Celebrating Spring Sports Senior Athletes

June 8, 2021

Teams honored their seniors last week.

Girls Lacrosse

From left: Kendra Peretzman, Greta Russon, Lauren Draicchio, Erin Gardner and Sarah Gormley

Hannah Rich, Mackenzie Tsiantoulas, Alana Murphy and Jessica Driscoll. photos courtesy of Mr. Graziano

Girls Tennis

Miku Yoshioka and Bridget Hughes. photo courtesy of Girls Tennis

Boys Lacrosse

Jendry Mejia, Nick Leander, Jimmy Tsiantoulas and Nick Earner. photo courtesy of Mr. Graziano

Softball

From left: Michaela Bruno, Macy Grass, Althea Olsen, and Alexxys MacDonald. photo courtesy of Chris Burnieka

Boys and Girls Track

Back row left to right: Russell Jones, David Ferraro, Nicholas Murphy, Evan Burke, Daniel Ramos, Zach Ofurum, Arthur Norton, Zachary Solomon, Joey Nguyen 

Bottom row left to right: Hannah Makarski, Meghan Hoblitzelle, Emily Marquis, Natalia Russo  photo courtesy of Mr. Grimmett

Baseball

From left top; Zachary Phripp, Cullen Rogers, Steve Tutkus. Bottom from left: Ryan Hindy, Ryan Dobay and Robert Ivil III. photos courtesy Mrs. Ivil

The Future Is in Their Hands

June 8, 2021

The Class of 2021 will be remembered for the way they navigated the ups and downs of their junior and senior years during the pandemic. Thankfully, Graduation, like their prom, was held with few or no restrictions.

Now as President Lauren Draicchio said at Graduation, “Together, tonight, Class of 2021, we are closing this book. But tomorrow, we will write a new one. One with endless possibilities. A blank slate.”

Good luck to the Graduates of the Class of 2021 as they look forward to these future plans!

Claudia Jean Abouzeid is planning to attend Massasoit Community College to major in psychology and then continue on to Bridgewater State University to complete her bachelor in psychology.

Althaia Sharlize Alexander plans to go to the University of New Hampshire to major in her dream study of Life Sciences and Agriculture with Marine, Estuarine, and Freshwater Biology.

Jared Allen will be attending the Virginia Polytechnic Institute to major in nuclear engineering.

Thorn J. Annis will enter the workforce.

Stephen Araujo plans to enter the workforce.

Amanda Alves de Azevedo Amanda will move to Florida to study medicine.

Mackenzie Baker plans to attend Bridgewater State University to major in health science, one day hoping to become a physical therapist.

Fernando Cabrera Bamaca will attend Massasoit Community College in the fall.

Yggor Gabriel Batista hopes to realize his personal dreams.

Hayley Benson will be attending Coastal Carolina University where she plans on studying exercise science. She will also be a member of the Coastal Carolina Cheerleading team.

Nicholas Blonde will be going to EMT and paramedic school, to become a firefighter; he will work for his father’s construction company.

Jizia Jane Brandao plans to attend Massasoit Community College to major in nursing.

Michaela Ann Bruno plans to attend Westfield State University to major in Criminal Justice.

Evan Michael Burke  will attend the University of Rhode Island to major in Sports Media and Communication.

Devin Cavicchi plans to attend Bryant University to major in mathematics.

Nickollas Chaves Coelho plans to attend Massasoit Community College and then transfer to a four year university to major as a veterinarian.

Bryan Colarusso will be attending New England College and majoring in business and accounting.

Kyle C. Cordaro plans to attend Massasoit Community College and then transfer to a four year University to major in Finance.

Alexis R. DeFranc plans to attend Montserrat College of Art to major in illustration.

Julia Perez de Lima  plans to attend Bridgewater State University for two years and then transfer to a four year university to major in architecture.

Anny Gabrielly Dutra de Souza plans to attend Massasoit Community College to major in business administration careers-marketing.

James DiCarli plans to attend Westfield State University to major in movement science.

Anthony Marco DiNino plans to pursue a college education and career in animation.

Ryan  Dobay will enter the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he plans to major in business administration

Daniel Joseph Donahue is going to Bridgewater State University to major in business management.

Dillon Michael Doyle will continue his education and vocational training at Rockland High School.

Lauren Draicchio will be attending Curry College to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing and continue her lacrosse career.

Jessica Driscoll plans to attend Flagler College to major in psychology.

Hissam Dubois plans to attend Stonehill College to major in Engineering.

Jonathan P. Dunphy will take a year off of school to work. 

Nicholas Earner Jr. has enlisted 4 years into the United States Airforce Special Operations as a Pararescueman.

Anna Ferrante plans to attend Bridgewater State University.

David J. Ferraro  is attending  Wentworth Institute of Technology and will  major in business management.

Pamella Oliveira Figueiredo is planning to go to Massasoit Community College to study business administration.

Hayden Ann Fiore plans to attend Massasoit Community College to major in nursing.

Katelyn Fitzgerald plans on attending Quincy College.

Emily Gaboriault plans to attend Bridgewater State University and then transfer to a four-year college to major in musical theater. She also hopes to one day make it all the way to Broadway.

Erin Gardner plans to attend Salem State University to major in nursing.

Gianna Gervasi will attend Plymouth State University to major in elementary education and in mathematics

Jaelyn Alyssa Glavin will be attending  Bridgewater State University to double major in elementary education and psychology.

Sarah Gormley plans to attend Merrimack College to major in business.

Macy Grass plans to attend Massasoit Community College to major in early childhood education and then transfer to a four year school.

Catherine Hailer is looking to go to a four year university to major in corporate law.

Tyler Harvey  will continue in the workforce and eventually become a firefighter or work in medical services.

Grace Henry plans to attend the University of Massachusetts Boston to major in nursing.

Kaylie N. Hess plans to attend Massasoit Community College and then transfer to a four year university to become a veterinarian or a doctor or a surgeon.

Haiden T. Hewlett plans on going into the workforce and is thankful for the teachers that got him here today.

Ryan David Hindy  plans to go to EMT school and then become a firefighter.

Meghan Hoblitzelle will attend Curry College to become a pediatric nurse.

Bridget Hughes will be  entering St. Anselm College to major in nursing; she also plans on playing tennis.

Robert Stephen Ivil III  will be going to New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology to major in mechanical engineering with a minor in explosive engineering.

Chloe Jones will attend the University of New England to major in nursing.

Russell  Jones  plans to attend the University of Massachusetts Lowell to major in computer science.

Ann  Kelley has been accepted to attend Northeastern University to major in health science.

Rebecca Killion plans to attend Montserrat College of Art to major in painting.

Meghan Kirby plans to attend Bridgewater State University to major in secondary education.

Nicholas Leander  will be entering the Massachusetts Maritime Academy to major in International Business and to play football.

Joseph Levangie plans to attend Massasoit Community College and then transfer to Bridgewater State University.

Alexxys MacDonald plans to attend UMASS Boston to major in mathematics.

Hannah Makarski will be attending Merrimack College to major in Health Sciences.

Emily Ann Marquis will be attending Bridgewater State University to double major in Special Education and Elementary Education.

Micaella Cristina Dias Martins plans to attend La Bluh Esthetics Institute.

Colin J. McKerrell plans to attend the University of Massachusetts Boston to major in engineering.

Thomas McSweeney plans to enter the workforce as a crane operator.

Jendry Mejia plans to join the workforce as a plumber.

Zachery Miller plans to attend University of Massachusetts Darmouth to major in computer engineering.

Calin Rose Monett will attend Coastal Carolina University to major in exercise science.

Jacob Thomas Moore plans to attend Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and major in pre-physical therapy.

Patrick Moriarty plans to attend the University of Rhode Island to major in business.

Anthony L. Morreale will be attending Massachusetts Maritime Academy to major in marine transportation and become a ship captain.

Tyler Michael Morrison plans to try and travel the world doing photography and graphic design.

Alana Shea Murphy plans to attend High Point University in North Carolina to major in interior design.

Nicholas Michael Murphy will attend Massachusetts Maritime Academy to major in Marine Biology.

Kelly James Mwangi is planning to join a four year college, hopefully at Texas University, to study criminal justice and minor in Culinary Arts.

Joseph Nguyen plans to attend the University of Massachusetts Lowell to major in electrical engineering.

Andrew James Norton plans to become a firefighter.

Arthur Edward Norton III  will attend Wentworth Institute of Technology to major in business.

Brendan O’Brien plans to go into the carpenter’s union.

Nijaya Kaylese Oehlschlagel plans to attend Quincy Community College and then transfer to a four year university to major in accounting. 

Mariana O’Connor plans to go to Plymouth State University to major in Allied Health Sciences and minor in Spanish.

Zachary Ofurum will be going to Stonehill College to major in biochemistry while furthering his track and field career.

Althea Ruth Olsen will be attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst to major in biology.

Jordan Ortiz plans to enlist in the United States Army while pursuing internet technology studies.

Debora Costa Paquiel plans to work as a paramedic.

Kendra Peretzman will be entering Fitchburg State University to play soccer and lacrosse and major in psychology.

Zackary Phripp plans to enter the workforce as a firefighter.

Jonah Pishkin will be going to Fitchburg State University where he will study filmmaking.

Nicholas Prado  will attend Massasoit Community College.

Tatum Rafferty  will attend Bridgewater State University to major in business while studying to get a real-estate license.

Daniel Alves Ramos will be attending the University of Massachusetts Lowell to major in electrical engineering.

Myavana Marae Reese wants to become a doctor. She is going to attend University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to major in Biology.

Giacomo C. Reis plans to attend New England College to major in business accounting.

Hannah Rich will be going to the University of Massachusetts Boston to major in nursing.

Natalina Richards plans to enlist in the United States Air Force.

William Robinson III plans to attend Bridgewater State University.

Matheus Rocha plans to enlist in the National Guard and eventually study law.

Vitor Martins Rodrigues will take a year off and will work, save money, and decide between working in international relations or as an ASL interpreter.

Cullen Rogers  plans to attend Harvard University and is undecided on a future major.

Natalia Roosa plans to attend Massasoit Community College and then transfer to a four year University to major in nursing.

Christian Rosario plans to attend community college and is undecided on his future plan.

Greta Russo plans to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst to major in environmental science.

Gianna Bella Salvucci will enter Massasoit Community College to major in criminal justice.

Isabella  Seaton Bella plans to attend Southern New Hampshire University to major in criminal justice.

Alexander Sidahmed will be attending Massasoit Community College.

Isabella Smith plans to attend an EMS Training School to further her knowledge of emergency services and become a paramedic.

Nicholas Alan Soares  will attend Bridgewater State University to major in Biology.

Yani M. Soares plans to attend the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Zachary Solomon plans to attend Brandeis University to major in Biochemistry.

Kaitlin Taft  will attend Beloit College in Wisconsin to major in Anthropology.

Scott M. Tavares  is going to attend culinary school. 

Victoria Taylor plans to attend Bridgewater State University.

Brady-Oreste Thacker plans to attend Quincy College for cybersecurity and enlist in the Air National Guard after high school graduation.

Allison Trainque plans to attend Salem State University to major in Biology.

James  Tsiantoulas  will attend Marist College to major in Sports Communications.

McKenzie Tsiantoulas will be attending Coastal Carolina University to major in Intelligence and National Security.

Stephen Tutkus Jr. enlisted in the United States Army and will report on June 22, 2021.

Hunter Fitzgerald Wardwell has chosen the University of Massachusetts Amherst at the Isenberg School of Management as a business management major.

Damon Welles  plans to attend Wentworth Institute of Technology to major in civil engineering.

Jakob Edward Wells plans to attend Massasoit Community College in the fall.

Alison Michelle Whitman plans to attend Bridgewater State University to major in Communication Media and Film.

Derek Tyson Williams  plans to go to Quincy College to play basketball and major in sports training and then transfer to a four year university.

Terell James Wright will be attending  Massasoit Community College to major in theater technology.

Miku Yoshioka will be attending Suffolk University to major in biology and then transfer her junior year to a four year university to major in biology.

Silvio Cordero Zapata Jr. plans to further his education at Massasoit Community College studying business and then continue his endeavors as an entrepreneur.

Senior Athletic Awards June 2021

South Shore League Scholar Athletes – Cullen Rogers and Chloe Jones

Women’s Coaches Award (Female Student-Athlete) – Kendra Peretzman

Vicki Solari Award (Most Inspirational Female Athlete) – McKenzie Tsiantoulas

Senior Female Athlete – Sara Gormley

Marion Mansfield Donovan Award (Top female student athlete) – Hannah Rich

John Bell Award (Female who plays over and above abilities) – Hannah Makarski

John Bell Award (Male who plays over and above abilities) – Robert Ivil III

Peter J. Crowley Award (Top senior male athlete) – Joseph Nguyen

Joseph Dondero Award (Top male student- athlete) – Cullen Rogers

Louis Cifello Award (Most Inspirational male athlete) – Nicholas Leander and Patrick Moriarty

Dr. Joseph Dunn Award (Top student-football player) – Colin McKerrell

Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Award (Female Athlete that never gives up) – Greta Russo

Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Award (Male Athlete that never gives up) – Nicholas Blonde

John Delorey Award (Female Athlete who exemplifies sportsmanship) – Bridget Hughes

John Delorey Award (Male athlete who exemplifies sportsmanship) – Nicholas Soares and James Tsiantoulas

Charles E. Leverone Award (Top Male Athlete in Track / Cross Country) – Zachary Ofurum

Charles E. Leverone Award (Top Female Athlete in Track / Cross Country) – Meghan Hoblitzelle

Robert Ellis Award (Top Student Male Athlete / Basketball Player) – Hunter Wardwell

Silver Bowl (11 Varsity letters) – Nick Leander

Senior Profiles #5

June 4, 2021

As seniors prepare to receive their diplomas tonight we present our last set of senior profiles. Thank you to all who answered the Veritas’ staff questions and Good Luck to all members of the Senior Class.

We wil be publishing a list of senior awards and senior plans after Graduation!

Macy Grass

Macy Grass

What are your post high school plans?

I am going to take a gap year and then go to Massasoit to major in early childhood education and then transfer with the same major.

What will you miss most about high school?

My friends

What advice would you give to an underclassman?

High school isn’t everything, you don’t need to stress so much.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember?

I will remember the football games and the basketball games before the pandemic.

What was your favorite class? Explain.

My favorite class was art. I liked it because I could do what ever I wanted for each assignment.

What was your favorite after school activity?

I only had softball after school but it was fun and I enjoyed my last year.

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I learned that I can do things I didn’t know I could.

James Tsiantoulas

James Tsiantoulas

What are your post high school plans?

I’m going to major in Sports Communications at Marist College

What will you miss most about high school?

The friendships I made here

What advice would you give to an underclassman?

Just be you, don’t change yourself to fit someone else’s beliefs.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember?

All the football games. Just playing in them were an awesome experience.

What was your favorite class? Explain.

Any history class I had. I was a huge history nerd.

What was your favorite after school activity?

Football

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I learned that it doesn’t matter what people think of you, you just have to live life to the fullest.

Any final thoughts?

Just enjoy your time in High School. It’s true when people say it goes by quickly.

Billy Robinson

What do you plan on doing after high school?
I plan to go to college at Bridgewater State University, however I’m undecided on what to study yet.

What was your favorite part of high school?
My favorite part was getting to meet so many great people and friends.

Did you play any sports?
Yes. I participated in cross country, wrestling, and track.

How would you say you did academically?
I think I was academically successful.

Are you overall going to miss high school?
I’ll miss certain aspects, even if there are some parts I’m eager to leave behind.

Chloe Jones

Chloe Jones

What was your favorite class?

My favorite class was either English with Mr. Bigsby, math with Mr. Casagrande, or Unified Gym because all of the people and teachers in those classes made that time spent in the classroom so memorable. 

What was your least favorite thing about high school?

My least favorite thing about high school was waking up early in the morning and having homework.

What was your favorite thing about high school?

My favorite thing about high school was the class and school activities like pep rally, football games, and homecoming. 

What do you plan on doing after high school?

After high school I plan to attend the University of New England where I will study nursing in homes of becoming a labor and delivery nurse one day. I also plan to play on their division III women’s soccer team. 

What will you miss most about high school?

The thing I will miss most about high school is seeing everyone I grew up with in school who I do not necessarily hang out with outside of school. 

Lauren Draicchio

Lauren Draicchio is the President of our Senior Class and has done a great job leading the class through these crazy times. After high school she will be attending Curry College to major in nursing.

Lauren answered a few questions for us.

What was your favorite class?

My favorite class was calculus with Mr. Casagrande.

What will you miss the most at RHS?

I will most miss fan sections at basketball games and the feeling of being a part of a family.

What have you learned about yourself throughout high school?

Through high school I have learned that it’s important to put everything you have into all you do, and to take pride in your accomplishments!

Congratulations to everyone in the Class of 2021!

Senior Profiles #4

These are the last of the profiles we have right now. Seniors who would still like to be included should go to the questionnaire, fill it out and download your senior picture.

Alexxys MacDonald

Alexxys MacDonald

What are your post high school plans? 

I plan to attend UMass Boston to major in mathematics

What will you miss most about high school?

The friends I made

What was your favorite class?

Math with Casa because there is never a dull moment in that class 

What was your favorite after school activity?

