The Circle Voice

Black @ Groton, Two Years Later

Arjun Ray '24, Assistant Opinions Editor & Opinions Columnist May 19, 2023

On the morning of June 4th, 2020, thousands of Groton alumni received an invitation from the Alumni Office to participate in various workshops organized as part of a “Virtual Food and Beverage Weekend.”...

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Forgotten Stories and Lost Traditions: the Groton School Archives

Eric Ge '24, Features Editor December 15, 2022

In a small, locked room below Hundred House are the Groton School archives, a collection of artifacts dating back over a century. Hundreds of faded blue boxes with historical Groton administrative records...

A Groton Goodbye: Farewell to Suki

A Groton Goodbye: Farewell to Suki

Lindy Zhang '25, Staff Writer December 15, 2022

Bagels are a Groton classic. Walking into the Forum after a long morning of classes, the tantalizing smell of freshly toasted bagels wafts over from the cafe as students rush to grab a quick bite before...

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A Community Member Striving to Make a Difference: Arianna Werkun ’24’s Fundraiser for the Ukraine Crisis

Ella Farahnakian ’25, News Assistant Editor December 15, 2022

Arianna Werkun ’24 has taken the initiative to organize a fundraiser to donate medical vehicles to Ukraine. Arianna is working with an organization called Terenówka Medyczna Dla Ukrainy, which raises...

From Sweden to South Africa: Groton Faculty Summer Highlights

Eric Ge ’24, Features Editor September 13, 2022

While Groton students savored their summer breaks away from the busy academics of campus, many faculty members also led diverse and engaging lives off the Circle. Unlike what some students may have...

Poodle Travels and Writing Projects: Teachers on Sabbatical Next Year

Eric Ge '24 June 5, 2022

At the end of each school year, after a decade of hard work on the Circle, a few of our teachers take a yearlong break away from Groton. From lecturing in southeast Asia to archaeological work...

So-Long to a Student Favorite: A Goodbye to Miss Colleen

Isabella Gardner '24 June 5, 2022

Walking into the servery after a long plus-thirty, smelling lunch as steam dances in the air, hearing Miss Colleen yelling across the dining hall to ask a student about their day—it’s a feeling most...

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 June 5, 2022

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...

Finding Paradise in Poetry: Coats and Stripes 2022 Competition

Agathe Robert ’24, Staff Writer May 20, 2022

The idea of paradise might not occur everyday to Groton students. It is hard to come by when we are constantly being caught up in schoolwork, living amidst a pandemic, and reading daily about a possible...

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Space Shuttle Musings from a Former Astronaut

Hannah Mitchell ’23, Staff Writer May 20, 2022

Have you ever wondered what one does aboard the space shuttle? How exactly do astronauts spend their time in space? To find out, I interviewed my grandfather, former NASA astronaut Richard Covey. Covey...

Groton’s Home Chefs

Jessica Lee ‘24, Staff Writer May 20, 2022

Although Groton’s dining hall provides the community with a wide variety of meals every day, students often miss food from home. Here are some of the dishes students and faculty members enjoy at home. Kenji’s...

The Spring Finale: Tutorials Ranging from Research, Russian Literature, and More.

The Spring Finale: Tutorials Ranging from Research, Russian Literature, and More.

Ella Farahnakian ’25, Staff Writer May 20, 2022

Calculus-Based Sports Data Analysis With the guidance of Mr. White, Aidan Armaly ’22, Huck Jamison ’22 and Tommy Giroux ’22 are pursuing their passion of sports and math. They are going to use advanced...

Wisdom and Words: Ayi Kwei Armah ’60 and the Impact he Made Through Writing

Wisdom and Words: Ayi Kwei Armah ’60 and the Impact he Made Through Writing

Ella Farahnakian ’25, Staff Writer May 20, 2022

Ayi Kwei Armah is a notable Groton alumnus but is often forgotten when remembering Grotonians who have made an impact on the world. Ayi Kwei Armah, form of ’60, was born in the port city of Takoradi...

Perseus, Persuasion, and Prisoner’s Dilemma: Winter Electives to Look Out For

Jessica Lee ’24, Staff Writer February 15, 2022

From Classical Arabic to Playwriting, a wide range of term-long electives are offered for students to challenge themselves and delve into their interests. However, most students only learn of these...

A Rich History of Groton Olympic Rowers 

Nina Karp ’25 and Mimi Kovriga ’24, Staff Writers February 15, 2022

Did you know that the second building ever built at Groton was the boathouse, built in 1885? From the beginning of Groton, crew has been a significant and integral part of the school’s character;...

Lifting Up Women: The Creation of All-Women’s Open Lift

Elizabeth Wolfram ’23, Features Assistant Editor February 15, 2022

Walking into the weight room can be intimidating for everyone, but girls often find themselves more afraid to go inside. This issue is by no means new — a Circle Voice article from 2017 discusses...

Should I Be a Day or Boarding Student at Groton?

