Speedball Tournament to Benefit Quirk Scholarship


Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor

A Rockland High School alumni speedball tournament will be held from June 3 to June 5 to benefit the Jared Lewis Quirk scholarship.

The tournament will be held for three days in the Rockland High School gym from 5-8 pm each night. To be a part of this tournament teams of eight (five players, a goalie, and two reserves) may sign up to compete by filling out the form below along with a check for $80 by Friday, May 22. The signing up process will take place on a first come first serve basis. Questions can be emailed to Kristen Walsh at kwalsh@rocklandschools.org.

For more about RHS’s love for and involvement with speedball please click here to watch a video on the topic.


Story Slam Showcases Talented Sophomore Story-Tellers

Myles Fonfield tells a story about the lessons from his father at the Story Slam. Myles' story was awarded first place.  Photo by Jurnee Dunn

Myles Fonfield tells a story about the lessons from his father at the Sophomore Story Slam held on May 1. Myles’ story was awarded first place. Photo by Jurnee Dunn

Jurnee Dunn, Veritas Staff

On Friday May 8, the Rockland High School English Department held a new event called Sophomore Story Slam Smackdown. Students, chosen by their classmates, told stories of their life experiences including the good, the bad, and the ugly. Thirteen students competed in total for the title of champion including Myles Fonfield, Nicole Martin, Evan Murphy, Derrick Trudeau, Corey MacDonald, Alisson Sammon, Mike Belmonte, Josiah Zaporetski, Andrew Starkey, Dana Peck, Jake Hughes, and Sophie McLellan.

Everyone who competed showcased the talents of students in the Class of 2017.  They also demonstrated courage in getting up on stage and performing in front of their peers.  The winners received Visa gift cards ranging from 30 dollars for first prize and 10 dollars for the tied third place winners.

First place went to Myles Fonfield for his moving story about his childhood growing up and listening to lessons of his parents. Second prize went to Corey MacDonald for his humorous story about a bloody nose and a long trip to the hospital. A tie for third place went to Evan Murphy for a story about flaming logs thrown by mothers, and Nicole Martin for her emotional back story on her adolescent struggles.

For more information about the stories and the contest see the next issue of the Veritas print edition due out soon.

Chorus, Band Present Pops Concert

Seniors in band and chorus: Back row l to r: Ian Welch, Michael Bailey, PJ Butler, Markus Rohwetter, Dan Silva.  Front row: Mr. Michael Coogan, Ella Engle, Kaitlyn Mott, Alyssa Collins,Samantha Poirier, Mrs. Jennifer Hartnett

Seniors in band and chorus: Back row l to r: Ian Welch, Michael Bailey, PJ Butler, Markus Rohwetter, Dan Silva. Front row: Mr. Michael Coogan, Ella Engle, Kaitlyn Mott, Alyssa Collins, Samantha Poirier, and Mrs. Jennifer Hartnett.

Veritas Staff

Rockland High School’s music students paid tribute to departing seniors and instructors in last night’s Pops Concert held in the auditorium.

The evening began with the Concert Band playing John Philip Sousa’s “Fairest of the Fair.”  Next the band performed “Rollo Takes a Walk,” and “Song for Lyndsey.” The band ended their performance with the seniors’ choice, “The Great Locomotive Chase.”

The Chamber Choir was up next and showed their vocal range with “Duerme Negrito” and “Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down.”

After a short intermission the Jazz Ensemble performed “One O’Clock Jump,” “Blue Skies” with Ella Engles’s vocal accompaniment, and “Los Changos Volando.”

Senior Ella Engle sings

Senior Ella Engle sings “Blue Skies” with the Jazz Ensemble at the Pops Concert.

The final section of the Pops Concert was held down by the full Chorus which did six numbers including the seniors’ choice of “Daemon Irrepit Callidus.” They also performed “Shenandoah,” as well as “And So It Goes,” with Leah DeCecco as soloist.  Ella Engle was the soloist for “Danny Boy” while Genesis Rojas (piano) and Sarah Hunter (violin) accompanied the chorus’ performance of  “Say Something.”

Next, several RHS alumni joined the chorus and sang the traditional “Road Home” with Genesis Rojas as the soloist.   Surprising their directors, Mr. Michael Coogan and Mrs. Jennifer Hartnett, the chorus sang “My Way”  to them. It was an emotional finish to this end of the year performance.

The Chorus including alumni who returned to sing

The Chorus including alumni who returned to sing “Road Home” sang “My Way” to music instructors, Mr. Coogan and Mrs. Hartnett

RHS SGC Awards 2015

Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor

On Wednesday, May 6, the Rockland High School Student Government Council held its annual Awards Night in the Lecture Hall.  Awards were given to outstanding members from the 2014-2015 school year such as Council President, Katie DeLorey who won the Ashley Kelly SGC Best Overall Award.

Each member of the Council’s Executive Board (made up of council officers, class presidents, committee chairs, head representatives, SEMASC representative, and historian) spoke to the council and thanked them for another successful year.

DeLorey told the council that she had recently been thinking about the concept of legacies. She asked that if members took anything out of having her as president that she would like for it to be the understanding that failure is not the end. She went on to explain that failure builds character and to never let it deter you from continuing to press on with your goals.

Following her address to the council, DeLorey passed over the president’s reins to current junior Haley Macray who, along with the rest of the “Fab 4,” presented DeLorey and the advisors with gifts.

Students to be Inducted into NHS Announced

Seniors (Back row L-R) Erin Mulready, Josh Lutts, Joe Rizzotto, Devin Gilmore, Brian Leonard, Lilly Margolis, and Jon Soo Hoo. (Front row L-R) Kayla Frazer, Gabbi derKinderen, Victoria Pratt, Lauren Scott and Jackie Carlson.