Softball 

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

You don’t have to get perfect grades and be perfect. Your best is all you can give; don’t let people try to push for what’s not there. 

What was your favorite lunch?

Macho nachos

What have you learned about yourself this year?

That I can survive high school in a pandemic, so I can pretty much face whatever comes my way 

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Debora Paquiel

Debora Paquiel

What are your post high school plans? 

Paramedic college and win the Red Cross. 

What will you miss most about high school?

Meeting my friends every day

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Pep rallies

What was your favorite class? 

Biology and chemistry because I love these classes

What was your favorite lunch?

Nachos

What have you learned about yourself this year?

That I can do whatever I want.  I can do this.

Any final thoughts?

Over the years, I have managed to overcome my fears to reach the finish line.

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Matheus Rocha

Matheus Rocha

What are your post high school plans?

Currency exchange

What will you miss most about high school?

The drama

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Gym class was the best

What was your favorite class? 

Gym and history

What was your favorite after school activity?

My favorite activity was resting my mind after school

What was your favorite lunch?

Curry and rice

What have you learned about yourself this year?

Those who are happy will be hated 

Any final thoughts?

I wish high school was more engaging and more about everyone in each grade working together to help each other pass the years and not feel outcast for not being exactly like others. I wish people in school were more about helping the next generation of people who will move the world in a few years instead of putting them down.

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Mackenzie Baker

What are your post high school plans? 

I plan to attend Bridgewater State University for pre-physical therapy and one day hope to become a physical therapist. 

What will you miss most about high school?

The thing I will miss most about high school is always seeing familiar faces and having fun every day that I come into school. 

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

The most memorable thing I would have to say is prom and getting to meet new people. 

What was your favorite class? 

My favorite class was Ms. Hoffman’s statistics class because I never felt like I was going to fail and she is a very sweet teacher. 

What was your favorite lunch?

My favorite lunch was the pizza bar and crunchy french fries. 

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I have learned that sometimes you should just step outside of the box and enjoy every day. 

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Tyler Morrison

Tyler Morrison

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Just be yourself, don’t let what other people do define what you want to be and who you are.

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Vitor Rodrigues

Vitor Rodrigues

What are your post high school plans? 

Work

What will you miss most about high school?

My friends

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

The games

What was your favorite class? 

History II. I had a great teacher.

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Never give up.

What was your favorite lunch?

Nuggets

What have you learned about yourself this year?

Perseverance.

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Hayley Benson

Hayley Benson

What are your post high school plans? 

Attending Coastal Carolina to study exercise science 

What will you miss most about high school?

I’ll miss being with everyone that I grew up with and definitely the sports.

What special moments, events will you remember?

Homecomings, pep rallies, football games, prom and the cheer team!

What was your favorite after school activity?

Cheerleading

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Enjoy these four years!

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I learned that nothing is impossible!

Any final thoughts?

I can’t believe how fast these four years went by, but I am grateful to have spent them at RHS!

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Allison Trainque

What are your post high school plans? 

I plan to attend Salem State University and major in biology.

What will you miss most about high school?

The amount of extra help

What was your favorite class?

My favorite class was biology. 

What was your favorite lunch?

Pasta bar

What was your favorite after school activity?

I liked playing soccer for the girls high school team. 

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I have learned that I will always miss high school but I am ready to start my next chapter in my life. 

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Damon Welles

Damon Welles

What are your post high school plans? 

I will attend Wentworth Institute of Technology to major in civil engineering.

What will you miss most about high school?

Getting to see my friends every day

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Even if you think high school is overrated, you’ll have different thoughts come time to graduate.

What special moments, events will you remember?

I will remember being guided by the track captains in my freshman year; it really helped me to stick with the sport and feel motivated.

What was your favorite class?

Bigsby’s English class sophomore year. I loved how relaxed the environment was. It almost felt more like a friendly gathering than like school, but we were still learning.

What was your favorite after school activity?

Track

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I’ve learned that I enjoy being social with people.

Any final thoughts?

I just want to emphasize my advice for underclassmen, cherish every moment.

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Natalia Roosa

What are your post high school plans? 

I will be attending Massasoit for two years and transfer to pursue my dreams of nursing. 

What will you miss most about high school?

Sports

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

My cheer competitions and my track meets 

What was your favorite class?

Gym

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.

Cheer and track

What have you learned about yourself this year?

Whatever you put your mind to you can succeed.

Profiles #3

Here is anothHer set of profiles to celebrate the Class of 2021!

Emily Marquis

Emily Marquis

What are your post high school plans? 

I plan to attend Bridgewater State University to double major in special education and elementary education  

What will you miss most about high school?

The atmosphere

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Pep rally, walking with my friends in the hallways, the sports 

What was your favorite class?

Mac’s class; he was always happy

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.

Practice with my friends

What have you learned about yourself this year?

That we are stronger than we think

Any final thoughts?

I will definitely miss high school

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Althea Olsen

Althea Olsen

What are your post high school plans? 

I will be attending UMass Amherst to major in biology.

What will you miss most about high school?

I will miss seeing my friends every day.

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Do as much as you can in high school! Time flies by, so experience the most and do not be afraid to try new things, even if they are out of your comfort zone. 

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

I will remember the first day of freshman year, NHS induction ceremony, and the last day of high school. 

What was your favorite class?

My favorite class was AP Biology with Mrs. Armstrong. We did so many cool labs and this class is basically the reason I am majoring in biology. 

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.

Writing for the Veritas and participating in Varsity sports

What have you learned about yourself this year?

This year, I have learned how flexible I am, and how I can persevere through pretty much anything

Any final thoughts?

Thank you RHS for an amazing 4 years! 

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Hunter Wardwell

Hunter Wardwell

What are your post high school plans? 

Attending UMass Amherst as a business management major at the Isenberg School of Business. 

What will you miss most about high school?

My friends

Favorite Lunch?

Chicken sandwich

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

The sporting events

What was your favorite class?

Calculus with Casa because he is the best teacher. 

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.

Playing football and basketball

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Allison Whitman

Allison Whitman

What are your post high school plans? 

Going to a four year college to major in media and film

What will you miss most about high school?

The food

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Homecoming 2018 and Powderpuff 2019

What was your favorite class?

History because I enjoyed learning about the history of our country and the world 

What was your favorite lunch?

Grilled cheese with tomato soup and tater tots 

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I don’t need to be part of a large friendship group or be with the popular kids 

Any final thoughts?

High school is just a fraction of my life 

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Lina Richards

What are your post high school plans? 

Joining the Air Force

What will you miss most about high school?

I will miss skipping school.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Creating a bond with my favorite teacher, Ms. Tabares

What was your favorite class?

Science because I had Ms. DiCanzio 3 out of 4 of the years

What was your favorite lunch?

Macho Nacho

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.

Working or napping

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I’m going to miss high school and not being an adult. 

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Zachary Ofurum

Zachary Ofurum

What are your post high school plans? 

I plan on attending Stonehill College to major in Biochemistry while also continuing my track and dield career.

What will you miss most about high school?

The sports and the friends.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Our junior year pep rally, prom and graduation. 

What was your favorite class?

I liked geometry class. 

What was your favorite lunch?

Macho nacho

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.

After school sports.

What have you learned about yourself this year?

To stay patient and get it done early 

Any final thoughts?

I will miss high school

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Pamella Oliveira Figueiredo

Pamella Oliveira Figueiredo

What are your post high school plans? 

Going to Massasoit Community College.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Seeing my friends everyday.

What was your favorite class?

English

What was your favorite lunch?

Pasta/pizza

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.  Taking a nap.

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I am strong.

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Anthony Morreale

Anthony Morreale

What are your post high school plans? 

Massachusetts Maritime Academy to study marine transportation and become a ship captain!

What will you miss most about high school?

Gym class

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Selected as an all-star for golf

What was your favorite class?

Math

What was your favorite lunch?

Nachos

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.  

Working out.

What have you learned about yourself this year?

If I push myself I can accomplish anything. 

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Turn in all your assignments 

Any final thoughts?

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Veritas May 2021 is Here!

The Veritas Staff is dedicating this last issue of the year to the Senior Class of 2021. On these pages you will find senior profiles and the news that has been happening at RHS. The Veritas will continue to cover the news of the remainder of the year in our on-line posts!

Enjoy our May 2021 Senior Issue!

Senior Profiles

May 24, 2021

It’s been a tough year for students and especially for the seniors who have had to do without so many of the activities they had been looking forward to as part of their senior year.

But this week they will be kicking off their senior activities and we at the Veritas want to get the celebration of the Class of 2021 started now.

We are going to profile as many seniors as respond to our questionnaire that we sent to all seniors. We will let them tell you in their own words what the last four years have meant to them and how they view the years ahead.

We will publish Q and A profiles each day (about 5 or more at a time) until we have completed the class, so keep checking back to see your favorite seniors from the RHS Class of 2021!

Cullen Rogers

What are your post high school plans?

Attend Harvard University; I have yet to decide on a major.

What will you miss most about high school?

Sports

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Skip a day of school to do something fun once in a while. You won’t remember that day of school later in life. We live on a giant floating rock. In the end, who cares!!

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

I didn’t have many. I only had two real years of high school. The pep rallies got ruined because I guess it’s hazing if we boo the underclassmen. The sports games were fun though. 

What was your favorite class? 

AP Physics with Mr. Robin

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.

Football

What have you learned about yourself this year?

That I can do anything if I put my mind to it

Grace Henry

What are your post high school plans? 

I’m going to UMass Boston to major in nursing.

What will you miss most about high school?

Some good people and some nice teachers

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Homecomings, pep rallies, and funny lunch moments are always good

What was your favorite class?

Geometry freshman year was great I loved my class and it was always a happy class 

What was your favorite after school activity? 

Lacrosse

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I get along really well with a lot of people in my grade that I hadn’t hung out with in the other years.

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Push through!

Alexis DeFranc

What are your post high school plans? 

I plan to attend Montserrat College of Art and major in illustration as well as animation.

What will you miss most about high school?

Mostly my friends and the teachers I liked.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

All the pep rallies, Freedom Trail walk in Boston , Graduation (of course).

What was your favorite class?

I’d say Conversations in World Literature with Mr. Neal because I enjoy reading here and there and he is one of my favorite teachers. His classroom felt welcoming and  I could talk to him easily with any problems.  

What was your favorite after school activity? 

I never really did any clubs but I would say to come home and call my friends & play video games with them or just work on art in my free time.

What have you learned about yourself this year?

To just be me and not something everyone else wants me to be, I’m my own person & that is not something someone can change. As well as to take pride in what I do, even if people don’t agree or accept it 

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Do not skip deadlines or push off your homework, those are important if you are planing to attend college. 

Any final thoughts?

To the teachers I’ve had, thank you for making my high school years fun and intriguing. Thank you for guiding me along the way these past four years during the ups and downs. I will miss you all when I leave, but I shall never forget the memories of being in your classroom or all the things you have taught me. Thank you for everything. 

Miku Yoshioka

What are your post high school plans?

I plan to major in biology at Suffolk University with a pre-med route for my first two years, in hopes to save enough money to apply to NYU my junior year, to finish my bachelors there.

What will you miss most about high school?

Being able to see the friends I grew up around everyday, going to college is meeting new people like a fresh start!

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

If there’s a club you want to try, go for it!! Literally 4 years of high school goes by so quick, that you want every chance to get, to try and do everything. Be confident in yourself as well, high school is scary at times, but just think of it as somewhere you’re preparing for the real world like college, where everyone is unpredictable and new just like you. Try not to stress too much, enjoy the little things too!! Go to homecoming, prom, football games, class trips, etc!

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

In my junior year we held our first unified pep rally, and that was something I’m so happy to be a part of planning, seeing bulldog Buddies’ smiles and the entire school come together was incredible! I think every year Project Pumpkin is my favorite event to help out, and I’m proud to say Rockland has always gotten so much positive feedback. It is an event where community members can bring their children to safely trick or treat in a school as well as fundraising canned goods for the Rockland Food Pantry!

What was your favorite class?

My favorite has got to be Mr. Bigsby’s Sophomore English class. I find his teaching style really made me enjoy English more as well as improving my weaknesses like writing. Though there are times it’ll be a little too crazy, like cutting up quizzes, he made me want to stay and genuinely learn more about reading. 

What was your favorite after school activity? 

I have to say swimming has to be one of my favorites, from the bus rides home blasting 2000’s music and eating pizza even being defeated, the team bonding I had with some of them for 4 years, really encouraged me to try hard and stay on the team. I thank Coach Julie and everyone for encouraging me and pushing me to my limits!

What have you learned about yourself this year?

That I really miss school in person a lot.  I thought I would enjoy it a lot more, but I feel isolated from socializing with people, which really brought me pretty low emotionally, but I learned ways to interact with people, and I’m happy to say I’m playing tennis, which makes me feel a lot better.

Gianna Gervasi

What are your post high school plans? 

Attending Plymouth State University in hopes of becoming a math teacher.

What will you miss most about high school?

Cheerleading and the teachers!

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Every cheerleading state championship my team went to!

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Hard work definitely pays off!!!

What was your favorite class?

Math was always my favorite class to go to and be in because of the teachers I have had.  

What was your favorite after school activity? Cheerleading

What have you learned about yourself this year?

That I’m the type of person who doesn’t give up. When I really wanted to the most, I kept going. 

Any final thoughts?

I will miss RHS so much!!!

McKenzie Tsiantoulas

What are your post high school plans? 

I will be attending Coastal Carolina University and I will be majoring in Intelligence and National Security.

What will you miss most about high school?

The teachers I made connections with and sports.

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Do not goof around your freshman year because you want to start on a good note. I messed around my freshman year and it caused me to have a lower GPA than I should have. Also don’t take things too seriously because nothing matters in high school.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Graduation, pep rallies, sporting events, and the school shutting down.

What was your favorite class? 

My junior year in Ms. Tabares’s class. That is by far the most entertaining class I have ever been a part of and always will be.

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.

Soccer and lacrosse

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I learned that I am very good at time management and I can be really smart if I want to be because I ended up raising my GPA every term so that is nice to know.

Any final thoughts?

I say that I won’t miss high school but honestly, Rockland High allowed me to shape myself into someone I never knew I could be. I’ve become very independent and it has taught me to shut out anything toxic that will bring me down. I am proud to call myself a Rockland Bulldog forever and always. Go Dogs!

Zachary Solomon

What are your post high school plans? 

I will be attending Brandeis University to major in Biochemistry 

What will you miss most about high school?

I will miss all my friends

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Some advice I would give to an underclassmen is to not underestimate the workload that teachers will give you. 

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Some special moments I will remember are all my sports meets and all the ceremonies I attended. 

What was your favorite class?

 My favorite class was band because it was a great way to start off my day and helped me make lots of friends. 

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.

My favorite after school activities were my sports cross country, swim, and track. 

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I have learned from this year that I dislike sitting in front of a computer all day. 

Hannah Markarski

What are your post high school plans? 

I will be attending Merrimack College next year with a major in Human Development and Human Services.

What will you miss most about high school?

The thing I will miss most about high school will probably be playing and attending sports. I loved the atmosphere and it was always a good time.

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

I would tell the underclassmen to just enjoy high school, especially considering how my senior year went, it is super important to have a good time. Time really goes by fast and I know everyone always says this but it’s because it’s true.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

I will never forget my track team this year. They are the most optimistic group of people I’ve ever participated in sports with and we all bonded so well even though we just met.

What was your favorite class?

My favorite class at RHS was probably AP Language because I like writing and that was a class that challenged my abilities and that I did well in too. 

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.

Any sport that I was playing at the time whether it was soccer, basketballl or track.

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I learned how many people actually look up to me and how great of a leader I can be.

Stay tuned for our next set of profiles tomorrow.

Spring 2021 Top Dogs

Congratulations to the eight RHS class of 2021 spring Top Dogs! The eight seniors were honored on Thursday, May 13 at 2PM, and were treated with ice cream and a t-shirt. Below are the Top Dogs as well as their biographies.

Nicholas Leander

Nicholas Leander is recognized as a hardworking student who has excelled athletically on our varsity football, hockey, and lacrosse teams. Nick also works part-time at the UPS Store in Rockland and volunteers with the town’s youth sports program. Nick plans to attend Massachusetts Maritime Academy to major in International Business and to play football.

McKenzie Tsiantoulas

McKenzie is an honor roll student who is a varsity soccer and lacrosse player. McKenzie works as a customer service representative and Manager/Assistant Store Supervisor at Domino’s Pizza in Rockland. She volunteers as a Rockland Youth Boys Lacrosse Coach and Youth Soccer Coach. McKenzie plans to attend Coastal Carolina University to major in Intelligence and National Security.

Robert Ivil, III

Robert is a National Honor Society Student who is also a three-sport varsity athlete, competing on the cross country, swim, and baseball teams. He is a renaissance student, also performing in the Concert and Marching Band. An Eagle Scout, Robert has given a tremendous amount of his time back to the community. Robert plans to attend the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology to major in mechanical engineering with a minor in explosive engineering.

Nicholas Earner

Nick has excelled academically and athletically, helping to compete on the varsity football and lacrosse teams. Nick is also a member of our Daring Discussions program where he has helped the school community engage in conversations surrounding equity and inclusion. Nick assists with snow removal for community members during snowstorms. He will enlist in the US Air Force.

