Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
This past Monday through Wednesday RHS’s successful Student Government held its annual summer camp. From class meetings, exciting energizers, to Committee Wars many members thought it was another successful start of the year for SGC.
Many plans have already been made for the year to come whether it was for the classes, workshops, to the SGC Committees that were formed this week. The committees included Community Service, Finance and Fundraising, Unified Spirit, and Student Services.
All the work aside, members were able to enjoy themselves in many fun activities. The crowd favorite by far was on the last day when Committee Wars were held. During this activity every committee had to compete in a series of events trying to rack up the most amount of points in hopes to win overall. At the end of the day, after lots of hard work and fun the Community Service Committee won.
Unified Spirit Committee (Blue):
Jacob Leahy, Sydney McKenna, Taylor Anzivino, Lara Glennon, Jakob Wells, Keely Naughton, Chris Penney and Greta Russo
Community Service Committee (Red):
Justin Sherlock, Jasmin Morse, Caitlin Cameron, John Ellard, Erin Field, Julia Yeadon, Molly Boggs and Brandon Gallagher
Finance and Fundraising (Green):
Tyler Beatrice, Hannah Boben, Aiden Glennon, Marissa Smith, Jon Dorney, Matthew Bruzzese, Maurice Wilson, and McKayla Sugrue
Student Services (Yellow):
Haley Nee, Maddie Gear, Katy Buckley, Zach Peterson, Tyler Gambon, Eric Barber, Kate Burke and Jillian Dorney
Julian Tarpey, Veritas Staff
The third annual Jared Lewis Quirk Memorial speedball tournament ended with a blow-out on Saturday, June 10. God’s Children faced off against the Thunder Donkeys in the final game and won 8-2. Thunder Donkeys wore white and God’s Children wore red. The MVP of the tournament was Justin Nugyen of God’s Children. Even more impressive than the six goal victory margin is the fact that the tournament raised $4,280 for the Jared Lewis Quirk “Good Guy” Memorial Scholarship. Fifteen teams competed in the three day event.
Here’s a link to all the action pictures taken by Julian Tarpey and team photos supplied by Ms. Walsh
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
Many people were recognized this past Wednesday at the RHS Hall of Fame Induction and the Underclassmen Awards Banquet. The event took place at Emerald Hall with food being served at 6pm and awards starting around 7:15.
The night began with a few words from RHS principal Dr. John Harrison as well as vice principal Ms. Kathleen Paulding.
Ms. Paulding gave the introductions to the three Hall of Fame Inductees, who then talked a bit about their work and gave advice to the students attending the banquet. The Hall of Fame Inductees include: Robin Paulding McGowan, Class of 1979; Denise Wallace Spriggs, Class of 1979 and Charles Tetzlaff, Class of 1991.
Next, Dr. Harrison announced several special awards which were then followed by the academic awards and honor roll mentions. Ms. Paulding, along with Mr. Damon, and individual department heads and teachers, presented the academic achievement awards.
All in all, the evening was filled with fun, friends, and giving recognition well deserved to the students and inductees. Thank you to the Rockland Hall of Fame Committee for making this night possible and all the teachers involved.
Here is a list of all awards given out and the recipients:
The Math Team
Grade 11 – Sarah Lovell, Haley Chase-Crocker, Alexander Domina, Ronan McNally, Joseph Naughton, Rebecca Elliott, Sean Sugrue, Nicholas Walker, Sabrina Sprague, and Zachary Peterson
Grade 10 – Angelina Vong , John Ellard, Michelle Ramoska , and Tyler Beatrice
Grade 9 – Kayleigh Harris
National Leadership Award– Jaymie Atkins
The Rensselaer Medal– Sabrina Sprague
9th District Congressional Art Show Honorable Mention– Isabelle Uong
Veritas Journalism Award– Jasmin Morse
Special Achievement Award– Madeline Gear
Outstanding member of the Veritas Award– Erin Kearns
St. Michael’s College Book Award– Lily Matson and Christopher Penney
High Honors All Three Terms This Year:
In Grade 11 – Sabrina Sprague
In Grade 10 – Adiza Alasa, Tyler Beatrice, John Ellard, Michelle Ramoska
In Grade 9 – Melyssa Almeida, Kathryn Buckley, Nicholas Cedrone, Kerin Dalton Tyler Gambon, Madeline Gear, Melanie Harris, Sabrina Morgan, Oliver Reera, Zachary Webb, and Julia Yeadon
Academic Excellence Certificates and Academic Letters:
Last year, 20 academic letters were awarded to students in the Class of 2018. Congratulations to these students for their continued academic success.