The class of 2014 at last year’s induction ceremony (Back row L-R) Erin Mulready, Josh Lutts, Joe Rizzotto, Devin Gilmore, Brian Leonard, Lilly Margolis, and Jon Soo Hoo. (Front row L-R) Kayla Frazer, Gabbi derKinderen, Victoria Pratt, Lauren Scott and Jackie Carlson.

Veritas Staff

On Wednesday, May 20, the following students will be inducted into the National Honor Society:


  • Tiffany Vo


  • Lexie Carchedi
  • Kaitlin Dorney
  • Mark Ewell
  • Meghan Foster
  • Caroline Kilduff
  • Matthew Kirslis
  • Kevin Levesque
  • Haley Macray
  • Sarah Margolis
  • Jared Ochenduszko
  • Ashley Pezzella
  • Celia Rosa
  • Thomas Spengler
  • Ryan Sugrue


Rockland Community Honored at Red Sox Game

Wednesday, April 29 at Fenway Park

Wednesday, April 29 at Fenway Park

Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor 

On Wednesday April 29, over 100 Rockland High School students, teachers, and staff members attended the Boston Red Sox home game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The trip was organized by RHS Athletics Director, Gary Graziano, and the tickets were donated by Joe Bradley from the Red Sox and Megan Smith, an RHS parent and alumni. The tickets were donated to the school by the Red Sox after the third passing of a Rockland High senior. Member of the class of 2015, Jared Quirk, passed away while on the recent junior and senior class trip to Greece and Italy.

“I think it was a great idea to get the kids together at the game in honor of what Jared really loved, the Red Sox,” says Mr. Graziano, “It was a very successful and healing event before what [was] going to be two tough days and a long road to recovery from so much grief and loss. The Senior class has shown amazing strength through out all of this and will somehow survive and succeed.”

The Rockland Police Department Color Guard at Fenway Park on April 29

The Rockland Police Department Color Guard at Fenway Park on April 29

Rockland High wasn’t the only group from the community represented at the game. Fourth graders from the Rockland Elementary schools sang the United States National Anthem, dedicating it to the Class of 2015 and the three seniors Joshua Rose, Patrick Sullivan, and Jared Quirk who passed away this year. The Rockland Police Department Color Guard presented both the American flag and Canadian flag during the singing of both anthems.

Arts Festival Photo Gallery

Photos by Jurnee Dunn and Ronan McNally

Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor

On Wednesday, April 16, the annual Rockland Public Schools’ Arts Festival was held in the high school gymnasium. Pieces of artwork from all grades were on display for students, teachers, parents, and other members of the community to view. Also included were projects from the high school’s Family and Consumer Science class, Technology Education class, and Robotics class.

Services Announced by Family of Jared Quirk


Jared Quirk (Facebook)

Veritas Staff

The Quirk family welcomes friends and loved ones to celebrate Jared’s life Thursday, April 30, from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, May 1, at 9:00 AM at the Holy Family Church in Rockland.

Donations in Jared’s memory can be made to the Jared Lewis Quirk Scholarship c/o Janet Guenet, 56 Broadmeadow Lane, Abington, MA 02351.

“The family appreciates the outpouring of support. It is comforting to know Jared touched so many people in such a positive way,” says the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home’s website.

Jared’s obituary can be found by clicking here.

On behalf of The Veritas, our thoughts are with the Quirk family during this difficult time. Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog.

Softball Team Gets Big Win

Brianna Starkey had a big day for the Dogs against Abington.

Brianna Starkey had a big day for the Dogs against Abington. photo Bob Whitney Twitter

Senior Brianna Starkey led the way for the girls softball team on Thursday, April 16 as they got their first win of the season against last year’s South Shore League champs, the Abington Green Wave.  Starkey hit the game winning home run in the top of the seventh inning to put the Lady Dogs up 2-0.    She had scored the Dogs’ first run in the third inning on a delayed steal of home plate.

Allie Sammon pitched a complete game for the Lady Dogs against Abington.  photo by Bob Whitney/Twitter

Allie Sammon pitched a complete game for the Lady Dogs against Abington. photo by Bob Whitney/Twitter

Allie Sammon pitched the entire game, allowing five hits while striking out three and walking only one, and held the Green Wave who threatened in the bottom of the seventh, scoring one run.

Proud coach, Sharon McGonnigal said, “My team stayed focused and got the job done!!!”

For the day Starkey went 4-4, including two singles and a double to go along with her home run.

The Lady Dogs are 1-0 in league play and 1-3 overall.  They play today against Hingham at home.

Arts Festival Tonight 6 to 9 pm

The Rockland Public School’s Annual Arts Festival will be held tonight in the Rockland High School gymnasium from 6 to 9 pm.

The Rockland High School Art Department along with the Family Consumer Science and Tech Ed Departments will put students’ creative work on display.

This masks and more will be on display at the Arts Festival.

This masks and more will be on display at the Arts Festival. photo by Mike Levant


Dani  Hill's life size full body self-portrait is studied by Cam Stuart. photo by Mike Leavitt

Dani Hill’s life size full body self-portrait is studied by Cam Stuart. photo by Mike Levitt

Come see these works and so much more at tonight’s Arts Festival!

Students Compete in Spellman Oratorical

“Most have been forgotten. Most deserve to be forgotten. The heroes will always be remembered. The best. The best and the worst. And a few who were a bit of both.” – George R. R. Martin, Writer

The annual Rockland High School Spellman Oratorical Contest was held on Tuesday, April 14 in the lecture hall. Eight students wrote and presented orations based on the theme Heroes Remembered: Heroism’s Portrayal in Art and Literature.

The 2015 Spellman Oratorical Contest presenters from left to right: Katie DeLorey, Alyssa Collins, Ella Engle, Iman Bendarkawi, Emma McGarry, Alex Pigeon, Pearse McNally, and Dani Hill.

