The Circle Voice

Synchronous Classes: When Less is More

Zoe Colloredo-Mansfeld ’21, Editor in Chief

May 31, 2020

When Mr. Anderson dedicated his chapel talk to the interesting history of time zones across the world, nobody seated in the chapel that morning could have predicted that those very time zones would come to dictate our spring term schooling. As students left Groton and scattered across the globe, Gro...

Students Against COVID-19

Courtesy of E. Wolfram '23

Stanislas Robert '22

April 28, 2020

During this pandemic, Elizabeth Wolfram ’23 is wondering how her time in quarantine can be made more meaningful for her and her community: “I feel much more at ease knowing that I am doing something to try to help with everything that is going on.” While it’s easier to sit back and wait for t...

The Virtual Pulpit

H. Wise for the Circle Voice

Joon Whang '23, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

Just as teachers have done their best to adapt to virtual classrooms, Reverend Gil Birney is striving to preserve a centerpiece of Groton's community: Chapel. This also means that Chapel Talks, milestones of many students' senior years, have also taken a place in the virtual spotlight.  Chapel is held ...

Update: How COVID-19 Is Affecting the Circle

The Chamber Orchestra performing in Sevillia, Spain on last summer's musical global education opportunity (GEO). This year, unfortunately, all GEOs have been postponed or cancelled.

Evan Cheigh '22, Assistant News Editor

March 8, 2020

Citing an “abundance of caution,” the Global Education Opportunities (GEO) program is rescheduling trips due to the surge of COVID-19. Headmaster Temba Maqubela and Groton School Physician Sophie Allende-Ritcher announced in a joint email that the theater trip to Bali, the choir trip to Italy, and the cultural trip to India are being pos...

Mock Trial Advances to “Elite 8”

From left to right: Cam Nguyen '22, Emily Perez '22, Julia Trowbridge '22, Emily Li '22, Kaylie Keegan '21, Tatum Pike '20, Erin Dollard '20, Steven Pang '22.

Tyler Weisberg '22, Page Editor

March 7, 2020

Groton’s Mock Trial team, founded and coached this year by new Physics fellow Andrew Evans, will compete at the Massachusetts state tournament later this month. The team is one of 32 teams to make it to the first round of the tournament after beating Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, Lunenburg...

Inside Look into the Speakers’ Committee

Annabel Kocks '20, Assistant News Editor

February 12, 2020

The Groton community welcomes speakers for one circle talk each term, Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day, and Global Education Day. For each occasion, speakers typically are selected by either the Speakers' Committee, Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) faculty advisors partnered with Cultural Alliance heads or...

GRAIN: Making the Groton Education Accessible

Groton’s tuition increased rapidly from the 1980s to present day. The black dots represent the four years of tuition freeze under GRAIN.

Addison Hyde '21

February 12, 2020

In the 2014-15 school year, Groton’s tuition ranked the most expensive among 40 peer schools. Now, Groton’s tuition is ranked 39 out of the same 40 due to GRAIN, the Groton Affordability and Inclusion initiative.    Headmaster Temba Maqubela pushed for GRAIN upon his arrival to the Circle seven y...

New Faculty Housing to be Completed in 2020

New Faculty Housing to be Completed in 2020

Tyler Weisberg '22, Assistant Sports Editor

February 12, 2020

Since October 2019, Groton School has been constructing a new faculty residence behind Hundred House. According to Andy Anderson, Associate Head of School, Groton is hoping to complete construction by next July. The goal of this building is to provide students with better access to their teachers w...

How Coronavirus Affects the Circle

Above: Dashy Rodriguez '19, who goes to NYU Shanghai. Below: Aaron Jin '19, who attends Tsinghua University, and his family.

Cara Chang '20, Editor in Chief

February 12, 2020

“Dear Groton Parents and Guardians,” the letter began, “As you are no doubt aware, world health experts have been working to contain the transmission of a novel strain of coronavirus… Groton School is monitoring the situation closely.” Headmaster Temba Maqubela and school physician Sophie Allende-Richter s...

Kolbert & Climate Change: Circle Talk Preview

Evan Cheigh '22, Assistant News Editor

February 3, 2020

“Really waking up, and not just dreaming to ourselves that things will be O.K., has become urgent — beyond urgent, in fact... The world is in danger, and we need to act immediately to survive,” wrote Pulitzer-prize winning author and journalist Elizabeth Kolbert in a piece for The New Yorker. On February 4, 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...

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...