Emily Gaboriault

Emily is a senior who has been active in the school’s choral and theater programs. Emily played Miss Hannigan in Annie, Dorothy in Wizard of Oz, Abby Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, and Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins. Emily has won first place in the 16-17-year-old division for singing at the Access Broadway Competition. She also takes vocal and theater classes at the Capachione Performing Arts School. Emily has been active in our Student Government Council, serving as vice president this year. Emily plans to attend Bridgewater State University and then transfer to a four-year college to major in musical theater. She also hopes to one day make it all the way to Broadway.

Patrick Moriarty

Patrick has excelled inside the classroom and as a two-sport varsity athlete at RHS, competing on the varsity football and basketball teams. A two-year varsity captain, Patrick has helped guide the Bulldogs to back to a 2019 South Shore League Basketball Championship. Patrick plans to attend the University of Rhode Island to major in business.

Cullen Rogers

Cullen is a high-achieving academic student and is the President of the National Honor Society. A three-sport varsity athlete, Cullen has competed on the football, basketball, and baseball teams, serving leadership roles within each team. Cullen works part-time as a busser for Black Rock Country Club and as a customer service representative for Domino’s Pizza. He volunteers for ALS One and as a freshman mentor. Cullen plans to attend Harvard University and is undecided on a future major.

Joseph Nguyen

Joey excels academically and as an athlete. This year, he was a four-sport varsity athlete competing on the varsity golf, track and field, basketball, and football teams. He had a phenomenal football season as the leading running back. He also volunteers as a mentor. He works part-time as a busboy for Dalat Restaurant. Joey plans to attend the University of Massachusetts Lowell to major in electrical engineering.

Thank you to Mrs. White, Dr. Harrison, and Mrs. O’Brien for the ceremony and ice cream provided, and congratulations again to the Top dogs!

Final Contestant For Mr. Rockland

The final Mr. Rockland contestant is Joey Nguyen. Joey’s extracurriculars at RHS include track and field, golf, football, and basketball. He has also been a freshman mentor since his junior year. In his free time he enjoys playing volleyball. After RHS, Joey plans to attend UMass Lowell to major in electrical engineering.

Congratulations to Joey and to all six contestants who will now be voted on by seniors to see who will be our next Mr. Rockland!

Mr. Rockland Contestant #5 Is Announced

May 7, 2021

Terell Wright is the fifth nominee for Mr. Rockland!

Terell likes to work out in his free time and hang out with his friends on the weekends. This year Terell enjoyed playing on the RHS football team for the first time in his high school career.

Terrell has been a part of many RHS events in the auditorium as he works behind the scenes doing sound and lighting. In fact, he plans to attend Massasoit Community College where he will major in Theatre Technology.

His favorite food is pepperoni pizza! Congratulations Terell!!

Contestant #4 for Mr. Rockland

May 6, 2021

The Student Government Council today introduced the fourth contestant for Mr. Rockland, James Tsiantoulas! Jimmy has been involved in the football, lacrosse, and golf teams here at RHS. He has been on our Veritas staff since the beginning of his senior year and has been named the sports editor for the paper and the website. He has also helped out with community service projects such as Project Pumpkin in the past.

Jimmy’s favorite things to do include playing video games, golfing, and hanging out with friends. His future plans post RHS are to attend Marist College and study Sports Communications.

Congratulations Jimmy!

Mr. Rockland Contestant 3

On Wednesday May 5, 2021, Student Government introduced the third Mr. Rockland contestant, Damon Welles!

Damon has run cross country and track throughout his high school career. He also competes in the javelin and the discus and he loves running outside of school. He plans to attend Wentworth Institute of Technology to pursue a career in civil engineering.

Congratulations to Damon, a Mr. Rockland nominee!

Seniors and staff will vote for Mr. Rockland as soon as all the nominees have been announced!

Mr. Rockland Contestants

The Student Government Council is announcing the contestants for Mr. Rockland. Each day this week one contestant will be introduced.

As most know, in the past Mr. Rockland was chosen by a group of judges after a very entertaining talent and question and answer show. This year of course is different.

This year seniors and staff nominated RHS seniors who they believe to be good representatives of Bulldog values. The nominated students are well rounded, academically motivated, role models for their peers and overall “a great fit for the title of Mr. Rockland!” When all the candidates have been introduced, seniors and staff will get a form so they can vote for Mr. Rockland.

On Monday Contestant #1 was introduced: Cullen Rogers.

Cullen is a captain of the football, basketball, and baseball teams. He is also president of the National Honor Society. Cullen also participates in daring discussions and freshman mentoring. He enjoys working out, playing golf, and hanging out with friends. Cullen has been accepted to Harvard University to study neuroscience or biochemistry. 

Congratulations Cullen!!

On Tuesday, Contestant #2 was introduced: Hunter Wardwell.

Hunter has been involved in Rockland High School varsity basketball and football since his sophomore year. For multiple years he was recognized as an all scholastic for basketball and multiple year league all star for football. In his free time he likes to lift weights and spend time with his brothers. After high school Hunter plans on attending UMass Amherst at the Isenberg School of Business as a business management major.

Congratulations Hunter!

Check back tomorrow for Contestant #3.

Celebrating Seniors

RHS celebrated their senior athletes and performers on Friday, April 9 with flowers and balloons and even better, two big wins!

First to be recognized on Friday afternoon were the senior girls on the volleyball team, Mayavana Reese and Jessica Driscoll. The girls have been part of a highly successful volleyball team which picked up where it left off back in the 2019 season when they went all the way to the state finals. This year the girls proceeded to go undefeated during the regular season and won the South Shore League title. They will begin the league playoffs tomorrow (Wednesday) in the semifinals at home against Abington at 4pm.

On Friday night the football team had their unofficial homecoming as they played their first Fall 2 season game in Rockland Veterans Memorial Stadium.

They, like the volleyball team, had to wait a long time to get back on the field.. They too are undefeated so far in all their games this spring and looked to keep it that way. After the senior members of the band, the senior cheerleaders and the seniors on the football team were recognized, the football team went out and won 49-0 against Randolph. They kept their undefeated season (5-0) going. Due to power ranking placement Rockland will not play in the SSL title game but they will look to remain undefeated in their last two games, the first this Thursday night at 5:30 against Mashpee at home.

Congratulations to all the seniors, the teams and their coaches!

Below is a list of seniors recognized on Friday night. Thanks to Jeanine Reardon and Dr. Harrison for the pictures!

Band and Chorus Seniors: Emily Gaboriault, Robert Ivil, Billy Robinson and Zachary Solomon

Cheerleading Seniors: Natalia Roosa, Gianna Gervasi, Meghan Kirby, Hayley Benson, Katie Fitzgerald and Calin Monett

Football Seniors: Ryan Hindy, Hunter Wardwell, Jacob Moore, Patrick Moriarty, Jimmy Tsiantoulas, Tom McSweeney, Cullen Rogers, Jendry Mejia, Nick Soares, Zachary Ofurum, Nick Leander, Nick Earner, Terell Wright, Colin McKerrell and Joe Nguyen.


The March 2021 Veritas is Here!

What has been happening at RHS? The Veritas Staff has put together news and commentary from students and staff at RHS. The Veritas will continue to look for important stories and interesting ideas from the halls and classrooms of our high school. Contact us with anything you would like us to report on!

Enjoy our March 2021 issue!

Winter Sports Wrap Up

James Tsiantoulas, Sports Editor

Feb. 27, 2021

Senior co-captain Patrick Moriarty was named Sullivan Division Player of the Year!

With the end of another fantastic sports season, the school as a whole is making its way into the newest set of sports. However, that should not overshadow the great seasons each winter sports team had this year. From boys and girls basketball, to hockey, let’s reflect on each team’s success and look forward to how these teams bounce back next year.

The boys varsity basketball team had a great finish to their season. The team went 6 and 1 behind their senior captains Hunter Wardwell, and Patrick Moriarty, who was also SSL Sullivan Division player of the year. Their season, although cut short two weeks due to close contact tracing, was still a major success for the program. “Yea the masks definitely had a set back on our season and on our conditioning but luckily enough each and everyday we came ready to work and improve not only our game but our conditioning. At times we didn’t feel like a team at times because not being able to go into the locker room or the new rules but we fought through some adversity and made the best out of a season.” Senior captain Hunter Wardwell had high praise for the team through the adversity of the season.

They won their quarterfinal game against East Bridgewater after three weeks of no action, showing they still had it in them. However, their semifinal game against Abington ended in defeat, ending their season.

This is nothing to be ashamed of, as the Bulldogs had an amazing season and look to bounce back next winter season. The seniors leaving the program this year are Patrick Moriarty, Hunter Wardwell, Derrick Williams, Joey Nguyen, Cullen Rogers, Zach Ofurum, Bryan Colarusso, Jack Reis, and Evan Burke. 

Coach Fred Damon was honored as the Coach of the Year in the Sullivan Division.  

 

Julia Elie had a big game against East Bridgewater in the playoffs.

The girls varsity team also had a great season, going 9 and 4 in total. They lost in the semifinal as well, to Norwell, but that does not overshadow the great season they had. Junior captain Julia Elie said about the season, “It definitely took some getting used to, with the no fans and all the protocols but we were all just grateful to actually have a season and be able to play, considering most teams either got shut down or had their season canceled.

Freshman Maggie Elie, Julia’s sister, had a good year taking over as the team’s point guard for her sister Caroline who graduated last year. Also playing well were sophomore Sydney Blaney, starting for the second year, and sharp-shooting sophomore Charlie Kelleher. Sophomore Emma Cameron rounded out the starting line-up and sophomore Maddie Hermenau was a force off the bench. 

The team led by their All-Stars Julia Elie, Charlie Kelleher, and Maggie Elie had a fantastic season, and are poised  to have another successful year with the same roster coming back next year.  There were no seniors on the roster this year, but Julia Elie, Maddie Murphy, Jordan Stec and Carolayne Lage will provide the team with senior leadership next year.

 

Nick Blonde with his mother and father after the final game in which he scored his 100th point.

Finally, the boy varsity hockey team had a great finish to their season. The team led by their senior captains Nick Blonde, Zack Phripp, Thomas Mcsweeney and Nick Leander, finished their season with 6 wins,  5 losses and one tie.  

They got  a win against Abington, 5-3 in their last game in which senior captain Nick Blonde scored his 100th High School point with 2 seconds left on the clock.

The team was not able to compete in the SSL tournament at the end of the year however, as the team was on a 2 week hiatus due to COVID-19 protocols. However, overall this was a great season and the team looks to bounce back and compete next year. Senior captain Nick Leander said, “It went pretty good I thought. We didn’t get shut down till the end of our season due to COVID. Even though we weren’t able to compete for a league championship we still got to come back for a final 2 games to end of our season which was good to finish at .500. It was difficult sometimes cause you could never know when you could be playing due to other team could shut down that day or day before, but it was great having the opportunity to play.”

The seniors leaving the program are Nick Blonde, Zack Phripp, Thomas McSweeney, Nick Leander, and Ryan Hindy. In addition, Nick Blonde, Nick Leander, Thomas McSweeney, Jake Higgins and Sean Geary all made the SSL All-Star team.

RHS Top Dogs 2021

Althea Olsen, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

Erin Gardner, Jessica Driscoll, Claudia Abouzeid and Lauren Draicchio with their Top Dog Awards!

Jessica Driscoll

Jessica was selected to travel to Guatemala on a service based trip where she would give dozens of Mayan indigenous people sustainable access to clean drinking water and teach health and hygiene workshops in indigenous communities. Jessica did not let the cancellation hinder her. She was the driving force behind organizing the gift wrapping efforts for the 2nd Annual Giving Tree! Jess came to school during her senior privilege time to wrap books and brought a bright and positive energy with her! Jessica is also a two sport athlete competing on the volleyball and lacrosse teams.  She is an incredibly kind-hearted and genuine young woman and I know that her future holds big things!

Erin Gardner

Erin was selected to travel to Guatemala on a service based trip where she would give dozens of Mayan indigenous people sustainable access to clean drinking water and teach health and hygiene workshops. Erin asked how she could contribute in addition to donating a book to the 2nd Annual Giving Tree. She came to school during her senior privilege time to wrap books! Erin has such a positive way of changing the world in which she lives and I’m sure her future will be impactful! Erin is a member of Student Government Council and competes on the lacrosse team. She also works at Southwood Nursing Home.

Claudia Abouzeid

Claudia Abouzeid is a senior who will be graduating in three years. Committed to her studies, Claudia knew early in her high school career she wanted to graduate early and then attend college to continue her studies. Claudia’s compassion and societal awareness is indicative of her depth as a person. She is enthusiastic and passionate about social justice. She is a kind, dedicated student, and her commitment to greater equality and fighting injustice makes me proud to have her as a student. She plans to study psychology.

Lauren Draicchio

Lauren Draicchio is a four year player of varsity  lacrosse and also serves as the team captain.   She has served as an executive and general  member of the student council, a freshman mentor as well as class president.  Lauren is a youth cheerleading junior coach and a youth basketball referee.  She plans to attend a four year college and major in nursing with hopes of becoming a Beyond Borders nurse, traveling to provide healthcare to less fortunate children and communities. Lauren was selected to travel to Guatemala on a service based trip where she would give dozens of Mayan indigenous people sustainable access to clean drinking water and teach health and hygiene workshops in indigenous communities. As soon as the second year of the Giving Tree book drive was announced, Lauren jumped at the opportunity to get involved and spread holiday cheer. Lauren came to school during her senior privilege time to wrap books. Lauren is a shining star and we know she will continue to impact her community during her next chapter!

Thank you Dr. Harrison, Ms. Kemp, and Ms. O’Brien for coordinating the event and the rewards given, and congratulations again to the RHS Top Dogs 2021.

Virtual Pep Rally Scheduled For Tomorrow, Feb. 12 at 1:15 p.m.

Rockland High School students filled the stands at last year’s outdoor rally that was held in October.

Feb. 9, 2021

Ngan Nguyen, Veritas Staff

  • Jonah Pishkin, Veritas Staff,  also contributed to this report

To raise a bit of school spirit, Rockland High School’s Student Government Council  is hosting a Virtual Pep Rally on Friday, February 12 at 1:15 PM. Even though this is not our traditional homecoming pep rally in October, it will still be fun and spiritually uplifting for everyone. 

 The pep rally will be from 1:15-1:35 PM. Here is the link to watch the rally:

Students in Cohort A will be watching the event in their E block class and Cohort B students will be asked to participate from home through a webinar link. 

To prepare for this pep rally, it’s encouraged that students should wear their class shirt or color to show spirit and pride for their grade.  

There will be time for sports and other school groups’ ‘honorable mentions’,  an announcement of Miss Rockland, as well as drama and band recognitions. Games are also planned for students to participate in during the rally. Some of the games include a backpack quest and two truths and one lie.

Cohort A, make sure to have your Chromebook with you, and Cohort B, the link will be sent through your school email, so be on the lookout for it.

There are varying opinions on the subject of having a virtual pep rally.

Of those interviewed most agreed that making the event virtual was justified, in order to keep students and others safe. Senior Alexis DeFranc explained why making the event virtual, while sad, was the best idea for the event. Saying that she thought it was justified, she responded, “Yes, because it will keep everyone safe and make sure nobody gets sick or be in close contact with those who may have the virus.”

Senior Billy Robinson thinks that the rally even though it is virtual is a great opportunity, considering the tremendous amount of stress taken out of a school day. In his words, “I think pep rallies are good because they are fun, and a good break from the stress of school, bringing the classes together.”

In the wake of the event going virtual, senior Lauren Draicchio also responded to the matter, and how others may feel about the idea. “I know some people may not be as excited about the idea of having a virtual pep rally; however, I believe to even be able to have the opportunity to come together in the slightest way is amazing. It may sway from what a typical pep rally would look like but it’s something to look forward to, and to me that’s exciting.”

Lauren concluded, “During times like these it’s important to stay positive and be grateful for what we can do and the memories we can make.”

With the upcoming February Vacation, it should also be a good way to get students excited about having a week off from school next week!

Here again is the link for the virtual rally.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88438719096?pwd=NUxDU29hcnpHK1dTdHpQazU2T2llUT09

 

Boys’ Basketball Team Down But Not Out

Derek Williams against Cohasset this year.

James Tsiantoulas, Veritas Sports Editor

Feb. 5, 2021

The varsity boys’ basketball team as of this past weekend has been shut down with six members of their team testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. The rest of the team, who have tested negative, are still responsibly quarantining as they wait to be cleared to get back out on the court. This is a huge blow for the team as practices and games have been suspended for two weeks. 

The boys’ team which began its season on Jan. 8 started out their year red hot, winning their first five games and looking like nothing could stop them.  But no one expected this shutdown to happen. These positive cases have no correlation to the JV boys team shutdown in January as the team was quarantined for the appropriate amount of time.

It is believed this was due to a player from an opposing varsity team testing positive after a game.  With this information all the players, coaches and staff were tested and are now quarantining for two weeks.

The team is  not allowed to practice until Feb. 11, and then they will have a South Shore League playoff game on either Sunday or Monday, Feb. 14 or 15.  In the playoffs the boys will be looking to secure another South Shore League title.

Despite this difficulty, this is a team of tough competitors, and they will not let adversity push them down. “The long break in our season is a little bit of a setback but it’s an obstacle we have to get over in order to win the league when we do get back,” said senior Joey Nguyen who has high hopes for the team once they are good to come back.

