Four teams win SSL titles this winter!

Four Rockland High School winter  teams have captured their sports’ South Shore League titles this season.


The hockey team has had an outstanding winter season 2016-2017 and are South Shore League Champions.

The hockey team was the first to land on top with a win against Hull/Middleboro on Jan. 29.  The hockey team’s record is 17-1-2 in what many have called the best season ever for the squad.  It’s their first league title since 1991.  Check out Liam Lenihan’s story on the hockey team’s season here.

The Rockland-Abington Wrestling team.

The Rockland-Abington Wrestling team. They are  champs for two years in a row.

Next was the wrestling team with their win over Randolph on Feb. 1.  The combined Rockland-Abington squad has now completed  back-to-back title wins, having captured the crown last year as well. Read John MacDonald’s article about their season here.


The girls basketball team has captured the SSL Sullivan Division title again this year.

With a record of 13-5 and 11-2 in the league the girls basketball team has captured the Sullivan Division Championship.  They had lost to Norwell on Feb. 3 which meant that the two teams could have tied for the title but Norwell lost to East Bridgewater last Friday night, giving Rockland the championship alone.  With two freshmen in the starting line-up the team was perhaps not  not expected to do as well as they have. Here is Jayden Libby’s story on the girls’ season.


The 2016-2017 boys basketball team have won their second league title in a row.

The boys basketball team is the final team to win the SSL Sullivan Division championship.  They did that on Feb. 15 with a great win against Norwell, 62-57.  It went down to the wire but the Dogs prevailed. Here is Jake Lauria’s story on the boys’ season.

And although the swim team did not win a title, they worked hard this year.  Here is Josh Thompson’s story about the swim team.

Four teams, four titles! It’s been a great winter season 2016-2017, and as always, it’s a great day to be a Dog!

The schedule for upcoming games is on the right column of this website.

Bulldog Nation will hopefully support all the teams in their last regular season games so that they can get good seedings for the postseason play-offs.

RHS Annual Mini Golf Coming Monday!


Successful Season for RHS Mock Trial Team

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor



Back, left to right: Doug Reardon, Emily Delaney, Jeffre Donahue, Jasmin Morse, Elizabeth Kelley, Leo Field. Front, left to right: Corey MacDonald, Harry Hunter, Abigail Condon, Caitlin Cameron, Jad Bendarkawi.

For months now the Rockland High School Mock Trial teams have been preparing their arguments, studying their affidavits, and running numerous rehearsals of the case in preparation for their meets in January and February.

The team is coached by history teachers Randall Grimmett and Gregory Rowe.

The prosecution team included attorneys seniors Emily Delaney, Leo Field,  Doug Reardon, junior Harry Hunter, and sophomores Elizabeth Kelley and Jasmin Morse. The prosecution witnesses included sophomores Abby Condon, Caitlin Cameron, and senior Jeffre Donahue.

The prosecution had two meets in the season. The first was against Whitman Hanson where Rockland was able to pull off their first win of the season on January 25. Their next meet was on January 31 against Thayer where they put in quite the fight, but in the end lost.

On the other side, the defense team went against Braintree on February 8. The defense included sophomore John Ellard as the defendant. Attorneys included seniors Emily Delaney, Doug Reardon, and Leo Field, junior Harry Hunter, and sophomore, Jasmin Morse. Witnesses were senior Corey MacDonald, and freshman Jad Bendarkawi. In the end, the defendant was found guilty, although Rockland won in  points scoring.

Overall, RHS Mock Trial had a successful season after putting in much hard work and effort. This year, Mock Trial will be losing seniors Emily Delaney, Leo Field, Corey MacDonald, Harry Hunter, Jeffre Donahue, and Doug Donahue who will all be leaving the team on a high note.

SEMSBA Music Festival Auditions and Results


Five music students from Rockland High School and the Rogers Middle School recently auditioned for the SEMSBA Music Festival. From left: Olivia Janis, Sean Vo, Olivia Jones, Lauren Zaremba and Erin Field. photo courtesy of Lindsay Crook.

This past Saturday, February 4, auditions were held for the SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOL BANDMASTERS ASSOCIATION’s (SEMSBA) Music Festival, an annual music festival that includes a concert band and a chorus. It’s divided into Junior SEMSBA and Senior SEMSBA . Senior SEMSBA is strictly limited to high school music students, whereas Junior SEMSBA is normally limited to middle school music students.  Freshmen in high school have the option of auditioning for either. Sign-ups are just permission slips that have to be brought home to be filled out by the student and parent and brought back with a fee to a music teacher.

