Winter Athletic Schedule Revised

Following is the Winter Athletic Schedule, revised on Nov. 29.  Check Graz’ Twitter for any additional changes.  Good luck to all the teams this winter!



Holiday stroll taking place 11/26

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

After you’ve packed up your Thanksgiving leftovers, it’s time to jump into the Winter Holiday spirit. On 11/26 from 4-7 pm, the Saturday after Thanksgiving Rockland is closing off Union Street for their 22nd annual Holiday Stroll.

This annual town event hosted by the Rockland Friends Committee is a great time for the town to come together and kick off the holiday season. Citizens are able to walk around and socialize go to different shops, enjoy treats, and drink hot cocoa; there’s even events and activity for the kids to do.  Also, the big man himself, Santa Claus makes a star appearance for the children to tell him their wishes and take pictures with.


Rockland competes in WGBH Quiz Show

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

On November 13, Rockland seniors and current members of National Honors Society, Mo Youssef, Lulu Lima, Julia DiCenzio, and Noelle Atkins represented RHS in the WGBH Quiz Show. Rockland was one out of 125 Massachusetts schools that competed for 16 spots on Season 8 of High School Quiz Show on Channel 2 WGBH.

The group was accompanied by Mrs. Donovan to Brighton on “Super Sunday.” Once there, the teams had to answer 100 questions in separate rooms in the studio. Although Rockland’s team was not one of the 16 teams that was selected, Mrs. Donovan said it was a lot of fun and they excelled in answering the science and math questions.

RHS principal John Harrison said, ” We were well represented by these outstanding seniors.” He hopes that Rockland will compete again next year.


Left to right: Rockland High School seniors, Mo Youssef, Lulu Lima, Julia DiCienzo and Noelle Atkins. These seniors, all members of the National Honor Society represented Rockland High School in the WGBH Quiz Show competition held on Nov. 13, known as Super Sunday. The Rockland was one of 125 schools from throughout Massachusetts that competed for 16 spots on Season 8 of High School Quiz Show on Channel 2 WGBH. Photo from

Veritas News Broadcast Goes Live

The Journalism class has produced its first news broadcast of the year.  Senior co-editors, Sophie McLellan and Sean Vo served as anchors.  Jake Lauria, Julian Tarpey and Madeline Gear were on camera while Brittany Keefe and Jayden Libby directed the show.  Brooke Kimball and Rylee Kimball ran the audio and the teleprompter in the control room.  More Veritas News broadcasts are planned for the upcoming weeks so keep your eye on our website!

2016 Powder Puff Game

The Class of 2017 kept up the seniors' winning streak

The Class of 2017 kept up the seniors’ winning streak

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

Last night on November 18, the 2016-2017 senior girls played the junior girls in the annual Powder Puff game. In the end, the seniors won with a final score of 12-6.

Seniors Maddie Olsen and Mariah Richards both scored a touchdown for their team. The team’s quarterbacks were  Maddie Olsen and Erin Buckley. The seniors were coached by John Goode, Matt Dunn, Leo Field, and Mike McPeck.

Junior Erika Ochenduszko scored their team’s touchdown. Their quarterback was  Sydney McKenna. The junior coaches included Jake Lauria, John Baar, Aiden Glennon, and Jimmy Fitzgerald.

All in all, it was a fun, well played game by the girls that viewers and participants alike thoroughly enjoyed.

Click on Veritas photographer Maddie Gear’s photos from the game.


Powder Puff Game Set For Tonight at 6

The annual Powder Puff game played between the girls of the junior class versus the senior class is set to start at 6 pm on Thursday at Rockland Memorial Stadium. There is a $5 admission fee.

The Class of 2017 came close to beating the seniors in last year’s game, so they will be looking to come out on top this year.  Don’t miss this annual Powder Puff battle!

Juniors came out for the game and gave the seniors a game.

Team photo of the Class of 2017 at last year’s Powder Puff Game.

Juniors win the coin toss.

Maddie Olsen, Bridget Reardon and Colleen McCarthy won the coin toss last year. The Class of 2017 will look to win the toss and the game this year! Veritas Photo

Girls Soccer in South Sectional Final Sunday

The girls soccer team got by Cohasset on Friday, Nov. 11 in the Div. 4 South Semi-finals by a score of 2-1.

Rockland (14-4-3) will play South Shore League rival and two-time defending Division 4 South Sectional champion East Bridgewater (19-1-1) in the Sectional Final at 2:30 p.m. at Brockton High School.

Sophomore Brooke Jones got the first goal in the first half; freshman Lauren Buker got the second goal in the second half. Junior goalie Jaymie Atkins had several key saves and Bridget Reardon and Emily Beatrice kept Cohasset from advancing on numerous plays.

Coach Lauren Rizzotti, who is happy for the girls and pleased to advance to the final on Sunday, said, “This is a big win for us.’’

Click here for more details.

Cheerleaders win South Shore League Championship; go on to Regionals


The Rockland High School Cheerleaders came out on top on Thursday, Nov. 3 at Abington High School in the South Shore League Championships.


The girls now go on to the Division 4 South Regionals starting on Sunday, Nov. 13 at Marshfield High School.

They are scheduled to compete at approximately 2:45 p.m.
Admission: $7/$5

2016 Pizza Palooza


Yesterday, on November 9, the day after the Presidential Election, another important election took place in Rogers Middle School gym. Rockland citizens young and old gathered together to vote on the best pizza place in Rockland. The People’s Choice was Player’s Sports Bar and Grille of Rockland, Kids’ Choice went to Domino’s, and lastly the Judges’ Choice, done by a blind taste test, went to Yianni’s.

This event was sponsored by the Rockland Chamber of Commerce and families could get in for $20 and individuals for $10. All proceeds went to One Rockland, the fundraising group for all activities and sports in Rockland.  Mrs. Carla Dunn, head of OneRockland said, “We made over $2,400 and I would say over 200 people came.  I thought it went very well.  Lots of families and everyone that left said they were looking forward to it again next year.” 

The pizzas were  judged on the texture of the crusts, amount of sauce and cheese, the appearance of the pizza, and most importantly, the taste. Pizza shops that were involved include:

Dina’s Pizza


Mike’s Pizza

Themis Pizza

Player’s Sports Bar and Grille

Yianni’s Pizza

Rockland Bar and Grille

CeCe’s Pizza and Catering

Click on the photos below to see all the mouth-watering food and fun in photos by Veritas photographer, Austin Woods.

Tournament Teams Advance

All three tournament teams advanced to the quarterfinal round of the MIAA tournament; these games will be played tomorrow and Wednesday.

The volleyball team will take on Ursuline Academy Tuesday, Nov. 8 in the MIAA So. Sectional quarterfinals at Xaverian High School.  Game time is at 6 pm.  The Lady Dogs advanced with a 3-1 win over Sturgis East on Friday.  Find MIAA tournament info here.

The boys soccer team also advanced to the quarterfinals and will play at home on Tuesday at 2 pm against Apponequet.  The boys defeated Scituate in Rockland on Saturday by a score of 3-2 in a nail-biter.  Click here for tournament information.