The 2015 Spellman Oratorical Contest presenters from left to right: Katie DeLorey, Alyssa Collins, Ella Engle, Iman Bendarkawi, Emma McGarry, Alex Pigeon, Pearse McNally, and Dani Hill.

All seniors were eligible to enter the contest by writing an essay on the following prompt:

“While the understanding of what makes one heroic may differ from individual to individual, humankind’s fascination with heroism continues to be displayed in many of the most popular forms of media today. For while we may readily acknowledge our own cowardice, we cheer for those who dare tackle life’s greatest evils. Explore how heroism has been portrayed in literature and art and suggest why these heroes deserve to be remembered.”

After essays were submitted, the authors of the eight best were chosen to participate in the event.

The eight seniors competed for $4000 in prize money. Prize money was awarded from a trust established by the late Francis Cardinal Spellman of Whitman in memory of his mother, Ellen Conway Spellman.

There are three judges who base their choices on delivery, content, diction, and poise.

English Department Chairperson, Carol Cahill said that all of this year’s speeches were “articulate, original, and provocative.”

Senior Danielle Hill presents her speech at the Spellman Oratorical on Monday, April 13.  photos courtesy of WRPS

Senior Danielle Hill presents her speech at the Spellman Oratorical on Monday, April 13. photos courtesy of WRPS

Winners of the contest were Danielle Hill who took first place honors and $1200; Pearse McNally who came in second, winning $1000; third place went to Alexandra Pigeon who won $700; Emma McGarry came in fourth winning $500; Iman Bendarkawi was fifth and won $300; and Katie Delorey, Alyssa Collins, and Ella Egles placed 6th, 7th and 8th, each winning $100. Congratulations to these students!



Girls Lacrosse Wins First Contest

The Rockland High School Girls Lacrosse team opened up its season on Monday, April 13 with a 14-0 win over Middleboro. It was their first win ever!

The girls are competing this year on the junior varsity level as they are in only their second year as a sport.

Photos courtesy of Rockland High Sports.

On Monday, the girls were led by Natalie Draicchio who had four goals.   Emily Beatrice had three, Lindsay Norris and Hannah Boben each had two goals.  Liz Knobel, Taylor Pendleton and Carly Reardon each had one. In net with the shut out was Taylor Schell.

The Lady Dogs are coached by Lauren Rizzotti and are captained by Emily Beatrice, Carly Reardon and Jenna O’Connor.

The girls’ next game is Wednesday at Duxbury at 4 pm.



RHS to Hold Spellman Oratorical Tonight

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

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

Veritas Staff

The annual Spellman Oratorical Contest will be held tonight at 7 pm in the Lecture Hall. Eight students will present original speeches commenting on this year’s topic Heroes Remembered: Heroism’s Portrayal in Art and Literature. The awards for 2015 will total at least $4,000 in scholarship money. Judging will be based on delivery, content, dictation, and poise.

Admission is free.

To read about last year’s competition please click here.

Students Prepare for 10 Day Trip to Italy and Greece


Photo of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor

On Wednesday, April 15,  68 Rockland High School juniors and seniors and eight chaperones will take off for a 10 day trip to Italy and Greece. This trip was organized by the RHS Travel Club and its advisor Kristen Walsh.

The itinerary for the 10 day trip includes tours of Athens, Greece where students will visit Olympic Stadium, the Parthenon, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and other historic sites.

Next the students will travel to Delphi, home of the Temple of Apollo and the Delphi Museum.

Student travelers and chaperones will then board an overnight ferry to Italy where they will start their Italian travels in the Sorrento Region with a tour of Capri and an island cruise.

The remainder of the trip will take place in Rome where travelers will have the opportunity to visit the Pompeii Roman Ruins, Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, and other local attractions.

As students around RHS are gearing up for the trip, their excitement is building. Not a day goes by without the question, “How many days?”

“I’m excited to be able to travel to new places with my friends,” says junior, Caitlin Yannizzi. She is most looking forward to dipping her toes in the Mediterranean Sea among the many attractions.

Although most students have not had the opportunity to travel to places such as Italy and Greece some chaperones are veterans. Both Ms. Walsh and history teacher and chaperone, Rich MacAllister have been to Italy twice before.

“I think students will enjoy the culture change. The atmosphere is far more relaxed and I think that’s something that the students will have to get used to,” says Mr. MacAllister, “I personally am really excited about Pompeii and from a historical perspective I think a lot of the students will find that aspect very interesting.”


Photo of the historic ruins of Pompeii.

Ms. Walsh agrees that students will enjoy visiting a place that so many have read about or seen in TV shows or movies.

“[It] will be a very new experience for our kids and [will] really bring it to life,” says Ms. Walsh.

Ms. Walsh is excited to see Sorrento and Capri as well as other aspects of the two countries.

I’ve had some friends and family who have been there and said it’s the most beautiful place they saw in Italy. I’ve never been to those places,” says Ms. Walsh.

As an English teacher Ms. Walsh is also looking forward to having her students see some of the places they have read about in class. “I’m very excited about some of the Greek mythology stuff that we’ve done with The Odyssey and The Iliad. I’ve never been able to take students somewhere that connected to something we’ve done in class. In a nerdy way I’m very excited about that.”

As returning chaperones both Ms. Walsh and Mr. MacAllister were impressed with students in the past while on school trips.

“They immersed themselves into the culture and they did their best to try new foods and I think for a lot of them it was a wonderful shock, a wonderful surprise. I expect the same feedback from the kids this year as well,” says Mr. MacAllister.

“I think getting out of your individual comfort zone is a big part of why I love to travel and do new things,” says Ms. Walsh, “The opportunity to try things they wouldn’t get to do in Rockland is really exciting and I hope that students learn from this and develop a love for travel if they don’t have it already and an interest in seeing more places after this trip.”

Students taking part in the trip will be happy to know that it is only five days away!