On Saturday, seniors Sean Vo and Lauren Zaremba auditioned for Senior SEMSBA chorus as a tenor and Senior SEMSBA band on tenor saxophone respectively. Junior Erin Field and freshman Olivia Janis auditioned for Senior SEMSBA chorus as sopranos. Seventh grader Olivia Jones auditioned for Junior SEMSBA band on clarinet.

The results were released on Sunday, February 5.  Vo and Field made it for the choir and Zaremba made it for the concert band. Janis and Jones did well in the auditions and gained experience for next year. The three upperclassmen will head to Durfee High School on March 24 and March 25 to participate in the Senior SEMSBA festival.

Rockland SGC Hosts Special Olympics Bocce Tournament

photos by Maddie Gear

Maddie Gear, Veritas Staff

The unified bocce tournament took place on Sunday the 29th at Rockland High School. This tournament was played by kids from all across Massachusetts, as well as their special education programs,” said Noelle Atkins, president of Rockland’s Student Government Council.  Sixteen Massachusetts high schools took part in the tournament.

Not only was it a good chance for Rockland High students to get community service hours but it was a chance to participate in something truly amazing.

“The unified bocce tournament is a Special Olympics event where kids from all across Massachusetts come together to play bocce with their special education program.” says Atkins.

Many of Rockland’s Pathway students participated.

For more about the tournament see the next issue of the Veritas which will be published next week on Feb. 14

Hockey Team Takes SSL Title


Celebrating after a goal against Abington last week. photo courtesy of Kelley Reale


The hockey team SSL Champions for 2016-2017. photo courtesy of Kelley Reale

The RHS hockey team has done it!  With a 3-2 win over Middleboro/Hull on Sunday night the team captured the South Shore League title.  They are undefeated in the league and after another victory on Wednesday, Feb. 1 against Coyle-Cassidy, 2-1, they hold a 14-0-2 record.

The SSL title is the hockey team’s first  in 24 years and only the 2nd title that they have won as outright champs (86). It is the 3rd title in school history overall.

HNIB has the Dogs ranked fifth in D3 after  two victories and a tie last week.  Rockland beat Abington, 5-1, and Middleboro/Hull, 3-2, and tied Cohasset, 2-2.


Seniors and coaches

Seniors and coaches

For more about the hockey team’s great season, and an interview with Coach Mike Flaherty, check out the next edition of the Veritas newspaper due out on Valentine’s Day!

Students Receive Awards at School Committee Meeting


Luana Lima and Dr. Cron.


Noelle Atkins and Mr. Harrison

January 27, 2017

On Monday, January 23, at the Rockland School Committee meeting, two Rockland High School seniors received awards recognizing their academic and extracurricular achievements.

Superintendent of School, Dr. Alan Cron presented Rockland High School senior, Luana Lima with the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents’ Academic Excellence Award. Dr. Cron said that Luana is “exceptional academically.” She is a member of the National Honor Society, Images Magazine. the math team, and the concert band, and is a peer mentor. Luana has achieved honor roll each term and received the St. Michael’s Book Award last spring.

At the same meeting Rockland High School Principal John Harrison presented senior Noelle Atkins with the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association Student Achievement Principal’s Award. Principal Harrison said, “Noelle holds one of the highest leadership positions in the school as president of the student government council.” She is also a member of the National Honor Society, and received the foreign language academic achievement award last spring and has been recognized as an academic achiever in English and mathematics.  Principal Harrison cited her ability “to balance an excellent academic record with all the things she does outside of the school day.”

Harvard Model Congress Students Want You to Dine at the 99


January 27, 2017

RHS students are raising money to attend the Harvard Model Congress Conference in Boston over February vacation.
They will be hosting a Dining for a Cause night this Monday, January 30, from 5-10 p.m. at the WEYMOUTH 99 Restaurant on Route 18.

Below is the form you can bring in or show on your phone.
They will also have raffles for gift baskets on sale.

Harvard Model Congress

This group attended Harvard Model Congress last year.

Harvard Model Congress is the “largest government simulation conference in the world,”  according to its website. It gives students the opportunity to see firsthand how government works. The Boston conference is one of several held throughout the country. Students who attended the conference last year spent four days and three nights in Boston. Read about last year’s conference here.

So, come to the 99 in Weymouth on Monday night to support our Harvard Model Congress students.


RHS Mock Trial team wins

mock-trial-teamJasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

January 26, 2017

Yesterday, on January 26, 2017 Rockland’s Mock Trial team won their first meet of the season at Brockton District Court House. They won their case and also won point-wise.