- Kellie Berry
- Stephanie Blaney
- Eden Dalton
- Alexander Domina
- Olvia Elie
- Rebecca Elliot
- Aiden Glennon
- Harrison Hunter
- Margaret Jones
- Meredith Long
- Lily Matson
- Joseph Naughton
- Danielle O’Brien
- Harrison O’Brien
- Matthew O’Brien
- Christopher Penney
- Zachary Peterson
- Jocelyn Reera
- Sean Sugrue
- Isabelle Uong
Junior Academic Letter Winners: Jaymie Atkins, Ronan McNally, Jillian Schofield, Sabrina Sprague, and James White
Sophomore Academic Letter Winners: Adiza Alasa, Alyssa Antoniewicz, Tyler Beatrice, Madison Blonde, Caitlin Cameron, Abigail Condon, Kaitlyn Diver, Leah Drago, John Ellard, Katie Houde (HOOD), Kevin Jean-Poix, Matthew Karoutas , Elizabeth Kelley, Nicholas LaBollita, Matthew Macarski, Meaghan McDonough, Matthew McPartlin, Sean Morrissey, Jasmine Morse, Rebecca Mullen, Shannon Murphy, Alexis Nastasia, Nevaeh Nilson, Francisco Oliveira, Sarah Pollard, Michelle Ramoska, Justin Sherlock, Marissa Smith, and Kara Sullivan
Boys State/Girls State– Sean Sugrue, Eden Dalton and Margaret Jones
Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award– John Ellard
Mass STAR Youth Leadership Award– Francisco Oliveira
THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:
Gr. 9 Bryce Taylor, Jacob Harris
Gr. 10 Sarah Pollard, Kaili Rose Dummott-Hill
Gr. 11 Isabelle Uong
Gr. 9 Lara Glennon
Gr. 9 Jillian Dorney
FAMILY CONSUMER SCIENCE:
Gr. 9 Hannah Wyllie
Gr. 10 Matthew McPartlin
Gr. 11 Christopher Penney, Brianna Peppino
Gr. 9 Orion Carroll
Gr. 10 Peter Kohler, Kaitlyn Diver
Gr. 11 Justin Bowman, Samuel Gray
Gr. 9 Noah Coughlin
Gr. 10 Michael Ebersole, Christopher Armstrong
Gr. 11 Ryan Kelley, Zachary Sharland
Gr. 9 Jad Bendarkawi, Kathryn Buckley
Gr. 11 Caitlin McArthur
Gr. 9 Matthew Griffin, Jonathas Amaral-Numeriano
Gr. 10 Elizabeth Kelley, Sean Morrissey
Gr. 9 Destinie Irvin, Adrian Quezada
Gr. 9 Oliver Reera, Sean Belmonte
Gr. 9 Jordan Cunningham, Kerin Dalton
Gr. 10 Mireese Wilson, Bonnie Gasdia
Gr. 11 Ryan Struzziery
Gr. 9 Elizabeth McGaffigan
Gr. 9 Maria Ciano, Caroline Elie
Gr. 11 Jonathan Baar, Aiden Glennon
Gr. 9 Zachary Webb
Gr. 10 Kevin Jean-Poix
Gr. 11 Harrison O’Brien
Madeline Gear Communication/Digital Media, Physical Education
Tyler Johnson Science, English, Family Consumer Science
Sabrina Morgan Social Science/History, Science
Tyler Beatrice Mathematics, Science, Pre-Engineering/Robotics
Michelle Ramoska English, Mathematics,Spanish
George Selados III Pre-Engineering/Robotics, Science
Caitlin Cameron Social Science/History, Family Consumer Science
Adiza Alasa English, Spanish
Eden Dalton Art, English, Music, Social Science/History
Sabrina Sprague Mathematics, Science
Sean Sugrue English, Mathematics
Joseph Naughton Science,Spanish
OVERALL OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVERS:
Grade 9 Tyler Gambon
Grade 10 John Ellard
Grade 11 Ronan McNally
The following is a link to all the pictures of the inductees and the student award recipients.
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
Tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 in the RHS cafeteria, all SGC members and all who want to get involved in Rockland’s Student Government will have the opportunity to vote on the upcoming year’s Big Five positions.
Each candidate for each position will have to give a speech in hopes to receive your vote. Once all the speeches are done, all who attend will get to vote for each student they see fit for each position.
This year running for Big Five positions are:
- Pre-Determined to be Hannah Murphy
- Jill Donahue
- Chris Penney
- Jasmin Morse
- Macie Jones
- Sydney McKenna
- Caitlin Cameron
- Jaymie Atkins
Publicity Coordinator: This position is a write in and will not be voted on but determined by the advisors and President
- Francisco Oliveira
- Sydney McKenna
The annual Senior Awards night took place on Thursday, June 1. This year the Athletic Awards were also given along with the traditional Baccalaureate and Scholarship Awards.
The awards part of the evening began with Athletic Director Gary Graziano recognizing recipients of Senior Athletic Achievement Awards.
Woman’s Coaches Award (Senior female student/athlete) – Kaylee Patten
Vicki Solari Award (Most inspirational female athlete) – Noelle Atkins
Senior Female Athlete Award (Top senior female athlete) – Emily Beatrice
Marion Mansfield Donovan Award (Top female student/athlete) – Julia DiCienzo
John Bell Bulldog Award (Female athlete who plays over and above abilities) – Jessica Lutts
John Bell Bulldog Award (Male athlete who plays over and above abilities) – John MacDonald
Peter J. Crowley Award (Top senior male athlete) – Matt Dunn
Joseph Dondero Award (Top male student/athlete) – Christopher McHugh
Louis Cifello Award (Most inspirational male athlete) – John Goode
Dr. Joseph Dunn Award (Top student/athlete football player) – Matt Dunn
Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Award (Male and female athletes who never give up) – Bridget Reardon and Jake Crawford
John Delorey Award (Male and female athletes who exemplifies sportsmanship) – Hannah Millen and Leo Field
Robert Ellis Award (Top male student / athlete basketball player) – Mo Youssef
Charles E. Leverone Awards (Top male and female track or cross country runners) – Matthew Rocha
Silver Bowl Winner: Matthew Dunn
Military Awards: Three seniors who are going directly into the military after graduation were recognized. Jeffrey Najarian of Old Colony Post 1788 presented the awards to Brian McCullough, United States Marines, and Renata Batista, United States Army. The third senior is Jessica Cameron, United States Navy.