Sports teams ready to spring into action

Ryan Palmer, Veritas Staff

Spring sports teams are looking forward to getting on the fields this week. While the tennis teams have been able to get in a couple matches, the baseball and softball teams are still watching the last of the snow drifts melt. But this should be the week that all the teams begin to compete. Track has a meet in Carver today (Monday) and the baseball and softball teams have games with Carver tomorrow, along with the tennis teams. Lacrosse should open up this week as well, weather and fields permitting.

Following are previews of each of the teams.

Kathleen Mansfield goes through a drill for lacrosse. Photo by Ryan Palmer

Kathleen Mansfield goes through a drill for lacrosse. Photo by Ryan Palmer

Girls’ Lacrosse
Coach: Lauren Rizzotti
The girls’ lacrosse team had over 40 kids come to the interest meeting (24 returning players, and approximately 20 new players). This means cuts were made as Coach Rizzotti constructed a team of about 20-25 girls made up of returners and new players.
“We did not win a game last year because of our difficult competition and our young team, but this year I expect big things,” said Rizzotti. “There are several games like Silver Lake and Middleboro where we will definitely be able to compete” she added.
Many of the players participated in an indoor league this past winter so the expectation is that those participants will come back in shape and more skilled than last year.
One area which the lacrosse team must deal with is the lack of an experienced goalie, but several girls are already stepping up for the team.
One thing also lacking last year was speed, and that is something Rizzotti is going to be looking for during tryouts. “The next best thing for a great competitor is speed and athleticism,” Rizzotti said.
The team will be having a clinic with an area team, Mass Elite, and several of Ms. Rizzotti’s college teammates have volunteered to give the team some tips.
Rizzotti’s expectations are high and she is ready for a really fun and competitive season.

Practices have been inside for the most part but the lacrosse teams hopes to play a real game as soon as the fields are ready.  Photo by Ryan Palmer

Practices have been inside for the most part but the lacrosse teams hopes to play a real game as soon as the fields are ready. Photo by Ryan Palmer

Boys’ Lacrosse
Coach: Dave Taylor
Coach Taylor is setting high expectations this year. Between the veterans the boys lacrosse team has coming back, and the new players coming in, they are on track to have a very competitive season.
Big games for them this year will be all league games. South Shore Vo Tech (April 6, away), will also be a big one due to the fact that a lot of Rockland youth players play there. Abington is always a big rival game for them as well.
Key players this year will be their returning upperclassmen. They have been in the program for two years.
“We will need their leadership” said Taylor. “We have a lot of talented sophomores and freshmen that will need a little guidance as well,” he added.



Brian Cohen on the mound last year.  Veritas file photo.

Brian Cohen on the mound last year. Veritas file photo.



Coach:Nick Liquori

“I always expect us to have a winning season,” RHS Baseball Coach Nick Liquori said, “I feel like the first time we will be on the field will be the first game,” he continued.
This year, the snow is going to pose some serious problems both in the preseason and the regular season. With Randolph joining the league they now have a format similar to basketball, they will play everyone in the South Shore League twice (East Bridgewater, Abington, Norwell, and Randolph), and Monomoy, Mashpee, Cohasset, Carver, and Hull once. They still face Hanover once as a non-league game.
Coach Liquori is expecting big seasons out of numerous players including Andrew Frazer, Tyler Murphy, Brian Cohen, Brandon Kirby, Mike Leavitt, Dennis McPeck, Dylan Bernache (coming back from missing last year with an injury), and Matt Clougherty.

In the batting cage: softball players getting their timing down in hopes of getting out on the field soon.

In the batting cage: softball players getting their timing down in hopes of getting out on the field soon. Photo by Ryan Palmer

Coach: Sharon McGonnigal
For the 2015 spring season for the varsity softball team, Coach McGonnigal is expecting to return to the tournament after making it last season. Anytime you make the tournament your goal is always to make it another step further in the postseason the following year.
The league as a whole should be competitive. The big league games, according to Assistant Coach Chris Burneika would be against Abington and East Bridgewater because both those teams bring out the best in the players and coaching staff from a competitive stand point.
East Bridgewater losing their senior pitcher should help the rest of the large division stay within striking distance of the top spot on the Rockland side.
The two non league games that Mr. Burneika is looking forward to are against Whitman-Hanson on April 14 at WH at 4 PM and on April 20 at Rockland at 11 AM.
“Any time you can face a good pitcher like Whitman Hanson has it helps you as the season goes on because you have faced the best and in our league only one team has a great pitcher and that’s Abington,” he said.
Prior to becoming the head coach at Rockland Mrs. McGonnigal was the freshmen and junior varsity softball coach at Whitman Hanson under former varsity coach Ms. Lombardi who now coaches softball at Massasoit Community College

Girls’ Tennis
Coach: Rich MacAllister
Coach MacAllister has great expectations for this upcoming season.
The tennis team finished strong last year and have a bulk of their starters back in the lineup with a lot of good young athletes contending for some coveted openings.
Abington and E.B. have been great rivalries the past few years. The team looks forward for this season to be no different.
They had a great previous season out of their leading doubles players, Caroline Kilduff and Kyra Rose. Lexie Carchedi, Katie Gardner, and Sam Demarco also had a great season and look to build off their wins from last year.

Boys’ Tennis
Coach: Jim Patton
The 2015 boys tennis team is getting ready for a superb upcoming season, despite the rigorous winter season which we experienced.
This year’s captains are P.J. Butler and Owen Mahoney, two talented and motivated players. The team also has four students returning who had excellent seasons last year: Jared Ochenduzko, Jeffre Donahue, Doug Reardon, and Michael Belmonte.
The team is also rebuilding, managing to recruit nine new players: Billy Parlee, Cory MacDonald, Ryan Sugrue, Adam Royle, Andrew Wilson, Harrison Hunter, Sam Sugrue, Tyler Beatrice, and Spencer Joseph.
The team is looking forward to a fun and competitive 2015 season.

