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  • Expert Explains Clean Energy's Economic Benefits
    Dr. Kristina Johnson, former Under Secretary of Energy under the Obama administration and former dean of Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, gave a talk on the Circle last week titled, “Will Clean Energy Take Our Economy to the Cleaners?” During her presentation, Dr. Johnson explained her research into clean technology and outlined its costs and benefits for our economy.
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  • Tough Competition at Annual Spelling Bee
    It was an evening filled with feats of fine vocabulary, friendly dorm competition, and sharp-witted humor. Groton's annual spelling bee pitted good sports (and top spellers) against one another in a Saturday evening scholastic showdown.
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  • Top Honors for Groton Debate Team
    Groton School earned four first-place awards at Sunday's debate tournament at Belmont Hill School, including the top honors for the overall School award, which combines scores of all team members.
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  • Fourth Former Wins Penn. Music Contest
    The violin talent of Fourth Former Ivana Primero has been recognized by a state competition in Pennsylvania.
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  • Young Groton Playwright to Adapt "Tom Sawyer" for Stage
    The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut has chosen Groton Sixth Former Noah Altshuler to adapt one of the greatest American classics, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, for the stage.
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  • Bell-Ringing Commemorates Anniversary of Civil War's End
    At precisely 3:15 p.m. on April 9, the Chapel Bells at Groton School rang for four minutes in honor of the end of the American Civil War.
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  • 20th Anniversary for Student Mock Court
    This week, for the 20th year running, students in Groton's Constitutional history class conducted their annual mock court.
    It's not unusual for the class, The Court and the Constitution: Individual Liberty and the Law, to tangle with thorny issues during its mock court session. Students in this course usually end the term with a public simulation of timely cases that have reached the U.S. Supreme Court. This winter, however, they simulated a federal Court of Appeals case, hearing a challenge to a 2013 Texas law requiring regulatory changes for abortion providers. 
    The case, currently before the federal Court of Appeals in New Orleans, "fit neatly into our examination of the 14th Amendment and individual privacy," said teacher John Lyons. By coincidence, Stephen Higginson '79, last year's Prize Day speaker and father of Chris '14, is a judge on the New Orleans court (though not hearing this particular case).
    The annual mock court can be an exercise in open-mindedness, sometimes forcing students to represent a side of an issue they might not normally support. Student advocates wrote legal briefs representing each side of the case and then presented oral arguments before a student court. The trial has long been a popular end-of-winter-term event, and this week's Webb-Marshall "courtroom" was packed with spectators. 
    Evan Haas, Michael Ma, and Liam Tuveson represented the State of Texas, defending a law that placed various restrictions and new requirements on abortion providers. Daraja Foster, Max Gomez, and Charlotte Mellgard represented the appellants, a group of women’s health care providers in Texas. The bench consisted of six judges: Noah Altshuler, Turner Banwell, Frank Bruni, Gates McGavick, Britton Pyne, and Fraser Wright. 
    In the end, the mock court deadlocked 3-3. The participants, all Sixth Formers, will be watching closely to see the how the New Orleans court, which heard arguments in January, rules in the case.
  • Survivors of Cambodian Genocide Visit Classroom
    Groton's America in Vietnam class received up-close and personal insights into the Cambodian genocide last week, thanks to three visitors who shared their unique experiences.

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  • Headmaster Switcheroo!
    Groton School's headmaster wasn’t in his usual seat in Chapel on Monday, February 23. He wasn’t presiding in the Schoolroom during Roll Call announcements either.
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  • NYC Arts Immersion for Groton Musicians
    Groton’s orchestra and jazz ensemble traveled to New York City over Presidents Day Weekend to perform at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle near Lincoln Center and to enjoy a few days immersed in world-class art and music.
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  • Speakers Demystify Groton's Geothermal Heat
    This winter, Groton physics and engineering teacher Bert Hall brought three groups of speakers to campus to educate students and faculty about the design and engineering of the Schoolhouse expansion project.
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  • Groton Students Win 21 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
    Five Groton students have earned a total of 21 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, receiving regional recognition for their creative work. Those who won gold keys, the highest distinction, will now compete at the national level.
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