The Art Department gave certificates of achievement to artists Hannah Millen, Colleen Burke and Alexa Leduc.
Journalism Awards were given to Veritas editors, <strong>Sophie McLellan and Sean Vo</strong>. Sports Editor and writer, <strong>Joe Taft</strong> received a Special Achievement Award from the New England Scholastic Press Association.
The Ronald Reagan Student Leader Award was given to Shawn Ward
Senior Academic Letters were awarded to Emily Delaney, Colleen McCarthy, Vivian Nguyen, Kelsey Willett and Mohamed Youssef
Community Service Awards went to Adam Royle and Julia DiCienzo
Excellence in Mathematics Awards were received by Luana Lima and Vivian Nguyen
The John Philip Sousa Band Award was presented to Michael Belmonte
High Honors for the first three terms – Luana Lima
Scholarship Awards were as follows:
Patrick J. Sullian Memorial Scholarship: Alexa Murphy
“The Good Guy” Scholarship in memory of Jared Lewis Quirk: Ryan Leavitt, Lexi Murphy, Matt Dunn, Mike McPeck, Mitchell Ryan
Christine J. Biggins Memorial Scholarship: Sara Boucher
George and Betty Domigan Memorial Scholarship: Kelsey Willett
The Jimbo Award: Leo Field
The John Mahoney Memorial Scholarship: Mohammed Youssef
The Rockland/Hanson Rotary Community Service Scholarship: Taylor Gallagher
The Edward Sokolowski Award: Lauren Zaremba
The Reuben A. and Lizzie Grossman Foundation Award: Noelle Atkins and Matt Dunn
Mr. Rockland Award: Ryan Leavitt
Share the Spirit Award: Taylor Gallagher
Spellman Oratorical Scholarship Awards: Jurnee Dunn, Jessica Lutts, Sophie McLellan, Evan Murphy, Emily Delaney, Luana Lima, Michael Belmonte and Lauren Zaremba.
Academic Achievement Awards were presented by teachers and department heads in each department.
The Art Department presented their Academic Achievement awards to Shawn Ward and Hannah Millen.
The Communication and Digital Media Department presented their award to Sean Vo.
The English Department recognized Shannon Lindahl.
The Family and Consumer Science Department presented their award to Adam Royle.
The Health Department presented their awards to Jakigh Marcelin and Rachel Buker.
The Social Science/History Department recognized Noelle Atkins and Sydney Wells as their Academic Achievement winners.
The Mathematics Department recognized Luana Lima.
The Physical Education Department presented their award to Cornell McWilliams II.
The Pre-Engineering and Robotics Department recognized Christopher McHugh and Brian McLaughlin.
The Science Department presented their award to Kaylee Patten and Kelsey Willett.
The Technical Education department presented their award to Timothy Kane and James Sheehan.
The World Language Department recognized two students. In French, Leonard Field III received the Academic Achievement Award. The Spanish department presented their award to Lauren Zaremba.
Several seniors were Multi-Award winners.
Michael Belmonte Jr. was recognized by both the Computer Science and Music Departments.
Jessica Lutts was recognized by the English and Mathematics Department.
Emily Beatrice was recognized by the Family and Consumer Science Department and Physical Education Department.
The Communication/Digital Media and Music Departments recognized Sophie McLellan.
The Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association Student Achievement Award – Principal’s Award went to Noelle Atkins
The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent’s Academic Excellence Award was presented to Luana Lima
The final “award” was the dedication of the yearbook to English teacher, Amanda McDonough and to Jimmy Cahill. Matt Dunn, Mike McPeck and Megan Saucier made the presentations.
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
On last Friday, June 2, at 7 pm at the Veterans’ Memorial Stadium, the Class of 2017 took their final walks across the field to grab their diplomas and throw their caps in their final step to completing their high school education.The rain held off long enough for one of the last groups born in the 1900s to graduate.
The senior gift presented by 2017 Vice President, Colleen McCarthy was passed down to the junior class President, Hannah Boben. It was a bronze bulldog, a symbol of RHS representing each graduating class.
During the ceremony, the RHS Band played “German Dance” by, Ludwig Van Beethoven, and the Recessional “Pomp and Circumstance”.
At the graduation, there were several speakers who spoke about “Bulldog Pride”, how the graduating class can make a change in the world, and the changing world they’re being sent off to.
These included 2016-2017 Class President, Kaylee Patten, Valedictorian, Luana Lima, freshman biology teacher, Julia DiCanzio, and RPS Superintendent, Dr. Allan Cron.
Principal Dr. John Harrison announced the Rockland Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation Award winners, and prior to the presentation of diplomas, School Committee Vice Chairman, Richard Phelps said a few words about Bulldog Pride.
While Dr. Harrison called the graduates’ names and spoke about their plans, Mr. Phelps, Vice Principal of RHS, Kathleen Paulding, Guidance Director Margaret Black, and Senior Class Advisor, Samantha Hoyo presented the seniors with their diplomas and handshakes.
The Veritas News is produced by the Journalism class.
In the control room were Jayden Libby, producer, Sammi Nachtman, graphics, Jaylen Haltiwanger, audio, Grace LaPlante , teleprompter, and Brittany Keefe, tape feeder.
On camera were Jake Lauria, Liam Lenihan, and Juliana Smith.
Anchors were Jasmin Morse and Julian Tarpey.