The girls soccer team also won their first round game. They defeated  Ursuline Academy  3-1  and will play Sturgis West on Wednesday, Nov. 9  at 2 p.m.  at Cape Cod Academy.  Click here for MIAA standings.

Images Magazine Publishes Dreams and Nightmares

Images Magazine’s latest webzine edition is now on-line.  It’s called “Dreams and Nightmares” and includes drawings, photos and writing submitted by students.

From Images: “Dreams and Nightmares” :  “It’s a well known fact that everyone dreams. Each individual experiences their own, personalized dreams and nightmares. Whether literal or theoretical, we (the Images staff) wanted to know what the students of Rockland High dream of. Fall down the rabbit hole with the first webzine of the 2016-2017 school year.”

Click Here to see the creativity of RHS students.

Samples from Images: “Dreams and Nightmares” are below:


by Colleen Burke


Nicole Reera

My eyes close slowly

I wait for it to come back

To creep through the web

Of my skittish thoughts

My heart pulses quietly

Pumping fear through me

The cloud of silence

And black encases me in

A tomb of terror

I feel the nightmare

On the edge of my sleep

I feel the nightmare



Project Pumpkin Video

By Senior C0-Editor of the Veritas, Sean Vo!  Enjoy!

Senior Football Players and Cheerleaders Honored at Game

Rockland High School senior football players and cheerleaders had plenty to celebrate as they were introduced with their parents before the game with Pembroke on Friday night.  The Dogs went on to beat Pembroke 28-7 to complete the night, while  the cheerleading squad captured the South Shore League Championship on Thursday night.  Congratulations to both teams!!

It’s Tournament Time!

Three Rockland High School teams, girls’ volleyball, girls’ soccer and boys’ soccer, will be entering postseason MIAA tournament play starting on Friday, Nov. 4. Congratulations to all the players!

Also, three first year varsity coaches, Dan Kimball (soccer), Emily Murphy (volleyball), and Lauren Rizzotti (soccer) will be coaching in their first postseason tournament games.  Congrats to these coaches!


On Friday at 5 pm the volleyball team will take on Sturgis East from Hyannis in a first round game.  The girls with a record of 14-4 were seeded 5th in the Division III South Sectionals, therefore getting a home game in round one.  With a win the girls would play on Tuesday, Nov. 8 against Ursuline Academy. Good luck girls and Coach Murphy! For MIAA bracket link click here.


On Saturday at 2:30 pm the boys soccer team will take their 13-3-2 regular season record into the post season as the number 4 seed in the South.  They will go up against Scituate whose record was 9-7-2.  With a win, the boys would get another home field advantage and play the winner of the Blue Hills vs. Apponequet game on a day to be determined.  Good luck to Coach Kimball and the guys.  MIAA bracket link.

Also, Congratulations to SSL All Stars Jake Crawford, Darcy Guimaraes, Liam Lenihan and Lucas Gonsalves. Jake also received EMASS All Star honors.

On Monday at 2:30 pm, the girls soccer team will also play at home against Ursuline Academy.  The girls finished up the regular season with an 11-4-3 record.  They hope to continue on and would play the winner of the Monomoy/Bourne vs. Sturgis West game.   While it is Coach Rizzotti’s first venture into tournament play, she will be surrounded by veterans like Grace Oliver and Bridget Reardon who will look to make a run this year: one game at a time though!  Good luck to the girls!  MIAA girls soccer brackets.

2016 Project Pumpkin

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

This past Sunday RHS’ Student Government Council held its annual Project Pumpkin Halloween event. Kids were able to Trick or Treat in the halls, get their faces painted, venture down the Haunted Hallway, and have fun. Overall, the event, organized by SGC’s Jillian Donahue was yet again, a success and everyone involved had a good time.

Photos by Maddie Gear

Honoring SSG Sean O’Connell

Sophie McLellan, Veritas Co-Editor-in-Chief

On the cool, Tuesday morning of October 25, SSG Sean O’Connell was laid to rest after passing away from natural causes on the 15th.

O’Connell graduated from Rockland High in 1998 and went on to serve his country. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan, he was a recipient of the Combat Action Badge. He is survived by his parents John and Susan O’Connell, brothers Michael and Kevin O’Connell and grandson of Patricia Comeau. Though the family was grieving, they were not alone.

Stretching from the town hall and making their way all the way up to the Holy Family Church, students and teachers from Rockland Middle School and Rockland High School lined the funeral procession route to show their respect for the late veteran and Rockland native.

“He had a zest for life and lived every day to the fullest.” His obituary reads in The Patriot Ledger. “Sean’s laugh was as big as his heart. He will be dearly missed.”

With hands over their hearts and American flags held into the air, Rockland joined together to honor SSG O’Connell one final time. It truly exemplified the Rockland motto of “Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog.”


Students from Rockland High School and Rogers Middle School stood along the funeral procession route on Tuesday morning, Oct. 25 to honor the service and passing of SSG Sean O’Connell, a 1998 RHS graduate.   Veritas photos by Jayanna Parham.

Student Government Having a Busy Month!


Student government participated in the Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk on October 2. This event concluded the fundraising drive they organized in September, placing jars in all the classrooms and collecting $1700 for breast cancer. Because they raised that much money, Mr. Finn, Mrs. Shaughnessy, Mrs. Armstrong and Ms. Paulding all dyed their hair pink.

SGC also organized Spirit Week and the Mr. Rockland Contest, both big successes, leading up to Homecoming Weekend October 17-18.  Ryan Leavitt and Kaylee Patten were selected as Mr. and Miss Rockland this year!

Next, the Big 5 and committee chairs represented Rockland at Officer Shop on October 20.

Their next event is hosting Project Pumpkin on October 30th from 1 to 4 pm in the high school.  This is a big community event and everyone in SGC is working hard preparing for the day so that all the trick or treaters won’t be disappointed.  Click here to see last year’s Project Pumpkin Photo Gallery.



Shannon Lindahl, Julia DeCienzo, Noelle Atkins, Adam Royle and Taylor Gallagher at the Making Strides Walk for Breast Cancer. SGC photo.

Good job Student Government Council!


Shannon Lindahl, Taylor Gallagher, Noelle Atkins, Julia DiCienzo, Adam Royle, Jill Donahue, Sydney Wells, Macie Jones and Hannah Murphy.  SGC photo.

Student Government has a website now along with instagram, and twitter. Check it out for more information.

Pep Rally October 14, 2016

Last Friday the 14, Rockland held its first pep pally of the 2016-2017 school year. From many class roller coaster rides, and cheerleader performances, to numerous toilet paper mummies, everyone had a good time. All the classes had many laughs, sore hands from clapping, and lots of fun at the rally.

Below are photos taken by Veritas photographers Maddie Gear and Jayanna Parham.

RHS Reacts to Creepy Clowns

Mr. Rockland Photo Gallery October 12, 2016

Wednesday night, October 12, the Mr. Rockland competition was held. Out of the six competitors: Cornell McWilliams, Leo Field, Ryan Leavitt, Jeff Donahue, Adam Royle, and Evan Murphy, in the end, Ryan Leavitt won it all.  Check out the photo gallery below and look for our November edition of the Veritas to get more details.

photos by Sophie McLellan and Maddie Gear

Mr. and Miss Rockland Are Crowned

Spirit Week and Homecoming Weekend are now history! Highlights of Spirit Week included the pep rally, the Homecoming game (the Dogs won!) the Homecoming dance and also the crowning of Rockland’s new Mr. and Miss Rockland.  Congratulations to Kaylee Patten and Ryan Leavitt who received the honors and to all who participated.