Justin Nguyen and Brendon Peck at a meet last year.  Veritas File photo.

Justin Nguyen and Brendon Peck at a meet last year. Veritas File photo.

Boys’ Track
Coach: Brian Killinger
The track coaching staff has high expectations for the upcoming track season. They have a strong cast of seniors returning: Justin Nguyen, Ian Welch, Owen Scott, Brendon Peck, Pat Sheehan and Eddie Yeadon.
They are hoping to compete in a very competitive South Shore League. East Bridgewater will be the frontrunner of the league and their goal is to put up a strong fight against them on April 27th.
They are expecting Justin Nguyen, Shane Darcy and Jeremy Morrison to be our top sprinters and jumpers this year.
Ian Welch and Owen Scott will be the leaders in the distance events. Brendon Peck will be one of the top 400m runners in the league and help in the javelin along with Eddie Yeadon.
The team will look for Austin Ferrullo to help lead them in the throwing events.

Senior Kara Penney

Senior Kara Penney

Girls’ Track
Coach: Randall Grimmett
The goal of the girls track team this year is to contend for a league title and coach Grimmett says he “will be disappointed if the team doesnt end up with a winning season.”
The dates of all meets are currently up in the air due to the rough winter season we have had. Mr. Grimmett is looking forward to all of the league meets, because the league which they compete in is such a competitive league.
The team has suffered a lot of injuries in the previous year and currently has a few players on the injured reserve list (IR).
Mr. Grimmett has high expectations for Kara Penney (Distance), Sarah Margolis (Distance), Genesis Rojas (Distance), Emily Delaney (Distance), Sam Aylward (Sprints), Grace Oliver (Sprints), Jenna Novio (General), and Jenna Novio (Overall) when she returns from her injury.
This year’s team is the largest in the previous five years with 28 athletes on the roster.

Unsung Heroes: Winter Sports Team

Alexandra Pigeon, Ryan Palmer, and Tim Sullivan compiled this report.

Now that winter sports have come to an end, it’s time to look back on these seasons and recognize some of the accomplishments that have gone unnoticed.

Coaches of each sport were asked to choose an unsung hero of the team, considering someone who contributes greatly but doesn’t always get the recognition they deserve.

An unsung hero doesn’t have to be the all-star, the top scorer, or the captain but someone who demonstrates what the ideal athlete and teammate should be.

Being a coachable, hardworking, supportive player like all of these unsung heroes are, goes a long way in making the team a success.

Go to our Sports pages to see the coaches’ comments about their Unsung Heroes.

RHS Boys Lacrosse Team Ready to Go Despite Snowy Fields

WRPS previews the boys’ lacrosse team, as Cam Stuart, Veritas Sports Editor and Derrick Trudeau interview Pearse McNally and Matt Dunn about their indoor preparations for the upcoming season.

Broadway Night Photo Gallery

Veritas Staff

The Music Department presented  Broadway Night on Friday night, March 27.

In this annual spring musical show, students perform highlights from two Broadway shows.  This year they chose to perform selections from South Pacific and Phantom of the Opera.

The RHS Band opened up each segment with a medley of songs from each of the Broadway shows. First was South Pacific; selections from Phantom of the Opera followed intermission.

Students choreographed the skits and chose their costumes as well.  It was a team effort as many chorus and band members took part in multiple selections.

Many laughs and strong talent dominated the night.  Kaitlin Mott, Alyssa Collins, Genesis Rojas, Ella Engle, Sophie McLellan, Rebeca Portela, Leah DeCecco and Kalee Lucier-Hill performed strong solos with marvelous range in many instances.

The comedic highlights of the night were the role reversal ensembles in which the guys sang “I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outta my Hair” and the girls performed “Nothing Like a Dame,” both selections from South Pacific.

The show’s finale, “Masquerade” gave the entire cast the chance to go on stage all dressed up for the masquerade ball.

Congratulations to the Music Department for another entertaining production.

MCAS Begins Tomorrow

MCAS English Exam Schedule at a Glance:

Tuesday, March 31                          7:30                      Free Breakfast in the Café all test takers

8:10                      Move to testing rooms, begin testing instructions

8:30 – 10:27        MCAS Exam Period

10:25                    Grades 9, 11, and 12 arrive, report to Block A

10:30-11:30        Block A

11:30-12:30        Block D

1st lunch               11:30-11:50

2nd lunch              11:50-12:10

3rd lunch               12:10-12:30

12:33- 1:32         Block B

1:35-2:35            Block C

Wednesday, April 1                         7:30                      Free Breakfast in the Café

8:10                      Move to testing rooms, begin testing instructions

8:30 – 10:27        MCAS Exam Period

10:25                    Grades 9, 11, and 12 arrive, report to Block E

10:30-11:30        Block E

11:30-12:30        Block D

1st lunch               11:30-11:50

2nd lunch              11:50-12:10

3rd lunch               12:10-12:30

12:33- 1:32         Block F

 1:35-2:35            Block G

Thursday, April 2                              7:30                     Free Breakfast in the Café

8:10                     Move to testing rooms, begin testing instructions

8:30 – 10:27        MCAS Exam Period

10:25                    Grades 9, 11, and 12 arrive, report to Block A

                         10:30-11:30          Block A

11:30-12:30          Block D

1st lunch               11:30-11:50

2nd lunch             11:50-12:10

3rd lunch             12:10-12:30

12:33- 1:32          Block B

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Broadway Night Preview

215px-PhantomSylvia Bohan & Brian Driscoll, Veritas Staff

On Friday, March 27,  students from different grades will unite for Rockland High School’s annual Broadway Night. The Music Department gets together to put on a show performed by students that is as much fun for the audience to watch, as it is for the students to perform.

