School is back in session

Katie Gardner, Joey Marchetti, Sarah Boucher in Digital Media Class.

Katie Gardner, Joey Marchetti, Sarah Boucher, Matthew O’Brien, and Ashley Dowling in Digital Media Class look like they are happy to be back.

The Dogs are back.

On Wednesday August 27 Rockland High School students began their academic year.

While it was new to some, it was old to others. Senior Brianna Starkey said, “Same old, same old. It feels like we didn’t even have a summer.”

But not everything is the same. “The schedule rotates now and is somewhat confusing,” sophomore Jackie Malloy said.

For incoming freshmen the schedule is something they are familiar with from middle school, but there are still things they need to get used to. “In the middle school all our classes were on one floor. Now we have to go all over the place,” said freshman Jaymie Atkins.

Freshman Danielle DeJesus said, “It feels like bumper cars in the hallways.”

After their first two hectic days, students will have the long Labor Day weekend to recuperate.

Eighth graders stepping up

Harrison Shields, Veritas Staff

Everyone loves being at the top. Head of the school, head of a team, head of a league, face it, everyone loves being the head of anything.

However, no one enjoys going from the top to the bottom. For one group of students, the eighth graders of middle school, it happens every year. The eighth graders run the middle school, but once they graduate, they start back at the bottom. They go from a school with twelve year olds to one whose older students are legal adults, not an easy transition for anyone.

Some adapt better than others, but most are just nervous freshmen, being the little fish in the school.

Rogers Middle School eighth graders are ready to "step up."

Rogers Middle School eighth graders are ready to “step up.”

Some freshman classes come in more prepared than others. Eighth grade science teacher Mr. Ricciarelli says, “I think this class in particular is very ready.”

Being ready and being nervous are two different things, however. Incoming freshman Mark Shields says, “I am nervous to be back at the bottom with a lot of kids I don’t know. I know a few kids so I hope I see them a lot.”

Shields isn’t alone. Fellow classmate Matt McGaffigan says, “ I am a little nervous. Some people say it’s the best time of their life and some say it’s the worst. I hope it’s the best for me.”

It’s easy to understand how incoming freshmen must feel; everyone has been in the position of the new guy once, and who likes being the new guy (or girl)? Being nervous is only one part of high school incoming freshmen must adjust to. Ricciarelli says that the major difference of taking the step up is “not relying on constant direction from the teacher and taking some initiative; basically they have to learn to be more independent.”

Shields didn’t think about it in that aspect. He thought about it in a more simple way. He said the only difference he’ll see is “having to go to the same class in the same order every day.” McGaffigan said he’ll have to get used to “not being the top kids in the school anymore. We’re freshmen.”

High school sports are always a major step up in an athlete’s career. Both incoming freshmen are nervous for different reasons. Shields said he is nervous because the level of competition picks up, and it gets harder. McGaffigan, however, is more cool about it. He says, “I’m not nervous now, but I think I eventually will be.”

Finding their way at the bottom of the school won’t be easy. With the endless freshman chants, the seniors who tower over them, and the speedball games that students treat like the World Series, the freshmen will surely become acclimated to the school, one way or another.

 

Three new members inducted into Academic Hall of Fame

Sara Bistany, Veritas Staff

A historical architect, an investment banker and an educator were guests of honor on Wednesday  June 4 at the Emerald Hall in Abington as Rockland High School inducted three alumni into its Academic Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place before the Underclassmen Academic Awards ceremony.  The latest inductees join a group of RHS Hall of Famers that includes authors, artists, doctors, lawyers, teachers and an astronaut.

Assistant Principal Susan Patton introduced the three inductees, Marsha Fader ‘68, Wayne Owen ‘74 and Fredrick Damon ‘82, who each spoke about their days at Rockland High, their accomplishments after high school, and the influence Rockland has had in their lives.

 

Inducted into the RHS Academic Hall of Fame on June 4 were left to right, Wayne Owen, Marsha Fader and Fredrick Damon.

Inducted into the RHS Academic Hall of Fame on June 4 were left to right, Wayne Owen, Marsha Fader and Fredrick Damon.

Marsha Fader who graduated from Rockland High School in 1968 was an outstanding student and very active in school activities. After graduating she attended Simmons College where she earned a degree in American Studies.  Afterwards she attended Columbia University and received her Masters degree in Historic Preservation. She also received a Masters of Architecture degree from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Fader said she has traveled all over the world designing, restoring and preserving historic buildings including the Deng Nan-Guang Museum Park in Taiwan, the Turquoise Trail Art Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the 1746 Old Windmill in Nantucket.  Fader now lives in Nantucket where you will see many examples of her work.

She credits her days in Rockland with giving her a strong sense of community and family.  She said that her mother and father both owned businesses on Union St. for many years and that she developed her love for older buildings and architecture growing up among the many historic buildings on Union Street.

 

Wayne Owen, a 1974 graduate, is one of five Owen siblings who have graduated from RHS. Owen was a member of the National Honor Society and captain of all three sports he played. Owen attended Babson College and had a double major in Accounting and Quantitative Methods. After college  he worked at State Street Bank for 12 years.  In 1990 he and three other college classmates launched an investment firm which now manages 35 billion dollars in assets. Owen is married and has three children.

Owen credits his family and the schools and community of Rockland for the perseverance that led to his successes in life. He said that to become a part of such a  group of alumni is more than he would have imagined and he told students in attendance to take advantage of all the opportunities that Rockland and its schools provide for them.  Owen also said that the great tradition of sports in Rockland was very important to him. He mentioned former principals and coaches at RHS, A. Scott Mackinlay and Steve Sangster, as mentors. Owen was also part of the ‘72 State Championship Basketball Team.

 

Fredrick Damon, as RHS students know, is a respected math teacher and dean at Rockland High School. He is also the head coach of the boys basketball team and an assistant football coach.

During his senior year as a student at RHS he was a starter on the basketball team and captain of the football team. In 1982 he graduated fourth in his class and went on to attend Boston College. When he graduated from BC in 1988 he received a degree in mathematics and a minor in computer science. He is married with five children.

Damon said he had not intended to be a teacher but started “quite by accident” in 1990, teaching for five years in the Rogers Middle School.  According to Patton, Damon “has a way with reluctant learners.” Damon said he enjoys being able to affect his students’ lives in the ways a teacher and coach can. In his acceptance speech he read several letters from former students who thanked him for the help and guidance they received from him.  In his speech,Damon also recognized his mother, Fran Damon, who is retiring this year as a secretary in the Rogers Middle School. Mrs. Damon has worked for the Rockland Schools for over 30 years!

Patton congratulated each of the three new members of the Hall of Fame in the traditional closing of her introductions. “…for all your accomplishments, past, present and future, we are proud to induct you into the Rockland High School Hall of Fame.”

 

 

The Fault in Our Stars: Okay? Okay…

Meghan Foster, Sam Demarco, and Ashley Pezzella attend a screening of Fault in Our Stars on June 5.

Meghan Foster, Sam Demarco, and Ashley Pezzella attend a screening of Fault in Our Stars on June 5.

By Meghan Foster and Lexie Carchedi

Veritas Staff

Many media outlets are calling it the most anticipated movie of the summer. The Fault in Our Stars was released on June 6. Prior to its actual release date, some theaters had screenings as early as 9 p.m on June 5. With girls lined up several hours before doors opened, the movie sold out in many locations.

The main characters were played by Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace and Ansel Elgort as Augustus Waters. This tragic comedy of star crossed lovers, both battling cancer, takes the viewer on a journey through their everyday struggles and places the viewer in the midst of the world as they see it, and their desire to meet an author who inspired them both.

Throughout this journey, Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters are able to travel to see their favorite author who turns out not to be what was expected. As the movie progresses, the relationship between Hazel and Augustus grows into something even cancer cannot destroy.

Despite many rumors, John Green, author of the novel upon which the film is based, did not write the screenplay for the film. Although he did not write it, many of the lines were similar, if not the same to those in the book.

Though it did not conform to the novel exactly, and was missing many minor details that helped the plot develop, the cinematography and relationships built amongst the characters was strong on screen. The movie did not do the book justice, and lack of key point got some fans upset.

Overall, The Fault in Our Stars is a definate must see for those who have read, or who have never read the book.

Dr. Cron addresses issue of alcohol at school events

Veritas Staff

From the Homecoming Dance in the fall, to Junior and Senior Proms this spring, alcohol and abuse of school rules regarding drinking have been an ongoing issue at Rockland High this year.

Students have been discussing the situation, and many rumors with varying degrees of truth have been spreading around the school. Principal Dr. Alan Cron recently sat down with the staff of The Veritas to discuss what happened this year and plans for future dances and school events.

The problems began in October, when two students were caught drinking at the Homecoming Dance and suspended from school and extracurricular activities.