The team unfortunately had to miss their F Bock final in order to argue their case against Whitman-Hanson’s Mock Trial team. At yesterday’s trial, Rockland played the role of prosecution and W-H was defense.

Senior Emily Delaney was a stand-out for Rockland. She was one of the attorneys and provided the opening statement and cross-examined the defendant of the case.

Next Tuesday the team will be facing Braintree at Brockton District Court House at 1 pm.

Prosecution Roles 
Emily Delaney 
Leo Field
Elizabeth Kelley
Jasmin Morse
Harry Hunter
Doug Reardon


Caitlin Cameron, Abby Condon, Jeffre Donahue

John Ellard was RHS time keeper.

Rockland holds annual Poetry Out Loud Competition

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

On January 20 in the RMS/RHS Lecture Hall, Rockland High held its annual poetry recitation competition.

This event was hosted by Rockland Schools’ English Department Head, Carol Cahill. The event was made up of two rounds; in each round contestants from all grade levels recited one poem in front of three judges, who were Karen Bonn, Bill Boyer, and Jake Carey.

After many good performances, sophomore, John Ellard came in third place. Sophomore, Adiza Alasa came in second. First place winner was senior, Genesis Rojas.

Rojas will soon be participating in the regional competition that will take place in South Yarmouth. She will compete for a chance to go on to the State Finals.

Veritas News Broadcast January 18, 2017

The Rockland High School Journalism class presents its latest news broadcast, the first of 2017. Anchors are senior editors, Sophie McLellan and Sean Vo. Reporting for the Esten School report are Erin Kearns and Maddie Gear. The production crew includes: On camera: Maddie Gear, Jake Lauria and Julian Tarpey; Floor director: Brittany Keefe; Audio: Lucas Freitas; Teleprompter: Jayanna Parham; Director: Jayden Libby

Chris Herren speaks at RHS

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

This morning, RHS students and faculty congregated in the RMS/RHS auditorium to listen to the story and message of drug abuse and self-confidence from Chris Herren. This event was sponsored by Dan Biggins, Rockland school committee chairman.

The ex-Celtics star spoke of his high school drug abuse leading into his professional basketball career and overdoses. He explained the impact drugs have on families and provoked many high school students to contemplate their decisions and ask themselves “Why?”.

His story and message, although saddening, was quite inspirational. He went from overdosing four times on heroin to being someone his children can look up to and admired by many. Herren suggested others can bounce back just as he has if they make the effort. He urged students to be someone younger family members can look up to and to be someone their parents could be proud of while sharing the stories he has encountered on his journey.

All in all, Herren’s speech was inspirational and eye opening to many.

The RHS students and faculty would like to thank Mr. Herren for his wonderful presentation and to Mr. Biggins for this generous event.


Eventful Day and Night at Rockland High School Tomorrow

Students at Rockland High School will have an early release day tomorrow (12:30 pm), Friday, January 13, leading into the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday / long weekend. But before their weekend begins students will be attending an assembly in the morning.

Chris Herren captivated RHS students with his life story aimed at showing the horrific effects of addiction.

Four years ago Chris Herren captivated RHS students with his life story aimed at showing the horrific effects of addiction.

Former Boston Celtics basketball player, Chris Herren will visit RHS at 9 am to speak to students about the dangers of substance abuse leading to addiction.  He speaks from personal experience and his message is a powerful one.  Herren visited RHS  four and a half years ago in Sept. 2012 (story here and interview with Chris Herren here )

Students have been asked to wear purple to support the Purple Project Initiative that Herren has established.

Chris Herren's powerful book about his addiction to alcohol, pain killers and heroin is available at Barnes and Noble, and can also be downloaded on your Kindle or Nook devices.

Chris Herren’s powerful book about his addiction to alcohol, pain killers and heroin is available at Barnes and Noble, and can also be downloaded on your Kindle or Nook devices.

The next events of note will happen in the gym and the auditorium.

The girls basketball team will play Norwell at 6:30 pm to see if they climb into a tie for the SSL league lead with the undefeated Lady Clippers.  Should be a great game.  Over in Norwell the boys will also take on Norwell in another game of meaning.


In the auditorium at 7:15 pm the first in the series of Jazz performances and jazz culture experiences will be taking place.  Talkin’ Bout Jazz will feature the RHS and RMS band members performing and learning about the jazz experience.  Students can attend for free and adults are welcome for a small donation of $5.

This project is made possible by the Rockland Education Foundation and the RHS Music Boosters.