The Rockland High School Class of 2017 visited each of Rockland’s elementary schools on Wednesday, May 31. The seniors boarded a bus and traveled first to the Esten Elementary School; then it was on to Jefferson Elementary School and Memorial Park Elementary where they were applauded by the school children as they walked the halls that many of them had once walked in their early days of school. The last stop was Rogers Middle School.
Rockland High School’s graduation is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Rockland Memorial Stadium.
On Tuesday, May 23, the RHS Music Department held its annual Music Banquet. The banquet started off in the cafeteria with food catered by Mrs. Karen Parlee, Madison Parlee’s mother. After, the banquet transitioned to the auditorium for the awards portion of the ceremony.
Photos courtesy of Music Boosters
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
As the RHS Class of 2017 approaches graduation, they took part in Senior Issues on May 25 and 26. This year marks the twenty fifth anniversary of Rockland High’s Senior Issues.
RHS nurse, Kathi Ryan organized the events by splitting up the senior class into eight groups over the two days of events.
On Thursday groups 1-4 reported to the gymnasium for a presentation on College Fire & Life Safety, a presentation Lt. Scott Margolis started for the Class of 2014. It covers general fire safety behavior, distracted driving, overcrowding at clubs, theaters and more.
Afterwards they completed the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heartsaver CPR & AED course where all 144 graduating seniors are certified. Volunteers assisting with the CPR course were Tammy Ryan R.N. from South Shore VNA, Barbara Leary R.N. from Linden Ponds in Hingham, Pat Stone R.N., Lt. John Sammon from Rockland Fire and Firefighter-Paramedic Tim Royer from Hanson Fire.
While groups 1-4 were doing that, groups 5-8 rotated among 4 presentations; “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” by Harbor One Bank, a Skin Cancer/Melanoma presentation where students had an opportunity to go under a UV light to check for damaged skin, a yoga class, and an open discussion with Rockland Police and Rockland CARES. On Friday the groups swapped presentations.
John MacDonald, Veritas Staff
Lacrosse is a newly found sport for Rockland High within the last four years. Back then no one really knew much about the sport, it was still so new. However, now lax is on the rise. The team’s growth has progressed each year since it started four years ago.
Sophomore Mark Spragues stated, “Since last year our team’s numbers have noticeably grown, from the incoming freshmen. Also, students that just now decided to pick up the sport helped grow the team.”
This year’s team is confident that they are going to put Rockland lacrosse on the map. Kev Fennell claimed, “We are ready to take the South Shore League by storm this year.” Fennell is a junior who has played lax for all three years of his high school life. He’s very passionate about the sport and is very confident about how the team will do this year.
Being the young team in the league, other teams are definitely looking to beat the Rockland team.
Junior Will Breadmore stated, “From what I have seen the past two years since I’ve been on the team, Mashpee and Pembroke are our two biggest rivals. We know going into that game they are going to be chippy. We just gotta keep our heads and play our game.”
Breadmore knows that teams are going to be tough, but he says he will not shy away. He will keep his head up and try to help his team in any way that he can.
The team qualified for tournament with a convincing 14-1 win over Norton on May 25. This will be the lacrosse team’s first tournament appearance in its short history, showing the steady progress that the team has made since its beginning.
Coach Dave Taylor has been the coach from the beginning and is certainly pleased with the record this year of 10 wins and 8 losses.
The MIAA released tournament pairings on Saturday. Rockland, with a record of 9-9 got the 17th seed and will play a preliminary game against #16 Sturgis East at Simpkins Field on Tuesday, May 30 at 5 pm. The winner will play #1 seed Hanover on Thursday, June 1 at Hanover. Twenty teams qualified for the Division 3 South play-offs. Like Rockland, Sturgis is a new program, having only competed at the varsity level for two years. They qualified for tournament last year.
May 28, 2017
The girls lacrosse team qualified for the postseason with a 16-1 win over South Shore Vo-Tech on May 24.
The lacrosse team had never qualified since this is only their second year competing as a varsity sport. It is also only the fourth year there has been a lacrosse team. The girls did it at home on senior day!
For more on their historic win go here.
Update on tournament: The girls with a 9-8-1 record were ranked 17th in Division 2 South and will play a preliminary round game against Nantucket on Tuesday, May 30 in Nantucket at 4:30 p.m. The winner of this game will play #1 seed, Cohasset in Cohasset on Wednesday or Thursday.
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
After spending many years roaming through the halls of RHS, the Class of 2017’s time here is coming to a close. Today, May 23, is the bittersweet last day of classes for this year’s seniors and they’re feeling some mixed emotions about having to leave the place they have spent most of their life. Although it is sad that it has come to a close, the seniors have an exciting, fun week ahead.
Wednesday, May 24: Seniors who need to take finals will come to school. Students who have a combined total of 5 or fewer absences or tardies (of any kind) in each class between the dates of April 7th and May 23rd AND are in good standing with the main office may be exempt from taking final exams.
Thursday, May 25: Seniors are required to attend Senior Issues from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. They will also have the opportunity to clean out their lockers. All senior obligations are required to be completed by Thursday as well (Detention hours, community service, book balances, food service balances, library book balances, etc.).
Friday, May 26: Senior Issues will be continuing from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The senior BBQ will be put on at 11:30 a.m. (moved to Tuesday, May 30 11 a.m.)
Tuesday, May 30: Graduation rehearsal will be at 9 a.m. and caps and gowns will be distributed. All grades for all seniors are also due on this date. Senior Cook-out 11 a.m. (moved from Friday, May 26)
Wednesday, May 31: A yearbook signing breakfast will take place in the RHS cafeteria at 8 a.m. Then at 9 a.m. seniors wearing their caps and gowns will parade through the Rockland elementary schools and middle school.