The winter dance, usually hosted by the Student Government Council, was cancelled due to poor ticket sales, which some students relate back to the fear of breathalyzers due to the problems at Homecoming.

The ongoing discussions had calmed down by the Junior Prom on May 15 at Indian Pond Country Club, but more problems arose when three students were sent home and suspended from school for drinking. In addition, the school was notified several days later that there was considerable damage done to the plumbing systems at the venue due to students flushing small plastic liquor bottles down the toilets.

While Cron says there is no specific plan yet on how to pay back Indian Pond Country Club for the damages done to their pipes, he will say it is “very expensive.”

“The school has to pay. We become your parent in a way, and have to take responsibility. It’s not our fault but it’s our problem,” he added.

He also says it is virtually impossible to find the people actually responsible for flushing the bottles down the toilets.

To try to prevent any problems at Senior Prom on May 28, students were split by gender and searched by administrators as they boarded the buses following the Grand March in the school gym. At prom, chaperones were stationed in the bathrooms and a police detail (always present at schools dances anyway) was stationed near the entrance to the ballroom. There were also more administrators and adult chaperones at Senior Prom than have attended in previous years.

“We had a dean present. We also increased the bathroom circulation. [It has been rumored that] the problems that happened at the [Junior] prom began on the bus. In hindsight, we should have implemented what we did at senior prom,” he said.

Cron feels the student body is made up of three groups: those who don’t want to drink at dances, those who feel the need to in order to have fun, and those who are in the middle and unsure of the choice they want to make. He then said his goal is for those in the middle to know it’s fine to go to a dance and have fun without drinking.

“I finally figured out the reason I was so upset though it took me 48 hours to figure out what bothered me the most,” he said.

Cron was most disappointed in the status of the school’s reputation after the incident, and the fact the classmates that had nothing to do with it are now facing consequences.

“It was the 99% of the kids who have nothing to do with it whose reputations [were damaged],” he said.

The larger problem Cron is hoping will not become worse is the idea of teen drinking in general. While it has been specifically a problem at dances, it causes more of a concern on a larger scale outside of school.

“It’s a problem absolutely. It’s dangerous. I heard a startling statistic: a student that has their first drink at 14 is 60% more likely to develop a drinking problem. People who take their first drink at 21 are 6-8% more likely to form a drinking problem,” Cron said.

Cron said despite what happened at the Junior Prom, his trust level and admiration for the students in the class and at Rockland High hasn’t changed.

“I like you guys. I trust you guys to be your age. I am constantly amazed by some of the things kids do that don’t show their age but show their character and who they are. [The juniors] are some of the most kind, young and generous people I will ever meet,” he said.

Cron said that next year, searches and random breathalyzing, as well as increased chaperone presence, will continue at all dances.

“I think it’s a good idea to do a pat down coming into a dance. I think it’s a good idea to randomly breathalyze on the way out of the dance so nobody gets into a car with someone who has been drinking,” Cron said.

Students in the classes of 2015 and 2016 will be voting Wednesday to decide if there will be a joint junior-senior prom next year. Cron said the idea came up prior to the incidents at the prom and would be to save money, not punish students.

“I don’t want to mess with tradition,” he said. “Combining was something the class advisors and students leaders thought about.”

If students vote against it, Cron said two separate proms will go forward, and he has no plans to hold one in the gym as was rumored.

“I was upset about how unfair things are,” Cron said. “You win together, you lose together. I think we’re going to come out of this better than we went in.”

Underclassmen receive academic awards

Rockland High School students received academic achievement awards on Wednesday, June 4 at the annual Underclassmen Academic Awards Banquet held at the Emerald Hall in Abington. The awards ceremony is held in conjunction with the Academic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Inducted were alumni Marsha Fader ’68, Wayne Owen ’74 and Fredrick Damon’84 (see this website on Tuesday for more information on the Hall of Fame inductees.)

Each of RHS’ academic departments recognized their Academic Achievers in grades 9-11. Receiving Overall Outstanding Academic Achiever Awards were Alyssa Collins, grade 11, Ryan Sugrue, grade 10, and Luana Lima, grade 9.

Junior Danielle Hill received several awards at the banquet including a Silver Key for Drawing from the Globe Scholastic Art Show. Danielle was also recognized for being selected to Art All-State and for her participation in the State Finals of the Poetry Out Loud Contest.  She also performed one of her poems from the competition.

Sophomore Ashley Pezzella was recognized as a first place winner in the Patriotic Art Show of Massachusetts  sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Her drawing will now be entered in the Nationals.

For more details on all the award winners scroll through our photo gallery.

Seniors honored at Awards Banquet

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The Senior Awards Banquet was held for the Class of 2014 in the Rockland High Auditorium on Thursday, May 29. Following a dinner in the cafeteria, students, teachers, and families saw awards and scholarships handed out, many to standing ovations from families and fellow students.

Former student Brian Byrne was presented with his Rockland High School Diploma. The Valedictorian Award was given to Jonathan Soo Hoo, and the Overall Academic Achievement Award was given to Salutatorian Lauren Scott.

The U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Cody Lee presented a special award to Thomas Sweeney, who will be joining the Marine Corps following graduation. Please see the list of other awards and scholarships, as well as pictures from the event, below.

Doric C. Scarpelli Scholarship – Georgia Panagiotidis $500
Christine J. Biggins Courage Award – Julia Ferrante
The John Mahoney Memorial Award Scholarship – Jaqweal Holit $100
The Edward Sokolowski Award – Devin Gilmore $100
Peter Woodward American Studies Scholarship – Joseph Rizzotto $100.00
Reuben A. & Lizzie Grossman Foundation Award – Joseph Rizzotto and Molly Garrity $750.00
Scholastic Art/Boston Globe Show Gold Key for Fashion design- Georgia Panagiotidis
Mr. Rockland Award – Derek Crowe $250.00
The Jimbo Award – Andrew Reardon $500.00

RHS Journalism/Student Newspaper Awards –Veritas – Devin Gilmore, Managing Editor; Georgia Panagiotidis, Managing Editor; Emily Williams, Photo Editor, Kylie Langhoff, News Editor; Haley Reardon, Features Editor; Alexandra Peppino, Sports Editor; Rachael Spinney, Sport Editor; Robert Gasdia, Reporter; Samantha Davis, Reporter; Matthew Nicholson, Reporter; Brian Huntress, Reporter; Abigail Moore, Reporter

Spellman Oratorical Winners – Robert Gasdia (first $1,200); Jonathan Soo Hoo (second $800); Jaclyn Carlson (third $600); Joshua Lutts (fourth $400); Olivia Olsen (fifth $200); Devin Gilmore (sixth $100); Brittini Lambiase (seventh $100); Emily Williams (eighth $100)

Rockland/Hanson Rotary Community Service Scholarship – Devin Gilmore $500.00

Senior Academic Letters (Excellence In Education) – Leah Benson, Jacqueline Casey, Nicholas DeMarco, Kayla Frazer, Ian Haas, Paul Hanlon, Jaquelin Jordan, Matthew Martin, Erin Mulready, Georgia Panagiotidis, Victoria Pratt, and Nicole Rakoski.

High Honors Three Terms Senior Year – Jaclyn Carlson, Alicia Kane, Victoria Pratt and Lauren Scott

Community Service Awards – Jaclyn Carlson, Molly Garrity, Brian Leonard and Georgia Panagiotidis

Excellence in Mathematics – Lauren Scott, Jonathan Soo Hoo, Lillian Margolis and Joshua Lutts

Subject Award Winners:

Art- Sydney Bissonnette and Georgia Panagiotidis
Family Consumer Science- Erin Gillis
Foreign Language- Devin Gilmore
Mathematics- Joshua Lutts
Music -Ian Haas and Jacob Mesheau
Physical Education – Matthew Martin and Stephanie Collyer
Technical Education – Tyler Quam

Multiple Award Winners:

Jackie Carlson – English, Foreign Language, and Social Studies
Jonathan Soo Hoo – Business, English, Mathematics, and Science
Alicia Kane – Science and Social Studies
Shawn Kane – Technical Education and Family Consumer Science

Photos by Sarah Margolis.

It’s a great day to be a graduate

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The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2014 was held in The Rockland Memorial Stadium on Friday, May 30. Speeches were made by Principal Alan Cron, Superintendent John Retchless, and student speakers, Senior Class President Molly Garrity and Valedictorian Jonathan Soo Hoo. Though rain threatened the ceremony for most of the night and fell towards the end, graduates were elated to hear the scholarships they received and their names called as they received their diplomas.

Photos by Caitlin Yannizzi.