Check back to this website in the days ahead to see our photo galleries of Mr. Rockland, Miss Rockland, the pep rally and Spirit Week.

Colleen McCarthy, Julia DiCienzo, Kaylee Patten, Noelle Atkins and Sophie McLellan.

Nominees for the title of Miss Rockland were left to right: Colleen McCarthy, Julia DiCienzo, Kaylee Patten, Noelle Atkins and Sophie McLellan.  Patten was crowned at the Homecoming Game last Friday night.  photo by Maddie Gear

Contestants for the annual Mr. Rockland Competition were seniors left to right: Cornell McWilliams, Leo Field, Ryan Leavitt, Jeff Donahue, Adam Royle and Evan Murphy. photo by

Contestants for the annual Mr. Rockland Competition were seniors left to right: Cornell McWilliams, Leo Field, Ryan Leavitt, Jeff Donahue, Adam Royle and Evan Murphy. Leavitt was crowned on Wednesday night, Oct. 12.  photo by Sophie McLellan.

Mr. Rockland pageant tonight!

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

Don’t forget! Tonight at 7:00pm in the RHS auditorium is Rockland’s annual Mr. Rockland Pageant. The contest is an all senior boys “beauty” pageant in which the winner receives  $200 in scholarships, a Chipotle gift card, and a designated parking space.  Some of the categories they will compete in will be talent, lip-syncing, formal wear and question and answer.  Good luck to the contestants!


L to r: back: Adam Royle, Leo Field, Evan Murphy, Ryan Leavitt, front: Cornell McWilliams and Jeffre Donahue will be competing for the title of Mr. Rockland in the auditorium tonight! Don’t miss it.

First Veritas Print Edition Is Now Available

The first print edition of the Veritas has been published. Reporters in the Journalism class at RHS have written updates on all the high school sports as well as reporting on the major events and issues in the high school.

Copies of the newspaper are available in Room 126 or see one of the Veritas staff members.  Members of the community can get copies of the newspaper in the high school office.  We will be publishing some of the stories on our website in the next few days.  Check for new stories in the pulldown menus of the website.

Congratulations to the Veritas Staff for publishing its first edition.



Veritas Staff 2016-2017

The Veritas Staff 2016-2017

Don’t forget Spirit Week!

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

As next week’s Homecoming events start coming around the corner, RHS is having their annual Spirit Week! This will be held all next week from Tuesday to Friday.


Last year’s juniors pose for Superhero Day for 2015 Spirit week.

The days include:

Tuesday: Neon and Tie Dye Day. Wear your favorite tie dye shirt and/or your brightest clothing.

Wednesday: Workout Wednesday. This can be as simple as throwing on a pair of basketball shorts or you can go full out with some awesome old fashion 80s gear.

Thursday: Hawaiian Day. Throw on a lei or Hawaiian shirt, it’s as easy as that!

 Friday: Class Tee Shirt/ Color Day. Show your class pride by representing with your shirt or colors for the Pep  Rally at the end of the day!

Spirit Week is a fun opportunity to come together as a school to participate in something as a whole. It also serves as a fun way to countdown to the Homecoming Game and Dance at the end of the week. The Homecoming Game will be on Friday and the Dance will be on that Saturday the following day from 7:30-10:30. Tickets will be on sale all week during Spirit Week.



2016 Seniors during Pep Rally’s Roller coaster.

Art teacher retires after 19 years at RHS


Superintendent of Schools, Alan Cron presented retiring art teacher, Sandy Gibson with a congratulatory plaque. Outgoing superintendent, John Retchless was on hand as well to congratulate Gibson on 19 years at RHS. Veritas Photo

Sophie McLellan, Veritas Co-Editor-in-Chief

When looking around at the halls of Rockland High School, it would be hard to miss the numerous pieces of students’ art that decorate the walls. There has been some unbelievable artistic talent at RHS but the true origin of it comes from Ms. Sandra Gibson. Ms. Gibson has been an art and photography teacher here at Rockland High since September of 1997.

After going to Rhode Island College and earning bachelor of science a degree in art education, Gibson began teaching at the age of 21 in Rhode Island. After years of teaching there and in an elementary school in Vermont, Ms. Gibson eventually found her way to Rockland.

From singing ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’ at Faculty Follies to taking her photography students into Boston every year, Gibson has many fond memories of her time at the High School. She says that teaching was never a struggle for her and that she has loved her time here. “Teaching art was always great. You have to work for a living and it’s really nice if you like what you do, and I like what I do. I’ve been really lucky. Making money wasn’t a hassle, I like what I do. I like coming here. It’s been my home.”

And every home has a family. Ms. Gibson was well liked among her colleagues and adored by many students. As the news spread of her retirement, many people came to say goodbye and wish her happiness. Senior Nicole Reera was one of the many who will miss Ms. Gibson. “I think she is an awesome person who is dedicated to what she does,” Reera says. “and [she] is a great teacher that has a passion for art.”

After nearly twenty years of inspiring young artists at RHS, Gibson had only one piece of advice left to give. “You’ve got to find your passion and go for it,” Gibson says “Because if you’re not happy with what you’re doing then you won’t be happy anywhere else.”

September 30th is her last day. Goodbye Ms. Gibson and thank you for everything!

Kata Medeiros and Cheryl Thompson congratulate Sandy Gibson at a reception held on Thursday, Sept. 29.  Gibson will retire on Sept. 30 after 19 years as an art teacher and department head at Rockland High School.  Veritas photo

Kata Medeiros and Cheryl Thompson congratulate Sandy Gibson at a reception held on Thursday, Sept. 29. Gibson will retire on Sept. 30 after 19 years as an art teacher and department head at Rockland High School. Veritas photo


In October, RHS wears pink!

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

Every year, people raise awareness of a disease that many has been touched by, Breast Cancer. Whether it’s a fundraiser, walk, or simply a day to dress in pink, schools all over the country come together in the month of October to raise awareness to end this horrid illness.

This includes the RHS! Throughout September, A-Block classes have been asked to donate money to help support the fight against Breast Cancer. Whichever class raises the most money by October 1 will win a free breakfast of their choice. Also, the two runner ups will receive a box of munchkins. If the high school is able to raise at least $1,000, Mrs. Armstrong, Ms. Paulding, Mr. Finn, and Ms. Shaughnessy will dye their hair pink.

cquwluiweaa0aaw RHS science teacher, Angelina Armstrong and RHS Vice Principal, Kathy Paulding pause for a photo op with their newly dyed pink hair October of last year.

Another event the RHS participates in to support the fight is the annual Making Strides Breast Cancer walk in Boston. Numerous clubs, teams, and students have signed up to participate in this year’s walk which is occurring this Sunday, October second. Students of all ages look forward to this walk every year because it is a time to spend time with friends, exercise, receive community service hours and raise awareness for a great cause.

cqe17x6ukai_dbo-e1444237661754RHS Girls Soccer 2015-2016 represents at the Breast Cancer Walk.