Thursday, June 1: The RHS academic and athletic banquet will take place with a student dinner at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. Students and parents are then encouraged to attend the awards ceremony in the auditorium. (Proper dress required).
Friday, June 2: The final graduation rehearsal will take place for seniors at 9 a.m. Then later in the evening graduation will commence at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Stadium. Seniors are required to report for lineup in the gym at 6 p.m. (Proper dress required)
Saturday, June 3: Rain date for graduation is at 11 a.m.
Sean Vo, Veritas Editor-in-Chief
Wednesday night, May 17, the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony took place. The ceremony started off in the cafeteria, where members, inductees, and their sponsors had dinner and exchanged gifts.
When the clock struck 7, the ceremony moved to the auditorium to begin the induction. NHS President Colleen McCarthy gave a brief introduction before calling up seniors Michael McPeck and Dana Peck to announce the honorary inductees of the 2017 National Honor Society. McPeck delivered a light-hearted speech to induct Ms. Melissa Shaughnessy, and Peck’s heartfelt speech inducted Mr. Patrick Finn.
NHS Secretary Noelle Atkins followed by calling the roles of each senior – each of the seniors’ full names, the college they plan to attend, and their future careers.
After McCarthy gave a rich history of National Honor Society, the next round of speeches came from four senior members of NHS who represented each of the four virtues that is the foundation of the Society. Sean Vo went first representing the virtue of Character, followed by Julia DiCenzo representing the virtue of Scholarship; next was Luana Lima representing Leadership, and the last of the virtues read by Mohammad Youssef representing Service. Each representative of the four virtues also had to use the flame from the torch to light their own smaller candle.
Following the four virtues was Jessica Lutts and her recitation of the “Exemplification of the Torch” poem, where she had to hold up the center candle, similar to the Statue of Liberty holding the torch, and recite a poem representing each of the four virtues.
After that heavily candle involved section of the ceremony, McCarthy inducted twenty juniors — Stephanie Blaney, Eden Dalton, Alexander Domina, Rebecca Elliott, Aiden Glennon, Margaret Jones, Meredith Long, Lily Matson, Ronan McNally, Saoirse McNally, Joseph Haughton, Harrison O’Brien, Matthew O’Brien, Rebekah Panaro, Christopher Penney, Zachary Peterson, Jillian Schofield, Sean Sugrue, Isabella Uong, James White — and one senior, Matthew Rocha.
After the induction, senior members were recognized by McCarthy and Principal John Harrison, who handed the seniors a flower and a certificate respectively. The ceremony came to a close with the senior members and junior inductees forming the receiving line, and later making more memories during the time for dessert back in the cafeteria.
Although this is usually a more formal occasion, laughs still came with it, from honorary inductee speeches to the tense moment of lighting the candles and releasing that tension collectively when the candles, not the tablecloth, were successfully lit.
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
On the dreary, rainy morning of May 15, RHS had an emotional, eye opening, drunk driving crash simulation, put on in time for prom and graduation season. This event occurred around 10 in the morning on MacKinlay Way. This arrangement was completely student-driven, mainly by the senior class in collaboration with principal, Mr. Harrison, along with Rockland Police and Fire Department, Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, and Rockland Cares.
The morning started off with students coming in the auditorium as usual, smiling faces chatting with friends. Senior class vice president, Colleen McCarthy explained that this presentation’s purpose was to emphasize the importance of good decision-making during the exciting end of the year activities to come.
This was followed by a brief video to set the stage for the crash scene that was to follow. The video featured RHS students we all know and love, and was produced by Jessie Lutts and Shannon Lindahl with the help of WRPS.
Senior class president, Kaylee Patten starred in the video as the host of the party, which featured many juniors and seniors from the school. The video then cut to Sophie McLellan and boyfriend, Mike Belmonte who played the part of the responsible students who stayed home from the party.
Then in a series of inter-cuts we see: The couple decide to drive to the movies. Then, after too many drinks, Mike McPeck decides to go out driving with Kaylee Patten in the passenger seat, as well as Matthew O’Brien and Hannah Boben in the back seat.
After foolishly driving drunk and messing around, the car of party-goers crashes into the car of the innocent couple, which led the way to the crash scene.
As students filed out of the auditorium and outside to the front of the high school, they walked out to a horrendous scene: beer cans on the ground, Patten through the windshield, two collided cars and broken windshields splattered in blood. Then they heard the cries of McLellan trying to wake her unconscious boyfriend as Boben tried to wake Patten and McPeck tried to hide the evidence of their crime by throwing the empty beer cans under the car.
After much commotion, the hearse picks up Patten, McPeck and Patten’s father are put in cuffs, and ultimately everyone’s lives involved would be evidently changed from the accident.
As the events unfolded, it was evident that everyone was emotionally affected, from the actors, to the staff, and especially the students. Although everyone knew the crash was only a simulation, many people in the crowd had tears in their eyes, imagining many of their friends dead or distraught. It became evident to the crowd that the reality of the situation is so real that not only the cars were wrecked, but also their lives, and the lives of friends, family, and relationships of those in the cars.
Afterward followed an emotional debriefing back in the auditorium with Colleen McCarthy who hosted a panel discussion with the actors.
The mock drunk driving simulation was a somber, eye-opening experience for all involved. It reminded student the reality of the their decisions and how one can change their lives and everyone they love. The presentation hit home to all, in that you can say the event was a success and hopefully will stay with all the people it impacted in hopes to save a life.