Class of 2014 celebrates Senior Prom

The Class of 2014 held their Senior Prom at Red Lion Inn in Cohasset on Wednesday, May 28. Julia Ferrante was elected Prom Queen, with a court that included Prom King Matt Nicholson, and members Kylie Langhoff, Devin Gilmore, Brittiana Garcia and Brittni Lambiase. A Grand March was first held in the gym at Rockland High before the students boarded the buses to Cohasset.

Photos by Sarah Margolis and Caitlin Yannizzi.

Softball team wins first tourney contest

The girls' softball team advanced in tournament play with an 11-1 win over Randolph.

The girls’ softball team advanced in tournament play with an 11-1 win over Randolph on May 29. photo courtesy of Kelley Reale

Reported by Bridget Reardon, Veritas Staff

The girls softball team opened up its postseason tournament with an impressive 11-1  win over Randolph yesterday.  Freshman Erin Buckley pitched the complete game allowing four hits and no earned runs.

Freshman shortstop, Maddie Olsen, batting leadoff, was  4 for 5 with two doubles and a triple

Senior third baseman, Kylie Langhoff was 3 for 4 with three rbi.

Rockland’s Bulldog Nation traveled to Randolph to cheer the girls on. Harrison Shields said, “It was good to go out and support the softball team in their first tournament game. With a bunch of their classmates out in centerfield supporting them, it took some pressure off for their first tournament game.”

Coach Sharon McGonnigal said, “Yesterday’s game was against Randolph who had the higher seed. The girls went into the game pretty relaxed and not really nervous.  They went out and had fun and played with confidence. The only thing I ask of them every game is to have fun, and compete, and we will keep it close.”

She added, “It’s all in our hands what happens and yesterday they were confident and hit the ball.”

The Lady Dogs’ record is now 10-9  as they look forward to playing #5 seed Dighton-Rehoboth tomorrow (Sat.)  at 3 pm at Dighton-Rehoboth High School.  McGonnigal said, “I think we are in a good place for Saturday. Tomorrow will be a tough game.  It’s the #5 seed, so we will see pitching like we have not seen.”

For the girls, who made the tournament by defeating Carver on the last game of the regular season, the plan will be the same.  Go out, have fun, compete and keep themselves in the game.

 

Senior Issues a valuable conclusion to the year

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Left to right: Jackie Carlson, Erin Mulready, Brian Leonard, Sarah Laleme practice their adult CPR. Photo by Georgia Panagiotidis

by Mitchell Ryan, Veritas Staff

Once the seniors had completed their final day of classes on May 23, they still had one more requirement to complete in order to graduate: Senior Issues. This is a two day program to help prepare the seniors for their new life as adults outside of high school.

In the course of the two days of Senior Issues, the seniors learned many new skills. Senior Sami Davis says the most important thing she took out of Senior Issues was the life saving skill of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR for short, along with the Heimlich Maneuver. There was also a melanoma screening to raise awareness of the sun’s ability to cause cancer. A self-defense class was also taught to the girls if the situation ever arose where they needed to protect themselves. A class for dance had to do with the grand march. Classes on finances were also given.

One could argue that the session on CPR was the most important class. Knowing and being able to perform this technique could mean the difference between life or death for a person in cardiac arrest. When the seniors became certified they learned how to save a life. The seniors also learned how to do CPR on an infant since it is different than performing it on an adult.

Another important session in Senior Issues was a melanoma screening. This shows just how dangerous the sun can be. According to Skincancer.org one out of every five people will have skin cancer at some point in their lives. Senior Gabby DerKinderen says, “It definitely made me nervous and more cautious about using tanning beds.” Tanning beds are a big contributor to the skin cancer problem.

The senior girls also took a self defense class. Abby Moore says one important thing she got out of it was that eyes are very vulnerable and are a good area to target if you are being assaulted.

Most seniors would say that Senior Issues was definitely worth their time. Davis says it was worth her time because “it helps you learn many important life skills.” Overall Senior Issues is an important graduation requirement here at RHS and it will serve to be very useful in the new graduates’ lives to come.

Photos from CPR training were taken by Mitchell Ryan and Georgia Panagiotidis

RHS National Honor Society celebrates 57th year

Markus Rohwetter, Alyssa Collins, and PJ Butler were all inducted into the National Honor Society. Photo Courtesy Alyssa Collins.

Marcus Rohwetter, Alyssa Collins, and PJ Butler were all inducted into the National Honor Society. Photo courtesy Alyssa Collins.

Kara Penney, Alex Pigeon, Julia Matson and Katie Delorey were all inducted into the National Honor Society. Photo Courtesy Julia Matson.

Kara Penney, Alex Pigeon, Julia Matson and Katie Delorey were all inducted into the National Honor Society. Photo courtesy Julia Matson.

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Leadership, service, character and scholarship are the qualities that each member of Rockland High Chapter of the National Honor Society must possess. On Wednesday night, 22 juniors and two seniors met that criteria and were inducted into the prestigious academic group.

The ceremony in the auditorium was preceded by a dinner where inductees spent time with their peers and adult sponsors. Then, parents and families watched as President Joe Rizzotto introduced the seniors and where they will be attending college in the fall, and gave the juniors their NHS member cards and pins after they made the pledge to the society.

Junior inductee Dennis McPeck says, “You have to work hard to get inducted and the induction process itself is pretty grueling because you have to write three essays and then you have to meet the requirements in grades. Community service hours need to be above and beyond the school [minimum].”

Secretary Gabrielle derKinderen, Treasurer Lilly Margolis, and members Brian Leonard, Leah Benson, and Devin Gilmore spoke about the virtues of NHS and the values that members must uphold, as well as introducing the candidates. Member Victoria Pratt recited a poem about the symbolic torch of NHS.

The inducted juniors were Iman Bendarkawai, Dylan Bernache, Patrick Butler, Brian Cohen, Alyssa Collins, Nicole Cook, Katherine Delorey, Natalie Ellard, Andrew Frazer, Cameron Kelley, Mekenzie Levesque, Julia Matson, Dennis McPeck, Justin Nguyen, Brendon Peck, Kara Penney, Alexandra Pigeon, Samantha Poirier, Jared Quirk, Taylor Reis, Markus Rohwetter, and Danielle Whitcher.

The seniors were Kayla Frazer and Erin Mulready.

NHS Co-Advisor Kathy Paulding says, “The induction ceremony was beautiful and a great night to honor students who truly reflect the virtues of scholarship, leadership, character and service. It is my favorite night of the year and the ceremony it self has not changed in over 50 years. Some of the students inducted this year had parents in the audience who went throughout the same ceremony. It is another example of how the RHS community respects its history and stays connected.”

Goodbye Class of 2014

Video by Senior Class President Molly Garrity

Seniors Honored at Spring Athletic Awards Banquet

Senior Award Winners: Front L to R: Ethan Rooney, Gene Dorney, Matt Nicholson, Kyle Scheim, Andrew Reardon, Joe Rizzotto, Colin Aylward. Back L to R: Gary Graziano, Kayla Frazer, Lilly Margolis, Ally Cerratto, Molly Garrity, Goergia Panagiotidis, Leah Benson and Sami Murray

Senior Award Winners: Front L to R: Ethan Rooney, Gene Dorney, Matt Nicholson, Kyle Scheim, Andrew Reardon, Joe Rizzotto, Colin Aylward. Back L to R: Gary Graziano, Kayla Frazer, Lilly Margolis, Ally Cerratto, Molly Garrity, Goergia Panagiotidis, Leah Benson and Sami Murray

Following is a list of the award winners at the Spring Athletic Awards night held on May 19.

Woman’s Coaches Award (Senior female student/athlete) – Leah Benson

Vicki Solari Award (Most inspirational female athlete) – Lillian Margolis

Senior Female Athlete Award (Top senior female athlete) – Allison Cerratto

Marion Mansfield Donovan Award (Top female student/athlete) – Molly Garrity

John Bell Bulldog Award (Female athlete who plays over and above abilities) – Kayla Frazer

John Bell Bulldog Award (Male athlete who plays over and above abilities) – Ethan Rooney

Peter J. Crowley Award (Top senior male athlete) – Matt Nicholson

Joseph Dondero Award (Top male student/athlete) – Joseph Rizzotto

Louis Cifello Award (Most inspirational male athlete) – Andrew Reardon

Dr. Joseph Dunn Award (Top student/athlete football player) – Joseph Rizzotto

Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Award (Female athlete who never gives up) – Samantha Murray

Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Award (Male athlete who never gives up) – Kyle Scheim and Colin Ayward

John Delorey Award (Female athlete who exemplifies sportsmanship) – Georgia Panagiotidis

John Delorey Award (Male athlete who exemplifies sportsmanship) – Eugene Dorney

Robert Ellis Award (Top male student / athlete basketball player) – Matt Nicholson

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Ally Cerratto, Matt Nicholson, Molly Garrity and Andrew Reardon

Class of 2015 celebrates Junior Prom

The Junior Prom for the Class of 2015 was held at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston on Thursday, May 15. The Prom Court included members Kara Penney, Nicole Cook, Kallie Morse and Krystin Killion, with King Cameron Stuart and Queen Brianna Starkey. NESN TV reporter Jenny Dell was Stuart’s date for this evening. For more on Junior Prom, see the story in the print edition of The Veritas on May 23.