“Broadway Night is a chance for students to showcase themselves through music and theatre,” Jennifer Hartnett, chorus teacher at RHS, explains. “Students audition in January, practice on their own and get to create and interpret everything including costumes and set.”

At 7:00 P.M. students from band, drama and chorus will put their hard work on display  for a show two months in the making. “This is my first Broadway night here at RHS, so I’m pretty excited,” RHS Band Director, Mr. Coogan  said. ”I would like the students to come see their peers from each grade perform on stage in acts that THEY have prepared on their own.”

Not every student will have a solo but they do have their time on stage performing with other classmates. “I will be singing “Happy Talk” with a group of freshman girls and “Masquerade.” I will also be playing songs from both of the selected shows South Pacific and The Phantom of the Opera,” says freshman Stephanie Blaney.

South Pacific with backgroundThe show will provide something for everyone, audience and performers alike. PJ Butler, a senior and a third time performer of Broadway Night, says what makes it special is “the moment on stage when you realize all of your hard work has paid off.”

A unique part of Broadway Night is that the students get to organize the show by themselves. “The students organize the song, costume, blocking, and props,” Blaney says. ‘This is another opportunity to see people doing their passion. Who knows, maybe one of them could be famous someday.”

Students selected two of Broadway’s most well known and biggest shows, Phantom of the Opera and South Pacific. Students participating in Broadway Night will be singing songs from the two musicals they selected.

From Phantom of the Opera performers will sing songs such as “Angel of Music,” “Masquerade,” and “Music of the Night.” Stephanie Blaney will be singing “Masquerade” as one of her songs. From South Pacific songs that will be performed include  “Nothing Like A Dame,” “Bali Ha’i,” “Honey Bun,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” and “Happy Talk.” Stephanie Blaney and other freshman girls will be singing the song “Happy Talk” and senior PJ Butler will be singing “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair.”

With only a few days until the concert, the Music Department’s hard work will pay off when they see the audience gather in the auditorium.  “It’s certainly a night to come and enjoy our students’ musical talent. We have so many talented students; this is where they get to show their skills,” says Ms. Hartnett.

Although it is a concert, Ms. Hartnett explains the show will make you laugh at times when you see your fellow classmates sing comical songs in comic costumes. “If you want to be showered with laughter, you won’t want to miss ‘I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” Butler says.

Celebrate the Music Department’s hard work by going to see the annual Broadway Night concert on Friday, March 27 at 7:00 P.M. “Be there or be square,” Blaney says. Tickets will be selling for $5 dollars at the door.



Spring Brings Thoughts of Red Sox Baseball

Brian Cohen, Veritas Staff

offenseIt’s that time again!

Baseball fans from New England are envisioning the summer because their Red Sox have taken the field in Fort Myers, Florida to prepare for the upcoming season.

The pitchers and catchers reported on February 20 but most of the players had already arrived. As of now, the Red Sox have less than a month to prepare for the season as their opening day is April 6 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Red Sox went from worst to first two years ago, but can they do it again?

The offseason began with the signing of two big time sluggers. The additions of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez should help the Red Sox bring their pop back. They will add depth to an already solid lineup. David Ortiz and Mike Napoli will benefit greatly from these acquisitions. Both Ortiz and Napoli are RBI guys. Their job is to drive runners in. How will they produce with nobody getting on base ahead of them? The Sox are hoping that these two will benefit greatly from the two free agent pickups.

The biggest question circling Red Sox Nation this winter has been the pitching staff. The Red Sox lost to the Chicago Cubs in a race to sign Jon Lester. Immediately after Lester signed with the Cubs, the Sox traded for Wade Miley and Rick Porcello. They also signed free agent right-hander Justin Masterson to a single year deal. These pitchers may not be “superstars,”  however they are all groundball pitchers which should help the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

The key to the Red Sox’ success in the 2015 season will be health. They were slammed by injuries last season to key players such as Clay Buchholz and Dustin Pedroia.

Many are anticipating Buchholz to be the ace for the 2015 Red Sox. He has proved that he is one of the most dominant pitchers in the American League when healthy.

The Sox also need to have a healthy Dustin Pedroia patrolling second base. Early reports out of camp are that Pedroia is the healthiest he has been in over two years. As fans well know, Pedey has had a variety of wrist and hand injuries the past two plus seasons.

The Red Sox had an active offseason with the signings of some big name players. The season has not even started yet and there are questions surrounding the pitching staff. If the staff can hold up and be affective, the offense has the potential to be the best in baseball. The team is strong on paper but they have proved nothing until they can pull them together on the field this summer.



RHS Cheer Wins Nationals

RHS Cheer in Orlando, Florida. (Photo from @RocklandCheer Twitter)

RHS Cheer in Orlando, Florida. (Photo from @RocklandCheer Twitter)

Veritas Staff

Rockland High Cheer will return to the school tomorrow with a new addition to their trophy case. The girls competed in Orlando Florida at the U.S. Spirit National Championships and came in first within their division. Congratulations, ladies!

For more about this story, see our sports pages on this website or see the April 1  print edition of The Veritas!


MASC Photo Gallery

Veritas Staff

From March 11 to March 13, members of the Rockland High School Student Government Council attended the annual Massachusetts Association of Student Councils’ conference in Hyannis. For more about this story please see the next issue of The Veritas.

RHS SGC Takes First Place at MASC Lip Sync

Video by Kristen Walsh

Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor 

HYANNIS – On March 11, the first day of the annual Massachusetts Association of Student Councils (MASC) conference, the Rockland High School Student Government Council (RHS SGC) competed in the Lip Sync contest.

After many rehearsals of the choreography by Council Advisor Ms. Joanne White, Council President Katie DeLorey, and Council Publicity Coordinator Ashley Pezzella, the RHS SGC members were ready to give the competition their all.