The following students were involved in the production of the video and simulated crash:
- Jaymie Atkins
- Noelle Atkins
- Michael Belmonte
- Hannah Boben
- Julia DiCienzo
- Jeffre Donahue
- Ryan Leavitt
- Shannon Lindahl
- Jessica Lutts
- Colleen McCarthy
- Brian McLaughlin
- Sophie McLellan
- Michael McPeck
- Hannah Murphy
- Matthew O’Brien
- Alyssa Patten
- Kaylee Patten
- Shawn Ward
- Kelsey Willett
We want to thank the following community partners who made this event possible:
- Lou’s Autobody
- Rockland Cares
- Rockland Police Department
- Rockland Fire Department
- Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home
- The Patten Family
- Rockland Highway Department
- Universal Autobody
For more on the program and student reactions, see the next edition of the Veritas newspaper available on May 23.
Photos below are by Veritas photographer, Maddie Gear.
It’s that time of year when various groups wrap up the year by honoring those who have participated in their clubs, sports, or other activities.
Recently the Theatre Guild held its end of the year banquet and honored all of the participants in this year’s shows. Statuettes (think Oscars) were awarded in some serious and humorous categories by advisors, Joanne White and Kendra Donovan.
Best actor was given to Ryan Struzziery for his leading role as Danny Zuko in Grease. Sophie McLellan won the best actress award in a leading role as Sandy. Shandi Austin won an award for Best Dancer and was recognized for her fine choreography in several shows throughout her four years, including Grease and A Chorus Line. Madison Parlee got the “techy award” for her indispensable work behind the scenes, and Michael Bodley was presented with an award for his solo performance in Grease that brought the house down on both nights last December. Kimberlie Jean-Poix received an award for her hard work through the years as a Stage Manager. Morgan Foster was cited for being most supportive on and off the stage. Ali Landy received a Keeps Everyone Smiling award for her positive attitude.
Several students spoke about the impact that being in drama had on them. Many stories were shared about the good times and bad times during rehearsals. . Many of the seniors talked about how drama club gave them a way to deal with their identity at RHS. Some spoke about transferring in from another school — and being part of drama helped them overcome their fears of a new place. Others spoke of their overcoming shyness, through drama. Many mentioned how Ms. White and Mrs. Donovan “saved” the drama club when they had no advisor to oversee them two years ago.
Check out the photos below taken by Mrs. Adrienne Donovan.
Six seniors Sean Vo, McLellan, Austin, Kimberlee Jean-Poix, Morgan Foster and Michael Belmonte received cords to wear outside their gowns on Graduation night. These signify the seniors’ participation in the drama program.
On May 10, the Athletic Department also got into the award act recognizing the top senior male and female scholar-athletes of the year. The awards were presented at a banquet put on by the South Shore League. Julia DiCienzo and Matt Dunn were honored as were athletes from all the teams in the South Shore League at Souther’s Marsh Golf Club.
DiCienzo participates in swimming and softball and is a member of the National Honor Society. She will attend URI to study nursing. Dunn excelled in football and hockey, and will study criminal justice at Norwich University.
Our own Veritas staff also received awards recently at the New England Scholastic Press Association’s annual conference on May 5. The editors-in-chief, Sophie McLellan and Sean Vo were presented with a Highest Achievement Award for the Veritas in Scholastic Editing and Publishing. Jasmin Morse received a Highest Achievement award as editor of the on-line edition of the Veritas.
Individual work by Madeline Gear and Joe Taft received Special Achievement Awards. Gear’s photo gallery on the Esten School coding program was recognized as professionally done, and Taft’s article on the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees was cited for excellence.
Congratulations to these award winners!
Check back to this website as award season continues to see more student awards and honors as they roll in!
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
On Monday at 9:30, May 15, RHS principal John Harrison along with Rockland Police and Fire Department have scheduled a mock drunk driving crash to take place in front of the high school on MacKinlay Way.
This presentation will be for juniors and seniors only, in preparation for the upcoming events such as graduation and prom. This idea was given to Mr. Harrison in the winter by the senior class who wanted a student-driven educational program on driving under the influence of alcohol. This idea is sparked by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that reported that car crashes are the leading cause of death for teen drivers. Also about a quarter of those crashes involve an underage driver under the influence of alcohol.
The collision will be staged and will take approximately one hour although access to the school will be limited due to set up and clean up for the event. WRPS will be recording the event.
Prior to the mock crash RHS juniors and seniors will report to the auditorium to watch a video in preparation for the following event. Current seniors were in charge of writing, editing, and filming the video as well as other students featured in the video and simulation.
Following the mock crash students will return to the auditorium to debrief with several local law enforcement and school officials. Counseling will be provided throughout the day, and anyone choosing to opt out of the experience may do so at any point.
May 9, 2017
The Abington baseball team spoiled Rockland’s senior night, winning a close game 3-2 at Rockland’s Veterans Memorial Stadium last night. The Dogs had hoped to continue their two game winning streak, but fell short. Junior Sam Gray pitched a good game and the Dogs had their chances. They will continue in their quest to make tournament today at Randolph.
The ten seniors were honored along with their parents before the game. Photo gallery is below.
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
Last Wednesday, on May third in the RMS/RHS Lecture Hall the graduating members of the RHS Student Government Council held their final gathering to reflect upon the 2016-2017 academic year.