RHS art students featured in local shows

just bellasThe following students will have art on display at Bella’s Restaurant in Rockland during the months of May and June 2014.

1. Joey Marchetti
2. Celia Rosa
3. Marina McCauley
4. Kaitlyn Mott
5. Kaitlyn Dorney
6. Max Wright
7. Sean Carney
8. Ashley Pezzella
9. Shawn Ward
10. Brittany Alden
11. Taia Johnson
12. Taylor Whitley
13. Ashley Hatch
14. Alexa Leduc
15. Colleen McCarthy

other art shows
Student work at the Congressional Art show May 9-11
1. Bridget Martin
2. Haley MaCray
3. Dani Hill

Student work at the Second Parish Church Hingham May 8-18
1. Georgia Panagiotidis
2. Dani Hill
3. Haley MaCray
4. Ashley Hatch

SGC Awards Night honors seniors

On Wednesday, May 7, the Student Government Council’s annual awards night was held. It began with a video presentation created by outgoing Vice President Brian Leonard showing the year in review, as well as students speaking on what SGC means to them. Several different awards were given out also, both to class officers and general members of SGC. One award included senior class President Molly Garrity being inducted into the Student Government Hall of Fame. The evening concluded with closing remarks from committee chairs, members of the executive board, and “The Big Five,” specifically focusing on the graduating seniors. Then, outgoing president Jackie Carlson handed over the reins to next year’s SGC president, Katie Delorey.

Photos by Meghan Foster and Sam DeMarco.

Veritas staff wins awards

At the New England Scholastic Press Association’s annual conference on Friday, May 2, several members of the Veritas staff received Special Achievement Awards in the Scholastic Journalism contest.

Victoria Pratt, Georgia Panagiotidis, Molly Garrity and Devin Gilmore with their Special Achievement Award from the New England Scholastic Press Association.

Victoria Pratt, Georgia Panagiotidis, Molly Garrity and Devin Gilmore with their Special Achievement Award in the Feature Story category.  Their story which Joe Rizzotto also co-wrote was entitled, “Boston bombing hits home for students” and was published in last year’s May edition of the Veritas.

Meghan Foster was recognized for her movie review, "Catching Fire a must see."

Meghan Foster was recognized for her movie review, “Catching Fire a must see.”

 

Seniors Devin Gilmore, Georgia Panagiotidis, Victoria Pratt, Molly Garrity, and Joe Rizzotto received a Special Achievement award for a feature story written about the Boston Marathon bombing. Published in the May, 2013 issue of the Veritas, the feature story, “Boston bombing hits home for students,”  describes various experiences of students, alumni, and teachers during the bombing.  These experiences and reactions to the tragedy were compiled by the journalism class into one story.

Meghan Foster received a Special Achievement Award for her review of the film Catching Fire published in the Veritas’ December, 2013 issue: “Catching Fire a must see.”

Students in school newspapers across New England submit entries to the contest. Categories included in the contest are: Photography, Features, Newswriting, Reviews, Columns, Editorials, and Sportswriting. The judging is very selective and only the very best submissions receive Special Achievement awards.

Also, The Veritas as a whole once again received a Highest Achievement Award in the Print and On-Line category. Seniors Devin Gilmore and Georgia Panagiotidis, managing editors of The Veritas, received the award on behalf of the staff.

Principal Alan Cron said in his Twitter feed, “Well deserved recognition for a truly outstanding student newspaper! Go Dogs!!”

High School Musical “Bops to the Top”

The production of High School Musical performed by the Rockland High Theater Guild was a huge success the weekend of May 2 and 3. Check out some photos below and read the full story in the upcoming edition of The Veritas.

Photos by Sarah Margolis and Caitlin Yannizzi.

High School Musical on stage Friday and Saturday night

Alyssa Collins and Andrew Frazer in a scene from High School Musical.  Photo by Sarah Margolis

Alyssa Collins and Andrew Frazer in a scene from High School Musical. Photo by Sarah Margolis

Harrison Shields, Veritas Staff

Many are familiar with the story of Disney’s High School Musical. Out of no where, Troy Bolton, a basketball star, auditions for East High’s school musical. Shocking all of his friends, even shocking himself, Troy gets the lead role of their school musical.

On Friday and Saturday night Rockland High School’s Theatre Guild will perform High School Musical and Rockland High School’s very own version of Troy Bolton will be on stage.

Back in March, RHS junior Andrew Frazer, a three sport athlete, auditioned for the part of Troy. Surprising everyone from his coaches to his closest friends, Andrew was cast as Troy, and his court became the stage. As to what made him audition for the musical, Frazer was stumped, answering, “I don’t really know. I kind of wanted to be involved in more things, and I thought expressing myself through drama would be cool.”

Just as surprising as his acting ability is that Frazer has really enjoyed incorporating drama into his life. “I like it. Now that I have ‘Troy’s boys’, I feel more comfortable and relaxed.” Troy’s boys are members of the baseball team who joined the High School Musical cast to help Frazer get more acclimated to the drama scene and feel less pressure on stage.

The opportunity to see what should be an exciting performance by Frazer, Troy’s Boys, and of course, the rest of the talented members of the Theatre Guild should not be missed. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the night of the show. They can be purchased at Showtix4u.com. The show begins at 7 pm and will have one intermission with Cupcake Mojo cupcakes on sale.

Troy's Boys include left to right standing: Jonathan Turner,

Troy’s Boys include left to right standing: Jonathan Turner, Jared Quirk, Andrew Frazer, Pearse McNally, Brian Leonard. Front: Mike Leavitt, Matt Nicholson and Harrison Shields. Photo by Sam DeMarco

Bobby Gasdia named this year’s Spellman Oratorical Champion

(From left) Josh Lutts, Jace Williams, Jon Soo Hoo, Olivia Olsen, Bobby Gasdia, Jackie Carlson, Devin Gilmore, and Brittni Lambiase celebrate the completion of the 2014 Spellman Oratorical Competition

(From left) Josh Lutts, Jace Williams, Jon Soo Hoo, Olivia Olsen, Bobby Gasdia, Jackie Carlson, Devin Gilmore, and Brittni Lambiase celebrate the completion of the 2014 Spellman Oratorical Competition

Lexie Carchedi, Veritas Staff

On Tuesday, April 15, eight seniors competed in the Spellman Oratorical competition. Bobby Gasdia came in first place, winning the $1200 in scholarship prize money. The other contestants placed in the following order from second place to eighth: Jon Soo Hoo, Jackie Carlson, Josh Lutts, Olivia Olsen, Devin Gilmore, Brittni Lambiase, and Jace Williams.

The theme this year was The Darker Side of Human Nature: Students were assigned to write about how authors through the ages have had a fascination with the darker side of human nature. They had to explain how writers illustrate man’s innate evil in a variety of literary and artistic pieces and discuss what conclusions they draw about human nature through their explorations.

The annual Spellman Oratorical is open to all seniors.  After submitting an essay on the specified topic, the top eight are then chosen to compete in the oratorical portion of the contest which is held during the same week as the Rockland Public Schools’ annual Arts Festival.

 

Where is the senior prom going to be now?

Alex Peppino, Veritas Sports Editor

Lake View Pavilion burning down on April 5th.

Lake View Pavilion burning down on April 5th. photo from Associated Press

Just the seniors’ luck, their prom venue burned to the ground.

On Saturday, April 5th, whoever watched the news would have learned that the Lakeview Pavilion in Foxborough was completely destroyed by fire. As a wedding was going on, someone decided to smoke a cigarette and throw it into the mulch outside the hall which created flames throughout the whole building. The Pavilion had been booked for the RHS Senior Prom on May 28. The first thing that most seniors thought was “where is our prom going to be?”

Senior Kayla MacNeil said, “I was nervous that we wouldn’t be able to find another place to have our prom in such a short time.”

Even though there was still a month until prom finding a new venue caused some stress. Luckily, senior Molly Garrity, class president, kept her calm throughout the whole process. She said, “I wasn’t really stressed because our prom is being held on a Wednesday and typically venues don’t hold events mid-week. I started to contact a few places the next day after the fire, and heard back the following week.”

Choices included the Venezia on the Boston waterfront and The Red Lion Inn in Cohasset.