With boys dressed in black pants and white dress shirts and girls wearing all black with camo bandanas, the RHS MASC delegates lip synced and danced their hearts out in a battle of the sexes. The soundtrack included crowd pleasers such as Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls)” and “Flawless,” the Cops theme song “Bad Boys,” and Wiz Khalifa’s “We Dem Boyz.”

The crowd cheered and sang along as RHS SGC performed. After the judges deliberated, they announced that Rockland High School had won first place for the first time in RHS history.

After all the practices and hardwork put into the Lip Sync performance taking first place was a huge accomplishment.

RHS SGC Plunges for Special Olympics

Veritas Staff

On March 11, the first day of the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils’ (MASC) annual conference, members of Rockland High’s Student Government Council (SGC) took the Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics Massachusetts. With the help of generous donors RHS SGC was able to collect $1,750. RHS Junior and SGC School Spirit Committee Chair, Caitlin Yannizzi was the highest fundraiser at the conference collecting, $810.

RHS SGC would like to thank all of the donors for their support.

RHS Senior Recognized for Leadership

Guidance Counselor Denise Davidson, RHS Asst. Principal Kathy Paulding congratulate senior Mike Leavitt for his award.

Guidance Counselor Denise Davidson, RHS Asst. Principal Kathy Paulding congratulate senior Mike Leavitt for his award.

On Wednesday, March 11, at the 26th annual YMCA Leadership Conference held at Bridgewater State University, RHS senior Michael Leavitt was presented with the first annual YMCA Core Values Award.

This award is given to that student who most exemplifies the core values of the YMCA. The student is also a positive role model, is involved and supportive of the community and illustrates the qualities of a leader.

Leavitt was nominated by RHS Guidance Counselor, Denise Davidson and was chosen from among many candidates who were submitted by each of the schools attending the conference. In her nominating letter, Ms. Davidson said, “Michael Leavitt exemplifies the YMCA Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.” She also said, “Mike has set high standards for academic excellence. He has tackled challenging subjects successfully, placing him in the top half of his graduating class.” Ms. Davidson also alluded to Leavitt’s recent award of $68,000 by Nichols College. This is the NEPLA Merit Scholarship also known as the New England Principal Leadership Award.

Leavitt was also recognized for the time he has devoted to working with the youth in the community as a coach, referee, umpire and as a Bulldog Mentor.

One of his good friends and teammates, Dennis McPeck is not surprised that Mike would receive such an award. He said, “The YMCA core values are not something Mike is consciously aware of because he is simply wired to be honest, caring, respectful and responsible.” McPeck added, “I am so proud to call him my friend.”

SGC Members Gear Up for Three Day Leadership Conference & Polar Plunge

All representatives from RHS SGC that attended the conference in Hyannis

RHS SGC Members at the 2014 MASC conference.

Katie DeLorey, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

Grab your beach towels everyone because sixteen RHS students are running into the ocean! No, they are not going to a tropical island vacation; they are going down to Hyannis this Wednesday, March 11, for the 2nd annual Polar Plunge.

In Hyannis, these sixteen students and two advisors, Kristen Walsh and Joanne White, will be taking the plunge at the Massachusetts Association of Student Council (MASC) Conference.  This is a three-day leadership conference where leaders from all over the state join together to collaborate on new ideas in order to help improve their school systems and communities as a whole. There are guest speakers, workshops, dances and more. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to flourish as leaders, while helping out greater causes along the way, like spreading awareness of the inclusion revolution.

So why are hundreds of brave individuals plunging into the ocean this Wednesday might you ask?

RHS SGC members get ready to take the Plunge at last year's conference.

RHS SGC members get ready to take the Plunge at last year’s conference.

They are raising money for Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA). SOMA’s website, explains their mission “is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of well-coached Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Massachusetts also provides athletes with continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, prepare for entry into school and community programs, express courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.”

If you would like to donate to SOMA and support the eighteen participants from Rockland High, there is a link below.

Stay tuned to our website to see updated photos of the plunge and the rest of the conference.

Donation link: https://www.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1120343&lis=1&kntae1120343=F45AB3E6A85C42B78E6C706FE07DF31A&supId=0&team=6242605&cj=Y

Globe Show Art Awards Winners

Click on one of the drawings to view the gallery.

Tahmya Cappra, Veritas Staff

The Scholastic Art/ Boston Globe Show is an annual event for Massachusetts high school students, in which over 2,500 pieces of artwork are submitted. Each piece is evaluated by a panel of three judges who award Gold Keys, Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions to deserving entries.

This year, four RHS students won an award for their artwork.

Three students earned a Silver Key: Danielle Hill – for a charcoal self-portrait drawing,  Dan Silva-for a self-portrait drawing, and Celia Rosa- for “Dirty Mouth,” a colored pencil drawing.

One student, Taylor Whitley, earned an honorable mention for her charcoal self-portrait drawing.

The artwork is submitted to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts on-line in December; contestants are notified if they won at the end of January.  Gold key winners move on to a national competition.

Congratulations to the award winners from RHS!



RHS Competes at METG High School Theatre Festival

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Members of “This is a Test” at dress rehearsal including in front Leah DeCecco and Shandi Austin.

Jurnee Dunn, Veritas Staff

On Saturday, Feb. 28th Brockton High hosted one of the fourteen preliminary rounds of The Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild’s annual High School Theatre Festival. Eight schools performed a variety of both comic and dramatic one act plays in a strict time limit of 40 minutes.

Rockland High School was one of these eight and performed a fabulously done and amusing run of “This is a Test,” a one act play about Alana Lefenfeld (played by Leah DeCecco)  and her struggles with her crazy sophomore midterms, cheating classmates (Shandi Austin, Sean Vo, Morgan Foster, Genesis Rojas, Kalee Lucier-Hill, Rebeca Portela, Rebekah Panaro, Ryan Mott, and Jeremy Bradley), biased questions, a mean teacher (Meghan Nunn ) and the annoying voices stuck in her head (Sophie McLellan, Lauren Illes, and Jurnee Dunn).