Don’t forget! Tomorrow, September 29, is RHS’s annual Pink Out Day! Get decked out in pink to show your support.

Images Magazine Looking for Submissions

Images Magazine is looking for submissions for its first webzine of the year.  The theme is “Dreams and Nightmares.”

Submissions can include any creative genre including poetry, stories, drawings, photos etc.  Students can go to the Images website at get some ideas. Look under Gallery.

Submit entries to

The deadline is October 17, 2016.  See Mr. Bigsby or Mr. Neal for more information.

Below is a photo by Shannon Lindahl from an Images Webzine: Hope and Change.

Shannon Lindahl

Shannon Lindahl

And this poem is from the same edition:

As the Seasons Change, Anonymous

 Change follows everyone

It is with you when you grab a coat instead of a sweatshirt

Or when you rake the leaves instead of mowing the grass

Fall is coming

 The harsh winter soon arrives

The snow starts piling up

Everyone shivers as the cold wind flies

As they clutch their hot chocolate cups

 Spring slowly creeps around

Its time short but sweet

Then summer comes in without any warning

And brings along the heat

See more examples from the Images Gallery!

Grease Cast List Posted

Sean Vo, Veritas Co-Editor-in-Chief

From Sept. 12th-15th, a great number of students auditioned for Grease, the upcoming December musical. Congratulations to all those who have been cast:


Front: Shandi Austin, Olivia Janis, Max Shepard, Navaeh Clara, Paige Donnelly; Second Row: Jocelyn Reera, Kerin Dalton, Jacob Leahy; Third Row: Sophie McLellan, Leah Drago, Megan Diver, Ryan Mott; Fourth Row: Michael Belmonte, Morgan Foster, Erin Field, Ali Landi; Back (top row): Jurnee Dunn, Madison Parlee, Ryan Struzziery, Michael Bodley

Missing from the cast picture: Kellie Berry, Yousra Bendarkawi, Adam Royle, Angelica Pacombe, Hannah Millen, Julia Dicenzo, Bridget Reardon, and Bonnie Gasdia.


  • Danny Zuko – Ryan Struzziery
  • Kenickey – Shandi Austin
  • Doody – Michael Bodley
  • Putzy – Morgan Foster
  • Roger – Madison Parlee
  • Sonny – Kellie Berry

Pink Ladies

  • Sandy – Sophie McLellan
  • Rizzo – Olivia Janis
  • Frenchy – Jurnee Dunn
  • Jan – Erin Field
  • Marty – Navaeh Clara
  • Vince Fontaine: Michael Belmonte
  • Cha-Cha: Yousra Bendarkawi
  • Eugene: Adam Royle
  • Johnny Casino and Teen Angel: Angelica Pacombe
  • Miss Lynch: Kerin Dalton
  • Patty Simcox: Ali Landy


  • Max Shepard
  • Jacob Leahy
  • Jocelyn Reera
  • Paige Donnelly
  • Ryan Mott
  • Genesis Rojas
  • Leah Drago
  • Hannah Millen
  • Julia Dicenzo
  • Bridget Reardon
  • Megan Diver
  • Bonnie Gasdia

Grease will be performed on December 9th and 10th.  Once again, congratulations to all those who have been cast!


Students Attend Internet Safety Presentation.

Sophie McLellan, Veritas Co-Editor-in-Chief

Facebook and Twitter and Snapchat, oh my!

Many social media pages are being used by the youth of our country to connect with others and represent themselves online. This is not always a good thing. From stalkers tracking your photo to colleges finding embarrassing tweets, there is a lot that could go wrong on these sites.

As the internet grows and plays a bigger part in everyone’s lives, it is essential to learn how to protect ourselves from the dangers it can bring. Katie L. Greer, an expert in internet and social media safety, came to the high school last Wednesday to lecture the students on how to keep themselves safe online.

Meeting with the middle school and high school students in the morning and then concerned parents at night, Greer gave advice to all who would listen.

After the presentation, senior student Luana Lima said “It was informative and I think it scared at least one kid into being more safe online.”

The event was sponsored by the Rockland Education Foundation and Rockland School Resource Officer Ethan Schnabel who worked to make the event a reality.

SGC Has First Meeting

The leaders of SGC posed for a picture after being elected last spring.

The leaders of SGC posed for a picture after being elected last spring.

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

As the school year kicks off, one of RHS’s most influential clubs, Student Government Council, got off to a great start at its first meeting which was held last Wednesday. With the new year comes new leaders, and this year’s SGC has new advisors: Ms. Amanda Lanigan and Ms. Joanne White, as well as the new ringleader of it all, President Noelle Atkins.

Atkins says she was pleased with the meeting. “[the first meeting] went better than expected. Honestly, I didn’t think a lot of people would show.” She said there was a pleasantly unexpected large turnout for the new faces of the freshman class. Ms. White also mentioned that she and Ms. Lanigan were impressed with the organizational skill of the Big Five- which aside from Noelle consists of Shannon Lindahl as VP, Taylor Gallagher as secretary, Julia DiCienzo working as treasurer, and Adam Royle, as publicity coordinator.

Some of the major events that took place at this meeting were class and committee meetings. Sophomore meeting attendee, Justin Sherlock said, “At the meeting we got a lot accomplished. The sophomore class finalized our class tee shirt design and solidified our class fundraiser.”

Later he explained what occurred at his Spirit Committee meeting which is led by senior Sydney Wells. “Being in Spirit Committee, we worked on ideas for Spirit Week and Pep Rally.” Both of these major school events are soon approaching.

The advisors and the club’s president left me with some final words of advice for the students looking to get involved, especially to the freshmen. Ms. Lanigan said if you are contemplating attending or getting more involved: “Take the risk- you won’t know till you try.” Ms. White also stated, “[SGC has an] eclectic group of the student body,” so there’s a spot for everyone. Although Atkins warned that her advice may sound “cheesy”, she said for the members to just be themselves and get involved as much as possible.

Student Government Council has officially started the 2016-2017 year with a fantastic first meeting turnout and some great plans for the club and school to look forward to. So, check out social media or listen to morning announcements for an upcoming SGC meeting and stop by; there’s a spot for everyone.

Bulldogs Defeat Cohasset 28-7 On Gridiron

Joe Taft – Veritas Sports Editor

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Photos courtesy of Rockland High Sports and Jeanine Reardon

The Rockland Bulldogs took on the Cohasset Skippers in the first game of the new football season.

They fell behind early, but the Dogs did not back down. They scored 28 unanswered points after going down in the first quarter to start the season off on the right foot with a win.

Senior running back John Goode found the end zone to tie the game at 7 with 2:51 to go in the first quarter. Goode ran for the one score and 50 yards.

Senior quarterback Matthew Dunn was finding success through the air on Friday night. He found junior tight-end Zach Sharland open in the end-zone for a nine yard touchdown.

Rockland led 21-7 after Dunn ran a 1-yarder right past the goal line for a score. Dunn finished the night 11-16 passing for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns, (one passing, one running).