After discussing the choices with the other class officers and class advisor, Sam Hoyo, Garrity decided the new prom venue would be the Red Lion Inn. This is the same venue the seniors  had last year for their junior prom. She said, “I didn’t originally want to do the “same place twice” thing, but it was the most affordable.”

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The Red Lion Inn in Cohasset is the new venue for this year’s senior prom. photo by Molly Garrity

She also said, “I would’ve liked to go to the Lakeview Pavillion more just for the change of scenery, but it happens so we’re just going to make the best of it.”

Most of the seniors are not disappointed at all. “The Red Lion Inn venue is beautiful, so it doesn’t bother me that it’s at the same place as last year,” senior Kelsey Joyce said.

To have found another place so quickly is a relief to all involved.  Most seniors agree that even if the prom ended up being in the school gym, the Class of 2014 is going to make the best of one of the last school events they’ll have in high school.

Thankfully everything is now back to normal and all the usual prom preparations are underway for May 28.

President Elect Katie DeLorey Welcomed by Current SGC Officers

Haley Macray, Veritas Feature Editor

The Rockland High School Student Government Council (SGC)  is responsible for the majority of community service projects, spirit events, and other leadership focused programs that take place at RHS. The president of the council has many jobs and obligations that they must fulfill including running meetings, creating activities, and maintaining the council overall.

On Wednesday, April 2 at a general meeting, current junior, Katie DeLorey, was elected next year’s SGC President.

DeLorey was president of both her freshman and sophomore class and this year she chaired Rockland’s South Eastern Massachusetts Association of Student Councils (SEMASC) committee, planning the spring conference in detail with other board members.

At the beginning of the meeting, prior to the elections, DeLorey gave a speech in which she talked about her experience with SGC and how passionate she is about it.

Toward the end of the meeting, Jackie Carlson, the 2013-2014 council president, announced that DeLorey had won the election and would be taking her place for the next year.

After finding out that she would be president next year DeLorey “was thinking about doing a backflip because [she] was so excited.”

DeLorey has many things that she is looking forward to in the upcoming year.

“Some of the goals I have for next year are to live up to the reputation our council has throughout the nation because we are a gold council,” says DeLorey. “I’d like to get more members involved, have better attendance at the meetings, and to have better communication between everyone.”

She is also excited to watch underclassmen take on larger leadership positions and grow into the leaders that she knows they are throughout the new school year.

Members of this year’s SGC Executive Board only have positive remarks about DeLorey being elected president.

“Over the past couple of years I’ve seen [DeLorey] grow into a true leader. She’s always so vocal at every meeting and always speaks her mind,” says current SGC Treasurer Jon SooHoo. “The SGC President needs to truly embody school spirit and Katie does just that. Her passion for Student Government Council is unparalleled. Her social skills and ability to adapt and work with others make her invaluable. I know she will do great things and I wish her the best of luck.”

Council Secretary, Devin Gilmore and Council Publicity Coordinator, Chris Catania agree that DeLorey will be a successful president next year.

“Katie is the kind of person everyone looks up to, whether in SGC or not,” says Gilmore, “She has always been a valued member of SGC and her commitment never ends.”

“I strongly believe Katie was the right choice for president elect. She was born to lead, and she’ll take good care of what we’ve left behind,” adds Catania.

Although DeLorey is looking forward to her new position on the council’s “Big Five” she will miss this year’s graduating council members.

“I feel like I’ve grown up with that grade,” she says. “I will miss their help and guidance in student government and all they have done for this council.”

DeLorey will be taking her full position as council president following the Student Government banquet on May 7, 2014.

 

DeLorey puts on a smiling face after the Spring SEMASC Conference is over

President Elect and SEMASC Committee Chair Katie DeLorey welcoming the South Eastern Massachusetts Association of Student Councils to Rockland High for their spring conference

 

Images Literary and Art Magazine on sale at Arts Festival

Images 2014 cover by Sydney Bissonnette

 

Tonight, April 16, at the annual Rockland Public School’s Arts Festival held in the high school gym, Rockland High School’s art and literary magazine, Images, will be on sale. The magazine will be five dollars and showcases the writing and art of RHS students. If you miss it tonight you can pick one up from Chris Neal, Images adviser.

RHS SGC leads region at Spring SEMASC Conference

Meghan Foster, Veritas Staff

Rockland High school had the privilege of hosting their first ever SEMASC (Southeastern Massachusetts Association of Student Councils) Spring Conference on April 11. Over 600 students from more than thirty different schools attended this conference.

Sophomore Ryan Sugrue says, “I think this was my favorite SEMASC ever because we hosted it. It was a great opportunity for our council to really show our leadership qualities.”

While students were filing into the auditorium a short dance was performed by Rockland’s executive board and select members who dressed up as characters from popular games. These costumes included squirrels and characters from Mario.

The conference started with opening remarks from RHS Principal Alan Cron, Superintendent of Schools John Retchless, SGC President Jackie Carlson, and SEMASC Chair Katie Delorey.

Cron says, “The way you guys all handled the hundreds of small details was great. You were up and happy and engaged all day… Everyone in the building was so impressed at the fact that there were 600 extra kids in the building and it really was so seamless.”

Following opening remarks, students attended workshops where they learned leadership skills and were able to interact with students from different towns.

Students then went back into the auditorium to listen to election speeches for Delegates, Vice President, Publicity Coordinator and Secretary for the regional SEMASC board. Sophomore Ashley Pezzella, won the spot of one of three delegates for the region.

Pezzella says, “It took a lot of preparation but it was definitely worth it because I have wanted this for so long. It was so amazing to hear my name be called and finally be able to call myself a SEMASC delegate.”

While some students attended a picnic lunch in the gym, others attended a pep rally in which towns were able to show off their best pep rally activities. Rockland High school students taught SEMASC our famous rollercoaster pep rally event.

The conference closed with results of the elections, closing remarks from the old SEMASC Executive Board, and awards.

Overall, students from attending towns were able to bring back new ideas from this conference.

Junior class president Nicole Cook says, “I think that it went really well and everything ran very smoothly. I think everyone had a lot of fun.”

 

Oratorical contestants will look at The Darker Side of Human Nature

 The annual RHS Spellman Oratorical contest will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the RHS Lecture Hall.  All are welcome to attend.  The contest is sponsored by the RHS English Department and coordinated by Ms. Amanda McDonough and Ms. Carol Cahill.

This year’s topic:

The Darker Side of Human Nature: Authors through the ages have had a fascination with the darker side of human nature. Explain how writers illustrate man’s innate evil in a variety of literary and artistic pieces and discuss what conclusions they draw about human nature through their explorations.

The Spellman Oratorical is open to all seniors.  After submitting an essay on the specified topic, contestants are then chosen to compete in the oratorical portion of the contest which is held during the same week as the Rockland Public Schools’ annual Arts Festival.

This year eight contestants will compete for prize money that is provided from a trust established by the late Francis Cardinal Spellman of Whitman in memory of his mother, Ellen Conway Spellman. The following qualities are used as a basis for judging: delivery, content, diction, and poise.

Suggested Awards this year will be—First – $1200, Second – $800, Third – $600, Fourth – $400, Fifth- $200, 6th, 7th, 8th – $100 each, for a total of $3500. Prize money may adjusted at the judges’ discretion.

The contestants this year are:  Jackie Carlson, Bobby Gasdia, Devin Gilmore, Brittni Lambiase, Josh Lutts, Olivia Olsen, Jon Soo Hoo, Jace Williams.

Last year Amy Warner was the winner in a very competitive field of eight contestants.  She was awarded $1100 as the first place winner out of a total of $2750 provided by the Spellman trust.  Click here to see the details of last year’s contest.

This year’s contestants are sure to provide articulate and original speeches on this provocative topic.

 

 

Baseball, softball get first wins

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Junior Brian Cohen got his first varsity win against Pembroke. photo courtesy of Rockland High Sports

The RHS baseball and softball teams both beat Hull yesterday.  For softball it was their first win.  The baseball team has won two so far.

For softball their record is now 1 win and 1 loss.  In their first game against Monomoy, they lost 9-7 due to some errors.  A bright spot in that game though was Kylie Langhoff’s two run homer.  Against Hull the Lady Dogs dominated and won 15 to 3.  Hitting stars included Brianna Starkey who had two hits and 3 runs batted in.  Maddie Olsen also had two hits and 3 runs batted in.  Allie Sammon picked up the win, pitching all six innings.

The girls play Hanover today (Friday, April 4).

The baseball team as previously stated is 2-0.  They beat Pembroke by a score of 4 to 3.  Junior Brian Cohen got his first varsity win as he and Matt Clougherty combined to pitch six innings.  Against Hull the score was 8 to 5 in favor of the Dogs. Junior Brandon Kirby won his first varsity game as he pitched four innings of relief.

