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  • Two Groton Grads Row for U.S. in World Championship
    Henry Hoffstot ’09 and Alex Karwoski ’08—both standouts in crew while at Groton—are representing the United States at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam this week.
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  • Groton School Celebrates 129th Prize Day
    “Saying goodbye to Groton is like saying goodbye to an absolutely ordinary rainbow.”
    Judge Stephen A. Higginson spoke from personal experience when he delivered those words, part of his keynote address at Groton School’s 129th Prize Day. Higginson, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, is a Groton alumnus from the Form of 1979, as well as the father of 2014 graduate Christopher Higginson and the son of 1950 Groton graduate Charles Higginson.
    Punctuating his message with poetry, from a whimsical Ogden Nash couplet to profound Shakespearean verse, Higginson imparted wisdom about mentorship, leadership, and how to say goodbye. He also shared some observations from his own legal studies, explaining, for example, how Thurgood Marshall’s careful choice of words was key to his success when he argued the landmark Brown v. the Board of Education case before the U.S. Supreme Court, a court Marshall would later join.
    Higginson said that Marshall “refused the temptation to decry bigotry. He did not demonize. Instead, he said a ‘respectable’ majority in the South—he called it respectable—supported segregation to avoid racial friction.” The polite approach helped secure a unanimous decision.
    “How wise—and important today—not to build an argument around absolutes or accusations," Higginson said. "How wise not to use proud words." Marshall’s argument was “factual, even aspirational, centered on common ground, the positive that all Americans, in his words, had ‘grown up,’ had fought two World Wars side by side, so much so that the 14th Amendment’s promise of equality could step beyond fear.”
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  • Groton Crews Row, Row, Row to NEIRA Medals
    Groton boats rowed to four medals at Saturday’s New England Interscholastic Rowing Association championship regatta, including a first-place finish by the boys third boat.
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  • Groton Staffer, a Vietnam Vet, Delivers Memorial Day Chapel Talk
    Groton staff member James Lockney, who served in the Vietnam War, delivered a Memorial Day Chapel Talk about his recent trip back to Vietnam. He dedicated his talk to his fallen comrade TJ, whose plane was shot down on the day he was to finish his tour of duty and head home.
    Lockney stood in the pulpit of St. John’s Chapel in full uniform. “This morning I am wearing my uniform as I would every Memorial Day and every Veterans Day, but today I will not be marching in my town’s Memorial Day parade. On this day, it is my honor to stand before you to deliver this Chapel Talk.”
    A Vietnamese linguist during the war, Lockney described his initial reluctance to revisit the country where he had fought, but said he was convinced by history teacher Jen Wallace, with whom he teaches the course, America in Vietnam. Wallace and Lockney, who have taught together for eight years, traveled together through the actual terrain that they routinely visit through coursework with their students.

    Lockney said his
     apprehension began to ease on his fourth day in the country, when he told the tour guide that he regretted what happened in his country during the war, explaining that he was “a soldier, just doing my job.”
    The tour guide’s response stunned Lockney. “He looked at me and said, ‘Jim, the war ended almost 40 years ago. We want to move on. We want to improve our relations with America.” The words stuck with Lockney. “Perhaps these people really don’t hate us,” he began to think.
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  • Hockey Standout Attracts National Attention
    Standout Groton athlete Michael Brown ‘16 has been invited to attend the USA Hockey Select 17 camp this summer, a program that counts numerous Division 1 college athlets and National Hockey League players among its alumni. Only seven forwards from Massachusetts were invited to attend the camp.
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  • Translating Science to Medicine
    Brown University neuroscientist Justin Fallon has always been interested in the pathology of how things go wrong.
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  • Students' Ultimate Science Prize: Dinner with a Nobel Laureate
    Four Groton students will be dining with a Nobel Laureate next weekan honor they earned by winning the recent MIT Science Trivia Challenge.
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  • Groton Students Walk for Hunger
    Fifteen Groton students walked 20 miles on Sunday as part of the Walk for Hunger, which raises funding for Project Bread, a Massachusetts nonprofit that feeds the hungry through 400 programs in 120 Massachusetts communities.
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  • Groton Announces New Board President
    On Friday, April 25, members of Groton School’s Board of Trustees unanimously elected Jonathan Klein P’08, ’11, ’18 as the new board president. He will succeed James H. Higgins III P ’02, ’06, who has served as board president for nine years.

    Klein, the co-founder and CEO of Getty Images, has been a board member since 2006. “I am humbled, proud, and feel extraordinarily privileged to become the board president of a school that has changed so many lives, including the lives of my own children,” Klein said. “I am particularly fortunate to be taking on this position at a time when Groton is in such great health and to have the opportunity to work with our spectacular new headmaster, Temba Maqubela, and also with the very dedicated and visionary members of the Groton board. I look forward to building on Groton’s many strengths while also assisting with forward-thinking initiatives in the years ahead.”

    Klein, who lives in New York with his wife Deborah, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and spent much of his life in England. He received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in law from the University of Cambridge. His son Alex, a 2008 Groton graduate, studied at Yale and Cambridge; his son Adam, a 2011 Groton graduate, is a junior at Yale; and his son Max ’18 is a current Groton student.

    Higgins, the outgoing president, explained that the time was right for a change in leadership. “It has been a great honor and privilege to serve as president,” he said. “The best time to move on is when the School is flourishing and looking to new horizons, when its leadership is strong and self-confident, and when a successor of obvious depth of talent and universal support is available and ready to take over.”
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  • Beam-Signing Celebrates Schoolhouse Project
    The Groton School community on April 25 left an indelible mark on the ongoing renovation of the iconic Schoolhouse—and on Groton history.
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  • Renowned Anti-Apartheid Activist and Jurist Albie Sachs Visits Groton
    Justice Albie Sachs spoke to a rapt crowd in the Campbell Performing Arts Center Monday night, describing Nelson Mandela—his comrade in the fight against apartheid—before he became famous and how the young lawyer and activist became South Africa’s first black president, revered worldwide.
    Sachs, a founding member of South Africa's Constitutional Court, began his lecture by describing a pivotal weekend—June 25 and 26, 1955—when he and more than 2,000 blacks gathered to adopt the Freedom Charter, which presented the ideals of the anti-apartheid movement and a vision for an equal and democratic society.
    Two years earlier, Professor ZK Matthews—a well-known South African leader with a very special connection to Groton School—had proposed the concept of the Freedom Charter. Matthews, Sachs explained, was the grandfather of Groton’s headmaster, Temba Maqubela.
    Police broke up that 1955 Freedom Charter meeting and took the names of the participants. A year later, 156 blacks, including Mandela, were put on trial for treason. Sachs described that trial as a turning point for Mandela, who gained notoriety for his compelling and eloquent message. “There was something—his style, his poise, his use of language,” Sachs said. “It put the government on the defense.”
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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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