Principal Harrison in a letter to the community expressed his pride in the school’s handling of this situation, limiting the spread and not putting any other students in jeopardy.  He said, “Thanks to the hard work of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and families, I do believe this outbreak involving the boy’s varsity basketball team has been contained.  I continue to remain confident in our protocols and believe our learning environment within our classrooms is safe.” 

Hopefully when the team is cleared for basketball activities once again, they won’t miss a beat and will get right to work. 

RHS Top Dogs 2021

Top Dogs from Cohort B were recognized on Thursday Feb. 4. From left: Hannah Makarski, Zachary Solomon, Althea Olsen, Greta Russo, Anthony DiNino and Colin McKerrell. Not in picture: Hunter Wardwell. Cohort A Top Dogs will be recognized next week.

Feb. 4, 2021

Congratulations to the seniors who are Top Dogs for the Class of 2021! On Thursday, February 4, 2021 seniors from Cohort B  were announced as Top Dogs, and rewarded with chocolate, a t-shirt, and a framed picture. Below are the biographies of the 2021 Top Dog recipients from Cohort B.

Greta Russo:

Greta Russo is a member of the varsity soccer and lacrosse teams. She is also a student council executive board member as well as the president of the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils. She has partnered with volunteer work with the Special Olympics of Massachusetts and is a member of the National Honor Society. Greta plans to attend a four-year college majoring in either pre-med or environmental policy.

Hannah Makarski:

Hannah is a three-sport athlete who has participated in soccer, track, and basketball. She is a mentor of the Bulldog Buddy program, a freshman mentor as well as working in our unified gym classes. Hannah also volunteers her time with the Special Ed program in our preschool program. She plans to attend Merrimack College, major in health science, and become a respiratory therapist.

Althea Olsen:

Althea is the National Honor Society Secretary who has been the recipient of achievement awards such as the Science award and English award. She attended the Boston Leadership Institute for Surgical Research. She contributes positively to RHS by writing for the school newspaper, serving as a Freshman Mentor, and competing on the softball and swim teams. She gives back to the community by volunteering. She most recently organized a Magic School for neighbors with young children when the district shifted to fully remote.

Anthony DiNino:

Anthony DiNino has excelled as a student in the Pathways Program. He has connected with his peers within the program and has been an exceptional fundraiser for the Pathways Organization. He has excelled with customer service, working as a highly personable employee at the Dog Depot. He has also been an active participant in the Unified Sports Program, especially as one of the top performers on the soccer and basketball teams. Anthony brings a positive attitude, relentless work ethic, and cares greatly about other people and Rockland High School.

Zachary Solomon:

Zach is a National Honor Society student who has been actively involved in the Concert Band. He is a three-time recipient of the Music Achievement Award. He participated on the cross country team and swim team. Zach has shown an interest as a curious member of the astronomy club as well. Most impressive, Zach is an Eagle Scout. He completed a project this fall in which he cleaned out a messy closet filled with random marching music and built a shelving unit that matches pre-existing cabinets to store the marching music. The second part of his project was building a rolling cart that can store flipbooks for marching band and parade music, so students can easily store their music and keep it organized so it does not get lost. The final part of the project was emptying a storage unit that contained drama props, furniture, clothes, and equipment so he could build a big shelving unit.

Hunter Wardwell:

Hunter is a senior who has contributed significantly to the school’s athletic programs. He is a model student-athlete as he also takes his academics very seriously as an honors student. Hunter is a two sport varsity athlete competing on football and basketball teams. He is a captain, demonstrating exceptional leadership to younger teammates. In his free time, he volunteers as a Rockland Youth Football Coach.

Colin McKerrell:

Colin is an exceptional honor roll student who has been recognized as an AP Scholar with Honor. Athletically, Colin has participated in the wrestling and football teams. As a football player, Colin has been a leader on the team as a captain. Colin works part-time at Dairy Queen in Hanover as a food preparer.

The following seniors will be recognized next week and we will highlight their accomplishments at that time. Jessica Driscoll, Erin Gardner, Lauren Draicchio and Claudia Abouzeid.

Thank you Dr. Harrison, Ms. Kemp, and Ms. O’Brien for coordinating the event and the rewards given, and congratulations again to the RHS Top Dogs 2021.

 

Miss Rockland 2021

Althea Olsen, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

January 28, 2021

Congratulations to Hannah Makarski for winning Miss Rockland Class of 2021! The ceremony announcing this year’s Miss Rockland was held in the auditorium today and was streamed live at 9:15 am.  Parents attended and students could watch in their classrooms via a Google Meet link.

Below is Hannah’s biography.

Hannah is a three sport athlete who  has participated in soccer, track and basketball.  She is a mentor for the Bulldog Buddy program, a freshman mentor as well as working in our unified gym classes. Hannah also volunteers her time with our Special Ed program and our preschool program. She plans to attend Merrimack College, major in health science and become a Respiratory Therapist.

Congratulations to all of the nominees for Miss Rockland 2021 for your outstanding achievements and recognition! Below are the biographies of the nominees.

Greta Russo is a member of the varsity soccer and lacrosse teams. She is also a student council executive board member as well as the president of the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils. She has partnered volunteer work with the Special Olympics of Massachusetts and is a member of the National Honor Society. Greta plans to attend a four year college majoring in either pre-med or environmental policy.
Hannah Rich is a member of the varsity girls soccer team, serving as captain her senior year as well as the girls varsity lacrosse team, serving as captain her junior and senior years. She volunteers with the Freshman mentoring program and is a member of the National Honor Society. Hannah plans to attend a four year college and obtain her nursing degree and hopes to continue her education with a Masters of Nursing or as a Physicians Assistant. She aspires to become a pediatric nurse.
Miku Yoshioka is a member of the RHS swim and tennis teams and has held the position of class secretary, student council secretary and serves this year as the student council president. She also participated in the drama production of Marcus is Walking. She has participated in SEMASC and MASC through student government and has volunteered with Special Olympics, Walk for Hunger, Old Colony Center for Health and Rehabilitation and the Breast Cancer Walk. She also volunteers her free time at Mathnasium as a center directors assistant.  Miku plans to attend a four year college and major in Neurobiology and intends to become a physician.  

Gianna Gervasi has participated for four years with Rockland High School’s award winning State and New England State Championship Cheerleading team.  She has also been involved with student government and participated in Project Pumpkin as well as Unified Sports.  Gianna is a teacher and volunteer at Fashion Focus teaching young girls proper etiquette and confidence in themselves.  She plans to attend a four year university, major in math and education to pursue her goal as a secondary level Math teacher.

Lauren Draicchio is a four year player of varsity  lacrosse and also serves as the team captain.   She has served as an executive and general  member of the student council, a freshman mentor as well as class president.  Lauren is a youth cheerleading junior coach and a youth basketball referee.  She plans to attend a four year college and major in nursing with hopes of becoming a Beyond Borders nurse, traveling to provide healthcare to less fortunate children and communities.

Nominees and Miss Rockland are voted on by their Class of 2021 peers, based on their activities and contributions to the school and community of Rockland.

Once again, congratulations to all nominees and winner Hannah Makarski. Thank you Ms. White and Dr. Harrison for delivering the ceremony, and thank you Ms. Dunn for coordinating this event, and allowing it to happen.

Photos from today’s event are below.  Thank you Ms. Medeiros!

Here’s the Youtube video of the Miss Rockland ceremony.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uezk8laNKf0

 

 

Winter Sports Update

Rockland’s Derek Williams against Cohasset. photo from Twitter

James Tsiantoulas, Sports Editor 

Winter sports are underway as of now and there have been some bright spots for the teams. Even though COVID is still around we have been slowly getting back to a sense of normalcy surrounding sports. Fans may not be allowed but the teams are learning to play their game without all of the noise. 

The boys varsity basketball team has come out to a hot start on the year, winning their first 4 games of the season, as they had just played Cohasset High School on January 20th. The team was set to start the year off against Cohasset, but COVID tracing at Cohasset High postponed the game and Middleborough was played instead. This did not affect the team as they managed to win their first game and used the momentum to carry them forward. The team was set to play Middleborough once again on Friday January 22nd, but due to close contact tracing in Middleborough High the game was postponed. This team is looking red hot and are willing to go toe to toe with anyone. 

They made it five wins on Jan. 27 with a 65-49 win against Mashpee at home.

In addition, the boys J.V. basketball team has not been able to get any action recently due to COVID. This will not deter them from their season however as they are competitors and are hungry to get back out on the court as soon as possible. 

The girls varsity basketball team played Cohasset on January 20th as well, winning their third game of the year. The team had lost their first game of the year to Norwell and stayed close the second meeting with them. They were hard fought games. The team managed to bounce back and win 2 straight, beating both Notre Dame Academy and East Bridgewater at home. Last Friday they lost to Middleboro to even out their record at 3 wins and 3 losses.

On Tuesday, January 26, the girls traveled to Mashpee and defeated them 43-32 to get their fourth win.  The JV girls also won, their first win of the year, at Mashpee.

The hockey team is also doing well with a record of 3-3-0.  Their game on Saturday night, Jan. 23 was a 3-0 win against Cardinal Spellman, their second win against the Cardinals.  

On Tuesday Jan. 27 the team had a rematch with Norwell and even though this was a home game the result was the same, their second loss to the Clippers.  That evened their record at 3 wins and 3 losses.

Although COVID has made this year somewhat difficult, it has not deterred the athletes whatsoever. The boys and girls teams are out to great starts and are looking to finish out their years even stronger.

Basketball home games can be seen on WRPS live and hockey at the Rockland link is on Facebook live. Away games are also available.  Check Twitter for streaming links and updated schedules.

 

 

 

Winter Sports Teams Start Their Seasons

January 12, 2021

updated January 13, 2021

The winter sports season finally got underway on Friday, Jan. 8 when the girls basketball team and the boys basketball team played their opening games.

The girls traveled to Norwell for their first contest. Norwell came away with the win as the young Rockland team struggled to score. After only being down by 2 points with 4 minutes left, Norwell went on to capitalize on Rockland’s turnovers and came away with a 47-34 victory. The Lady Dogs will look for revenge on Friday, Jan. 15 when Norwell will travel to Rockland.

Junior captain Julia Elie

Meanwhile the girls got their first win of the season on Monday night over Notre Dame Academy by a score of 50-34. Rockland was led by junior captain, Julia Elie who had 29 points and 13 rebounds. Elie had 21 of those 29 points in the second half as the Lady Dogs pulled away in a game in which they led by 3 at halftime. Emma Cameron, Maggie Elie, Charlie Kelliher, Carol Lage, Sydney Blaney and Maddie Hermaneau played well for the girls.

The girls had another home game against East Bridgewater on Tuesday, January 12. Led by Charlie Kelleher’s 4 3 pointers in the first half, the girls went on to defeat EB 44 to 27. Julia Elie led with 13 pts, followed by Kelleher’s 12.

Patrick Moriarty, Senior captain

The boys basketball team also opened up their season on January 8 beating Middleboro 49-39. Leading the way was senior Patrick Moriarty who had 18 points.

This article appeared in the Enterprise.

On Tuesday, January 12, the boys got their second SSL win defeating EB 48 to 34. Senior Derek Williams had 15 pts followed by Patrick Moriarty with 14 pts. Their next scheduled game will be Friday night at Norwell.

Dogs’ hockey team

The hockey team began their season on Sunday night at the Rockland Rink by defeating East Bridgewater 6-3. They were led by sophomore Joey Salamone’s 3 goals and 1 assist, and sophomore Logan Murphy’s 2 goals. Sophomore Sean Geary had 1 goal and 1 assist and senior Nick Blonde had 2 assists. Senior Thomas McSweeney had 15 saves for the Dogs.

Check this article about the team.

 

Games and schedules often change so go to Twitter or Facebook to see updates for the hockey team and for the basketball teams. Basketball home games will be live streamed on WRPS.  Links for away game live streams will be announced and usually published on Twitter as well.

 

Spirit Week will continue on Jan. 4 for Cohort B

Spirit Week for Cohort B will be this coming week: Jan. 4-8.

Greta Willis, Veritas Staff

Spirit Week is one of the many fun traditions students look forward to each year. But, as the already complicated school year continued in December, it fell under the “postponed” category. 

Originally,  this event was supposed to be split into two separate weeks for each cohort. Cohort A’s Spirit Week was able to happen last week.  Unfortunately for Cohort B, their week was the same week the high school had to switch back to full remote.

Now that the school has announced going back to hybrid mode, Cohort B will be back in school on Jan. 4 and will be able to participate in Spirit Week in the coming week.

Miku Yoshioka, a senior and member of SGC, shared her experience in bringing Spirit Week to life during this unprecedented time.

“Just like any other year, Spirit Week has always been hectic, from what days we wanted, to the participation of our student body.”

She added, “This year it was hard, due to the council having to be flexible with the pandemic. We made it so both cohorts are able to show their school spirit.”

Freshman Joey Gallagher commented on the freshmen class’ first high school experience. “I liked the groutfit day because it was nice to wear something comfortable. In the future I would like to see a sports or jersey day.”

Seniors from left to right: Gianna Gervasi, Meghan Hoblitzelle, Jaelyn Glavin, and Katelyn Fitzgerald showed their class colors during Cohort A’s Spirit Week. photo by Lauren Draicchio

Despite the setbacks, junior Gabriella Gambon was excited to show her spirit amidst the chaos. “I overall liked the Spirit Week days this year even though I didn’t participate in all of them. I feel that a lot of people enjoyed comfy day including myself. My favorite day of the week had to definitely be decades day. I don’t think a lot of people participated, but I personally liked it.”

She also said, “Character day was my least favorite day because I just didn’t want to dress up as a character. That’s just not my thing. I really wanted to do camouflage day, but sadly I don’t own any camouflage patterned clothing.” 

She concluded, “Class color day is always a classic and I love to see everyone with their class shirts, having school spirit!”

It has been difficult when every day is almost unpredictable, but the students at RHS have been working hard while maintaining a positive attitude through it all. 

Below are some photos courtesy of Lauren Draicchio and Twitter photos from Cohort A.

2020: The Year in Review

Dec. 31, 2020

The year 2020 is one that most would like to forget. However at RHS, pre-pandemic, there were several memorable moments, and even after the school’s shutdown in March, administrators and students worked to make the best possible experiences happen for students, and especially for the Class of 2020.

In the school year that began in September, 2020,  students, while longing for better days, have also worked hard to make the most of a difficult situation.

So, here’s the Veritas’ annual “Year in Review” for this year.

January 28, 2020    Mat Bruzzese takes first place in Poetry Out Loud

Senior Mat Bruzzese was the winner of the annual Poetry Out Loud contest sponsored by the English Dept.

Senior Mat Bruzzese came in first in the 2020 Poetry Out Loud Contest held on Jan. 27 in the lecture hall.

January 31, 2020.    Mrs. Ellis Retires

Mrs. Jane Ellis  retired in January after 32 years as the principal’s secretary at RHS.  Mrs. Susan O’Brien assumed her duties.

Left to right: Principal John Harrison, Mrs. Ellis and Mrs. O’Brien prepare for Mrs. Ellis’ retirement.

February 11, 2020. Students Recognized for Academic Accomplishments. Forty RHS students were recognized on Tuesday, Feb. 11 with a special luncheon, catered by Chipotle, in the media center. The luncheon was in recognition of the students’ achieving high honor grades in term 1, term 2 or in both terms.

Freshman Petr Quinn receives his high honor certificate from Principal John Harrison and Asst. Principal Ms. Paulding.

March 8, 2020. Girls Basketball Team defeats Archbishop Williams, then play at Boston Garden 

The girls basketball team advanced to the state semifinals by defeating Archbishop Williams on Friday night, March 6, by a score of 53-37.  That game gave them the Division 3 So. Sectional title. Next, the girls , for only the second time in 20 years, played in the Division 3 State Semifinals on Weds. March 11 at TD Garden in Boston at 2 p.m.  They lost to St. Mary’s of Lynn in the last game any team would play because of the pandemic shutdown of all activities on March 12.  This would also be the last athletic event at RHS supported by student fans in the year 2020.

April 26, 2020. Lara Glennon wins annual Spellman Oratorical Contest

Rockland High School English Department Coordinator, Carol Cahill has announced the winner of the 2020 Spellman Oratorical Contest: Lara Glennon.  Tyler Gambon placed 2nd in the contest, while Sarah McLellan and Ashley Gallagher tied for third place.  Kerin Dalton and Neleh Dunn rounded out the contestants who taped their performances at home and submitted them to judges.

May 27, 2020. Senior Parade Held on Last Day of Classes for Class of 2020

The annual senior parade was held on May 27.  These photos from the Patriot Ledger capture the excitement of seniors on their last day of classes at RHS.

July 30, 2020 National Honor Society Induction

On July 30, 2020 at 7PM, Rockland High School inducted five seniors and ten juniors into the National Honor Society. Twenty five current senior members were also present at the ceremony, along with friends, family, and multiple staff members to support new and old members of the Society.

August 1, 2020.   Class of 2020 Graduation

Two months after their originally scheduled ceremony, Rockland High School’s Class of 2020 finally had its Graduation.  On August 1, a beautiful Saturday night, 149 members of the Senior Class paraded into Veterans Memorial Stadium, ready to finally say their goodbyes to this year and to their high school careers.

