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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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  • Snow Day!
    Groton School cancelled classes Tuesday after a record-setting blizzard blanketed the Circle with about 30 inches of snow. January 27, 2015, according to available records, was only the second snow day in the history of the School.
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  • Girls Soccer MVP Signs at Division 1 University
    Dorrie Varley-Barrett '15 has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play soccer at Boston University next year.
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  • Article Chronicling Headmaster's Story Wins CASE Award
    "A Singular Path to Groton," an article from the Fall 2013 Groton School Quarterly, has received a Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District I Excellence Award.
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  • Students Perform at Cambridge Jazz Club
    Nineteen student musicians traveled to Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge on Sunday, January 25 for Groton School’s eighth annual performance at the storied jazz venue.
     
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  • Paul Taylor Troupe Teaches, Motivates during Dance Residency
    Taylor 2, the outreach troupe of Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, visited Groton this week—performing and teaching as dancers-in-residence.
     
     
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  • Speakers Enlighten, Spark Discussion on MLK Day
    Groton School celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with two speakers, each provoking deep reflection about how we can be more empathetic, compassionate, and open-minded toward one another.
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