John Piazza, Rockland Music Director said, “We’re trying to build a jazz culture in Rockland starting with this first concert/clinic exposing kids to an approach that gets to the root of how jazz is really learned. The concert/clinics that follow will expose students to seasoned jazz musicians who will speak about their process, tell stories and answer questions. Most importantly, students and the Rockland community will experience jazz music live in an intimate setting. It’s an up close and personal approach.”

Voice of Democracy Winners

Rockland High School Voice of Democracy Contest winners received awards at a ceremony at the VFW on January 5. From left: Old Colony Post 1788 Commander Joe Pollini; RHS freshman Jad Bendarkawi, 2nd place winner; Rockland High School Principal John Harrison; RHS senior Sophie McLellan, 3rd place winner; Scholarship Committee Chairman, Claire Payne; RHS sophomore Meaghan McDonough, 1st place winner; and Old Colony Post 1788 Voice of Democracy Chairman Jeffrey Najarian. Veritas photo

Rockland High School Voice of Democracy Contest winners received awards at a ceremony at the VFW on January 5. From left: Old Colony Post 1788 Commander Joe Pollini; RHS freshman Jad Bendarkawi, 2nd place winner; Rockland High School Principal John Harrison; RHS senior Sophie McLellan, 3rd place winner; Scholarship Committee Chairman, Claire Payne; RHS sophomore Meaghan McDonough, 1st place winner; and Old Colony Post 1788 Voice of Democracy Chairman Jeffrey Najarian. Veritas photo

Veritas Staff Report

Some students in David Murphy’s Digital Media and Journalism classes may not  have been excited about an essay assignment last November in which they had to write on the theme,  “My Responsibility to America.”

But, for three students it paid off… literally.

Three students were awarded first, second and third place prizes by the Rockland Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Old Colony Post 1788 in the local “Voice of Democracy” competition.

First prize ($150) went to sophomore Meaghan McDonough, second ($100) to freshman Jad Bendarkawi, and third ($50) to senior Sophie McLellan.

Voice of Democracy is an annual nationwide scholarship program sponsored by the VFW. It is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12. This year’s theme was “My Responsibility to America.”  Students were required to write an essay and then do a voice recording of it. Tapes and essays were sent to the local VFW Post judges.

McDonough’s winning essay went on to the Eastern Mass. District 12 Regional round of judging where it was awarded second place.

VFW Post 1788 Commander Joe Pollini. and Voice of Democracy Chairman Jeffrey Najarian presented the certificates along with scholarship committee chairwoman, Claire Payne.


RHS to Host Special Olympics Bocce Tournament on January 29

Team Bocce Bulldogs - Back Row: Julia DiCienzo & Keith Wiley Front Row: Michael Bodley & Caitlin Ionize

Last year’s team Bocce Bulldogs at Whitman-Hanson- Back Row: Julia DiCienzo & Keith Wiley Front Row: Michael Bodley & Caitlin Yannizzi.  Veritas file photo

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

The Bocce Tournament scheduled on Sunday, January 8 at Rockland High School has been postponed because of the snowstorm predicted for this weekend.

The tournament will now be held on Sunday, January 29.

On that date Special Olympians and members of the Student Government Council will be participating in the annual regional Bocce Tournament.

This year, the event will be held at our very own RHS!  It will be going on from 10 am til 3 pm.

Come support our Special Olympians in the RHS gym where the tournament will be held. There will also be food sold in the cafeteria.  In the RMS gym will be the Olympic Town you can walk around and enjoy a variety of games.

Alumni Visit RHS To Give Advice To Senior Class


Alumni visited RHS on Thursday, Dec. 22

John MacDonald, Veritas Staff

The fall has come and gone, Christmas vacation is here, and soon it will be 2017.

This means the seniors are coming closer and closer to graduating. The nerves are high all around the school as seniors are deciding which college they might want to attend.

Thankfully, on Thursday, Dec. 22 close to 30 Rockland alumni were generous enough to come back and give advice to students about college. English teacher Kristen Walsh and guidance director Margie Black organized an assembly in the lecture hall where seniors got the chance to ask all the questions that are bothering and scaring them about college.

The 12 alumni on the panel were very patient and serious with the seniors, giving them great advice that they can take with them to benefit them in the future. This was truly a great experience and hopefully the seniors next year will get the same benefits that this assembly gave to this year’s seniors.

The alumni panel in the lecture hall answered questions about their college experiences.

The alumni panel in the lecture hall answered questions about their college experiences.


The 12 panelists included:

Class of 2015

Kallie Morss -UNH, Danielle Hill -Mass College of Art, Molly McDonough – Plymouth State, Richie Walls – US Marine Corps.