 

Sept. 2020.  School Year Begins.

The 2020-2021 began a little later than usual but hopes were high that all the precautions in place would lead to a safe and effective learning environment.

October 2020. Student Gov’t Goes Forward for 2020-2021 School Year 

Student Government elected its officers during its second meeting of the year.

 

November 2020. Fall sports teams adapt and excel

The boys and girls soccer teams, boys and girls cross country teams and the golf team were all able to compete this fall with abbreviated but successful seasons.

The girls cross country team.

December, 2020. Theatre Dept. performs Monologues and Band performs for the Holidays

Finding creative ways to perform their crafts, the Theatre Dept. put together a production called A Medley of Monologues and the RHS Band performed “Let It Snow” virtually.

Keep the faith RHS! Better days are ahead!

‘Tis the Season

December 21, 2020

Each year at this time the Rockland High School Band presents its annual Holiday Concert in our auditorium. While social distancing and the pandemic would not allow that to happen this year, the RHS Concert Band students found a way to bring us some holiday spirit with this virtual recording of “Let It Snow” in their video: “Tis the Season.”

These are our Concert Band students: Hugo DaSilva, Mia Gomes, Robert Ivil, Emma Krog, Kathleen Nee, Adam Pollard, Conor Quackenbush, William Robinson and Zachary Solomon.  John Piazza, RHS Band Director explained that the video was created by the students. He said, “The class recorded and filmed their parts.” Mr. Piazza then mixed and edited their performances.  The rendered product was sent to WRPS’ Dave Cable-Murphy who posted the final video on YouTube.

And here is their performance!

The December Edition of the Veritas Is Here

Dec. 21, 2020

This is the first page of our December edition of the Veritas for the 2020-2021 year.  Our regular print edition will not be distributed in school at this time.

Journalism students, along with senior editor Althea Olsen have worked hard through the ever changing schedule and academic environment to produce this paper.  Here is the entire paper: December Veritas

Happy Holidays!

 

December Veritas

“A Medley of Monologues” Presented by Theatre Department

Dec. 2, 2020

-from Rocklandschools.org post

Although this year looks a little different, there is one thing we can all agree upon – The Show Must Go On, or at least according to the Rockland High School Theatre Department.

This fall, Joanne White and Julia DiCanzio, directors of the RHS Drama team  came up with an idea to put together a production with the Drama Club students. Ms. White explained, “We needed to figure out a safe, manageable way to put together a production that still allowed students to be creative. We wanted to make it as supportive as possible for them with everything going on.”

Students had the option to choose or write their very own monologue. It took about three weeks to put together with virtual rehearsals, virtual meetings and recordings.   Christopher Burnieika of WRPS helped record it.

The final product is called “A Medley of Monologues.”   (Video link here)

Performers included:

Alex Anzivino as the Smoldering Spencer from “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

Elias Carbone performing The Circle of Life from “The Lion King”

Anthony DiNino wrote and performed a personal monologue – “The Multiplication Train”

Dillon Doyle crushed it as Buddy the Elf from the hit movie “Elf”

Callie Gillan performed a dramatic monologue from “True Crime”

McKenna Maher nailed it with her performance from “Pretty”

Fiona Overstreet performed a comedic monologue from “The First Dear Evan Hansen Letter”

Ben Pattison had us all laughing as Louis from “Hot Dogs”

Jonah Pishkin wrote and performed an inspirational monologue called “Fear, Chaos, Pain”

Luci Pumphrey presented a dramatic performance as Linda from “Pay Attention”

Cailin Sullivan closed the show with her dynamite performance as Lyndsey McElroy from the comedy show, “Two and a Half-Men.”

The students took the new challenge head-on and recorded an outstanding performance of “A Medley of Monologues.” Enjoy!

A Medley of Monologues

Directors Ms. White and Ms. DiCanzio

Get ready for Spirit Week

 

Student Government Council has announced that next week will begin a celebration of Spirit Week. The week of Dec. 7 – 11 will be for Cohort A and the following week, Dec. 14-18, will be for Cohort B. Principal Harrison is encouraging all, including faculty and staff to participate.

The first day will be Comfy Day/Groutfit* Day.  Check back to see photos of each day!

(*Groutfit means wearing outfits that are all gray in color!)

 

Bulldog Apparel Store Now Open

December 3, 2020

The Student Government Council at RHS has announced the opening of their on-line Bulldog apparel store.

Junior Maria Pala who is the SGC member overseeing the store answered some questions from the Veritas. “I was put in charge of the project, but I was working closely with our advisor, Mrs. Bartoloni, and I had a lot of help from my committee members with choosing designs.”

She also explained,”The money will go towards the SGC so we can host more school wide events in the future.  Our store is only online and the deadline for orders is December 11th.”

Orders will be delivered after Christmas.  Here is the link for the store: Bulldog Apparel Store

If you have any questions, contact Maria at mpala2022@rocklandschools.org

Fall Sports Teams Wrap Up Their Seasons

Nov. 25, 2020

James Tsiantoulas, Veritas Staff

With the fall sports season officially all wrapped up, we take a look back at all of the teams who gave it their all this year

The 2020 Girls Soccer Team

Girls soccer led by captains Kendra Peretzman, Chloe Jones, Allison Trainque, and Hannah Rich had a great year. They finished their season with two crushing losses to Middleborough in the tournament but that does not affect their heart and drive.

Peretzman commented on the team. “The team struggled a bit since we had our first tournament game right after the two week quarantine which meant we went in with having not played as a team for two weeks. This definitely showed in the first game. However, we played the same team in our second game and greatly improved. We went from a 5-0 loss to a 1-0 loss.”

The seniors leaving the program are Mckenzie Tsiantoulas, Hannah Rich, Hannah Makarski, Chloe Jones, Devin Cavicchi, Allison Trainque, and Greta Russo and Kendra herself.

Boys soccer led by their captains Nick Blonde and Andrew Norton had a great year as well. They finished their season after losing in the SSL championship with their heads held high.

Norton had some high praise for his team. “I thought that this was a great team this year, out of my four years playing for Coach Kimball it was one of the best teams. Absolutely I wish we could get a season redo, it would have been nice having a full season.”

The team finished their year on an incredibly high note and look to repeat their success next year. The seniors leaving the program are Nick Blonde, Andrew Norton, Daniel Donahue, Fernando Alexander, Renan Souza, and Yggor Batista. 

Boys Cross Country Seniors

In addition, the boys and girls cross country teams finished out their season with a few more meets. Captains Arthur Norton, Jimmy DiCarli, and Billy Robinson finished out their season with three wins.

Norton had some words about his team’s season. “We got 4th in our all league meet and ended up beating Abington in our final meet.” They looked to notch another win during the season but that was cut short for them.

Girls Cross Country team

Also, the girls cross country team led by captains Sarah Gormley and Maggie Flaherty finished the season with four wins. They had a fantastic season and look to improve next year. The seniors leaving the program are Arthur Norton, Jared Allen, Damon Welles, Jimmy DiCarli, Billy Robinson, Robert Ivil, Nick Earner, Zach Solomon, and Sarah Gormley.

Finally, golf had wrapped their season up during those sudden two weeks of in person stoppage in the school. The team did not participate in the SSL tournament, but the seniors gave it their all during the season. The team led by athletes from every grade finished with two wins on the year. The seniors leaving the program are Cullen Rogers, Joey Nguyen, Hunter Wardwell, Ryan Dobay, Anthony Morreale, Emily Marquis, Zach Phripp, and myself.

With the teams participating in these tournaments and extended seasons, it really shows that sports right now are in good hands. Check back for news about the upcoming winter season which is now scheduled to begin on Dec. 14.

New Hybrid Schedule Begins Nov. 9 at RHS

Nov. 6, 2020

Below are the times and breakdowns of the Hybrid Schedule that begins on Nov. 9.

Cohort A will be in person the week of Nov. 9 – Nov. 13.

Cohort B will be in person the following week Nov. 16 – 20.

When each cohort is in its remote week they will have their synchronous classes two days a week.

See the images below.  Click on the images to see a larger view of each.

Here’s the breakdown that indicate which classes will meet remotely on Monday / Wednesday and Tuesday / Thursday.

 

Veritas: November 2020

Nov. 2, 2020

This is the first page of our first edition of the Veritas for the 2020-2021 year.  Our regular print edition will not be distributed in school at this time.

Journalism students, along with senior editors, Althea Olsen and Emily Gaboriault, have worked hard through the ever changing schedule and academic environment to produce this paper.  Click on the page to see the entire paper.

Enjoy!

 

Reactions to Sports Changes 2020-2021

Joey Nguyen tees off at Rockland Golf Course on Oct. 1.        Twitter photo: Coach Brian Smith.

James Tsiantoulas, Veritas Staff

Oct. 9, 2020

2020 has been a rough year for the students of R.H.S. As the virus continues to sweep through the nation more and more changes have affected students in schools, one big change being linked to athletics. 

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) which governs high school athletics voted to issue an extra sports season (Fall 2) to allow some fall sports to compete later in the year. Football, volleyball and fall cheerleading are now scheduled to play in February after the winter season and before the spring sports season.  

Hunter Wardwell practices his putting at Ridder Country Club on Oct. 6. Twitter photo courtesy Ms. Lombardi

The sports that have been given the green light to compete right now are golf, soccer, and cross country. There are multiple students who are taking their talents to those sports.Fall sports athletes began practices at RHS on Sept. 25.

RHS Athletic Director Gary Graziano feels it is important to get some form of team sports going, I think it will be difficult but I also think it’s essential for us to get the kids back to some sort of normalcy and get them on the field exercising..  I think the kids will respond well!”  

Senior football captain Cullen Rogers, says, “I am planning on participating in golf,” and the season has gotten underway. Cullen has been doing his best in his new role as well as the other students who have decided to take on a new opportunity.

Football Coach Nick Liquori commented on the move of three sports to February. “It is certainly different, but more of a necessary evil, to be able to get as many student athletes participating/competing and give the feel of a ‘normal”

There are some concerns with the virus still active across the state and the U.S.

Mr. Liquori shared his insight. “Obviously, not being in the medical field, I don’t want to speak if it is safe or not, but I feel that if the data shows that other states are able to play HS sports, why not in our state?  As long as the athletes and parents feel safe allowing them to compete.  If we can do it safely and smart…why not?”

Mr. Graziano elaborated further. “I am concerned with the season and the possibility of it (the virus) spreading, but I also trust the people guiding us to play and follow the guidelines in place and feel safe.”

With administration doing everything to prevent the spread, students could be faced with possible consequences if they violate the rules. Mr. Liquori said, “One thing for certain that I think everyone is in agreement with is the safety of the student/athletes.  I feel everyone involved needs to be as diligent and disciplined to the rules, so that no one team or person or school for that matter is having to deal w/consequences that could result in missed games and/or seasons.”

Finally, some students are alarmed with all of these changes that it could be difficult to focus both in the classroom and on the field.  Rogers gave his opinion on the matter, saying, I think we need sports right now. Being focused in the classroom and on the field will be a struggle at first, but I know we can all do it.” 

With school finally going back into session and students getting used to the new systems put in place, sports add another thing they will need to adjust to.

Hopefully students realize this is a serious issue and they all do what they are told. Fighting this virus is going to take everyone and one false move might spell disaster. 

Only time will tell.

The golf team have played two matches so far. The boys’ and girls’ soccer teams open their seasons today (Friday, Oct. 9) against Cohasset. The boys’ and girls’ cross country teams will play Cohasset tomorrow morning (Saturday, Oct. 10) at Cohasset.

Student Government’s New Big 5!

Emily Gaboriault (Queen of Hearts) and Miku Yoshioka at Project Pumpkin last year. They will lead SGC this year as two leaders of the Big 5. Veritas file photo

On Wednesday September 30th, the RHS Student Government Council elected their new Big 5!

President: Senior, Miku Yoshioka

Vice President: Senior, Emily Gaboriault

Secretary: Junior, Gabriella Gambon

Treasurer: Junior, Maddie Smith

Publicity coordinator: Junior, Carolayne Lage

Treasurer, Maddie Smith says, “It’s nice to be one of the leaders of STUCO now. I can have more of a say in the events and can help to make the school an even better place!”

Vice President, Emily Gaboriault says,”This has been a goal of mine since freshman year and to finally be able to say I am on Big 5 is a dream come true!”

Student government advisor, Mrs. Bartoloni, states, “This year’s elected board members and Big Five are all very driven young ladies who are looking to find creative ways to make this untraditional year the best one yet.”

These Bigs 5 ladies plan to lead student government during these difficult times to ensure that this year is full of fun, safe, and inclusive activities the whole school and community can enjoy.

 

 

2020-2021 School Year Begins With Safety Measures in Place

The school year has begun for RHS students.

 

Althea Olsen, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

Sept. 13, 2020

Although 2020 has been far from the social norm, the Rockland School district has worked diligently to deliver a safe plan for students to begin the school year. 

Even though the first day of school will be through the screen, Dr. Harrison believes remote learning will allow RHS students to “develop unique and advanced skills” due to these ongoing challenges they are facing. 

As far as the challenges of this new learning experience, Dr. Harrison advises, “We need you (students) to ask questions.” He added,”Students should “lean on and rely on their teachers” for help. Despite the different scheduling and academic approach, Harrison says that staff members “are not just ready, but excited.” 

In order to limit the number of students inside the building, RHS has divided students into cohorts (groups of students) A or B. Emails were sent to students with their assigned cohort. If a student is uncertain of their cohort, they can check online at Aspen X2, or call the RHS guidance office. 

Cohort A was the first to enter the building for orientation on Thursday, September 10 from 8-11:20 am, and cohort B was second on Friday, September 11 from 8-11:20 am. During orientation, students met their teachers for the school year, and were given a glimpse of the safety precautions put in place for when in school learning occurs.

While at orientation, students were excited to be in the building, despite the new changes. When asked about scheduling, some agreed they understood the new arrangements, while some were confused.

When it comes to safety, Dr. Harrison outlined four important safety rules everyone in the building should follow. In order of importance, his list is the following: 

  1. Wear a mask that covers both the nose and the mouth. 
  2. Sanitize always. Dr. Harrison expressed the RHS hand sanitizer as the “best around”. 
  3. If one is not feeling well, do not attend school. They will be given work to do remotely. 
  4. Remain socially distant (6 feet). Dr. Harrison knows this is the hardest one to follow, but he promises students will be able to feel as if they are socializing even with the precautions put in place. 

 

From a student’s perspective, the new way of learning is definitely a challenging change at times. Not being able to walk with friends in the hallway or socialize at the end of class is the biggest challenge for most.

Every student from RHS, regardless of their cohort, will begin remote learning together on Monday, September 14 and will continue until Wednesday, September 23. During this two week period, they will follow the schedule below. This schedule ONLY applies for the two weeks of combined cohort remote learning.

8:15-8:50 AM A Block
9:00-9:35 AM B Block
9:45-10:20 AM C Block
10:30-11:05 AM D Block
11:15-11:50 AM E Block
12:00-12:50 PM Lunch
12:50-1:25 PM F Block 
1:35-2:35 PM Office Hours

During office hours, students can schedule to seek extra help for their classes, or spend extra time with teachers. Dr. Harrison said that the new way of learning “is confusing,” but explains we should “rely on our teachers and make sure to ask questions.” Guidance will also be available to meet with students on a virtual basis. Academic and emotional support will be available for students no matter the circumstances. After school academic support will continue to be provided from 2:45 to 4:15 pm. It is still being decided if it will be remote or in person support. 

Beginning on September 28, the hybrid model will begin. Cohort A will begin in person learning, and cohort B will learn remote. Starting on the week of October 5, cohort B will begin in person learning, and cohort A will be remote. The two cohorts will switch every week from in person and remote learning. 

During the week of September 28, cohort A will follow the regular RHS scheduling for IN PERSON learning.

During the week of September 28, cohort B will have the following schedule for REMOTE learning:

Periods Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6
8:15-9:15 English (no class) English English English Math
9:25-10:20 Math Math (no class) Math History History
10:30-11:25 (no class) History History World language (no class) World language
11:35-12:25 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:35-1:30 World language World language Science Science Science (no class)
1:40-2:35 Science Student homework Student homework Student homework Student homework Student homework

On October 5, the two cohorts will switch learning methods and follow the scheduling that correlates with their way of learning for that week.

Seniors’ College Plans

August 23, 2020

Class of 2020 graduates are now beginning to head off to college. So here is a list of their destinations.  We wish everyone good luck and hope they have a great freshman year whether they are attending classes in person or remotely.

Jake Adams -Massasoit Community College

Melyssa Almeida – Harvard

Jonathas Amaral-Numeriano- Salem State University

Kirsten Andrews – Massasoit Community College

Taylor Anzivino – Massasoit Community College

Taylor Anzivino at the senior parade back in May.

Crystal Arena – Massasoit Community College

Eric Barber – Bridgewater State University

Stephanie Beatrice – Regis College

Keiland Beckford -Quincy College

Zachary Belcher – Nichols College

Sean Belmonte -U Mass Amherst

Jad Bendarkawi – Princeton University

Jakob Benson – Coastal Carolina University

Makayla Berardi – Bridgewater State University

Molly Boggs – U Mass Boston

Robert Bono – Massasoit Community College

Taina Bruno – Quincy College

Mathew Bruzzese – U Mass Amherst

Kathryn Buckley – Worcester State University

Emily Bugbee – Massasoit Community College

Lauren Buker – Johnson & Wales University

Hannah Murphy at the senior parade in May.

