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Powers Trigg '20 gives his take on the 2016 presidential race, particularly relevant for election day
11/08/2016
Something red, something blue, something’s missing?

Powers Trigg '20 gives his take on the 2016 presidential race, particularly relevant for election day

At the first presdidential debate on September 26th, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had a battle for the ages in front of a record-setting audience. It was quite a performance from both candidates. Trump used his traditional style of aggressive and combative tactics, scoring points with some great...

Missed Dr. Kriner's Circle Talk from a few weeks back? No problem, you can read all about it below!
10/25/2016
Dr. Kriner Gives a Circle Talk

Missed Dr. Kriner's Circle Talk from a few weeks back? No problem, you can read all about it below!

In this of all years, it’s difficult to find an academic understanding of political campaigns and voter behavior –– the overwhelming majority of pundits have been proven wrong time and time again in both the primaries and the presidential race. And too often the mainstream media bases most of its co...

Need something to read, and more importantly, need something to watch? Check out our Spooktober movie review from the ar...
10/04/2016
Spooktober Cinema

Need something to read, and more importantly, need something to watch? Check out our Spooktober movie review from the archives.

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 lo...

Happiness is overrated, according to columnist Hanna Kim '17.
02/14/2016
It’s Okay Not To Be Happy

Happiness is overrated, according to columnist Hanna Kim '17.

Please feel free to peel your smile from your mouth and rub the sleep back into your eyes for a little while. You don’t need to cry into your pillow every night or listen to “Marvin’s Room” alone in your room while your roommate is at late practice. And you don’t have to answer my...

Members of Groton's Model UN team attended this year's conference hosted at Yale, where they discussed and sought soluti...
02/14/2016
Groton Students Take Yale

Members of Groton's Model UN team attended this year's conference hosted at Yale, where they discussed and sought solutions to issues of global significance.

“Learn Today. Lead Tomorrow.” Over the course of four days, ten Groton students explored the world of debate and diplomacy at the 42nd Yale Model United Nations (YMUN) conference in New Haven, Connecticut. The event invited 1,500 delegates from around the globe to discuss global issues specific to e…

Last month, Groton students learned the negative effects that early specialization in athletics could have on their phys...
02/13/2016
Specialization in Failure

Last month, Groton students learned the negative effects that early specialization in athletics could have on their physical well-being.

The desire to compete at the collegiate level has pressured kids across the country into specializing in a single sport and taking supplements of questionable quality. This dangerous combination has serious consequences that extend even into the Circle. Discussion about the hazards of specialization…

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02/12/2016
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The Circle Voice is now on Twitter (). Be sure to check it out!

The latest Tweets from The Circle Voice (): "A talented singer and photographer, Allie Banks '16 has made noteworthy contributions to Groton's arts program. https://t.co/4bs6JKA6F4"

Aly Manjee '18 details the mass ex*****ons that occurred in Saudi Arabia at the start of this year.
02/12/2016
The Saudi Executions

Aly Manjee '18 details the mass ex*****ons that occurred in Saudi Arabia at the start of this year.

On January 2nd of 2016, while people around the country were enjoying the last few days of holidays, on the other corner of the world Saudi Arabia carried out the largest mass ex*****on in the country since 1980. According to the Saudi state, the 47 people executed were all convicted on terrorism ch…

02/12/2016
When Dr. King Visited the Circle

At the invitation of Groton's second headmaster, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke on campus in February 1963, in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement.

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02/12/2016
Artist of the Issue: Allie Banks ’16

An a capella singer and the CV's very own photography editor, Allie Banks '16 has made noteworthy contributions to the arts program on the Circle.

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 her…

Earlier this year, the boys' varsity basketball team and Groton alumni went head to head in a game for the ages.
02/12/2016
Jog!

Earlier this year, the boys' varsity basketball team and Groton alumni went head to head in a game for the ages.