After two videos highlighting this past year in the club, awards were given to many, as well as many speeches coming from the SGC E-Board. The seniors had to say goodbye to a club many of the graduating members have been involved with since freshman year.
BEST COMMITTEE CHAIR (The Krystal Cowing Award) Hannah Murphy
INNOVATION AWARD (The Elizabeth DuRoss Award) Jillian Donahue
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD (The Pat Fanning Award) Macie Jones
SEMASC AWARD (The Renee Ceurvels Award) Shawn Ward
MASC AWARD (The Kelsey Lewis Award) Jillian Donahue
BEST REPRESENTATIVE (The Aleksa Cieri Award) Caitlin Cameron
BEST HEAD REPRESENTATIVE (The Casey Regan Award) Francisco Oliveira
BEST CLASS PRESIDENT ( The Joshua May Award) Kaylee Patten
BEST SENIOR: Leo Field
BEST JUNIOR: Jaymie Atkins
BEST SOPHOMORE: Justin Sherlock
BEST FRESHMAN: Madeline Gear
May 4, 2017
The Rockland Senior High School Music Department held its annual Pops Concert on Thursday evening, May 4. Directors John Piazza and David Arruda led the band and chorus in several musical pieces.
Up first was the chorus singing “Seize the Day,” “Ave Verum,” “Hallelujah,” “South African Praises,” and “Good Riddance.”
After a brief ceremony in which the band boosters presented each of the senior members of the band and chorus with flower bouquets, the band performed. Their numbers included: “Alkali Ike Rag,” “My Favorite Things,” “Highlights from Annie the Movie,” “Selections from West Side Story,” and “Cartoon Carnival.”
On Sunday, April 30 the RHS band played an introductory set before the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s performance for the community of Rockland. It was a great opportunity for them to be a part of a unique musical experience.
Jasmin Morse, Website Editor
Tomorrow night at 7 pm in the RMS/RHS Lecture Hall, Rockland High School’s Student Government Council will be hosting their annual end of the year banquet.
During this time the club will be reflecting upon this year’s accomplishments and memories. Speeches will be given by all senior board members as well as president of each class. Multiple awards will be given out to a few of the star SGC members.
The event will also include the senior members’ last energizer, and will end with the passing of the gavel from 2016-2017 SGC president, Noelle Atkins, to 2017-2018 president, Hannah Murphy.
photos courtesy of Kristen Walsh
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
Over this April Vacation, alongside the Guatemala Trip, other RHS students and staff traveled to England, Ireland and Scotland.
The trip consisted of 46 students chaperoned by six RHS faculty members. According to the leader of the RHS Travel Club, Kristen Walsh, everything went well. She said, “[The kids] had good attitudes, were open minded.” She also reflected upon the awesome tour guides they had that were funny, yet extremely informative about places and history that might be unfamiliar to most students.
Ms. Walsh said the crowd favorite was probably Edinburgh in Scotland. She explained that the city was very different from the ones we are used to here. In Scotland, they visited Edinburgh Castle.
Another beloved spot was London, England where they spent three days. One of the favorite spots on the trip was the London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London, that they visited at night. She said it gave them a “cool view.”
They also spent four days in Ireland: two days in Northern Ireland, as well as two in Dublin. In Northern Ireland they spent some time at Giant’s Causeway, a formation of rocks the students had the opportunity to climb.Ms. Walsh explained she thoroughly enjoyed the tour guides who discussed subjects like the problems and conflicts that have taken place in the country, and made them funny and enjoyable to learn about.
It was an enjoyable trip that also gave cultural and historical lessons to the Rockland High School students.
Erin Kearns, Veritas Staff
The track teams this year are hoping to have a successful season, especially with the large turn-out they had.
Last year both the boys and girls teams finished the season with three wins and five losses.
The coaches this year are Robert Murphy, Randal Grimmett, Mark Killinger, and Patrick Finn.
“I’m really excited about this year’s team. We have almost fifty girls signed up so far, which is a lot more than we’ve ever had before. We also have a good number of returning athletes, so I expect that we will be very competitive in the South Shore League,” says Mr. Grimmett.
Mr. Murphy has similar expectations for this year. “I always have high expectations for our Rockland teams. This year especially, we had over forty students sign up for boys’ track, with a large number being freshmen, and many upperclassmen returning from last year’s team. This is very encouraging.”
Erika Ochenduszko, a returning track runner and one of the team’s top scorers explained, “I think it’s great that there were ninety people that showed up to the track meeting. It’s better to have more numbers because it gives us a better chance of winning the meets.”
She continued, “What I’m worried about is how long the meets are going to have to be because of how many people are doing it.”
With the large turn-out, the coaches’ task in finding the right events for everyone could be a little more difficult.
Mr. Grimmett explained that when judging potential the most important thing he looks for is a good work ethic, explaining, “I’d have to say that the most important characteristic we look for is a willingness to work hard and continually strive to get better.”
He continued, “We all have our individual aptitudes, but what we do with the natural talent we possess depends upon our willingness to work hard. For the athletes who are new to track, I try not to judge their potential and just wait and see how they progress as athletes. One of the best things about coaching track is seeing the athletes get better.”
Mr. Murphy has similar thoughts about an athlete’s potential saying, “Potential to me is based on dedication, desire and hard work.” he explained, “The more effort an athlete exhibits, the greater the potential he or she has to succeed.”
Lily Matson, one of the team’s top scorers and a returning runner says, “Track is a mental sport. You’re constantly fighting the part of yourself that wants to stop, and the biggest challenge is pushing through that, even though it hurts. It takes a lot of mental toughness and discipline, and it’s awesome to see the team push through the tough days together.”