Purple Cobras strike again at dodgeball tournament

Photos by Caitlin Yannizzi.

The 2nd Annual Rockland High School Dodgeball Tournament was held on Friday, March 28 to benefit the Stephen P. Sangster Scholarship Fund. The Purple Cobras, defended their title from 2013, despite losing some players to graduation. The event was organized by the National Honor Society.

Nine teams of six players competed, including a team of teachers from Memorial Park Elementary, one from Rogers Middle School, two Rockland High staff teams, and five students teams. Each team needed to have at least two female members.

Sophomore Abby Kinlin, a member of Team Blitzkrieg, faced off alone on the court against seniors Matt Nicholson and Andy Reardon and dodged and ducked across the court to avoid getting hit. She joked that she “feared for her life” and tried to stay in as long as possible.

English teacher Amanda McDonough and math teacher Fred Damon were the officials, and Athletic Director Gary Graziano MC’ed the event.

Graziano said that Principal Alan Cron was the most improved player from last year’s tournament.

“There was question that [Cron] even attended a physical education class in high school, he was so bad. This year we found out that he took a one week vacation and went to a dodgeball camp in upstate Vermont [and] improved his dodgeball skills,” Graziano teased.

While Cron denies the training time, he attributed his improvement to “mental focus and a lot of meditation prior to the start of the match, as well as a lot of emotional support from Mr. Graziano and Mr. Burneika.”

Senior co-captain of the Purple Cobras Nicholson says, “I thought we were better this year because we added Andy and Ally [Cerrato] and RJ [Ryan Johnston].”

Nicholson was surprised by the victory, saying the team didn’t know their final victory was the championship game until it was over and they were declared winners.

Some first time players seemed intimidated by the veterans focus and determination. The teachers from the middle school even arrived with knee pads so they could give it their all on the court without risking injury.

“I am not athletic so it was a struggle,” says English teacher and first time dodgeball participant Kendra Donovan.

Despite her team’s loss, Donovan added, “I enjoyed the event and thought it was fun.

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Ribbons on sale to benefit Boston Fire

Red ribbons will sold before school Friday 3/28 in the RHS lobby and during all three lunches. Suggested donation is $1 to benefit the families of the two Boston Firefighters killed Wednesday 3/26 in the line of duty, Lt. Ed Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy.

Ribbons and pins were donated by Tilden’s Florist in Rockland, Hartstone Flower in Weymouth, and Embroid Me in Weymouth.

Sock it to us!

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The RHS Student Government Council is currently holding a Sock Drive. Bring in a pair of new socks to the cafeteria to help out the less fortunate in our community. The deadline is Thursday, April 17.

With your contribution you can help the non-profit organization, Skate for Change, make a difference. Skate for Change is an organization created by Mike Smith, a professional  skateboarder, who wished to help the low-income and homeless in the community.

All socks will be donated to Rosie’s Place and the Pine Street Inn.

Help us reach our goal of collecting 500 pairs of socks. Every act of kindness no matter how small can change the world.

Senioritis hits RHS

With the coming of spring tomorrow, we thought it would be a good idea for students and teachers to explain what senioritis is.  The following video was produced by students in Journalism, Haley Reardon, Bob Gasdia, Alex Peppino, Sam DeMarco and Harrison Shields and videographer Jenna O’Connor from the Digital Media class.

Bulldog Nation: Tournament time or all-year round?

By Caitlin Yannizzi

For those students who do not know, our boy’s and girl’s basketball teams along with our hockey team made it to the second round of tournament, and the state championships are being held around the state this week for most sports. Some students from our school are so dedicated and supportive of teams that make it into tournament that they got dismissed from school to see other schools play this week in tournament. When it comes to Spirit Week, a good deal of students complain about not wanting to participate, but when it comes to cheering on their schools teams in tournament, that is a different story.

What is it about tournament games for our school’s sports, that get more people excited and involved? Yes, it is exciting when Rockland High School’s sports teams make it into tournament and it is fun to get hyped and show our spirit, but isn’t that the same thing as showing spirit during a whole week of school?

Spirit Week makes each day of school more fun and perhaps even easier to get through. For others, that is not the case. Maybe it is the fact that it is only one or two days a week that tournament games are held, instead of five days in a row that make people more intrigued to participate. Maybe it is their ability to “show up” the other school’s fans that they are facing, and make our school and school spirit seem much better than theirs.

Spirit Week gives students the opportunity to do just the same things, to show off school spirit and have a little fun before a big event at our school is coming up. It gives people a chance to get their work done in class, but while dressed in a fun and creative way.

There are always a few people who will complain about the days chosen for spirit week, but there is truly no way to please everyone in the school. It is the same fact of the matter for tournament games as well. When students take the initiative to decide what theme they want to go by for tournament games, there must be some who do not agree, but in order to fit in with the crowd, they go along with whatever is picked.

What is it that makes any of this different from spirit week? During Spirit Week, although it may not always take place near tournament games, we are doing what we do to support and show school pride, and athletes are included in this as well. Students take the whole week to dress up and go along with various different themes, and normally end the week with a pep rally, in which we recognize our Special Olympians, and athletes of Rockland High School.

Why do people not put in the same effort into Spirit Week as they do for sports’ tournament games?

It is understandable that some people are more to themselves and are not as outgoing as others and may not like to dress up or participate, and maybe hate rallies. Those types of things are certainly not for everyone.

Just think of how amazing Rockland High School would look if everyone took part in the Spirit Weeks that we have every year. It would mean an great deal to the teams and clubs that are involved with Spirit Week and might not be in tournament, or maybe just kids who do not get that much attention in our school if Bulldog Nation took on the challenge of Spirit Week with as much enthusiasm and participation as they do for sports and tournament games.

The following link will take you to a student produced video on this subject.

Broadway Night is a “Wicked” Success

Leah DeCecco performs "Defying Gravity" from the musical "Wicked"

Leah DeCecco performs “Defying Gravity” from the musical “Wicked”

Story and Photo by Kylie Langhoff

Veritas News Editor

Rockland High’s band and chorus brought the house down last Friday in their annual Broadway Night performance. As always, the musical selections were phenomenal. The students performed songs from the musicals Miss Saigon and Wicked, resulting in an expected success.

As the curtains opened, the RHS band kicked off the show with a medley of songs from Miss Saigon. This musical depicts the complex relationship between an American soldier and a Vietnamese prostitute during the Vietnam War.

Senior Jacob Mesheau portrayed that soldier, appearing on stage in camouflage and sang “Why God, Why?”

Sophomores Leah DeCecco and Lauren Illes sang, “Movie in My Mind,” with chorus and band members filling out the ensemble of the scene.

A second duet by sophomore Ella Engle and senior Nheillya Rouse followed with “I Still Believe,” showing the pain the soldier’s wife at home and mistress were both experiencing.

Senior Olivia Olsen melted hearts throughout the auditorium as she sang “I’d Give My Life For You,” acting as a mother to fellow chorus member Genesis Rojas’ younger brother while he colored on stage. Hector Rojas played the son of the soldier and the prostitute.

Closing out the solos for the Miss Saigon performances, Engle beautifully sang, “Now That I’ve Seen Her.” The RHS chorus then closed out the first half of the show with the song “Bui Doi.”

After a short intermission, several chorus members transformed Wicked, a musical that dramatizes the early years of the witches from the Wizard of Oz, was a fitting showcase for this year’s Broadway Night’s talented singers.

The RHS chamber choir opened with “Dear Old Shiz,” followed by the bubbly freshman Sophie McClellan singing a crowd favorite, “Popular.”

DeCecco said she was excited to perform her solo of “Defying Gravity,” saying she’s been a fan of the song for years.

Kayla Frazer performed her last solo in a Rockland High Broadway Night, singing “I’m Not That Girl.”

“I was sad it was my last one, but it was a moment I would never forget,” says Frazer.

In a romantic duet, freshman Lucas Haas and sophomore Kalee Lucier-Hill sang, “As Long As You’re Mine.”

McClellan then followed with another dynamic solo of “The Wizard And I.”

Although there were some technical difficulties with the microphones, senior Ian Haas and Engle, as the Wizard of Oz and the “Wicked Witch,” had the crowd clapping along to “Wonderful.”

Lucier-Hill then came back on stage to follow her duet with a solo performance of, “No Good Deed.”

In the last vocal performance, Illes came on stage in a beautiful, pink princess dress and did a duet of “For Good” with Rojas.

To wrap up the night, the RHS band played many different selections from Wicked.

This year’s production took the audience on a journey of desperation to acceptance. The two diverse musicals couldn’t have had a more positive result, making this year’s annual Broadway Night one to remember.