Senior running back Noah Mazzilli ran for 47 yards. Junior Jon Barr ran for 72 yards, including a 52 yard touchdown run that ultimately pushed the score out of the reach of Cohasset.

Rockland takes on Abington this Friday at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, as they look to start a winning streak. They will try to avenge the loss they suffered at home against the Green Wave last year.

FINAL: Rockland 28-Cohasset 7


Weekly Update #4

Click on the following to read RHS Principal Harrison’s fourth community update.


Included is an update on Rockland’s sports teams’ records so far this year:

Sports Recap
We had a great first week of sports. It was fun to see the kids engaged athletics after school hours. Despite some challenging weather at the start of the week, by the end of the week we were enjoying the start of fall sports outside. If only we had the Fall weather🙂.

W 28-7 v. Cohasset (1-0)
Boys Cross Country
L 50 v. 15 v. Norwell (0-1)
Girls Cross Country
L 50 v. 23 v. Norwell (0-1)
Freshmen Football
L 14-8 v. Cohasset (0-1)
Girls Varsity Soccer
W 6-1 v. Abington (1-0)
W 5-2 v. Hanover (2-0)
Girls JV Soccer
W 4-1 v. Abington (1-0)
Boys Varsity Soccer
W 6-1 v. Abington (1-0)
Boys JV Soccer
W 2-1 v. Abington (1-0)
Varsity Volleyball
L 3-0 v. Middleboro (0-1)
JV Volleyball
L 3-0 v. Middleboro (0-1)
Freshmen Volleyball
W 2-1 v. Middleboro (1-0)
L 161.5 v. 93.5 Mashpee (0-1)

Weekly Update #3 from Principal Harrison

Principal Harrison’s Update is once again packed with information including a link to the all important September lunch menu, a link to bus route information, scholarship information for seniors, SAT and ACT dates, and a list of events coming up this week.

Principal’s Community Update #3

Weekly Update #2 from Mr. Harrison

John Harrison, new principal at Rockland High School, has published his second weekly update on his blog.  Go to  to see the latest information for the beginning of school and for the week ahead!

Also, information about new staff members is included for students who might have one of the new teachers!

RHS Principal Harrison’s 1st Weekly Update Packed With Information

RHS Weekly Update #1 Welcome Back🙂

AUGUST 18, 2016
In this first edition of the RHS Community Weekly Update you will find information on the following:
  • New Staff
  • Guidance News
  • Review of the Bell Schedule
  • Student Picture Day
  • Summer Reading Information
  • Handbook Changes
  • Information from the Nurse’s Desk
  • Updates from the Cafeteria
  • First Day of School Paperwork
  • Extracurricular Activities and Athletics News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Entry Plan Parent Meeting
  • Back to School Night Information
  • Staying Informed
  • Reflections
Go to Principal Harrison’s blog for all the back to school information that you will need!!

Music Department to Host Kenny Hadley Big Band / Summer Jazz Concert



If you like the idea of sitting outside on a summer day listening to the sounds of classic and contemporary jazz, an upcoming, family-friendly, community event in Rockland may be just for you.

Hosted by the Rockland Public Schools’ Music Department with funding by the Rockland Cultural Arts Council and One Rockland, the Kenny Hadley Big Band will perform on Sunday, Aug. 21 from 1 to 4 pm at the Rockland High School/Middle School outdoor concert area.  Admission is free.

Drummer Kenny Hadley’s 16-member jazz band has performed classic and contemporary big band jazz selections for over 30 years. The band’s musicians have extensive resumes that include playing with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Woody Herman, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, and Buddy Rich. Some members also perform and travel with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and the band also has played at the Boston Globe Jazz Festival.

For more information about the Kenny Hadley Band go to the band’s Facebook page.

Kenny Hadley Big Band scheduled to perform on August 21 from 1-4 pm at Rockland Middle School outdoor concert area.

Kenny Hadley Big Band scheduled to perform on August 21 from 1-4 pm at Rockland Middle School outdoor concert area.

On the following Friday evening, Aug. 26 at 6 pm, a Beatles tribute band, Studio Two, will perform at the same venue. For more information about this event go to this link.

For the Rockland community it will be two opportunities to enjoy live music, geared to all ages.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket, sit back and enjoy the shows; food and drink will be available.   In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held in the high school auditorium.

What a great way to close out a great summer!

For additional information about the Kenny Hadley show, contact RPS Music Director, John Piazza at




2016 Fall Athletic Schedule




Veritas Updates Principal’s Page

harrisonAs most know, John Harrison is the new principal at Rockland High School. He assumed his position on July 1. The Veritas will therefore be updating the Principal’s Page on the Veritas website, beginning with Mr. Harrison’s first post on his blog (below). So, as always, check this page on the menu bar throughout the summer and the school year to get the latest from Rockland High School’s Principal or go directly to his blog:

Friday, July 1, 2016
Greetings from the new RHS Principal!
July 1, 2016

Dear Rockland High School Community,

It is with great excitement that I begin as Principal of Rockland High School. I feel very fortunate to join a learning environment with a committed staff, passionate student body, and supportive community.

Over the past few months, I have enjoyed attending a variety of school-wide events that have allowed me to start to understand the culture of Rockland High School. I was impressed by the thoughtful expression of ideas and strong presentation skills our students displayed at the Spellman Oratorical Contest. I was amazed by the high quality talent our art and music students displayed at the Arts Festival. The care students exemplified for each other at the Student Government Council Awards Night not only indicated how strong this leadership organization is but the strong values our students have to support each other. I observed the level of rigor involved to be a National Honor Society member at the Induction Ceremony and left impressed at how the students ran the entire night from start to finish under the direction of their advisor. When I attended the prom and graduation, the strong connections between staff and students were evident and the tightly knit sense of community in Rockland stood out. The past four months have afforded me the opportunity to realize how lucky I am to be Principal of Rockland High School.

Over the the next few months I will be working on my entry plan as Principal. While I will be meeting with all stakeholders within the Rockland community throughout the course of the entry plan, one of the elements of this plan is to meet with students and parents. When the school year begins, I will sit down with students to better understand the strengths and needs of Rockland High School. Throughout the summer and into the fall season, I have set-up the following dates and times for parents to meet with me this summer:
Tuesday, July 19th
8am-9am: Room Location H141 (room across cafeteria)
6pm-7pm: Room Location H141 (room across cafeteria)
Tuesday, August 23rd
8am-9am: Room Location H141 (room across cafeteria)
6pm-7pm: Room Location H141 (room across cafeteria)
Wednesday, September 14th
6pm-7pm: Room Location H141 (room across cafeteria)

It would be helpful if all students and parents could take the time to complete this brief survey so I can get to know the Rockland High School community in anticipation of the upcoming school year. Throughout the summer, I encourage you to stay informed by visiting my blog at or following me on twitter @RocklandHS. I wish you a restful, well-deserved summer and I am very much looking forward to working with you.


John M. Harrison
Rockland High School

‘Devil’s Disciples’ defeat ‘God’s Children’ in Second Speedball Tournament

the champs

Devils’s Disciples captained by Joe and Dan Kimball defeated last year’s champs God’s Children. From left: Mike Ahern, Kevin Levesque, Jake Crawford, Joe Kimball, Steve Collyer, Dan Kimball and Jon Nguyen. photo by Hannah Boben.