Riley Cadogan – Massasoit Community College

Nicholas Cedrone – Bentley University

Victoria Churchill – Quincy College

Maria Ciano – Regis College

Samuel Coleran – Massasoit Community College

Mia Comeau – Coastal Carolina University

Erin Connors – Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Jordan Cunningham – Anna Maria College

Adam Dalton – Bridgewater State University

Kerin Dalton – Saint Joseph’s University

Jordan Delorey – Bridgewater State University

Jessica DeMarco – Saint Anselm College

David derKinderen – Westfield State University

Paige Donnelly – Bridgewater State University

Jillian Dorney – U Mass Amherst

Jonathan Dorney – Massasoit Community College

Jacob Dunham – Bridgewater State University

Neleh Dunn – U Mass Dartmouth

Michael Dutton – Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Caroline Elie – Roger Williams University

Cynthia Elliott Massachusetts – College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Arianna Esposito – Champlain College

Hailey Estabrooks – Massasoit Community College

Andrew Evans – U Mass Boston

Chase MacDonald at the parade in May.

 

Elyse Finerty – Westfield State University

Ava Fiore –  Merrimack College

Liam Flaherty – Bridgewater State College

Ashley Gallagher – University of New England

Tyler Gambon – Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Madeline Gear – U Mass Lowell

Lara Glennon – Emerson College

Matthew Griffin – Clemson University

Nicolle Guidiel Winter – U Mass Amherst

Jaylen Haltiwanger – New England Institute of Technology

Jacob Harris – Ursinus College

Melanie Harris – Roger Williams University

Zachary Harris – Nichols College

Frank Hawe III – Plymouth State University

Natalia Hernandez – Keene State College

Kylie Houde – Southern New Hampshire University

Steven Hoye – Bridgewater State University

Oliva Janis – Salem State University

Tyler Johnson – Northeastern University

Erin Kearns – Massasoit Community College

Rebecca Keefe – Plymouth State University

Brooke Kimball – Curry College

Grace LaPlante – Salem State University

Emma Lauria   – Regis College

Kyle Lenihan – Bridgewater State University

Chase MacDonald – University of New Hampshire

Kayla Mantell – Massasoit Community College

Jameson McCardell – Wheaton College

Elizabeth McGaffigan – U Mass Amherst

Kathryn McGuirk – Westfield State University

Sarah McLellan – Bridgewater State University

Lydia McWilliams – U Mass Boston

Joseph Messier – New England Institute of Technology

Olivia Milso – Massasoit Community College

Hallie Molineaux – Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy

Maryn Monett – Plymouth State University

Sabrina Morgan – Stonehill College

Hannah Murphy – University of Maine

Joseph Murray – Wentworth Institute of Technology

Samantha Nachtman – Salem State University

Keely Naughton – Suffolk University

Haley Nee – Massasoit Community College

Jennifer Nguyen – Massasoit Community College

Steven Nguyen – Massasoit Community College

Dhruvi Patel – U Mass Boston

Alyssa Patten – John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Philip Pattison – Bridgewater State University

Selena Peguero-Martinez – Massasoit Community College

Jordan Pierce – Curry College

Dakota Pike – Coastal Carolina University

Oliver Reera – Wentworth Institute of TechnologyO

Owen Shea – Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Juliana Smith – Massasoit Community College

Lucas Sprague – U Mass Lowell

Michaela Sugrue – Bridgewater State University

Bryce Taylor – Rochester institute of Technology

Megan Uong – U Mass Boston

Dante Vasquez – Framingham State College

Zachary Webb – U Mass Amherst

Jacob Willis – Texas Christian University

Hannah Wyllie – Colby College

Julia Yeadon – U Mass Lowell

Danting Zhu – Assumption University

 

Let us know if you have any updates or additions to the list by emailing rhsveritas@rocklandschools.org

National Honor Society Induction 2020

President of National Honor Society, Senior Jad Bendarkawi, served as master of ceremonies for the NHS Induction. Five seniors and 10 juniors were inducted on July 30, 2020. Twenty-five seniors in all make up the roll of the NHS.

Dr. Harrison handed out certificates to seniors.

On July 30, 2020 at 7PM, Rockland High School inducted five seniors and ten juniors into the National Honor Society. Twenty five current senior members were also present at the ceremony, along with friends, family, and multiple staff members to support new and old members of the Society.

In order to deliver a safe induction, the number of guests were limited to immediate family only. Families along with students had to remain six feet apart throughout the induction, and all attendees were required to wear a face mask upon their attendance.

To start off the ceremony, previous and new members entered the stadium led by Jad Bendarkawi, the Class of 2020 National Honor Society president. After giving the pledge, Jad delivered an introduction of the National Honor Society, along with a history of the societies background. Following Jad’s speech, the class of 2020 secretary, Madeline Gear announced the senior roll call, to congratulate the members on their college acceptances. Following roll call, Virtues were presented by the following students:

Character: Zach Webb

Scholarship: Katy Buckley

Leadership: Tyler Gambon

Service: Julia Yeadon

Led by Jad, the new inductees recited a pledge in order to become members. Following the pledge, Jad presented the pins to the new inductees, and principal Dr. John Harrison presented certificates to all senior members.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, students, families, and faculty members had the opportunity for photos. Inductees were able to receive gifts from their sponsors, which could have been a faculty member, or an immediate family member that had attended the ceremony.

Senior Members (25)

Melyssa Almedia
Stephanie Beatrice
Jad Bendarkawi, President
Mathew Bruzzese, Treasurer
Katy Buckley
Maria Ciano
Kerin Dalton
Jessica DeMarco
Jillian Dorney
Caroline Elie
Tyler Gambon
Madeline Gear, Secretary
Nicolle Gudiel Winter
Melanie Harris
Tyler Johnson
Sarah McLellan
Sabrina Morgan
Dhruvi Patel
Alyssa Patten
Dakota Pike
Oliver Reera
Zachary Webb
Hannah Wyllie, Vice President
Julia Yeadon
Danting Zhu
 
Inductees
 
Class of 2020
Kerin Dalton
Melanie Harris
Sarah McLellan
Dhruvi Patel
Dakota Pike
 
Class of 2021 
Jared Allen
Grace Henry
Robert Ivil III
Chloe Jones
Ann Kelley
Althea Olsen
Hannah Rich
Cullen Rogers
Greta Russo
Zachary Soloman

 

Class of 2020 Graduation

Class of 2020 files into the stadium at the beginning of ceremony. From left, Class President Mathew Bruzzese, Lauren Draicchio, Jordan Cunningham and Stephanie Beatrice.

August 1, 2020

Two months after their originally scheduled ceremony, Rockland High School’s Class of 2020 finally had its Graduation.  On August 1, a beautiful Saturday night, 149 members of the Senior Class paraded into Veterans Memorial Stadium, ready to finally say their goodbyes to this year and to their high school careers.  They were led by Junior Class Marshals Cullen Rogers and Lauren Draicchio, and RPS administrators.   Members of the faculty followed the class into the stadium.

Class President Mathew Bruzzese

Valedictorian Tyler Gambon photos courtesy of Pat Glennon

Senior Class President Mathew Bruzzese conducted the ceremony that had most of the same elements as always.  He addressed his classmates during the program as did Class Valedictorian, Tyler Gambon.

(see WRPS video below)

Robert Murphy, science teacher was invited by the class to speak. photo courtesy of Pat Glennon

Speakers included Robert Murphy, science teacher, who was invited to speak by the class.  He referenced Charles Dickens’ first lines of A Tale of Two Cities in his opening remarks: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….” words appropriate he said to the school year that saw great success for the class but ended abruptly with the pandemic.  He also, as did all the speakers, commended the class for its resilience and good humor in dealing with the events of their senior year.

Also speaking were Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alan Cron, Chair of the Rockland School Committee Jill Maroney, and RHS Principal Dr. John Harrison.  All the speakers wished the class good luck and bright days in their futures.

Class Vice President Katy Buckley presented the class gift to Lauren Draicchio, president of the Class of 2021.

As they came forward to get their diplomas, Dr. Harrison read the names of graduates along with noting their future plans.

With one last roller coaster led by Owen Shea and the traditional tossing of  hats,  Graduation 2020 was over.

Photo courtesy of Pat Glennon

Graduates, parents and teachers will long remember this most accomplished and resilient Class of 2020.   Good luck to all!

Photos below courtesy of Pat Glennon

The WRPS video of the ceremony is below:

 

Senior Awards Night Held on Friday, July 31

RHS SENIOR ACADEMIC AND ATHLETIC BANQUET

Ms. Kristen Walsh, Senior Class Advisor conducted the introductions of award winners at the Class of 2020 Academic and Athletic Award night held in the Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday, July 31.  In her opening remarks she commended these students who had their end of year activities turned upside down because of the pandemic. She said they “have shown grace and resilience despite a challenging end of their high school career.”

Mathew Bruzzese, the Senior Class President, led the Pledge of Allegiance and then introduced  special guests including Ms. Jill Maroney, Ms. Jaime Hennessy, Ms.  Emily Davidson, Mr. Dan Biggins, Mr. Richard Phelps, Dr. Alan H. Cron, Superintendent and Ms. Colleen Forlizzi, Assistant Superintendent.

The awards program began with the presentation of the athletic awards by Mr. Gary Graziano, the Athletic Director.

First was a presentation to Maryellen Woodward, long-time administrative assistant in the athletic office who retired this year.  Mrs. Woodward, served in that capacity for over 30 years.  She was a familiar face at athletic events scoring, taking tickets and registering the results back in the office with the MIAA. Mr. Graziano said, “She did all she could for the kids of Rockland and made me look good. Happy well deserved retirement after 34 years!”

Following are the individual athletic awards and the winners:

Hannah Murphy serves up a winner.

The Woman’s Coaches Award is presented to a female student-athlete. This year’s award was presented to Hannah Murphy.

The Vicki Solari Award is awarded to the most inspirational female athlete. This year’s recipient was Stephanie Beatrice.

The John Bell Bulldog Award is presented to the female and male players who play over and above abilities. This year’s recipients were Taylor Anzivino and Zachary Belcher. 

The Louis Cifello Award is presented to the most inspirational male athletes. This year’s recipients were Dante Vasquez and Joseph Murray.

The Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Awards recognizes the female and male athletes that never give up. This year’s recipients were Jessica DeMarco and Vitor SantosThe John Delorey Awards are presented to the female and male athletes who best exemplify sportsmanship. This year’s recipients were Maria Ciano and Michael Dutton. 

From left: Nick Cedrone, Maria Ciano, Tyler Johnson, Stephanie Beatrice and Melanie Harris after the awards ceremony on Friday night.

The Charles E. Leverone Award is awarded to the top male and top female track or cross country runner. This year’s recipients were Tyler Johnson & Melanie Harris

The Senior Female Athletic Award is presented to the top senior female athlete. This year’s recipient was Caroline Elie

The Peter J. Crowley Award is presented to the top senior male athlete. This year’s recipient was Dante Vasquez. 

Caroline Elie and Hannah Wyllie shared the Marion Mansfield Donovan Award for top scholar-athlete.

The Marion Mansfield Donovan Award is awarded to the top female student-athlete. This year’s recipients were Caroline Elie and Hannah Wyllie

The Joseph Dondero Award was awarded to Tyler Johnson in recognition of being the top male student-athlete.

The Dr. Joseph Dunn Award is awarded to the top student-athlete and football player. This year’s recipient was Owen Shea.

Owen Shea



The Silver Bowl Winner was Owen Shea.

Ms. Walsh then introduced the following students who received cords for graduation to reflect their future military service.

Jahri Francis- United States Air Force, Gabriel Fiorot-United States Air Force, Jamille Araujo Soares- United States Marines, Robert Whitman- United States Army

Next were special academic awards:

The RHS  Journalism Student Newspaper Award is presented to an outstanding senior who has demonstrated a commitment to the RHS Veritas. This year’s recipient was Arianna Esposito. 

The Senior Academic Letters for Excellence in Education are awarded to students who have been on the honor roll for six consecutive terms or a total of ten terms while a student at Rockland High School. This year’s recipients were Taylor Anzivino, Mia Comeau, Pierre Comeau, Haley Cotton, Jillian Dorney, Lara Glennon, Nicolle Gudiel Winter, Erin Kearns, Kyle Lenihan, and Danting Zhu.

Nicole Guidel Winter, Melyssa Almeida and Jessie DeMarco back in November at another award ceremony.

The Community Service Awards are given to students who have demonstrated a diversity of service, completed a minimum of 75 hours of completed service, and completed the majority of their service in Rockland. This year’s recipients were Melyssa Almeida, Maria Ciano, Nicolle Gudiel Winter, and Danting Zhu

This next recognition was to seniors who earned high honors the first three terms. This year’s senior who received High Honors the First Three Terms  were Melyssa Almeida, Jad Bendakarwi, Kathryn Buckley, Tyler Gambon, Tyler Johnson, and Julia Yeadon. 

The Phoenix Award is presented to the senior who has persevered despite many obstacles and challenges.  This year’s recipient was Jordan Delorey.

The Ann E. Phelps Make a Difference Award was presented by Mr. Richard Phelps in honor of his wife, Ann E. Phelps who passed away on July 8, 2017.   Mrs. Phelps worked at RHS as the head nurse from 1986-2003. In addition to being an outstanding nurse, Ms. Phelps was instrumental in  organizing Senior Issues,  the Academic Awards Ceremony, and Retirement Parties. Ann was also the founder of Rockland Holiday Magic back in 2003 and the program continues to this day, helping hundreds of families in need during the holiday season. Ann was regarded as a faculty member who truly made a difference in the lives of our students and families. The recipient of the Ann E. Phelps Make a Difference Award this year is Hannah Wyllie.

Maddie Gear

Ms. Walsh recognized two seniors who have held leadership positions in the Travel Club. President Maddie Gear and vice president Tyler Johnson were honored for their outstanding commitment to providing leadership in preparation for and while traveling to Japan and Central Europe, as well as representing Rockland High School and their community proudly.

The Senior Academic Achievement Awards are presented in each discipline. These students received a plaque to acknowledge their outstanding accomplishments. 

Bryce Taylor received one of the Art Awards.

Ms. Kata Medeiros of the RHS Art Department presented the Senior Art Award to Bryce Taylor and Krystal LaFrance.

 The Outstanding Scholarship in English Language Arts Award is presented to two graduating seniors who have excelled academically in English Language Arts classes, are in good standing in both the school and the community, and demonstrate characteristics and attributes determined by the English Language Arts faculty

Ms. Kendra Donovan presented the English Department Award to Lara Glennon.

The Outstanding Scholarship in History and Social Science Award is presented to two graduating seniors who have excelled academically in History/Social Science classes, are in good standing in both the school and the community, and demonstrate the characteristics and attributes determined by the History/Social Science faculty.

Mr. Rich MacAllister presented the History and Social Studies Department’s Award to  Nick Cedrone.

The Mathematics Department Award goes to the senior who is among the top mathematics students at Rockland High School and is a leader in the classroom.   Mr. Casagrande, Math department chair presented the award to Melyssa Almeida.

The Family and Consumer Science Award is in recognition of students who displayed the highest level of: team-oriented enthusiasm, attention to time management and organization, outstanding leadership, exemplary respect for safety, and excellent skills. Mrs. Brenda Folsom presented the awards to Philip Pattison and Michaela Sugrue.

The Construction Technology Award recognizes students that display a high level of knowledge and safety in Wood Technology. These students have dedication and hard work in order to get the work complete. The Technical Department  award was presented to Pierre Comeau by Mrs. Folsom.  

Kyle Lenihan

The Physical Education Department went to two students who are academic athletes: Kyle Lenihan and Hannah Murphy. These students take pride in everything that they participate in both on and off the playing field.  They are the students who do not think twice about helping and supporting all aspects of health and wellness.

The Senior Music Department Awards are presented to students who have demonstrated outstanding musicianship, a strong personal work ethic, dependability, and dedication to the Rockland music department. Dr. Harrison presented the Music Department’s Awards to Adam Dalton and Kayla Mantell.

The Communication Digital Media/Journalism award is presented to students who have contributed significantly to the RHS in-house media arms, including the Veritas and WRPS.   Awardees possess the ability to communicate to their peers and others through various media platforms and understand the crucial role media play in our culture and lives. The Communication and Digital Media Department presented its award to Stephanie Beatrice. 

Ms. Angela Armstrong, the Science Department Head,  presented the following Science Department Awards.

Environmental Club – (marimo ball) were presented to Jad Bendarkawi, Mathew Bruzzese, Ashley Gallagher, Tyler Gambon, Elizabeth McGaffigan, Dhruvi Patel, Oliver Reera, Zachary Webb and Hannah Wyllie

Also,  Zachary Webb and Hannah Wyllie received the Computer Science Award; Robert Whitman received the Engineering Award and the Science Award was given to Maria Ciano and Dhruvi Patel

Senior Julia Yeadon at the NHS Induction on Thursday.  She was honored on Friday too!!

Ms. Shaughnessy, World Language Department chair presented that department’s award to Julia Yeadon. She explained that one of the main goals in the World Language department is expanding the horizons of our students to new cultures and diversifying their language learning. This award recognizes a senior who has far exceeded obligations and expectations in the Spanish classroom,  making a conscious effort every class to use as much of the target language as possible and welcoming risk-taking in their communication. 