Headmaster Denies Anthem Request

Groton Football at a home game against St. Paul's School.

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...

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...

9/11: Born on a Day of Terror

Cara Chang '20, Editor in Chief

September 24, 2019

On September 11, 2001 at 9:01 a.m. on Long Island, Christine Mazza welcomed her son, Andrew Michael Mazza ’20, into the world. At 8:54 p.m. that same day in New York City, Thor and Melissa Thors held their first child, Gardner Dickinson Thors ’20, in their arms. But in those twelve interv...

Groton Feminists and SAC Team Up to Host Film Festival

Groton Feminists and SAC Team Up to Host Film Festival

Katie Reveno '20, Assistant Features Editor

February 5, 2019

On February 16, the Student Activities Committee (SAC) and Groton Feminists will host LunaFest, a traveling film festival featuring women filmmakers. According to the LunaFest website, LunaFest’s mission is to create a platform for women’s stories to be shared and to support women in the film industry....

Debate’s Winter Debut

Tyler Weisberg '22

December 18, 2018

Groton’s Debating Society made its debut this term at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (BB&N) on Sunday, December 2nd. Two novice and two advanced teams each consisting of two debaters attended the debate.  The BB&N debate, unlike previous debates this scholastic year, included a r...

Groton students and faculty at SDLC and PoCC.

Groton students and faculty at SDLC and PoCC.

Caleb Coleman

December 18, 2018

Every year, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) holds a Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) and People of Color Conference (PoCC) concurrently. The former is for students ranging from ninth to twelfth grades and focuses on “self-reflecting, forming allies and building...

A Look into Groton’s Alumni Office

A Look into Groton's Alumni Office

Cara Chang '20, Assistant News Editor

December 18, 2018

The Alumni and Development Office significantly impacts life on and off the Circle––helping to provide internships, raising money for the School and more. Recently, the office has implemented a series of changes, the biggest of which is Give2Groton (G2G), and new opportunities for alumni engagement. The...

Speeches of Conviction Continue Under New Leadership

Mrs. Bannard teaching Public Speaking.

Jacinta Lopez '22 and Robin Huntington '22

December 18, 2018

Although Speeches of Conviction are the main projects of the winter and spring Public Speaking elective, they have become much more than a term grade: on the night of the speeches, the long line of eager audience members snakes outside of the Campbell Performing Arts Center (CPAC), and the Black Box...

New Joy Lane Gate

Liv Ting '20

November 10, 2018

Summer after summer, there is construction happening on campus. This summer, a project that cannot be ignored is the construction of a fourth campus entrance gate. The gate is located on Joy Lane, home to many faculty houses. When the main gate and Campbell Performing Arts Center (CPAC) gate are clo...

Groton Learns from Peers Schools at Blueprint Conference

Blueprint Conference attendees at Andover

Katie Reveno '20, Assistant Features Editor

November 10, 2018

Voice staff members attended Blueprint, an interscholastic journalism conference. The conference, which was presented by Phillips Academy Andover’s weekly newspaper, The Phillipian, allowed students to collaborate in student-led workshops as well as hear from many accomplished journalists. The conference...

Engineering Class Looks at Chapel Lines

Yumin Shivdasani '20, Assistant Opinions Editor

November 10, 2018

Last month, the engineering class was assigned to identify an issue around campus that could be ameliorated using the skills they had been learning in class. One design team, comprised of Freddie Tobeason ’19, Jaden Cheeks ’19, Andrew Lei ’19, and Kevin Carney ’20, focused on fixing the large gro...

Groton Students Participate in Inter-School Debates

Groton Students Participate in Inter-School Debates

Afran Ali '20

October 19, 2018

On September 23rd, eight Groton students attended the annual Roxbury Latin parliamentary debate, four competing in the novice division and four in advanced. The Roxbury Latin debate was replete with interesting resolutions, tackling topics from Supreme Court nominations to safety screenings. Although...

A New Assistant Head but a Familiar Face

New Assistant Head Mrs. Harlan.

Cara Chang '20, Assistant News Editor

October 19, 2018

Megan Harlan is already well-known as the Director of College Counseling, but students will soon see her tackling yet another crucial role as the Assistant Head of External Affairs. As Assistant Head, Mrs. Harlan will now help represent the school and oversee its external programs, such as the semester ...

Admissions Statistics for the 2018-19 School Year

Lily Cratsley '19, Editor-in-Chief

September 13, 2018

Lily Cratsley '19

Wellness Hopes to Elevate Student Voices

Peer counselors and lead prefects meet for training.