Joe Taft, Veritas Sports Editor

The second annual Jared Lewis Quirk Speedball Tournament at Rockland High lived up to the hype. The returning champs, ‘God’s Children’, came back for a second run at a title. The large crowd in the gym saw an all-girls’ team battle through a couple of close games, as well as some other intriguing opening round matchups.

The ‘Spartans’, led by Kevin Strobel (WNE) as their goalie, defeated ‘The Lumberjacks’ in the first round and took ‘God’s Children’ to overtime before losing on day two. ‘Devil’s Disciples,’ led by the Kimball brothers, used a heavy-soccer tactic, and had a goal differential of almost +20 heading into the final day. ‘Bar Down’, captained by Joe Taft and Brett Schneider, played the Cinderella role after losing their opening game. They won both their games on the second day, including an upset win over the ‘Spartans,’ to advance to play on Friday. The ‘Thunder Donkeys,’ a team of strictly sophomores, rolled through the tournament to advance to the final day as well.

Though seventeen teams entered, only eight found themselves playing on the final day of the tournament. In the first game, ‘Bar Down’ continued their underdog prowess, defeating ‘Diversity’ in an overtime match. ‘Donnie’s Burgers’, led by Ian MacDonald and Pat Gorman, beat the ‘Barn Burners’ in the second game, also an overtime win, to move on to the next round. Bar Down was defeated by last year’s runner up, Team NB, and the young ‘Thunder Donkeys’ very nearly reached the championship before losing in a shootout with the whole crowd on their feet.

After the dust cleared, it was the championship matchup everyone was hoping for. Joe Kimball’s ‘Devils’ Disciples’ taking on Matt Clougherty’s ‘God’s Children.’ ‘God’s Children’ took the first game, setting up a decisive final game to crown the champion. The team’s battled hard, and at the end of regulation, defense was clearly the name of the game. A zero-zero tie heading into regulation was not what everyone expected from two high-flying offenses. Sam Collyer ripped a shot past Dylan Bernache in OT to capture the championship trophy for the ‘Disciples’. Collyer’s superior arm strength led him to the tournament MVP trophy as well.

Ryan Quirk holds a copy of the check for $3,800 dollars raised for his brother, Jared's Memorial Scholarship Fund at the second annual speedball tournament on June 8-10. photo by Hannah Boben

Ryan Quirk holds a copy of the check for $3,829 dollars raised for his brother Jared’s Memorial Scholarship Fund at the second annual speedball tournament on June 8-10, 2016.    photo by Hannah Boben

In the end, the tournament raised nearly $4,000 for the Jared Quirk ‘Good Guy” Scholarship. Some feelings may have been hurt on the court, but everything was for a great cause. Jared’s name will live on forever through the tournament, as well as through the mark he left on all of his classmates and friends.

photos by Abby Condon, Carolyn McCarthy and Hannah Boben.

Teams in addition to those mentioned were: Angels, Hands Off, Vicious and Delicious, Magical Mambas Scoop and Score, Hell Hounds, Diversity, and Italian Meats

Academic Hall of Fame and Underclassmen Awards

Left to right: Janet Colebourn Begin, Susan J. Darwin and David Oliver-Hussey

Left to right: Janet Colebourn Begin, Susan J. Darwin and David Oliver-Hussey

Three Rockland High School alumni were inducted into the Rockland High School Academic Hall of Fame on Wednesday, June 8 at the Emerald Hall in Abington.  They are Susan J. Darwin from the Class of 1979, Janet Colebourn Begin from the Class of 1982 and David Oliver-Hussey of the Class of 1984.

After the Hall of Fame Induction academic underclassmen awards were given out.  Following is a list of award winners and a photo gallery of some of the winners.

I Dare You Award Winner; Colleen McCarthy

I Dare You Award Winner; Colleen McCarthy

National Leadership Award (formerly I Dare You Award) – Colleen McCarthy

Rensselaer Medal Scholarship Award – Mathematics and Science – Mitchell Ryan

Recognition of Math Team – Grade 11 – Michael Belmonte, Luana Lima, Caitlin McArthur, Vivian Nguyen,; Grade 10 – Elias Csubak, Ronan McNally, Saoirse McNally, Alexander Domina, Joseph Naughton, Sean Sugrue, Haley Chase-Crocker, Nicholas Walker, Rebekah Panaro Grade 9 – none

 Art Awards: Shawn Ward – Boston Globe/Scholastic Art Show–- Two Honorable Mentions for Drawing; Colleen Burke – Second Parish Church of Hingham Art Show 3rd Place for 3D Art

Veritas Journalism Award – Adiza Alasa – Special Achievement Award from the New England Scholastic Press Association

High Honors Three Terms This Year – Grade 11 – none; Grade 10 – Stephanie Blaney, Sabrina Sprague, Sean Sugrue; Grade 9 – Adiza Alasa, Tyler Beatrice, John Ellard, Michelle Ramoska, Declan Rogers

St. Michael’s College Book Award – Luana Lima

Joe Naughton, Alex Domina, Ronan McNally and Saoirse McNally received certificates recognizing their achievements with an environmental project.

Joe Naughton, Alex Domina, Ronan McNally and Saoirse McNally received certificates recognizing their achievements with an environmental project.

 National Energy Education Award – “Amped up in Rockland Project”, earned the Massachusetts Rookie of the Year Award for: Joseph Naughton, Saoirse McNally, Ronan McNally, Alexander Domina

Academic Excellence Certificates and Academic Letters:

Juniors: Jessica Lutts;

Sophomores: Kellie Berry, Stephanie Blaney, Eden Dalton, Alexander Domina, Olivia Elie, Rebecca Elliott, Aiden Glennon, Harrison Hunter, Margaret Jones, Meredith Long, Lily Matson, Joseph Naughton, Danielle O’Brien, Harrison O’Brien, Matthew O’Brien, Christopher Penney, Zachary Peterson, Jocelyn Reera, Sean Sugrue, Isabelle Uong

Boys State – Matthew Dunn, Leonard Field III    Girls State – Julia DiCienzo, Colleen McCarthy    Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award – Jillian Schofield       Mass STAR Youth Leadership Award – Aiden Glennon