The following multi-award recipients were:  

Joseph Messier

Joseph Messier– Health & Construction Technology

Tyler Johnson– History & Social Science & Mathematics

Jad Bendarkawi

Jad Bendakarwi– English & World Language

The Overall Academic Achievement Award was presented to Tyler Gambon.  

Matthew Bruzzese at the Mr. Rockland contest last fall. Bruzzese received the Principal’s Award at the Senior Awards ceremony.

Dr. Harrison presented the Principal’s Award to Mathew Bruzzese, saying, “It gives me great pride to present this year’s Principal Award to you this evening. Each year the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrator’s Association Student Achievement Award– known as the Principal’s Award is presented to an outstanding senior who has impacted our community significantly. The recipient of this award tonight is someone who I am very proud of. He has led with an open-mind, aspires to include all students, and has a natural kindness that leads us all to gravitate toward this senior. 

Tyler Gambon was recognized as Class Valedictorian.

Dr. Cron then joined Dr. Harrison to present  the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent’s Academic Excellence Award to the Valedictorian of the Class of 2020, Tyler Gambon. The Valedictorian Award is given to the student with the highest grade point average at the conclusion of senior year and described Gambon, in addition to being a top academic student, as a person who has  an admiration for his classmates and community.  

 

 

Dr. Harrison as a new faculty member in 2016.  photo by Maddie Gear

Gambon then presented the yearbook dedication to Principal John Harrison.  Dr. Harrison’s bond with this class runs deep as his first year as principal at RHS in 2016-2017 was also the first year for the Class of 2020 in the high school!   The events of this year and Dr. Harrison’s efforts to provide a fitting and safe closure to the seniors’ high school experience have solidified this bond. Dr. Harrison’s caring nature, good humor,  attention to detail, and attendance at all the school’s academic and athletic events are beyond compare.  

 

Class of 2020 Profiles #9

June 5, 2020

Don’t be left out! As long as we get submissions we will print profiles!  Send in your profile form today!!

Katie McGuirk

What are your post high school plans?   I will be attending Westfield State University and will major in early childhood education.

What will you miss most about high school? I will miss most my friends and teachers who helped me throughout these last four years.

What was your favorite after school activity? I will definitely miss softball most.

 

 

 

Jennifer Nguyen

What are your post high school plans?  Going to Massasoit for 2 years

What will you miss most about high school?  Murph yelling at me for being late every day.

 What was your favorite class?  Chemistry

What was your favorite after school activity?  Sleep

What have you learned about yourself this year? I’ve learned that as long as I try my hardest that’s all that matters.

Any final thoughts? Time flies faster than you think.

 

 

Oliver Reera

What are your post high school plans?  I plan to attend Wentworth Institute of Technology and major in computer science.

What will you miss most about high school? Friend and teacher relationships.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember?  Pep rallies, car parade, making tournament in men’s tennis

What was your favorite class? AP Physics/AP Computer Science Principles. I can’t choose. They were hard work but a lot of fun and very interesting subjects to me.

What was your favorite after school activity? Tennis and Environmental Club

What was your favorite lunch?  Buffalo mac and cheese

Any final thoughts? Congratulations to all seniors. We made this year our own, and I will never forget it.

 

Dhruvi Patel

What are your post high school plans? I will be studying in the health science major at UMass Boston.

What will you miss most about high school?  I will miss the RHS spirit. My teachers and friends have been super supportive and welcoming of me, and I’ll miss seeing them.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Pep rallies and direct studies in the library.

What was your favorite class? My favorite class was Anatomy & Physiology with Ms. DiCanzio. She taught human anatomy in an incredibly exciting way. I loved her techniques of memorizing difficult names of the human body.

What was your favorite after school activity? Environmental Club and Yearbook Club.

What have you learned about yourself this year? I have learned that it’s important to stay positive because better days are always on their way.

Any final thoughts?  Thank you for the great memories!

 

Samantha Nachtman

What are your post high school plans?  I’m attending Salem State University to major in exercise science. After, I’ll be doing a masters program in athletic training.

What will you miss most about high school? I’ll miss the teachers and seeing people I love every day. 

What was your favorite class? Anatomy with Ms. DiCanzio.  It’s by far the most interesting class I’ve ever taken.

What was your favorite after school activity? Definitely doing track in the spring, but when I wasn’t doing that probably just going to the gym.

What was your favorite lunch?  Pasta bar

 

Jordan Cunningham

What are your post high school plans?  I will be attending Anna Maria College to major in music education with a minor in music performance.

What will you miss most about high school? I will miss performances and rehearsals with the music department.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember?  Regular runs to Chipotle Mexican Grill after school, getting cast in a play for the first time, attending HMC, and being accepted to AMDA.

What was your favorite class? Spanish III, IV and V with Ms. Shaughnessy; the class drove a motivation to learn a new culture.

What was your favorite after school activity? Theatre and Harvard Model Congress

What was your favorite lunch?  Buff chic dip

What have you learned about yourself this year? That working hard, keeping you head high, and taking the best steps will lead to outstanding success.

Any final thoughts? Thank you RHS for teaching me lessons in character, and the idea of leaving a community or place better than how you had found it.

Class of 2020 Profiles #8

June 1, 2020

It’s been so much fun getting to see so many of our classmates who are now graduates!  We wish everyone the best in the future and we hope to see you all on August 1 at Graduation.

 

Nicolle Gudiel Winter

What are your post high school plans? I will be attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst to major in public health sciences.

What will you miss most about high school?  I will miss helping out with Mrs. Zalocha’s class and my chit chats with Ms. Medeiros the most. 

What was your favorite class?  My favorite class was French because I loved learning a new language and exploring the French culture.

What was your favorite after school activity? Tennis practice!

Any final thoughts?  Thank you.

 

Mia Comeau

What are your post high school plans? Attending school at Coastal Carolina University to major in marine biology

What will you miss most about high school? I will miss seeing people in the halls in different grades and all my favorite teachers.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will remember fall, the school spirit, sports games, and senior events.

What was your favorite class? My favorite class was art class because whenever I was stressed out I would go to art and it would calm me down being able to draw.

What was your favorite after school activity?  Cheerleading

What was your favorite lunch?  Buffalo chicken dip

What have you learned about yourself this year? I have learned that change is good and it’s so important for people to help them focus on themselves and be the best person they can be.

 

Becca Keefe

What are your post high school plans? I’ll be attending Plymouth State University to major in criminal justice.

What will you miss most about high school? I will miss seeing my friends in the halls and being able to joke around with them as we walk to our next class.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I’ll always remember every State’s win I’ve had and the feeling of all the hard work paying off.

What was your favorite class? My favorite classes have to be junior year English with Neal or stats my senior year with Hoff. Both of these teachers always came in with so much enthusiasm and energy and were ready to teach the class, and it made learning so much more enjoyable.

What was your favorite after school activity? My favorite after school activities were cheer practice, cheering at football games on Friday nights, hanging with friends, going to Marylou’s, and driving around with my friends.

What was your favorite lunch? Grilled cheese

What have you learned about yourself this year?  I’ve learned this year that everything happens for a reason and that your friends will always be there for you.

Any final thoughts? I want the underclassmen to know how fast the four years at RHS truly flies by and I want them to know to cherish every small moment. Also, I would like to thank the whole RHS staff for an unforgettable four years of high school. I’m going to miss walking the halls of RHS.

 

Michael Dutton

What are your post high school plans? To attend Massachusetts Maritime Academy to study marine transportation and play lacrosse.

What will you miss most about high school?  Seeing my friends every day

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Beating Norwell in football to be Undefeated SSL Champs.

What was your favorite class? Junior English with Bigsby

What was your favorite after school activity?  Football and lacrosse

What was your favorite lunch?  Chicken Caesar salad wrap

What have you learned about yourself this year? No matter the obstacle we will get through it.

Any final thoughts? Thank you RHS! Go Dogs!

 

Benjamin Hildreth

What are your post high school plans? I plan on taking a gap year to work.

What will you miss most about high school? I will miss seeing my friends and my teachers every day.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will remember all the pep rallies and all the arts festivals.

What was your favorite class? My favorite class is cooking because I got to make a lot of yummy food.

What was your favorite after school activity? My favorite after school activity was robotics club.

 

Lydia McWilliams

What are your post high school plans? Attending the University of Massachusetts Boston and majoring in nutrition

What will you miss most about high school? Seeing all my friends in-between classes or before school. Bugging my favorite teachers, and sitting in my favorite window space before class in the early morning hours

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Sitting on the field or the bleachers during track meets, eating and sharing snacks with teammates and other teams. And yelling and singing with friends on our way to DQ after Mr. Rockland.

What was your favorite class? English class with Mr. Bigsby, sophomore and junior year. Bigsby makes such an open and honest environment where students can feel comfortable and don’t feel like they have to censor themselves. He also had so many creative and fun projects, individual and group. His class always made my friends and I excited for the end of the day, and not want to leave.

What was your favorite after school activity? First would be Images Magazine, surrounded by artists and friends. Wacky, but exactly as it should have been. Then track, while I sometimes wanted nothing more than to lie down or scream, my friends’ encouragement and equal exhaustion helped me push through. Track meets were my favorite, even if we left the losers.

What was your favorite lunch?  A newer addition, the Chicken Dippity. The chicken was better and crispier than the regular grill sandwich, and it came with waffle fries!

What have you learned about yourself this year? My procrastination didn’t get any better, even after 4 years :’). Also, I can understand and explain Shakespeare better than I could simply read Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.

Any final thoughts? Shout out to Mrs. Shaughnessy for listening to all my problems this year and last year, Mr. Bigsby for simply being Bigsby and checking in on my friends and me, Mrs. Hoffman for her positivity, Ms. Medeiros and Ms. Thompson for encouraging my interest in art, and JD for always being okay with me passing in late work.

Class of 2020 Profiles #7

May 29, 2020

On what would have been Graduation Night we are publishing our 7th set of profiles.  There are more to come, so it’s not too late to submit yours.   Congratulations Class of 2020!

 

Lauren Buker

What are your post high school plans?  I plan to attend Johnson and Wales University to major in hospitality management.

What will you miss most about high school? I will miss the teachers and friendships I have made.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will remember my senior night for soccer and the school dances.

What was your favorite class? My favorite class is statistics with Mrs. Hoffman because she made learning fun.

What was your favorite after school activity? My favorite after school activities were soccer and track.

What was your favorite lunch?  Salad bar

What have you learned about yourself this year? I learned to cherish the special moments before they are over.

Any final thoughts? Thank you RHS for all of the memories!!

 

Tyler Gambon

What are your post high school plans? I plan to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute and major in civil engineering with an environmental concentration.

What will you miss most about high school?  Above all I will miss the extremely welcoming and supportive community at RHS. I would definitely not be where I am today without all of my friends and the many genuinely caring teachers and faculty members.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember?  There are many simple memories that just made my high school experience feel more complete such as pep rallies, student government events and conferences, Envirothon competitions, and tennis bus rides. These memories and many more helped me feel truly at home at RHS. Probably my most unforgettable memory was when I had the opportunity to travel to Europe in 2019.

What was your favorite class? My favorite class was either Bigsby’s English or Mac’s history class. Both classes were extremely laid back and an enjoyable way to begin the day. I felt like I managed to learn so much and both teachers without a doubt opened my eyes to the world and allowed me to see in a different light.

What was your favorite after school activity? Tennis, Environmental Club, Student Government Council

What was your favorite lunch?  Chicken tenders with mashed potatoes and gravy

What have you learned about yourself this year?  From truly understanding how to persevere and pursue goals to the very end to really getting out of my comfort zone and trying new things, this school year has been quite the year of self-discovery. Yet, the most important thing I have learned is that you genuinely need to take advantage of every opportunity you have because Andy Bernard is right, there is no way of knowing you are in the good old days until you have actually left them.

Any final thoughts? Thanks RHS for each and every one of the unforgettable memories! It truly has been a crazy ride and while it is certainly sad to leave, I cannot wait to see what comes next. To the underclassmen, you have probably heard this so many times before but high school truly does fly by and you never know when your journey will not go as planned. Cherish the memories and do all that you can to discover yourself and make the most of your time at RHS.

 

Dante Vasquez

What are your post high school plans? Next year I’ll be attending Framingham State and majoring in marketing. I will also be continuing football.

What will you miss most about high school? Friday night lights with the boys and Monday film sessions

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Beating Abington this year 34-13, pep rallies, game day for basketball and football, all my teachers and classmates, and American Conspiracies with Jojo.

What was your favorite class? History. I love learning about past events and how they shaped us

What was your favorite after school activity?  Football

What was your favorite lunch?  Chicken Caesar salad

What have you learned about yourself this year? Be different, standout, and always work your butt off.

Any final thoughts? Thank you to the community of Rockland, the staff at Rockland High School, coaches, friends, and many others for the non-stop support and love for the last four years! Thank you…none of this is possible without you guys believing in me.

 

Danting Zhu

What are your post high school plans?  The goal is going to college and majoring in actuarial science.

What will you miss most about high school? Friends and teachers

What was your favorite class? AP Statistics because Mrs. Hoffman is a wonderful teacher who helped me a lot and made the class so interesting.

What was your favorite after school activity? Swimming

What was your favorite lunch? Buffalo chicken dip

What have you learned about yourself this year? This year wasn’t a big change.

Any final thoughts? I am an adult now. Not a kid anymore. I hope I can go back to school to visit all my friends and faculty.

 

Lara Glennon

What are your post high school plans?  Attending Emerson College to major in media art production

What will you miss most about high school?  The teachers! Seeing my teachers made every class fun even if I didn’t love the subject.

What was your favorite class? This is so hard to choose because I had favorite subjects, but I also also had favorite teachers. I don’t love science and math but I loved having Casa, Hoff and Ms. DiCanzio. I loved APUSH with Mr. MacAllister and AP Seminar with Hoyo. Spanish with Mrs. Shaughnessy might be my favorite.

What was your favorite after school activity? Hosting a radio show on WRPS was my favorite. It was something I did every week for all four years of high school so it really became a significant part of my time at RHS. It’s something that not a lot of students do but it’s such an incredible opportunity.

What was your favorite lunch?  Macho Nacho!

What have you learned about yourself this year? My goal for this year was to just have fun and make the most of my last year of high school. With the year ending how it did I’m extra thankful that I was able to spend time with my friends after school and have fun in my classes. Academics have always been important to me so sometimes I felt like I was missing out on the social aspect of RHS, I wanted to turn that around and try to experience senior year to the fullest.

Any final thoughts? Thank you, RHS!

 

Haley Nee

What are your post high school plans? My post high school plans are to attend Massasoit Community College to take core classes and then transfer to Cape Cod Community College to major in Dental Hygiene.

What will you miss most about high school? Seeing my friends every day and trying to find my car in the parking lot!

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Pep Rally senior year, chorus concerts

What was your favorite class?  Anatomy because we learned so much and it was so interesting!

What was your favorite after school activity? My favorite after school activity is dancing!!

What was your favorite lunch?  Macho Nacho 100%

What have you learned about yourself this year? I stopped caring what other people think of me!

Any final thoughts? I’m proud of everyone in this class and I hope you all do amazing things  🙂

 

Melyssa Almeida

What are your post high school plans? I plan on attending Harvard University to study neuroscience.

What will you miss most about high school? The teachers, my friends, and my morning convos with Ms. Cahill  🙂

What was your favorite class? AP Biology because Mrs. Armstrong is the best!

What was your favorite after school activity? Math team and going home

What have you learned about yourself this year? I learned to stop doubting myself.

Any final thoughts?  Thank you RHS!

Class of 2020 Profiles #6

May 27, 2020

We have had a great response to our profile survey with 45 seniors responding.  As long as we have responses we will keep publishing profiles in order to celebrate the Class of 2020 graduates who have gone through so much at the end of their senior year.

Zachary Harris

What are your post high school plans? Attend Nichols College in the fall to major in sports management.

What will you miss most about high school? I’ll miss coming to school and knowing that I’ll see the boys every day, and yeah, I’m going to miss my friends.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I remember the first time I played in a match in golf my sophomore year I played horrible, but it allowed me to grow. I also remember how competitive speed ball was.

What was your favorite class?  History with Mac because he made class interesting.

What was your favorite after school activity? Sports like golf, swim, lacrosse

What was your favorite lunch? Pizza dippers or macho nacho

What have you learned about yourself this year? How many balls you can lose on a golf course. No, I’m joking. If I had to say something I’d probably say that I learned to use the resources given to me, and also that I can set a goal and focus to strive toward that goal.

Any final thoughts? Change is good. In life we make big changes from transitioning from schools to making key life decisions. No matter what life throws at us nothing can change what happened here for us: the good times and even the bad, but the possibility to create new change is great.

 

Chase MacDonald

What are your post high school plans? I will be attending the University of New Hampshire.

What will you miss most about high school? The people who I would consider “school friends” because I will probably never see them after high school.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Senior year golf was fun and JV ball sophomore year was so fun.

What was your favorite class? Anatomy with Ms. DiCanzio because she was a great teacher and really chill.

What was your favorite after school activity? Golf and hanging out with friends.

What was your favorite lunch?  Spicy chicken wrap

What have you learned about yourself this year? I’ve learned that I am strong.

