December 2020

Holiday Pops + Open Mic
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Groton's music prefects have wrapped up a wonderful holiday gift, combining the Groton Pops and an open mic into a festive celebration.

Parts of this student-produced video were recorded on campus (wind instruments and singing were not permitted, but percussion and stringed instruments were). Performing Arts Department Head Mary Ann Lanier and Jazz Ensemble Director Kenji Kikuchi directed the orchestra and jazz performances and mixed the pieces that students recorded—from their living rooms, basements, and yards. Music prefects Jane Park '21 and Anna Pimentel '21, who organized this concert, are your emcees. Enjoy!
Alumni Discuss COVID Challenges

New vaccines are bringing hope that the world may vanquish the COVID-19 pandemic, but the challenges ahead are vast, with about 5 billion people needing the vaccine to achieve herd immunity worldwide.
That was the grave assessment of William Summerskill ’76, during “Rising to the COVID Challenge,” a Groton alumni panel on Thursday December 17. Continued
Lessons & Carols 2020: The Same Tradition, Yet Remarkably Different

Since 1929, Groton School has gathered for the Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols, a beloved tradition that changes little from year to year.
This year, however, the service was both familiar and remarkably different. Continued
The Art of Argument: Strong Showing by Groton Debate

Groton’s Debating Society took first place at a December 8 competition hosted by Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (BB&N), capping a season of impressive performances and individual accomplishments. Continued
A Socially Distanced Exhibit

The Groton community enjoyed a socially distanced art reception in November, viewing large-scale paintings created by Angela Wei '21 for a Faculty-Sponsored Activity. Continued
Lying Down and Surrendering
December Dazzle
Check out these recent webinars, originally offered to members of reunion forms ending in 0, 1, 5, and 6.

Diversity & Inclusion: Campus Working Groups, with Sravani Sen-Das P'16, '19, '23 and Gareth Hadyk-DeLodder

Changing Global Landscape: A Conversation Touching on Global Markets, Technology, and the Role of the U.S., with R.P. Eddy '90 and Maryam Mujica '96, moderated by Chris Isham '71
Game Day: Coaches' Corner with Athletic Director Bob Low, Assistant Athletic Director Harold Francis, and Coach Annie Kandel

Did You Know? On Ascension Day (the fortieth day of Easter) in 1899, the ground was broken for Groton School's Chapel. The Chapel, given by one of Groton's founding masters, William Amory Gardner, was designed by the architect Henry Vaughn, who later went on to design Washington's National Cathedral. The cornerstone was laid on Prize Day, and under this first stone is said to contain a copper box filled with coins, photographs of various Groton buildings, and copies of school publications including the school catalog and the Grotonian.
Ceremonial placing of the Chapel cornerstone, June 26, 1899
Groton Social
Groton Trivia
Choirs throughout Groton School's history have processed into the Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols singing Once in Royal David's City. However, for the services of 1931 through 1936 another traditional Christmas hymn was selected for the processional. What was the hymn?
Submit your answer here. The first correct answer will receive a Groton t-shirt.
November's Answer
Michael Beran '84, P'20, '23 answered our November trivia question correctly: The original football uniform was blue and white. It consisted of a blue-and-white striped jersey, blue knickerbockers, blue stockings, and blue caps. These were the colors at Cheltenham, the Rector's school in England. They were also the St. Mark's team colors, so Groton opted to revise the colors to red, white, and black.
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