The Alumni Basketball Game is a recent tradition at Groton, and is one of the season’s highlights for both current and former Boys’ Varsity Basketball players. While the game is played with some seriousness, it is a time when players can show their skills and have a fun time. This year, faculty memb…

Since the start of Winter Term, the Gardner Room, which houses a large portion of the School's book collection, has unde...
02/11/2016
Restoration in the Gardner Room

Since the start of Winter Term, the Gardner Room, which houses a large portion of the School's book collection, has undergone renovation.

Over the course of the past several weeks, the Gardner Room has received a much needed facelift. At the end of the cleaning process, a secret chamber was discovered behind the shelves. For those cleaning the Gardner Room in the future, it may be worth keeping an eye out for an adjacent pocket tucked…

Michael Senko '18 reviews legend David Bowie's last gift to the world of music.
02/11/2016
Bowie’s Swan Song, Song by Song

Michael Senko '18 reviews legend David Bowie's last gift to the world of music.

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” became…

The Jelin brothers give their take on what’s to come this baseball season.
02/11/2016
The Price is Right: MLB Offseason

The Jelin brothers give their take on what’s to come this baseball season.

The MLB offseason period is usually a wild ride with lots of unexpected twists and turns, and so far this year it has been no disappointment. After a July 31 trade deadline left some teams wanting more, general managers wasted no time getting to the phones and striking deals once the postseason ende…

After a four-month shutdown, the beloved Scudder's Grill reopened last month.
02/11/2016
Scudder’s Reopens After Extended Closure

After a four-month shutdown, the beloved Scudder's Grill reopened last month.

During the first half of this school year, a longtime fixture on the Circle was missing: Scudder’s Grill. Over the years, students have spent countless nights in the popular grill filled with the sounds of music, chatter, and laughter. Scudder’s offers a wide array of food options, ranging from pizz…

02/11/2016
The Conservative Case for Bernie Sanders

Columnist Rand Hough '17 weighs in on presidential candidate Bernie Sanders from a conservative standpoint.

“All accumulation, therefore, of personal property, beyond what a man’s own hands produce, is derived to him by living in society; and he owes on every principle of justice, of gratitude, and of civilization, a part of that accumulation back again to society from whence the whole came.” – Thomas Pai…

On MLK Day 2016, bestselling author Wes Moore visited Groton and gave an inspiring lecture on the importance of service.
02/11/2016
Wes Moore Visits the Circle

On MLK Day 2016, bestselling author Wes Moore visited Groton and gave an inspiring lecture on the importance of service.

In 2013, author Wes Moore introduced himself to the Groton community through his bestselling book The Other Wes Moore, the 2013 allschool read. In commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, Groton invited Moore to the Circle, where he reiterated his heartfelt message of empowerment and t…

A profile on Luke Pontifell, this year’s Mudge Fellow, who brought his craft to the Circle.http://thecirclevoice.org/907...
02/11/2016
Artist in Residence: Luke Pontifell

A profile on Luke Pontifell, this year’s Mudge Fellow, who brought his craft to the Circle.
http://thecirclevoice.org/907/arts/artist-in-residence-luke-pontifell/

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 ins…

Through perseverance and hard work, Sammy Johnson '16 has achieved success in three varsity sports--field hockey, ice ho...
02/11/2016
Athlete of the Issue: Sammy Johnson ’16

Through perseverance and hard work, Sammy Johnson '16 has achieved success in three varsity sports--field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse.

Sammy Johnson ’16 is a tri-varsity athlete and has been playing sports for as long as she can remember. Her hockey career began at the age of eight, when she competed in the “Mighty Mights” league, while she began competing in club lacrosse in sixth grade. Sammy has continued her strong involvement…

Paul Barrett, a “New York Times” bestselling author, held at Groton a forum for dialogue on gun control in America.
02/11/2016
Paul Barrett Triggers Thoughtful Discussion on Gun Control

Paul Barrett, a “New York Times” bestselling author, held at Groton a forum for dialogue on gun control in America.

Paul M. Barrett, author of “New York Times” bestseller “Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun,” led a discussion January 10 on the use and control of guns in America. The event was hosted by Groton’s Young Democrats and Young Republicans clubs. Barrett last visited the Circle in 2013, when he delivered a…

A critique of the anonymously written letter distributed this month. Christopher Ye '17 questions its ability to answer ...
02/11/2016
Dear Groton

A critique of the anonymously written letter distributed this month. Christopher Ye '17 questions its ability to answer the vague questions it poses.