Julie Xie ’23, Staff Writer February 15, 2022

Perhaps after living in the Groton dorms, you may have wondered what it’s like to commute to school. Or for those on the other end: what “dorm life” is all about. Groton can be a different experience...

Armed with Wrench and Smile: How David Prendiville Keeps our Circle Warm

Armed with Wrench and Smile: How David Prendiville Keeps our Circle Warm

Joon Whang '23, Sports Editor January 31, 2022

On an unassuming Sunday morning earlier this January, David Prendiville woke up to a notification—it was the powerhouse, and there was a problem. Braving the brisk four-am morning, he hurried over to...

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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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Macroeconomics, Miles Gloriosus, and More: This Fall’s Tutorials

Agathe Robert ’24 and Elizabeth Wolfram ’23, Staff Writer and Features Assistant Editor October 30, 2021

In their senior year, Groton students have the opportunity to create a tutorial with a teacher, enabling them to explore a specific subject of their interest in greater depth and create a final project...

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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...

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Reflections on a Virtual Groton

Ella Farahnakian ’25 and Nina Karp ’25, Staff Writers October 30, 2021

Due to the pandemic, many students attended Groton remotely last year. This was a new way to communicate and connect with the Groton community without actually being in contact with one another. We conducted...

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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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Get to Know New Groton Faculty Members!

Elizabeth Wolfram ’23, Features Assistant Editor September 25, 2021

Melissa Cahl joins the Circle as a mental health counselor as she finishes her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Outside of her work in mental health, she enjoys spending time with her three-year-old...

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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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Letter from Your Former Editors

What a year it has been! With the pause afforded to us by the yearly passing of the torch to the next team of capable editors, we finally have some time to look back on what has happened. So much has changed...

Mr. Brown and His Retirement: Seeking Joy and Sticking With it

Mr. Brown and His Retirement: Seeking Joy and Sticking With it

Elizabeth Wolfram , Assistant Features Editor June 1, 2021

After five decades of teaching and attending Groton himself, Mr. Brown is retiring from the Circle. As he looks back at his years at Groton, he expresses a sense of joy which he has associated with the...

Giving Voices to the Voiceless: Anthony Borden ‘79 and the IWPR

Giving Voices to the Voiceless: Anthony Borden ‘79 and the IWPR

Isabella Gardiner ’24, Staff Writer June 1, 2021

How diverse is today’s reporting on foreign conflicts, terrorism, and oppression? Groton Alum Anthony Borden ’79, founder and director of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR), emphasizes...

This Spring’s Six Sensational FSAs

Maya Luthi '23 April 21, 2021

From crew to quidditch, there are a plethora of activities available in the afternoons this spring, but six particularly passionate students have come up with even more. First The Circle Voice’s Sports...

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Dr. Reyes: A Classic Figure with a Spontaneous Life

Elizabeth Wolfram '23 April 21, 2021

As Dr. Reyes prepares to retire from teaching at Groton, he looks forward to finishing up (and starting some new) exciting projects. He will work on finishing two manuscripts that he started with distinguished...

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Alumnus of the Issue: Ginger Cutler ’07

Eleanor Taggart '24 April 21, 2021

Groton has a lengthy list of alumni with impressive and interesting careers. Ginger Cutler, form of ’07, fits right into this group. However, her path was a little different. Instead of showing up from...

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Smiles and Bagels: Suki and her Motherly Wisdom

Elizabeth Wolfram '23, Online Columnist March 9, 2021

It’s been a rough week. You’ve had lots of majors and have skipped lunch multiple times to study. Whenever you do so, you always get a quick bagel from the cafe before heading back to the stacks. On...

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Major Weather Report: Winter Storm Jacques

Sophia-Nicole Bay '23, Staff Writer March 9, 2021

In his first year at Groton, Jacques Dy ’25 has already made a name for himself in the Groton community. A student with an eclectic range of interests, Jacques loves to snowboard and surf, as well as...

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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...

A Country Divided: Interview with Mr. Lyons on Capitol Riots

A Country Divided: Interview with Mr. Lyons on Capitol Riots

Eleanor Taggart '24 February 10, 2021

While watching the inauguration of a new Democratic president and the first female vice president, one can’t help but notice the change happening in our country. Just weeks ago, our Capitol was being...

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Feature on College Counseling Office

Evan Cheigh '22, Sports Editor February 10, 2021

Even during a global pandemic, Groton’s College Counseling Office (CCO) has remained a bastion of resilience, continuing to fulfill its mission under the radar. Whether you are a freshly arrived Second...

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Spotlight on Winter Term Activities

Stanislas Roberts ’22, Assistant Features Editor February 8, 2021

This winter term, Groton is introducing a wide variety of after-school activities. Students got to choose one activity or sport for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and another for Tuesday and Thursday. Varsity...

Evangelist 2.0

Angela Wei '21 December 15, 2020

A gun slung forward he is praying to a time on fire too bad it’s a hope-drought I would’ve liked to sit by his fireplace read a poem or two before lying face down on the street and surrendering

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