NHS induction right around the corner

RHS SGC plunges for Special Olympics

By Lexie Carchedi

In Hyannis on March 5th, seventeen Rockland High School students and one faculty member plunged into the freezing cold water in support of the Special Olympics. Five other students and one more teacher cheered them on as they braved the water.

As a part of the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils leadership conference, students were able to support Special Olympics by participating in the Polar Plunge. Students supported and participated in this event by raising money, cheering, and/or by simply putting one toe in the water.

Senior Jackie Carlson raised money and cheered on her fellow student government council members as they ran into the icy water. She had a great time and would “definitely raise money for the Special Olympics again.”

Some students went above and beyond to support the Special Olympics. Sophomore Caitlin Yannizzi raised more than five hundred dollars. English teacher, Kristen Walsh, freshman Jeffre Donahue, sophomore Lexie Carchedi, juniors Dennis McPeck and Jenna Novio, and senior Molly Garrity fully submerged themselves in the freezing water instead of just going up to their ankles or waists.

Sophomore Johnny Murray found the Polar Plunge to be fun even though it was cold. His only regret was not going all the way under.

Freshman Adam Royle and Donahue were veterans at plunging into the freezing cold water, having plunged previously at Rexhame Beach in Marshfield on New Years Day. However, they enjoyed this one better because they were able to be with a larger group of friends and in a better atmosphere.

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First time plunger, senior Brian Leonard would without a doubt participate in another Polar Plunge after finding this one to be “a fun experience.”

Aside from plunging, students were able to participate in other events. People from other schools dressed in creative costumes to take part in the costume contest that took place before the plunge.

Students were also able to take part in pledging to the “Spread The Word To End The Word” campaign. This is a campaign designed to end the use of the r-word in a negative and inferior manor. By pledging, many RHS students became a part of the inclusion revolution.

RHS raised almost one thousand dollars, naming us the third highest fundraisers. In total, all of the schools who participated in the Polar Plunge raised almost ten thousand dollars.

Last Wednesday, students from Rockland participated in the Polar Plunge in order to support a good cause, the Special Olympics. Whether they plunged, raised money, or cheered each other on, they braved the elements to have, like Leonard said, “a fun experience.”

RHS SGC travels to Hyannis for annual MASC conference

By Abby Kinlin 

March 5th, 6th, and 7th, Student Councils from all across Massachusetts came together in Hyannis, like they do every year, to form the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils, also known as MASC. This three day leadership conference helps selected members of student council bring back ideas that would help their schools and town.

Freshman Adam Royle says, “I expected it to be awesome like everyone said.”

Students attended four workshops intended to help them meet new people and bring together ideas from each town and help spread new fundraisers that would benefit other schools. There was also two keynote speakers, John Beede and Billy Cordes. Both men shared their inspirational stories and taught students how to have fun while helping others and reaching your goals.

Senior Jackie Carlson says, “My favorite part is bonding with our council.”There was also a banquet to recognize all the outstanding work individuals and councils have done throughout the year. Sophomore Caitlin Yannizzi raised over five hundred dollars for the first ever MASC Polar Plunge to raise money for the special olympics. Those donations made her the third most successful fundraiser out of all students in attendance.

Yannizzi says, “It felt good to have raised as much money as i did for such a great cause.”

At the end of the three days, students left for their own towns to bring back ideas that will help set goals for their student councils and further better their schools.

Senior Brian Leonard says “It makes me depressed that i’m never going to go to one again.”

Winter sports teams have success

The cheerleaders placed first in the regional winter cheerleading competition on March 2. photo by Kelley Reale

The cheerleaders placed first in the regional winter cheerleading competition on March 2. photo by Kelley Reale

By Alex Peppino, Veritas Sports Editor
Contributing reporters: Harrison Shields, Georgia Panagiotidis and Haley Reardon  
Photos courtesy of Kelley Reale

All the winter sports except for winter cheerleading have come to an end for the 2013-2014 season.

Following is a wrap-up of the results of the teams’ tournament games.

The boys hockey team with a record of 12-6-4 was seeded 7th in the Division Three South. They  played two tournament games. The first was at home against Bourne that they won 6-1. Shawn Kane had five goals and the team advanced to the quarterfinals at Gallo Arena in Bourne last Sunday where they lost 5 to 3 to Diman Regional of Fall River. Diman was the #2 seed in the South with a record of 15-4-2.

Despite the loss it was a very successful season and in the Patriot Ledger Coach Flaherty said that the seniors had brought respect to the program. “They’ve put Rockland hockey back on the map,” said Flaherty.

Senior captain, Tim Daggett said, “As talented of a team that we had, I expected a lot more. We should have won games that we lost and simply didn’t perform to our abilities. It’s a shame we went out the way we did but playing hockey at Rockland High was some of the best years of my life. I’m going to miss it.”  All-Stars this year were Tim Daggett, Colin Sheehan, Trevor Trudeau, Andy Reardon and Shawn Kane.

The girls basketball team, with a record of 13-7 was seeded eighth in the tournament and got a home game. They were matched up with league rival, East Bridgewater.

In an intense game they beat EB 42-30 to move on to a Division 3 quarterfinal game on Friday night Feb.28  vs. Bourne, the #1 seed. Bourne’s experienced senior line-up showed as the girls lost 45 to 41.  Ally Cerrato had 20 points and closed out a terrific career.

Kyra Rose and Ally Cerrato made the all-star team. Sophomore Kyra Rose was Player of the Year in the South Shore League.

The boys basketball team, seeded fifth with a record of 15-5  beat #12 seed Dennis-Yarmouth at home in an opening round game.  They then had to travel to Westport, the number 4 seed, where they lost 65-59.  One of the most exciting games at RHS in a long time was the last minute victory against league champion Cohasset, coming off an offensive rebound put back by John Furr.

Matt Nicholson the Dogs’ veteran captain who also was Player of the Year in the South Shore League had 21 points in his last game as a Bulldog!

Coach Damon says, “Looking back at it, it was a great season. If you had told me four months ago we’d be in this position, I wouldn’t have believed it. I was happy when we started playing well, I just wished we kept it going.”

John Furr and Ian MacDonald were also South Shore League All-Stars.

In wrestling junior Dennis McPeck (220) and senior Bob Gasdia (182) both placed second in the Division 3 Sectionals in Cohasset held on February 14.  This qualified them for the State tournament in Foxboro where Gasdia placed sixth.  Gasdia went on to All-States.  Even though he did not place, he did well in his first match against the Division Two State Champion.

Athletic Director Graziano says, “I’m very proud of how much the team improved this year.”  Graziano also recognized Dennis McPeck and Bobby Gasdia for being undefeated in league meets and making the SSL All-Star team.

Last but not least, winter cheerleading is the one team that won a championship this winter.   In their league meet at East Bridgewater on Feb. 15,  the cheerleaders with their new routine, placed second behind rival East Bridgewater.  While not able  to defending last year’s league title, this gave the girls the chance for redemption as they moved forward to regionals held at Whitman-Hanson on March 2.  There they came in first.

This qualified them for the State Championship on Sunday, March 9, at Tantasqua Regional High School in Fiskdale Mass. where they did a great job but came in third.

Junior Krystin Killion told us, “Winning regionals was the best feeling, being back on top, and we have a very good chance. We just have to keep doing what we are doing and we can get another ring.”

All-Stars have been announced: They include Sarah Fitzgerald, Haley Reardon, Maddie Daly and Sam Aylward.

Congratulations to all our winter tournament teams!

RHS Theater Guild honored at the METG Preliminary Round

Saturday, March 1st, select members of the RHS Theater Guild traveled to Joseph Case High School in Swansea to participate in the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG) preliminary round.

The guild competed against seven other schools from the state with their performance of Almost, Maine. The same play was performed at RHS last spring and was then recast and shortened to approximately thirty-five minutes before being submitted to the METG preliminary round.

The play consisted of four scenes that each featured a different resident of Almost, Maine’s experience with falling in love. Although the guild did not move on to the next round, several awards were given to the guild, including a stage manager’s award and three all-star cast awards. Senior Chris Catania received an award for his performance as Jimmy in the play while juniors Markus Rohwetter and Pearse McNally received awards for their ensemble performance as Chad and Randy.

Danielle Hill progresses to state finals in Poetry Out Loud competition

RHS junior Danielle Hill was named one of the top six participants in Poetry Out Loud’s Cape Cod regional semi-finals on Sunday, March 2nd. The competition was held at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth and lasted approximately four hours. Hill performed two poems, The Enigma by Anne Stevenson and Happiness by Paisley Rekdal.

Hill will now move on to the state competition next Sunday, the 9th, at which she will perform the same two poems in hopes of making it to the national level in Washington DC as the sole representative of Massachusetts.

Graduate Christopher Carchedi made it to the state finals last year as well, but was unsuccessful in making it further.