Any final thoughts? Goodbye RHS. Thank you for all the good and bad times.

 

Zachary Webb

What are your post high school plans? To attend UMASS Amherst to pursue a degree in astronomy

What will you miss most about high school?  Friends and teachers

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Arsenic and Old Lace, and Marcus is Walking

What was your favorite class? AP Physics. It was challenging in a good way, but after a while it mostly made sense.

What was your favorite after school activity? Astronomy club, cross country, environmental club

What was your favorite lunch? Breakfast for lunch

What have you learned about yourself this year? Sometimes I need time to just chill or hang out with friends; you get burnt out from doing too much all at once and it’s overwhelming at times.

Any final thoughts? Congrats to all the other seniors. We made it together, that’s all that counts.

 

Adam Dalton

What are your post high school plans? After graduating from high school, I plan to attend Bridgewater State University.

What will you miss most about high school? I’ll miss not seeing my closest friends every day.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? One event I’ll always remember is when I performed during the halftime show for the first time.

What was your favorite class? My favorite class would have to be band class. There I got to learn to play the trumpet, which is a passion I plan to further pursue in college.

What was your favorite after school activity? Two of my favorite school activities would have to be the band and the art club.

What was your favorite lunch?  My favorite lunch was a chicken patty sandwich.

What have you learned about yourself this year? This year I’ve learned to be more outgoing and social. Because of this I’ve made great friends.

 

Krystal LaFrance

What are your post high school plans? Continue in schooling for nursing and paramedics

What will you miss most about high school? Being able to spend quality times does create forever friendships.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will remember prom and the pep rallies the most. I will also miss being in class with my best friends who I have grown up with.

What was your favorite class?  My independent studies because it allowed me to create whatever artwork I could imagine.

What was your favorite after school activity? Participating in track

What was your favorite lunch? 2nd lunch because it allowed me to have a break during the longest class.

What have you learned about yourself this year?  How I am able to push through and persevere no matter what I may be dealing with.

Any final thoughts?  The memories from Rockland High School will forever stay with me. This school gave me a huge opportunity to grow and succeed. The teachers and staff I am most thankful for. Developing relationships and feeling comfortable in school has made my high school experience amazing.

 

Taylor Anzivino

What are your post high school plans? I will be attending Massasoit Community College.

What will you miss most about high school? All the teachers and friends I’ve known for years, being able to see everyone every day.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Football and tournament games, pep rallies, playing at the TD Garden.

What was your favorite class? Anatomy was probably my favorite class because I found learning about the body very interesting and Ms. DiCanzio made it even more fun!

What was your favorite after school activity? I enjoyed having soccer and basketball practice everyday!

What was your favorite lunch?  My favorite lunch was burger bar.

What have you learned about yourself this year? To enjoy what you’re doing, and to make the most out of everything I did.

Any final thoughts?  Enjoy your time at RHS. It goes by in the blink of an eye. Also, get involved in everything you can.

 

Erin Connors

What are your post high school plans? I will be attending Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science majoring in public health my first year, and then I’m planning on changing to occupational therapy.

What will you miss most about high school? The memories I made with Pathways and friends.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember?  I will remember our first unified pep rally and how close everyone was. I will remember all the dances and all the fun pep rallies, and the cold football nights.

What was your favorite class?  Unified PE because it was my passion and it made me so happy to be at school.

What was your favorite after school activity? I liked going home and relaxing or working out.

What was your favorite lunch? Breakfast

What have you learned about yourself this year? That you can’t take the little things for granted and you need to be open to everything.

Any final thoughts?  Rockland High was the best and taught me the most valuable lessons, thanks to the great encouraging staff!

 

Class of 2020 Profiles #5

May 26, 2020

Here we go with our fifth set of profiles of seniors.  Keep the responses coming in and we will keep posting profiles!

Nathalia Hernandez

What are your post high school plans? I plan to attend Keene State College to major in criminal justice.

What will you miss most about high school? All the teachers; they have helped me so much.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will remember prom the most because it was honestly the best time.

What was your favorite class? My favorite class was junior year English. I felt I was able to express myself more. Also Mr. Bigsby is the best.

 

What was your favorite lunch? Buffalo chicken salad with Feta cheese.

What have you learned about yourself this year? That I actually will miss high school, mostly for the people.

Any final thoughts? I spent $590 on my prom dress and if I can’t wear it I will cry.

 

Ashley Gallagher

What are your post high school plans? I will be attending the University of New England with a major in medical biology. There I will be entering an 8 year medical program to receive my doctorate in osteopathic medicine.

What will you miss most about high school?  My friends, the teachers I was close with, and the traditions I had with some of the people there.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember?  Pep rallies, having fun in classes with my friends on certain days, the holidays, and all the moments I had with my favorite teachers.

What was your favorite class?  My favorite classes were with Mrs. Shaughnessy, Mr. Bigsby, Mr. Neal, Mrs. Armstrong, Ms. DiCanzio, and Casa because they made learning fun

What have you learned about yourself this year? That when I put my mind to it, I can work hard to achieve things I am proud of.

 

Juliana Smith

What are your post high school plans? Attend Massasoit for one year and then transfer to a four year school.

What will you miss most about high school?  Seeing all my friends every day

What was your favorite class?  English class last year with Mr. Neal. It opened my eyes about others and I saw different points of views.

What was your favorite after school activity?  Cheerleading

What was your favorite lunch?  Pasta bar! 

Any final thoughts? Everything went by extremely quick. Do not take anything for granted.

 

Brooke Kimball

What are your post high school plans? After high school I’m going to Curry College in Milton, MA to study forensic science

What will you miss most about high school? Talking to my friends at lunch, or at gym

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? The pep rally this year where we all dressed as aliens.

What was your favorite class? Anatomy. Ms. DiCanzio is really good at teaching and I just thought it was a really fun class.

What was your favorite after school activity?   I didn’t do too many sports or clubs, but I enjoyed the time after school with my friends.

What was your favorite lunch? Popcorn chicken bar

What have you learned about yourself this year? That if I try my hardest I can excel and get good grades

 

Erin Kearns

What are your post high school plans? I plan to attend Massasoit Community College for 2 years and transfer to Bridgewater State to major in special education.

What will you miss most about high school?  I’ll miss seeing my friends and teachers every day.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I’ll remember the pep rallies, prom, powderpuff and my teams.

What was your favorite class?  My favorite class was Unified Gym. I loved getting to know all the Pathways kids and making some great friends through the class.

What was your favorite after school activity? My favorite after school activities were soccer, track and Bulldog Buddies.

What have you learned about yourself this year? I’ve learned not to take things for granted and that it’s crazy how fast things can change.

Any final thoughts? Thank you RHS for a great 4 years!

 

Makayla Berardi

What are your post high school plans? I will be attending Bridgewater State University, majoring in elementary education

What will you miss most about high school?  Dog Depot

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Prom, homecoming, and pep rallies

What was your favorite class? Cooking

What was your favorite after school activity?  Art club

What was your favorite lunch? Burger bar

 

Class of 2020 Profiles #4

May 25, 2020

This is Day #4 of our Senior Profiles. There will be a fifth day of profiles tomorrow and you still can be part of it! Send your responses and photos to rhsveritas@rocklandschools.org. Also, don’t forget about Wednesday’s Senior Parade!

Jad Bendarkawi

What are your post high school plans? I plan on attending Princeton University to study electrical engineering with a concentration in robotics.

What will you miss most about high school? I’m going to miss the people. My friends and teachers have always been compassionate and supportive of me and I’ll definitely miss that sense of community.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Swim meets and pasta parties, Envirothon competitions, WRPS 88.3 with Lara, Molly, and Jad, the lab and my fellow lab assistants, and of course, Virtual High School ❤

What was your favorite class? My favorite class was being a research lab assistant. I will never forget the experiences I’ve shared with my fellow lab assistants (Lizzie, Hannah, and Caroline). From counting the dead rats in the closet to taking down and assorting chemicals that I can’t pronounce I have learned and seen so many new things this year. Thank you science department for your patience and support 🙂

What was your favorite after school activity? My favorite after school activities were environmental club, swim, and teaching a coding class at Memorial Park.

What was your favorite lunch? Chicken Dippity

What have you learned about yourself this year? I’ve learned to appreciate everything in my life both big and small. This year we missed a lot of our senior memories but I’m glad I can look back on my time at RHS with joy and pride.

Any final thoughts? Thanks RHS for an awesome 4 years!

 

Victoria Churchill

What are your post high school plans?  Quincy College for natural science.. working at Shaws in Hanover part-time.

What will you miss most about high school? All my friends

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? All the pep rallies and the fun events that went on

What was your favorite class? Anatomy and physiology because we learned so much and it was entertaining as well.

What was your favorite after school activity? Hanging out with friends

What was your favorite lunch?  Macho nacho

What have you learned about yourself this year? That I am an independent person

 

Maddie Gear

What are your post high school plans? I will study business administration at UMass Lowell.

What will you miss most about high school? I will miss seeing my friends, traveling with the Travel Club, playing lacrosse, and Student Government.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Prom, MASC, and being an MC for Mr. Rockland

What was your favorite class? My favorite class was Spanish because I found it interesting and class was always enjoyable.

What was your favorite after school activity? Student Government, Images, and lacrosse

What was your favorite lunch? Chicken patty

Any final thoughts? Thanks RHS for a great four years 🙂

 

Pierre Comeau

Pierre Comeau

What are your post high school plans? I applied for the Local 103 Electrical Union. I hopefully will have an interview this summer and start classes in the fall to become an apprentice.

What will you miss most about high school? Seeing all my friends every day.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? All my athletic accomplishments in track and basketball throughout high school. Also the parties and hanging out with all my friends over the last 8 years.

What was your favorite class?  Junior year English class with Mr. Neal because his class really opened my eyes about society and gave me a clearer vision about life in general.

What was your favorite after school activity? Basketball

What was your favorite lunch?  Chicken tenders with mashed potatoes and gravy

What have you learned about yourself this year? If I really apply myself and try my hardest I can accomplish anything in life.

Any final thoughts? Crazy how fast life flies by.

 

Kerin Dalton

What are your post high school plans? Attending Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia to major in the humanities

What will you miss most about high school? Being so close to all of my friends

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Pep rallies, football games and Mr. Rockland

What was your favorite class? AP Lang and AP Lit because I enjoyed our in depth class discussions. I also made some of my best memories in these classes with my peers.

What was your favorite after school activity? Rehearsals and practices were always the best because it gave me more time to spend with my friends and it gave us something to talk about other than school.

What was your favorite lunch? The chicken sandwich with waffle fries

What have you learned about yourself this year? Consistency is the key to success and everything happens for a reason.

Any final thoughts? I’m going to bigger places, but I’ll never forget where I came from. I’ll always be a Bulldog at heart and will never forget everything RHS gave me

 

Megan Uong

What are your post  high school plans?  I am attending UMass Boston in hopes to pursue a career in the health science field.

What will you miss most about high school?  I will miss seeing all my friends and teachers every day.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will always remember prom, every pep rally, and the sports games.

What was your favorite class? My favorite class would have to be Anatomy with DiCanzio because she made it very interesting and exciting to learn about the human body.

What was your favorite after school activity?  My favorite after school activities were the volleyball and tennis practices, as well as the sports games.

What was your favorite lunch? Buff chick dip

What have you learned about yourself this year?  I learned that things can come when you least expect it and how to prepare myself for them. I also learned that you can’t always hold onto your past.

Any final thoughts? High school does go by quicker than you think, so enjoy every second of it with your friends and classes. Thank you RHS for the great memories!

 

Jake Benson

What are your post high school plans? I will be attending Coastal Carolina University to major in business.

What will you miss most about high school? I’ll miss playing sports and seeing my friends every day.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember?  I’ll definitely remember the last day of total chaos before we got the official announcement about schools closing.

What was your favorite class? My favorite class would have to be science with Mr. Murphy. He was a great teacher.

What was your favorite after school activity? Football, basketball, lacrosse

What was your favorite lunch? The chicken dippity with waffle fries

What have you learned about yourself this year? That life kind of punches you in the stomach sometimes.

 

Joey Messier

What are your post high school plans? I plan to go to New England Institute of Technology to study robotics engineering.

What will you miss most about high school? Spending time with my friends. And the senior events I had to miss and the feeling of accomplishment while watching the countdown reach its final day.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Pep rallies and just spending time with friends in the mornings.

What was your favorite class? My favorite class was probably Neal’s or Bigsby’s English classes because I had the most fun in both classes and I could feel like myself in them.

What was your favorite after school activity? IMAGES, robotics club, track and soccer

What was your favorite lunch? Burger bar

What have you learned about yourself this year?  It’s ok to ask for help; you don’t have to do everything alone.

Any final thoughts? I wish we weren’t in quarantine. But don’t take anything for granted, the last four years flew by.

 

Hannah Murphy

What are your post high school plans? I plan to study business at a four year university.

What will you miss most about high school? Friends and sports

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? TD Garden, States at Worcester, Unified Gym

What was your favorite class?  Unified Gym. Mrs Folsom trusted me which allowed me to really become a great leader.

What was your favorite after school activity? Basketball and volleyball

What was your favorite lunch? Popcorn chicken bar

What have you learned about yourself this year? I can become a leader at certain times; friendliness can become a game changer when having people look up to you.

Any final thoughts? Seniors should have had more privileges.

Senior Academic Awards June 3, 2021

Academic Awards Class of 2021

Patrick J. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship –– 1,000.00 Patrick Moriarty

“The Good Guy” Scholarship in memory of Jared Lewis Quirk – Erin Gardner, Jaelyn Glavin, Emily Marquis, Joseph Nguyen, Miko Yoshioka, Chloe Jones, Ann Kelley, Hannah Makarski

Robert J. and Christine J. Biggins Courage Award – -$1,500.00 Calin Monett presented by Daniel Biggins

Specialist Matthew Pollini Memorial Scholarship –- – $1,000.00 Jaelyn Glavin

Specialist Matthew Pollini Memorial Scholarship –- – $1,000.00 Jaelyn Glavin

Skarbek/Bober Teacher Scholarship – – –$16,000.00 Gianna Gervasi (presented by Melinda Learning)

The Jimbo Award — – $300.00 Ryan Hindy

Rockland/Hanson Rotary Community Service Award – (Eileen Small from the Rotary will present award) $750.00 Ann Kelley, $750.00 Lauren Draicchio.

The John Mahoney Memorial Award Scholarship – – $100.00 Robert Ivil III

The Edward Sokolowski Award – – $100.00 Althea Olsen

Reuben A. & Lizzie Grossman Foundation Award – -$750.00 each Zachary Solomon, Althea Olsen

Spellman Oratorical Winners–(first$1,300) ClaudiaAbouzeid; (second$1,100) Hunter Wardwell ; (third $750) Hannah Rich; (fourth $550) Damon Welles; (fifth $350) Vitor Rodrigues, (sixth $150) Christian Rosario, Natalia Roosa and Jacob Moore

Share the Spirit Award (S.H.A.R.E. – Selfless Helpers Assisting Rockland Everyday) – – – $300.00 Greta Russo

SEMASC 2019-2020 Delegate Greta Russo campaigning before being elected

National Honor Society–Jared Allen, Devin Cavicchi, Grace Henry, Robert IvilIII, Chloe Jones, Ann Kelley, Hannah Makarski, Joseph Nguyen, Althea Olsen, Hannah Rich, William Robinson III, Cullen Rogers, Greta Russo, Zachary Solomon

Military Acknowledgments – Marines Nicholas Earner, US Army Jordan Ortiz, Air Force Natalina Richards, Army National Guard Stephen Tutkus

Student Art CompetitionsBillboard contest sponsored by Brockton Area Prevention Center – Artwork focuses on teen alcohol prevention and making good choices. Julia deLima, Alexis DeFranc, Rebecca Killion

RHS Journalism/Student Newspaper Awards – Althea Olsen, Emily Gaboriault, James Tsiantoulas, Jonah Pishkin, Michaela Bruno, Calin Monett, Lauren Draicchio, Alexis DeFranc, Daniel Donahue, Joseph Levangie

Senior Academic Letters (Excellence In Education) – Hanna Makarski, Colin McKerrell, Patrick Moriarty, Jonah Pishkin, Hanna Rich, William Robinson, Greta Russo, Allison Trainque, James Tsiantoulas, Damon Welles

Community Service Awards – Robert Ivill III, Zachary Solomon

High Honors First Three Terms This Year – Jared Allen, Devin Cavicchi, Julia De Lima, Robert Ivil III, Chloe Jones, Ann Kelley, Colin McKerrell, Joseph Nguyen, Cullen Rogers, Hunter Wardwell

Advanced Placement Scholars – AP Scholars – Althea Olsen, Greta Russo ; AP Scholar with Honor – Colin McKerrell, Cullen Rogers ; AP Scholar with Distinction – Jared Allen, Ann Kelley; AP Capstone Diploma Award – Ann Kelley (plaque)

Environmental Club – Ann Kelley, Julia DeLima

The Phoenix Award – Cailin Monet

The Ann E. Phelps Make a Difference Award – Ann Kelley

Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association Student Achievement Principal’s Award – Cullen Rogers

Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Academic Excellence Award – Jared Allen

Valedictorian – Jared Allen

Yearbook dedication – Jaelyn Glavin to Ms. Tabares and Mr. Casagrande

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