Art Awards: Ms. Thompson, Elizabeth Kelley, Hannah Millen, Jillian Scholfield

Art Awards: Ms. Thompson, Elizabeth Kelley, Hannah Millen, Jillian Scholfield


 Gr.     9            Elizabeth Kelley,

Gr.   10            Jillian Schofield, Samantha Stodder

Gr.   11            Shawn Ward, Hannah Millen


 Gr.     9            Justin Sherlock

Gr.   10            Aiden Glennon, Andrew Wile

Gr.   11            Andrew Finerty, Sara Boucher


Gr.     9            Francisco Oliveira

Gr.   10            Meredith Long, Kellie Berry

Gr.   11            Luana Lima

Jasmin Morse and Isabel Pica, Family/Consumer Science award winners

Jasmin Morse and Isabel Pica, Family/Consumer Science award winners


Gr.     9            Jasmin Morse

Gr.   11            Isabel Pica


 Gr.     9            Katie Houde

Gr.   10            Sabrina Sprague, Rebecca Taylor

Gr.   11            Tatianna Hill


 Gr.     9            Jacob Nunn, Lanaya Dutcher


Mr. Casagrande, Joseph Naughton and Michael Belmonte

Mr. Casagrande, Joseph Naughton and Michael Belmonte


Gr.   10            Joseph Naughton

Gr.   11            Michael Belmonte


Gr.     9            Angelina Vuong, Mireese Wilson

Gr.   10            Erin Field

Gr.   11            Sean Vo, Lauren Zaremba


Gr.     9            Sean Morrissey, Megan Diver

Gr.   10            Joseph Campanile

Gr.   11            Nicole Reera


Gr.     9            Marissa Smith, Alyssa Antoniewicz

Gr.   10            Danielle O’Brien, Stephanie Blaney

Gr.   11            Jessica Lutts

Ms. Wozniak with Mitchell Ryan, Justin Wright and Richard Pattison

Ms. Wozniak with Mitchell Ryan, Justin Wright and Richard Pattison


Gr.     9            Justin Wright

Gr.   10            Nicholas Stanton

Gr.   11            Mitchell Ryan, Richard Pattison


 Gr.     9            Declan Rogers

Gr.   10            Saoirse McNally

Gr.   11            Matthew Rocha, Julia DiCienzo


 Gr.     9            Elias Jones

Gr.   10            Ryan Kelley, Harrison O’Brien

Gr.   11            multi-winners


Nicole Atkins and Ms. Paulding

Nicole Atkins and Ms. Paulding


Gr.     9            Adiza Alasa                 English, World Language

Tyler Beatrice              Family Consumer Science, Mathematics

Michelle Ramoska       Mathematics, History/Social Science

Sarah Pollard               Art, Technical Education

Gr.   10            Sean Sugrue                Mathematics, History/Social Science

Gr.   11            Shannon Lindahl         English, Science

Noelle Atkins              World Language, Mathematics

Derric Trudeau            Technical Education, Physical Education

Overall Academic Achiever: John Ellard and Ms. Paulding

Overall Academic Achiever: John Ellard and Ms. Paulding



Grade      9      John Ellard

Grade    10      Eden Dalton


Class Officers for Next Year Announced

Jill Donahue, Veritas Asst. Managing Editor

Class elections took place on June 8, and officers were announced. Speeches were played in history classes throughout the week and students got to vote on who will be the best representative for them. Each class has a President, Vice president, Secretary and Treasurer. The final results are below.

Class of 2017:

President: Kaylee Patten

Vice president: Colleen McCarthy

Secretary: Shawn Ward

Treasurer: Julia DiCienzo

Class of 2018 - Izzy Uong, Hannah Boen, Jill Donahue, Hannah Murphy photo by Michelle Downey.

Class of 2018 Officers- Izzy Uong, Hannah Boen, Jill Donahue, Hannah Murphy photo by Michelle Downey.

Class of 2018:

President: Hannah Boben

Vice president: Jillian Donahue

Secretary: Hannah Murphy

Treasurer: Izzy Uong

John Ellard, Abby Condon, Justin Sherlock

Class of 2019 Officers – Madison Blonde, John Ellard, Abby Condon, Justin Sherlock  photo by Michelle Downey.

Class of 2019:

President: John Ellard

Vice president: Abby Condon

Secretary: Madison Blonde

Treasurer: Justin Sherlock

Senior athletes honored with awards

Winners of silver bowls for earning 10 or more letters in their high school careers were left to right: Shane Murray, Sarah Margolis and Caroline Kilduff. Shown here with Gary Graziano, RHS athletic director.

Winners of silver bowls for earning 10 or more letters in their high school careers were left to right: Shane Murray, Sarah Margolis and Caroline Kilduff. Shown here with Gary Graziano, RHS athletic director.



           (Senior female student/athlete)


            (Most inspirational female athlete)


            (Top senior female athlete)


            (Top female student/athlete)

JOHN BELL BULLDOG AWARD – Alexandria Carchedi

            (Female who plays over and above abilities)

JOHN BELL BULLDOG AWARD – Harrison Shields and Shane Murray

            (Male who plays over and above abilities)


            (Top senior male athlete)  


            (Top male student/athlete)


            (Most inspirational male athlete)

 JOSEPH DUNN AWARD – Kevin Levesque

            (Top student/athlete football player)


            (Female athlete that never gives up)


            (Male athlete that never gives up)


            (Female athlete that exemplifies sportsmanship)


            (Male athlete that exemplifies sportsmanship)

 ROBERT ELLIS AWARD – Joseph Kimball

            (Top Male Student/Athlete Basketball Player)


            (Top Female Track or Cross Country Runner)


            (Top Male Track or Cross Country Runner)

Veritas Final Broadcast of the Year: June 9, 2016

The final Veritas broadcast of the year includes an interview with retiring Superintendent of Schools John Retchless,  and RHS Principal Dr. Alan Cron. Highlights of the Class of 2016 Graduation and interviews with teachers about their summer plans are also included.

This broadcast was produced by members of the Journalism class. Jill Donahue filmed the graduates’ walk through elementary schools; Molly Grass conducted the interviews with teachers about their summer plans. Sarah Boucher and Rebecca Elliott of the Digital Media class filmed graduation; Hannah Boben conducted the interview with John Retchless and Adiza Alasa served as anchor for the broadcast with Theodora Panagiotidis, Kaylee Ellis, Joe Taft, Patrick Murphy and Hope Geary in the control room.

Graduation Ceremony June 3, 2016

Link to Graduation in photo gallery.

The Class of 2016 Graduation on Friday night June 3, 2016 was a bittersweet ceremony in which 129 received diplomas.  Following are details about the class.

Ryan Sugrue

Ryan Sugrue

Valedictorian: Ryan Sugrue

Salutatorian: Lexie Carchedi

Class president: Michael Ahern

Ashley Pezzella's cap

Ashley Pezzella’s cap

Class color: Navy Blue and White

Class flower: Rose

Class motto: Once a Bulldog, Always a Bulldog

Graduates: 129

Quote of the day: “Class of 2016, I wish you nothing but the best of luck. Don’t mess it up.” – Teacher Nicholas Liquori



Michael Ahern, Ashley Arena, Justin Arena, Trevaughn Augustine, Samantha Aylward, Erika Barstad, Sara Bistany, Lucy Boggs, Riley Bouchard, Jeremy Bradley, Mickey Burns, Joseph Callahan, Jonathan Cannon, Alexandria Carchedi, Sean Carney, Albert Clark, Samuel Collyer, Liam Connelly, Kevin Costello, Dylan Cunningham.

class offiicers

Class Officers: Mike Ahern, president, Matt Kirslis, vice president, Zach Pranky, secretary, and Sean Carney, treasurer. photo by Gary Higgins, Patriot Ledger

Shane Darcy, Leah DeCecco, Samantha DeMarco, Marquis Denis, Ashley DeWolfe, Andrew Doig, Kaitlin Dorney, Shane Driscoll, Shelise Dutcher, Kaylee Ellis, Mark Ewell, Meghan Foster, Austin Gareau, Brad Gasdia, Tamara Gibson, John Glennon, Brendan Goudy, Anthony Gramazio, Lauren Grisolia, Garritt Guerrero, Alyssa Hatch, Caitlin Hedges, Ryan Hooper, Sarah Hunter, Christie Hurley, Cassidy Hyson, Lauren Illes, Michael Ivanoskos.

group shot outside

Taia Johnson, Sarah Kane, Kylie Keefe, Caroline Kilduff, Samuel Kimari, Joseph Kimball, Brittany King, Abigail Kinlin, Matthew Kirslis, Elizabeth Knobel, John Lampert, Riley Lang, Raye LaPlante, Jr., Thomas Lavertue, Talya Lazisky, Daniel Leary, Jr., John Lenihan, Kevin Levesque, Jr., Kalee Lucier-Hill.