“If we can be more mindful, more honest, and more empathetic as a community for just a single day, then We’d consider this message a success.” On the morning of January 12th, students and faculty members walked into the Schoolhouse after chapel to find that an anonymous letter containing this line h…

Christian Carson '18 sets out to explain the recent spike in Sangha enrollment--and the resulting drop in students atten...
02/11/2016
The Chapel Conundrum

Christian Carson '18 sets out to explain the recent spike in Sangha enrollment--and the resulting drop in students attending Sunday chapel.

The numbers don’t lie: this year is the first where sangha attendance has surpassed that of chapel, and no one is quite sure why. According to registration sheets, the number of students attending the Buddhist sangha service has increased more than 300 percent in the past three years from 34 to 104.…

Click on the link below to learn what makes Libby Llanso '16 Artist of the CV's latest issue.
02/01/2016
Artist of the Issue: Libby Llanso ’16

Click on the link below to learn what makes Libby Llanso '16 Artist of the CV's latest issue.

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...

A tri-varsity athlete, Ward Betts '16 was named Athlete of the CV's latest issue. Click on the link below to learn about...
02/01/2016
Athlete of the Issue: Ward Betts ’16

A tri-varsity athlete, Ward Betts '16 was named Athlete of the CV's latest issue. Click on the link below to learn about Ward's accomplishments on the field!

Ward Betts ’16 has been a tri-varsity athlete since coming to Groton in Fourth Form; he plays defensive center-back for soccer in the fall, winger for hockey in the winter, and middle infield (batting leadoff) for baseball in the spring. In all three sports, Ward has seen his dedicated work ethic pa…

In her article "Unfinished Business: Cui Servire in Mongolia," Nena Atkinson '16 details her summer service trip to Mong...
02/01/2016
Unfinished Business: Cui Servire in Mongolia

In her article "Unfinished Business: Cui Servire in Mongolia," Nena Atkinson '16 details her summer service trip to Mongolia, where she worked alongside Holly Green Gordon '89 to better the lives of females.

On October 11th hundreds of women and girls gathered at the United Nations in New York City to celebrate the 4th annual International Day of the Girl which was established in 2011 by the United Nations General Assembly to bring attention to gender inequality issues worldwide and advocate for the rig…

Click on the link below to read the most recent of the Hannotations--an Opinions column by Hanna Kim '17.
02/01/2016
The Gift of Kindness

Click on the link below to read the most recent of the Hannotations--an Opinions column by Hanna Kim '17.

I think kindness is one of the best qualities to find in someone. I don’t mean the selfish and hollow kind of kindness, nor the type of kindness that is only displayed to certain people, but the kindness that is like a tiny campfire being lit or the kindness that makes you smile even days...

On Tuesday, October 15th, Groton celebrated its second annual Global Education Day. Click on the link below to read more...
02/01/2016
Speeches and Spring Rolls: Global Education Day at Groton

On Tuesday, October 15th, Groton celebrated its second annual Global Education Day. Click on the link below to read more!

On Tuesday, October 15th, Groton celebrated its second annual Global Education Day. The first day (in the 2014 to 2015 school year), was originally created as a way to promote cultural awareness and expose students to the opportunities for travel and service available to them. The day began with a c…

02/01/2016

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I visited a Northeastern boarding school that I had gotten into in 1998. I was a big science and computer nerd so they connected me with another big science and computer nerd.

To say that he was mistreated would be the understatement of the century. He was bullied throughout the day both physically and verbally.

It was an overnight stay. As we were getting ready for bed, he grabbed a wire coat hanger and started twisting it. I asked him what he was doing. He explained that they would come beat us later that night and he was fashioning a trip wire to "hopefully slow them down."

The trip wire had no effect. I was beaten by students at a school that was trying to convince me to attend.

That school was Groton.

I have contacted the administration through admissions so they can verify my info. I am asking for an apology and a discussion at Groton about such behavior and how to make sure it never happens again.
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