throughout Ukrainian cities,...

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The Return of Groton Holiday Traditions

Elizabeth Wolfram ’23, Features Assistant Editor December 22, 2021

Last year, with the cancellation of in-person classes during the two weeks between Thanksgiving and winter break and stringent Covid-19 restrictions, Groton cancelled most of the holiday traditions that...

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MLK Day Preview: Former Death Row Inmate to Address the Circle

Evan Cheigh '22 December 22, 2021

On Jan. 17, the Groton community will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day with special events. MLK Day activities are planned by members of the Cultural Alliance and its faculty sponsor, Associate...

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Compensate or Don’t Operate: Resolving the MLB Lockout

Evan Khym '24, Sports Editor December 22, 2021

Effective December 2nd at 12:01 am, all 30 team owners unanimously agreed to a work stoppage,  marking the start of Major League Baseball’s first work lockout since 1995. Major League Baseball operates...

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Kyle Rittenhouse: Neither the Villain nor the Hero

Steven Pang '22 and Joon Yeon Whang '23 December 21, 2021

The Kyle Rittenhouse verdict has drawn both the ire and admiration of those all over the political spectrum. With Kyle Rittenhouse found not guilty of all charges, some champion it as a victory for a gun-holding...

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Musical Christmas Cheer Returns to the Circle

Christina Chen ’23, Arts Editor December 21, 2021

While the blow-up snowmen appeared in the dining hall and the Schoolhouse hallways were filled with holiday wreaths, Christmas cheer swept up the Circle in full force with the official return of the beloved...

Its Time to Eliminate APs

It’s Time to Eliminate APs

Alisa Gulyansky ‘24 December 14, 2021

It is no unpopular opinion among Groton students to detest the entire AP system with a burning passion. However, we rarely think about the prospect that we can actually get rid of APs at Groton with great...

How to Invest After China’s Trillion Dollar Crackdown

Eric Ge '24 October 30, 2021

1.5 trillion dollars. This was the amount wiped off Hong Kong and Chinese mainland stock exchanges in the last week of July alone. Amid rapid and unpredictable government crackdowns, China’s largest...

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Certified Lover Boy or Donda?

Ebun Lawore ’24, Staff Writer October 30, 2021

Rap artists always seem pitted against each other. This started as early as Tupac vs. Biggie, and has gone to Cardi vs. Nicki. The most recent rivalry has been between Drake and Kanye, with the release...

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Behind the Dining Hall: Comfort Cookies

Aria Nahm ’25, Staff Writer October 30, 2021

We all have comfort foods and snacks that we hold dear and close to our hearts. They provide well-being and satisfaction when we are feeling stressed, down, lonely or just plain hungry.     According...

A Buried Reality Behind Squid Game

A Buried Reality Behind Squid Game

Jessica Lee ’24 and Michelle Kim ’23 October 30, 2021

  Squid Game has taken the Groton community by storm with a compelling plot. An enclosed circle of billionaires organizes the Squid Game as 456 indebted criminals play rounds of challenges in order...

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Why You Should Start Watching F1

Lucas Gordon '23 and Henry Burnham '23 October 30, 2021

F1 is on the rise. The current viewership rate is 50% higher than 2020, with new viewership records being broken seemingly every race. With this all coming on the eve of sweeping regulation changes and...

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Rising Star on Campus: The Astronomy Club

Amelia Lee ’22, Features Editor October 30, 2021

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered if you were looking at a star or a planet? The Astronomy Club can help you find out!  Every other week or so, on a clear night, heads Ian Bayliss...

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Harvard History Professor Tiya Miles To Speak At Fall Circle Talk

Maya Gite '22, Features Assistant Editor September 25, 2021

“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future,” said Theodore Roosevelt.   Implemented soon after Mr. Maqubela’s arrival in 2013, the Diversity &...

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Summer Student Arts Projects

Christina Chen '23, Arts Editor September 25, 2021

Groton artists continue to flourish despite the various disruptions Covid-19 has caused, fine-tuning their crafts during a productive summer holiday. (for the print version) To experience the full scope...

A Safe Groton is an Open Groton

A Safe Groton is an Open Groton

Elizabeth Wolfram '23 September 25, 2021

Credit to Chloe Zheng '23 Groton should be totally open this fall: no distancing, no masks, no nothing.  In addition to the slew of reasons relating to students’ mental health and the need for...

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Tokyo Olympics: Unity Amidst Isolation

Julie Xie ’23, Staff Writer September 25, 2021

339 events, 11,000 athletes spanning more than 200 countries, and 42 venues awaited the quadrennial event of the century. Yet not a single person was sitting on those bleachers.  The Tokyo Olympics...

Sports Practices and ISL Games: What To Expect This Fall

Sports Practices and ISL Games: What To Expect This Fall

Evan Khym ‘24, Staff Writer September 25, 2021

Last year, athletes on the Circle were forced to adjust to new Covid-19 tailored seasons. Most interscholastic games were suspended and strict protocols limited many athletes’ practice. However,...

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Listen Up: The Circle Voice has a Podcast!

Amelia Lee ’22, Features Editor September 24, 2021

The Circle Voice has long been known for its articles on community news and hot takes. However, as the new year starts, the publication is introducing an exciting new initiative: a Circle Voice Podcast!    Editor-in-Chief...

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The Israel-Palestine Conflict is Not as Simple as you Think

Alisa Gulyansky ’24, Assistant Opinions Editor June 1, 2021

By now, it’s inevitable that you’ve stumbled across one of the countless pro-Palestine infographics flooding your Instagram feed, the kind packaged with those aesthetically pleasing blurbs of misinformation...

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Elon Musk’s Crypto Manipulation Is Not Just for Laughs

Eric Ge ’24, Staff Writer June 1, 2021

“One word: Doge.”   Like a magic spell, Elon Musk’s tweet on December 20th, 2020 sparked a 20% price increase in the digital currency Dogecoin. After electric cars, spaceships, and renewable...

A Fond Farewell to Departing Faculty

A Fond Farewell to Departing Faculty

A Fond Farewell: Faculty Departing the Groton Community   As the bittersweet end of our school year nears, we prepare to say goodbye to ten faculty members who have served as positive role models...

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The Stanley Cup: Who Will Win It All?

Huck Jamison '22, Assistant Sports Editor June 1, 2021

With a shortened NHL season for the year 2021, a lot of questions have arisen about who will hoist the Stanley Cup. Here are the three teams that have the best shot to do so:   The Colorado...

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Spotlight: Essence Step Team

Ava Bridges '24, Arts Assistant Editor March 9, 2021

In Spring of 2018, six dancers, Angelica Parra ’21 and Edwina Polynice ’21 among them, prepared to take the stage during a Saturday Open Mic. Essence, Groton’s newly revived step group, was about...

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Why Do These Covid-19 Rules Exist?

Jiacheng Kang '22 March 9, 2021

While some of Groton’s Covid-19 rules seem to make perfect sense, the rationale behind other rules might not be easily understandable. In an attempt to find the answers to these questions, the Circle...

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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....

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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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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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,...

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