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  • Berklee Performs, Trains Groton Jazz Musicians
    For the second year in a row, the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra (BCJO) stepped onto the Circle to perform and to give a clinic to young musicians from the Groton School Jazz Ensemble, Soul Sauce. 
     
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  • Rome Means Latin and Learning for 18 Groton Students
    Eighteen Groton students and three faculty members explored Rome, Naples, and Pompeii over spring vacation, witnessing ancient history through the lenses of Latin and literature.
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  • Welcome to Groton's Newly Admitted Students
    Congratulations to the multi-talented students who were admitted to Groton School this year!
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  • One Warrior’s Fight Against Post Traumatic Stress
    Richard Brewer stood at the edge of the stage, feet wide apart, facing the audience squarely. “I’m here tonight speak to you about PTSd. I have PTSd. And I’m not crazy.”
     
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  • Groton Hockey Advances in Playoffs
    Groton School's boys hockey team beat Westminster School Wednesday and will face #1 Dexter on Saturday, battling for supremacy in the Piatelli/Simmons Tournament, a competition among the top eight Division I small schools in the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association.
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  • Raising Expectations, Fighting Poverty
    Diana McCue ’07 spoke to students on Thursday about her work with disconnected youth at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) in Washington, D.C. 
     
     
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  • Hockey Heads to Playoffs!
    Proving itself with a 7-2-1 record over the last 10 games of the season, Groton's boys hockey team has qualified for a spot in the Piatelli/Simmons Tournament, a competition among the top eight Division I small schools in the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association.
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  • Two Groton Students' History Papers Chosen for Publication
    The Concord Review, a journal that showcases some of the best research papers written by high school students, has selected works by two Groton students for publication in its spring issue.

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  • A Presidential Scholar on Presidents' Day
    Ted Widmer, a presidential scholar, history professor at Brown University, and former speechwriter for Bill Clinton, delivered an all-School lecture on Monday—Presidents’ Day—about the American presidency and how past presidents are perceived.
     
    “Groton is a fitting place to remember the presidents,” Widmer told the audience in the Campbell Performing Arts Center (CPAC). “It would be difficult to find a school that has contributed more to the service of the executive branch of our country.”
     
    Widmer went on to discuss President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Groton Form of 1900) and numerous public servants who attended Groton, including Francis Biddle, who served as attorney general under FDR; Dean Acheson, who was undersecretary of the Treasury under FDR and secretary of state under President Truman; and numerous senators, congressmen, FBI agents, presidential advisors, and other Grotonians.
     
    Groton, especially “Groton’s culture of service to others,” shaped FDR profoundly, the speaker said.  In fact, the 32nd president mentioned the Rev. Endicott Peabody, the School’s founder, in his fourth inaugural address, which Widmer said was highly unusual.
     
    While President Theodore Roosevelt did not attend Groton (his four sons did), he was close friends with Peabody, who asked him to teach at Groton, according to Widmer. He declined, but did visit the School during his presidency.
     
    Groton’s Presidents’ Day lecture began with a history lesson about the holiday itself, which stems from a George Washington birthday celebration originally designated for government employees. Congress deemed Washington’s birthday a national holiday in 1968, and in 1971 stipulated that the holiday be on the third Monday in February, between the 15th and the 21st.  The irony of that law, said Widmer, is that the calendar constraints mean “we celebrate Washington’s birthday on a day that can never be Washington’s birthday.” George Washington was born on February 22.
     
     
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  • Poetic Cupid and Company Deliver Valentine's Spirit
    Poetry students, introduced in morning Chapel as "Cupid and Company," put on a Valentine's Day performance in St. John's Chapel on Friday, February 14, delivering a medley of poems that date back to Thomas Wyatt's translation of Petrarch's Rime 140 ("Whoso List to Hunt"); to sonnets by William Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Pablo Neruda; and to Emily Dickinson's "Wild Nights," coupled with excerpts of T.S. Eliot's  "Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock." 

    Costumed students became actors, with the Chapel as backdrop: Hayes Cooper '14 delivered the T.S. Eliot "Lovesong"; Luke Holey '16 and Becca Gracey '14, the two leads of the Fall Term production of Romeo and Juliet, appeared, as did Joe Gentile '14, cast and clothed as Shakespeare.

    Lauren Dorsey '14, playing the role of Anne Hathaway, stole her husband away from his "Mistress," played by Vicquaja Mangal '15. Henry Bator '14, as Christopher Marlowe's Shepherd, was rebuffed by Sir Walter Ralegh's Nymph, performed by Olivia Thompson '14. Samantha Crozier '15 played a sprite sprinkling rosewater down the aisle while delivering Robert Herrick's "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time."

    English teacher John Capen delivered a few Robert Burns lines along with a dozen roses, and then serenaded his wife, Jocelyn, accompanied by their son, Wally, on guitar to the tune of the Proclaimers' "500 Miles."


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  • Field Hockey Players Named to National Academic Team
    Four members of Groton's varsity field hockey team have been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association's (NFHCA) High School National Academic Squad.


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  • Groton Zebra Goes Green
    The zebra in the Schoolhouse lobby has lost most of its green stripes, but not for long. Under a new environmental initiative by Erik Nadeau ’14, as the campus becomes greener, so will his ever-changing zebra.
     
    Erik launched the Groton Goes Green Zebra Campaign and its accompanying website (www.sset-global.org/GrotonGreenZebra/ggz_index.html) to raise awareness about climate change and to encourage the Groton community to save energy.
     
    He got involved in environmental activism before attending Groton, when he founded the Student Sustainable Energy Team (SSET), which has become a nonprofit with Erik as student president. As a consortium of students from four area high schools and one college, the SSET has staged a sustainable energy fair, advocated for renewable energy use at a public building, and proposed additional sustainability projects.
     
    Recognizing the energy-saving efforts of Groton’s Buildings and Grounds department, but wanting to inspire even more efficiency and, most important, to promote environmental awareness among students, Erik took on the Groton Green Zebra Campaign during a summer course, and continued it during a fall Faculty Sponsored Activity (FSA).

    Over the summer, Erik studied at Harvard, taking “Global Climate Change: The Science, Social Impact, and Diplomacy of a World Environmental Crisis” and “Catalyzing Change: Sustainability Leadership for the 21st Century.” For the latter, his final project was to create a plan to improve sustainability at an organization, and he chose Groton School.
     
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