To anyone unsure about coming out for track Mr. Murphy would encourage them to join. Mr. Grimmett adds, “Track is a lot of fun, and there are so many events that almost anyone can find an event that they like.”
photos courtesy of Amanda Lanigan, Melissa Shaughnessy and Gregory Connors. Click on one to see the gallery.
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
Over April Vacation, a group of fifteen RHS students and faculty went on a service trip to Panajachel, Guatemala. 12 students along with their three chaperones: Melissa Shaughnessy, Amanda Lanigan, and Gregory Connors embarked on the trip Saturday, April 15 and returned Saturday, April 22.
On this trip, the students and staff worked along side a program called “Worthy Village” to teach impoverished families how to filter water. The program was started by 2011 RHS alumni, Julia Rayberg. Their mission is to help the people of Panajachel who rely on one lake where they wash their dishes, clothes, and even bathe making it contaminated and unsafe to drink.
In Guatemala, the students gave villagers advice and methods on good hygiene as well as supplies. They also showed the villagers how to use the water filters, provided by Worthy Village.
Rayberg wrote to the Rockland group on Facebook: “I can not express how grateful the Worthy Village team is for all your hard work here in Guatemala. I am so honored, so proud and so grateful to know you’re Rockland kids. There’s just something about Rockland.”
Julian Tarpey, Veritas Staff
Lauren Rizzotti is in her fourth year as the coach of the girls’ lacrosse team at Rockland High School. That is exactly how long there has been a girls’ lacrosse team at RHS.
`In four years they have come a long way. The first year they were a club team, and the squad has only been a varsity team for two years.
Ms. Rizzotti, who also teaches math at RHS, says, “It has been amazing seeing these girls grow over the years. I just find it really cool to see the girls improve over the years and really compete.”
Two of those girls are senior captains, Emily Beatrice and Kaylee Patten. Ms. Rizzotti says she is happy to have them leading the team. “They are two of the strongest players on the team, but also the most dedicated.”
In addition to the two senior captains, Ms. Rizzotti says, “There are several returning players from last year that I am counting on to hold this team together because we have several fairly new players.”
Despite their youth and lack of experience, the coach enjoys her team and says that they enjoy playing.
“The strength of the team is how much they all truly enjoy playing. They aren’t playing because they have to, or they are getting in shape for another sport, they are playing because they find it fun,” says Coach Rizzotti.
Their inexperience does show, however, and the hardest part is playing against teams that have established programs from the youth leagues up to the high school level.
“We are playing against teams who have been playing for years, and they play during their off-seasons. My players are brand new a few years ago, and any new players coming in are learning from scratch as well. It makes it very hard to keep up with the other teams,” says Ms. Rizzotti.
But the girls have goals and one of them is to improve every day.
“Every practice we focus on improving one more thing and to continue to work on the basics such as catching and passing in order to really compete,” explained the coach.
And with that goal comes the most important one for the team.
“The number one goal this season is to leave everything on the field each game,” says the coach, who explained how they lost several games last year by only a few points.
“Those are the hardest to walk away from, so this year we are looking to get those games back.”
The girls opened the season on Monday, April 3 at Southeastern Regional High School and came away with a 17-4 victory.
Their next game will be on Monday, April 24 against Silver Lake at home. They will then be at Abington in the first game of a doubleheader with the boys’ team. The girls will be going on at 5:00 and the boys will follow at 6:30.
The Rockland Public Schools held its annual Arts Festival. Among the highlights and exhibits was the release of the latest issue of Images, Rockland High School’s Art and Literary Magazine. Photos by Veritas photographer Maddie Gear
Click on one photo to see the gallery.
Artwork from all the grades in the Rockland Public Schools was featured.
The RHS art students’ work was varied and interesting.
The RHS Band and Chorus also performed.
Click on any photo to see the slideshow.
Sammi Nachtman, Veritas Staff
A group of 20 students and two teachers left on a three day trip to Quebec, Canada on March 31. Mr. Finn, a French and Spanish teacher, organized the trip to introduce his French students to the French-Canadian culture. He even had some of his Spanish students join the trip. Ms. Lanigan, a history teacher, chaperoned as well. The group arrived home on April 2 at around 9:30 p.m.
When they arrived in the city, the group was brought on a two hour tour of the city and introduced to many of Quebec’s beautiful buildings: the Grande Alee, the Latin Quarter, le petit Seminaire de Quebec, Norte Dame de Quebec Cathedral, and the Terrasse Defferin. At the end of the tour they had a Parisian- style dinner where they had two options for food to choose from, and chocolate cake for a dessert. Later on that night they took a group picture in front of the Terrasse Defferin and headed home to sleep and get ready for the next day.
On day two the kids were taken to breakfast in the Quartier Petit Champlain. They had fruit, a freshly made croissant, a chocolate pastry, and a bowl of hot chocolate. They were then taken to a nineteenth century fortification where they learned about how the soldiers lived in there and reanacted some things.
The group then went to a very large mall where they had an hour to get lunch, shop a little, and use the indoor amusement park. For dinner that night they went to a place called the Sugar Shack. Outdoors there were piles of snow, snow tubes, sleds, and snow shoes for everyone to use and have fun with. On the inside there were rows of tables and many people excited to eat. Two men played music and everyone sang along and danced.
The trip was a success. The group learned about the culture of a French- Canadian city and met new people along the way.
Photos below courtesy of Mr. Finn.