Brian MacDonald, Haley Macray, Owen Mahoney, Gregory Makarski, Liam Maloney, Jennifer Manning, Jillian Manning, Sarah Margolis, Russell McCauley, Brianna McConville, Kylie McKenna, Thomas McKim, Jr., Hunter Morris, Jeremy Morrison, Tyler Murphy, John Murray, Shane Murray, Jonathan Nguyen, Stephen Norris, Jenna O’Connor, Jared Ochenduszko, Prisca Okonkwo, Ryan Palmer, William Parlee, Myah Parsons, Ana Paula Pedra, Ashley Pezzella, Kaleigh Pishkin, Rebeca Portela, Zachary Pransky.


National Honor Society

National Honor Society

Carly Reardon, Gustavo Ribeiro, Mitchell Rice, Bella Rindone, Jo Roberts, Michael Rocha, Celia Rosa, Kyra Rose, Levi Sahn, Alecio Sampaio Jr, Taylor Schell, Ryan Shea, Harrison Shields, Steven Shorrock, Treasure Smith, Thomas Spengler, Alyssa Stanton, Adria Stephens, Ryan Sugrue, Timothy Sullivan, Jon Sylvester, Syann Teixeira, Kiera Tobin-Rosman, Angela Turner, Taylor Whitley, Erika Wiley, Patrick Winter, Makayla Wright, Hao Xu, John Yandle, Caitlin Yannizzi, Fanting Zhou.

Link to Graduation in photo gallery. with more pictures to be added as we receive them!

Class of 2016: Caps and Gowns

Before graduation seniors gathered in the gym to get ready for the ceremony.  Some steamed their gowns, all posed for pictures, and some showed off their decorative caps.  Following are photos by Hannah Boben and Michelle Downey, Veritas Photographers.  First a look at some of the decorated caps.

Pictures with friends, classmates, teachers and some selfies! We will be adding more to these galleries so keep checking back.

Check back to see our gallery of the ceremony itself!

It’s Official: The Class of 2016 has graduated

turning the tassel

Class President Mike Ahern directs the turning of the tassel, signifying that the Class of 2016 has graduated! photo by Michelle Downey


throwing the caps

The Class of 2016 celebrates by tossing their caps into the air! Photo by Michelle Downey


Check back to see more photos of the graduates and the ceremony!

Annual Speedball Tournament to Be Held Next Week

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Joe Taft, Veritas Sports Editor

As the end of the school year is upon the student population at Rockland High, usually the kids would have their minds set on summer vacation.

Since just last year, a newfound tradition at RHS has the whole school buzzing.

At the Jared Lewis Quirk Speedball Tournament, held at the high school from June 8th through 10th, 17 teams will all be vying for school-wide greatness.

The games will be 15 minutes long with no stoppages in play, and on-the-run substitutions are implemented, like hockey.

Ms. Walsh is in charge of the tournament, and has seeded all the teams and created all the match-ups. The champions of last year’s tournament, God’s Children, captained by Matt Clougherty, is the number one seed. Team NB, captained by Ryan Quirk, will be the 2-seed. These two team’s faced each other last year in the championship, and it took a shootout to crown the victor.

Though those teams are the heavy favorites, there are some other teams to watch out for heading into the tournament. The Barn Burners are led by Eddie Yeadon and features a team of 2016 grads, while Tyler and Terrence Gibson look to lead the Lumberjacks to the title.

The tournament will also feature an all-girls squad, named Hands-Off, who will go up against Italian Meats in the first game of the tournament.

No matter what the outcome, the tournament is sure to be a success. All proceeds will go towards Jared’s scholarship fund.

Let the madness begin!

Seniors Visit Their Old Schools

caitlin Yannizzi pauses outside Jefferson School

Caitlin Yannizzi is excited at Jefferson School. photo by Hannah Boben

Syann Teixeira and Mike Ahern at memorial park

Syann Teixeira and Mike Ahern are all smiles as they walk through the hall at Memorial Park Elementary School in Rockland. photo by Michelle Downey.

in hallway

Walking through the halls at Esten school are Sarah Margolis, Haley Macray, Meghan Foster and Lexie Carchedi. Also visible are Matt Kirslis and Mike Ahern. photo by Michelle Downey.


at Esten playground

Ryan Sugrue shakes hands with an Esten elementary school student. Behind Ryan are Lexie Carchedi, Sarah Margolis, Haley Macray, Matt Kirslis, John Murray. Veritas staff photo.

Veritas Staff

About 50 members of the Rockland High School Class of 2016 visited each of Rockland’s elementary schools on Tuesday, May 31.  The seniors walked down to Memorial Park School after visiting the Rogers Middle School.  After being greeted by the school children and some of their former teachers at Memorial Park School, they boarded a bus and traveled to Jefferson Elementary where they processed once again through the halls, the cafeteria and the playground.  The final stop was Esten Elementary where they were applauded by the school children as they visited the cafeteria, the gym, and the playground and walked the halls that many of them had once walked in their early days of school.

RHS Asst. Principal, Kathy Paulding,  said, “This event serves two unique purposes. For the younger students in the district who look up to our student athletes, or have them as a baby sitter, or are related to them, the walk serves as another way for them to see what their hard work can lead to. The goal was to inspire the younger students to strive to wear the cap and gown in the future. The other benefit of the walk is for our seniors to reflect on where they started this journey and to walk the halls of the elementary and middle schools again and remember how long they have worked for this goal and take pride in the accomplishment.”

Haley Macray was one of the seniors who took a stroll down memory lane.  “I think the event went really well. It was a reminder of how far I’ve come in the Rockland school system.  Going to Esten, my former elementary school was the most special part.  That’s where it all began.  Rockland schools have made me who I am and I owe them a lot.”

Macray also thought that the experience was great for the elementary school children.  “Being able to say hi and give high fives to the graduating classes to come was an incredible experience and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it!”

Rockland High School’s graduation is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2016 at Rockland Memorial Stadium.

Photos below are by Hannah Boben and Michelle Downey, Veritas Staff Photographers

Veritas ‘Man on the Street’: What will you miss about the senior class?

Veritas Staff’s Joe Taft and Kaylee Ellis put together this video getting students and teachers’ reaction to the Class of 2016.  What will you miss about those lovable seniors?

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