Class of 2016

Mark Ewell – Winthrop University, AJ Clark – Massasoit,  Caroline Kilduff – Curry College, Owen Mahoney – UMasss Boston, Joe Kimball – Bridgewater State, Matt Kirslis – Rhode Island College, Haley Macray – Bentley, Lexie Carchedi – Elon


Winter Spirit Week is Soon Approaching

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

With Winter Holiday Break soon approaching so isn’t the Spirit Week that comes the week before! Students and teachers have the fun opportunity to celebrate the break and holidays with fun and silly themed days leading up to the break.

Last year Mr. Johnson on Cozy Day.

Former RHS Math Teacher Mr. Johnson all dressed up in his holiday onesie

Next week’s themed days are:

Monday: Cozy Day- A day dedicated to getting comfy and going to school in your comfy clothes.

Tuesday: Favorite Sports Team Day- On Tuesday you can support you favorite sports and teams, whether its a national team or RHS sports team is up to you!

Wednesday: American/Camo Day- Support you country by wearing red, white, and blue and camo on Wednesday.

Thursday: Ugly Sweater Day- Friday is the perfect day to wear the pitiful sweater you might have received as a gift last Christmas. Or just dress up in holiday themed clothing.

SGC thought it would be fun to get the teachers involved too, sooooo they have an incentive for them.  For each spirit day, whichever teacher shows the most spirit both through dress and overall attitude, they will receive a $15.00 gift card from Target.  The students on Big 5 in SGC will make the final decision at the end of each day.  SGC can’t wait to see everyone’s spirit!!!!

RHS Theatre Guild performs musical Grease

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

On Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 at the RHS auditorium 7 pm Rockland High Schools Theatre Guild performed the musical Grease. 

The cast and crew have been preparing for the show since October along side directors, Joanne White and Kendra Donovan. Sophie McLellan played the leading role of Sandy Dumbrowski with Ryan Struzziery playing leading man, Danny Zuko.

By the roar of RHS the days following the production it is safe to say that the production was a success. The cast and crew  were pleased with the oucome as well as the directors. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the high energy production including fun filled songs and choreography by the award winning musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

Gearing Up For Grease

Sean Vo, Veritas Co-Editor -in-Chief

The Rockland High School Theatre Guild will perform the musical Grease on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday Dec. 10 at 7 pm in the Rockland High School Auditorium.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at for $6.   Tickets will also be available at the door for $8.

The cast and crew have been rehearsing since the beginning of October and directors, Joanne White and Kendra Donovan say they are pleased with the progress they have made.

Sophie McLellan has the lead role as Sandy Olsson, and Ryan Struzziery will play her leading man, Danny Zuko.

McLellan says taking part in Grease “has been amazing so far. It’s been so much fun, and I’m feeling optimistic about it.”

Shandi Austin who plays Kenickie says Grease has been “going well.” She added, “Theatre is a family and we all work very well, so just seeing everyone progressing through the show has been pleasing.”

The Theatre Guild is excited for opening night on Friday, December 9. Don’t miss this high energy production with the songs and choreography you’ll remember from the award winning musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

Shakespeare Festival Auditions Dec. 13 and 14


Do you recognize this witch from the 2013 Shakespeare Festival?

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

Every two years or so Rockland High School puts on a highly anticipated and well put together Shakespeare Festival to commemorate the classic works of art from the great poet and playwright William Shakespeare. This spring we will be putting it on yet again.

Auditions will take place on December 13-14 in the RMS/RHS Lecture Hall. For scripts and additional information see your English teachers. Students of all ages and experience are welcome to participate.

English teacher, Ms. Walsh is in charge of the production with the help of many faculty and staff members.

The following photos are from the Shakespeare Festival in 2013.



The cast of Henry V take their bows: Danielle Hill, Lisa Howes, Christianne Daley, Pearse McNally, Chris Landy, Ryan Sugrue and John Kamande.

The cast of Henry V take their bows: Danielle Hill, Lisa Howes, Christianne Daley, Pearse McNally, Chris Landy, Ryan Sugrue and John Kamande.

Bob Gasdia and PJ Butler

Bob Gasdia and PJ Butler

Sean Vo as Caesar; Chris Catania as Mark Antony

Sean Vo as Caesar; Chris Catania as Mark Antony

Holiday Stroll Video

Many students from Rockland High School as well many Rockland citizens took part in the Holiday Stroll on Nov. 26. Enjoy the festive atmosphere in this WRPS/Veritas video!

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!

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