Zebra Tales

Hanna '27

Hometown: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Groton activities: Orchestra, Active Minds, JV crew, One-Acts

Most surprising when you first arrived at Groton: What pleasantly surprised me at Groton was how effortlessly I connected with upperclassmen. Instead of a daunting hierarchy, I found a space that welcomed me with open arms. From helping me navigate hallways to sharing insider tips on Groton life, I've found great friends from all walks of life.

Favorite class: Latin 1 with Mrs. Bannard defied the stereotype of dry and dull ancient languages. Her passion for Latin and irresistible baked goods bewitched me from day one. The class's true magic was the eclectic dynamic—jovial banter mixed with competitive spirit, leading us to victory in the National Latin Exam against our opposing class. The following breakfast celebration tasted even sweeter with a side of success.

Most memorable Groton moment: Groton’s birthday celebration, a wild campus scavenger hunt ensued for hidden zebra plushies. With secret insider information, my dorm and I made our way to the Chapel. I triumphantly found our zebra in a peculiar spot—a seat in the Sixth Form section! In a frenzy of joy, we captured the moment with a commemorative photo and, of course, to impress the deans.

Favorite Dining Hall food: The chocolate milkshakes they unveil once a year! Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Favorite place to study: The large round table at the back of the Schoolroom

List of 7 news stories.

  • Celestial Festivities, taken on a Fujifilm.

    Chasing Shadows

    As I stepped out during my free block, the campus dynamic was laden with excitement.
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  • 10 minutes before showtime.

    Crank that!

    It was an evening affair, about 8:30pm at night, when the entire school gathered for the annual Lipsync competition.
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  • Sunday Bliss

    "The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another." -J.B Priestley
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  • Whole Lotta Cats

    "Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road." —Jack Kerouac

    Let's embark on a little journey, not through winding roads, but instead to a humble cat shelter. Every autumn, Groton hosts a ‘day of service.’ Each student is required to select 3 top choices from a list of places that they’d be interested in lending a hand to.
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  • Bannard's Balls

    A Fresh Chapter

    In the few days left I had in Boston before my inevitable return to Groton, I sat down in my hotel room beside my mother to watch Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and one of Ferris' lines really resonated with me: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” With my new title as a Third Former at Groton, I find that I can relate to that sentiment more than ever.
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  • Beneath the Lines

    The sun hung high in the sky, casting its brilliant rays across the mesmerizing cityscape of Dubai. As someone who's spent their entire life here, I thought I'd seen it all. But one summer day, curiosity led me to a place that not only expanded my horizons but left me utterly enchanted. It all began with a simple idea: a visit to the illustrious Mohammed bin Rashid Library which I had heard so much about.
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  • Grand Mosque, Humble Defeat

    Stepping off the plane in Kuwait felt like stepping into a world woven with my own history. After my first year at Groton, I came back to my home country with a fresh lens.
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