RHS students and faculty, especially those in the English department, are both proud to be represented by Hill and impressed with her progress in the competition.

Hill reciting one of her poems at the regional competition

Hill reciting one of her poems at the regional competition

English teacher Ms. Amy Woodward with Danielle Hill and her mother

English teacher Ms. Amy Woodward with Danielle Hill and her mother

A photo gallery of the RHS Poetry Out Loud contest held on January 29 can be found here.

Theater Guild to compete in Festival tomorrow

Sandrine meets her old boyfriend at the bar on the night of her bachelorette party.

Leah DeCecco, shown here in last year’s Almost Maine production, will once again perform in the scene, “Sad and Glad.” photo by Georgia Panagiotidis

By Georgia Panagiotidis, Veritas Managing Editor

The Rockland High School Theater Guild will be setting up stage for the High School Festival Preliminaries at Joseph Case High School in Swansea on March 1, 2014  at 5:30 pm.

Last year the RHS Theater Guild entered the competition sponsored by the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild for the first time since the 90’s with the play “Lets Get Angsty” which was written and directed by former RHS student Joe Palana.

With the experience of last year the RHS Theater Guild hopes to push past the perliminaries phase and go onto the Semi-Final Round which would take place on March 15th. Mrs. Armstrong, RHS Theater Guild advisor explained the value of last year’s experience. “We learned a bunch and are better off this year,” she said.

There will be 112 schools competing in fourteen different locations throughout the state.  In Swansea Rockland will be competing against Acton-Boxborough, Hingham, Joseph Case and four other schools. Mrs. Armstrong said, “Joseph Case was amazing last year. We are looking forward to seeing their performance.”

Mrs. Armstrong  explained that this year RHS will be performing four scenes from  Almost Maine, one of last year’s Theater Guild productions. She said, “I am hoping to do well, but the point is to learn and have fun.” She also explained that she hopes the students will take away a sense of camaraderie, the skills of teamwork, and self pride” because the scenes are completely student driven.

The scenes will include: “Sad and Glad,” directed by Pearse McNally with Chris Catania, Ella Engle and Leah DeCecco; “This Hurts,” directed by Chris Catania with Sean Vo and Jace Williams; “They Fell” directed by PJ Butler with Pearse McNally and Markus Rohwetter  and “Story of Hope,” directed by Nicole Cook with PJ Butler and Lauren Illes.

Tickets  will be available at the door of Joseph Case High School in Swansea for $10. Break a leg!

For more information you can go to the Mass Festival website at http://metg.org/festival/h-s-festival/high-school-festival-preliminaries-2014/

Hockey team continues their tournament down in Bourne on Sunday

By Alex Peppino, Veritas Sports Editor

The hockey team won their first tournament game 6-1 against Bourne at the Rockland Rink on Tuesday night. Shawn Kane scored 5 of the goals followed by Shane Murray with the final goal. Tim Daggett assisted on two of the goals.

Now with a great start into the tournament, they will play Diman Regional from Fall River on Sunday March 2nd at Bourne at 4:45 pm.

Click on this link to get the MIAA pairings.

Shawn Kane fires a shot.

Shawn Kane fires a shot.

Shawn Kane's scores one of his five goals against Denniw Yarmouth.

Shawn Kane scores one of his five goals against Dennis Yarmouth. photos by Kelley Reale

Kyra Rose and Matt Nicholson named Players of the Year in South Shore League

At the recent basketball all-star meetings, the coaches of the girls and boys basketball teams in the South Shore League chose two Rockland High School players as Players of the Year! Congratulations to Kyra Rose and to Matt Nicholson.

Coach Mitchell said Kyra’s accomplishment is awesome. She explained, “The girls team hasn’t had a player of the year since 2000 and the fact that she’s a sophomore shows great potential.”

Both Matt and Kyra will be leading their teams into the Division 3 South tournaments starting tonight with the boys and tomorrow with the girls at home. Both games begin at 6:30.

Basketball players, Kyra Rose and Matt Nicholson were selected as Players of the Year in the South Shore League.

Basketball players, Kyra Rose and Matt Nicholson were selected as Players of the Year in the South Shore League.

SAT class for juniors

Registration for an SAT prep class is available for juniors at RHS who will be taking the SAT’s this spring.

The deadline to sign up for the eight week class is this Friday, Feb. 28.

Click on this link to read Dr. Cron’s letter to students, parents and guardians about this course offered at RHS.

Attached is the SAT class application form: SAT Prep flyer

 

Boys basketball team honors senior players and cheerleaders

Last week the boys basketball team held its annual Senior Night before their game with East Bridgewater.  The senior players and the senior cheerleaders were recognized for their dedication to RHS! Photos by Kelley Reale.

Girls Basketball Seniors Honored

At Wednesday’s final regular season home game the senior members of the girls basketball team were recognized. They include Ally Cerrato, a four year varsity player, Sami Murray, a four year member of the program and Georgia Panagiotidis, manager of the team this year.

Congratulations to these senior girls basketball players.

Senior Ally Cerrato (left) with her mom and grandmother, Georgia Panagiotidis (center) and Sami Murray with her mother and father were recognized by Coach Diana Mitchell at the girls last regular season home game.

Senior Ally Cerrato (left) with her mom and grandmother, Georgia Panagiotidis (center) and Sami Murray with her mother and father were recognized by Coach Diana Mitchell at the girls last regular season home game.

Senior Hockey Salute

Congratulations to the senior hockey players who played their last regular season hockey game yesterday and beat Mashpee 10-0.  Wow!!

senior hockey players

Senior hockey players: Nick DeMarco, Shawn Kane, Andy Reardon, Tim Daggett, Nick Kinlin and Trevor Trudeau at the Rockland Rink. Photo by Kelley Reale

Check out these self-portraits!

The RHS Art Department has placed twelve of its art students’ self-portraits in the display cases outside the auditorium.  When you get back to school make sure that you check these out up close. They are all unique and reveal each artist’s individual talent.

self-portrati

Sam Levesque’s self-portrait

Brian Huntress' self-portrait

Brian Huntress’ self-portrait

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Art Students find Keys to Success

Signing up for courses will begin this month!

A Message from Rockland High School Principal, Dr. Alan Cron

February 5, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The time to select classes for the upcoming 2014-15 school year is upon us.  This year, with help from guidance counselors, students will register for classes online during school using their X2 Aspen student account.  Although course sign-ups will be initiated during school, changes to your son or daughters course selections can be made from home during throughout the registration period (2/24-27) or by contacting the guidance office.

We encourage you to play an active role in this important process.  One way to begin is to sit with your son or daughter and read the “Program of Studies” which is available for download at the RHS Web Page.

Pages 4-7 of the Program of Studies contain especially important details to consider when choosing courses.

Here are a few upcoming deadlines to keep in mind regarding 2014-15 class scheduling:

February 6-10            Guidance counselors visit classes to explain the course selection process to students’grades 8-11

February 14               Teachers finish entering course recommendations into X2

February 24-27          Students enter Course Requests into X2

March 4                     Hard copy of Student Course Requests mailed home for final verification

March 11                   Changes due back from students and parents to RHS guidance on or before March 11

If you have any questions regarding the course selection process or anything related to the Program of Studies, please contact the guidance office at 781-871-8410.  If you have any questions or problems regarding your ASPEN portal, please contact data manager, Sara Hologitas at shologitas@rocklandschools.org or by calling the office at 781-871-0541 ext. 1111.

Kind Regards,

Alan Cron, Ed.D.

Principal

Danielle Hill comes in first at Poetry Out Loud competition

The following eleven participated in Poetry Out Loud on January 29

The following eleven participated in Poetry Out Loud on January 29.  Back, left to right: Alyssa Collins, Brian Leonard, Pearse McNally, Molly Garrity and PJ Butler.  Front: Danielle Hill, Vivian Nguyen, Victoria Pratt, Marina McCauley, Sean Vo and Hannah Millen.

The annual Poetry Out Loud competition was held on Wednesday night Jan. 29 in the lecture hall at the Rockland Middle School.

Mrs. Woodward who coordinated the event said, “I thought it  was fantastic. There was a good group of people; eleven is a wonderful number and a good length for the program. But beyond that every competitor did well. There wasn’t anybody that my heart had to bleed for. There are numerous people that are so strong that I would be happy to go to the semi finals with them!”

After each student recited two poems, one in each of the two rounds, junior Danielle Hill was chosen to be the one that Mrs. Woodward will be taking to the semi-finals on March 2nd in So. Yarmouth.

Danielle recited each of her poems flawlessly and although one judge suggested she project her voice a little more, she was judged to be the winner based on her poise and expressiveness.

Coming in second was PJ Butler, followed by Pearse McNally.  Click on this link to see a photo gallery of some of the performances.

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