Cara Chang '20, Assistant News Editor

September 13, 2018

Groton School’s Wellness program is dedicated to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing. To stay true to its central purpose, the Counseling Office will undergo a “rebuilding year” to update and revitalize its counseling and health programs. Leading the charge are Groton’s own students and...

Groton Welcomes New Faculty to the Circle

Groton Welcomes New Faculty to the Circle

Abby Kirk '19, Assistant News Editor

September 13, 2018

This year, Groton welcomes eight new faculty members to the Circle. While they are disciplined in a wide variety of subjects, all share a common commitment to academic depth and a passion for passing knowledge on. Nat White grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and studied mathematics and chemistry at Williams College. Mr. White then went on to earn a MA from t...

Two For the Price of One: Shared Chapel Talks

Two For the Price of One: Shared Chapel Talks

Liv Ting '20

September 13, 2018

For at least the past 40 years, the Groton community has traditionally met in the chapel before classes to listen to a speaker. The format and community’s expectations of these chapel talks have changed significantly over time, however. Retired headmaster William Polk explained to current chaplain R...

Groton Breaks the Bubble: Summer GEOs

Students dance during a trip to Tanzania in 2016.

Powers Trigg '20

June 2, 2018

At the turn of the twentieth century, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) concluded his studies on the Circle. In the decades that followed, FDR became one of America’s great presidents, often ranked in the same presidential assemblage as Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln. What was it that placed FDR on...

A Farewell to Familiar Faces: Departing Faculty

Ms. Van Gelder works with a student.

Eunice Cho '20

June 2, 2018

As the end of the school year approaches, the Groton community will bid farewell to fourteen faculty members. Two are heading off on year-long sabbaticals, five are moving on from the Circle, and six will be retiring. They will be missed by colleagues and students alike. Physics intern Sonia Cwik described her...

A Letter from Your Former Editors

Annie and Christian read The Circle Voice.

Christian Carson '18 and Annie Colloredo-Mansfeld '18

June 2, 2018

At first glance, it’s hard to figure out why anyone would want to be editor-in-chief of The Circle Voice. Editors spend the last year of their bucolic days at Groton herding thirty-odd people, dedicating hours and hours to reading over every section for typos, and playing lengthy matches of article pi...

Prize Day: Hats Off the the Class of 2018

The Form of 2017 throw their boater hats after graduating.

Cara Chang '20

June 2, 2018

“Dare to be all you can be.” “Life is just one, big improvisation.” “Fall forward.” “Make good art.” “Continue to share your heart with people even if it’s been broken.” “Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.” “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” It has been years si...

Changes, New Courses in the 2018-19 Course Catalog

Lily Cratsley '19, Assistant News Editor

May 18, 2018

As one school year draws ever closer to summer break, another hovers in the horizon. For seniors, this means new adventures after Groton. For underformers, this means a brand new load of classes, which they will determine from the new Course Catalog. The 2018-19 Course Catalog marks the arrival of ne...

For Many, Push for All-Gender Dorms Continues

Lily Cratsley '19 and Marianne Lu '19

April 23, 2018

One of the hallmarks of boarding school life is residence halls, with boys’ residence halls separated from girls’. Some students, though, believe that these gender-divided dormitories are in sore need of an update. Many individuals on campus are pushing for the implementation of a gender-inclusive living sp...

Success, Changes for Second Annual Cultural Day

Success, Changes for Second Annual Cultural Day

Marianne Lu '19

March 2, 2018

Eight percent of Groton’s student body is international, and the vibrant cultures of the fourteen different countries from which they come converged when Groton held its second annual Cultural Day on the last Saturday of January.   The idea for Cultural Day formed when Director of Student Activi...

Groton Alumnus Named Crimson President

A. Banks '16

Lilias Kim '19

January 19, 2018

Former Circle Voice Editor-in-Chief Derek Xiao ‘15 has been named next year’s President of The Harvard Crimson, Harvard University’s daily student newspaper.   To Derek, The Circle Voice and The Crimson have very similar missions: “to hold the powerful accountable, giving a voice to those t...

New Fall Sport Captains Named at Banquet

Calmas '18

January 19, 2018

Every term, varsity athletes and coaches gather to celebrate the school’s athletic performance throughout the season. This year’s fall athletic banquet, held in the dining hall November 30, continued the tradition of announcing team records, awarding individual athletes, and announcing next year’s ca...