It was a great time for everyone who attended, and Rockland High students even became friends with many of the students from other schools as they hosted a dance party at the beginning of the day to get everyone together and excited.

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“This is a Test” cast selfie. Photo credit: Madison Parlee.

Although Rockland High did not move on to the next competition, according to the judges’ comments on Rockland’s score sheet, they were very close. Leah DeCecco won an All Star award for her phenomenal, relatable acting, which after all her hard work she truly deserved. Ryan Struzziery, the voice, also received an award for his comedic timing, another well earned award.

The experience gained from festival, and the excitement of the award winners provided enough of a reward for the rest of the cast as they came home from festival that day. And as the judges said, “The award is to the whole cast really, because [they] worked hard as a team to make this character’s role a real success.”

Hill Advances to POL State Finals

Danielle Hill at last Sunday's Southeast Regional Poetry Out Loud competition.  She will be participating in the State Finals this weekend.

Danielle Hill at last Sunday’s Southeast Regional Poetry Out Loud competition. She will be participating in the State Finals this weekend. (Photo By: Kristen Walsh) 

Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor

On Sunday, March 1, after winning over the judges at the 2015 Southeastern Regional round of the Poetry Out Loud competition held in South Yarmouth, RHS senior Danielle Hill will advance on to the POL State Finals. Hill scored among the top six competitors by performing “Snow Day” by Billy Collins and “What It Looks Like To Us and the Words We Use” by Ada Limon.

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POL 2015 competitors (Photo By: Amy Woodward)

The finals will take place this Sunday, March 8, at the historic Old South Meeting House in Boston. The event starts at 9:30 AM and is free and open to the public. Rockland High graduate Gabrielle Guarracino (Class of 2008) will serve as one of the judges for this round. Guarracino was Massachusetts State Champion in 2007 and 2008. She will be a featured performer between the second and third rounds of the contest.

The Veritas wishes Dani good luck!

Boys Basketball Season Comes to an End

Tip-off Thursday night in Norton as the Dogs went up against the Lancers.

Tip-off last Thursday night in Norton as the Dogs went up against the Lancers.

Mike Leavitt, Veritas Staff

The Rockland Bulldogs were unable to get the job done Thursday night as the Norton Lancers advanced to the second round of the MIAA State Tournament with a 65-44 win in Norton. Rockland has made tournament forty four times over the past forty seven years, and this year’s team went through a lot to keep the streak alive. With a 10-8 regular season record they landed the number 11 seed and faced the number 6 seed Norton.

Rockland is known for their toughness and their defense, but that was not the case Thursday as the Lancers scored 32 points in just the first half, most from three pointers and foul shots leading the Bulldogs 32-19.  Every time the Bulldogs seemed to gain some momentum the Lancers would come right back up the court and hit a big shot.

Head Coach Fred Damon told the Patriot Ledger “They shot the ball extremely well; we had several breakdowns on defense. It was just not a good night for us. But give them all the credit in the world. They hit shots when they had to.”

The second half was similar to the first as Norton continued to hit the outside shot.  Rockland could not do anything offensively in the third quarter and Norton took full advantage of it by extending their lead to 42-24 with 2:17 left in the third quarter.

Senior Captain Andrew Frazer said, “Our game plan wasn’t fully executed. We started out the game slow and couldn’t recover throughout the whole game.”

The Bulldogs tried their best to spark something in the fourth but it just wasn’t enough to stop the sharp shooting Lancers who  went on to face Archbishop Williams in the second round.   Norton won that game on Saturday and advanced to the semifinals this week.

For a look at the Dogs’ entire season, see the next print edition of the Veritas.

The Dogs line up for the National Anthem before last Thursday's game with Norton. photos by Rockland High Sports

The Dogs line up for the National Anthem before last Thursday’s game with Norton. The season ended for Rockland with a 65-44 loss to the Lancers. photos by Rockland High Sports


Spirit Week is Coming


The Class of 2015 at the Fall Pep Rally

Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor

Although it isn’t easy to believe with the large amounts of snow covering the the ground all over town, spring is nearly here and with spring comes Rockland High’s annual Spirit Week and Pep Rally.

This year the Pep Rally will be organized by Student Government Council Spirit Committee Chair, Caitlin Yannizzi, Head SGC Adviser, Kristen Walsh, RHS’s Athletic Director, Gary Graziano, and Vice Principal, Kathleen Paulding. During the week students will be encouraged to dress accordingly to that day’s theme (see schedule below).

This year’s theme days will give students the opportunity to dress in anything from their favorite Disney gear to best flannel shirt. Although there are many exciting theme days in store, Yannizzi has already chosen here favorite, “I’m looking forward to Disney day because I’m a child [at heart] and anything Disney makes me so happy.”

The theme days will be followed by the Pep Rally on Friday.

“For the Pep Rally we are trying to get more people involved,” says Yannizzi, “That way the whole school gets a chance to show their Rockland Pride.”


RHS Cheerleaders perform at the Fall Pep Rally

After a great Winter sports season with three RHS teams participating in post-season tournament, multiple first place wins by the Cheerleading team, and two members of the Wrestling team competing in the MIAA State Wrestling Tournament, the school has a lot to celebrate and plenty to look forward to in the upcoming season. Spirit Week will allow students to show pride in their school and finish off the week with a fun rally honoring all of this season’s achievements and preparing for next season’s.

Spirit Week kicks off Monday so get ready to show some RHS spirit!

The Spirit Week schedule is as follows:

  • Monday 3/2 – Comfy Day
  • Tuesday 3/3 – Neon Day
  • Wednesday 3/4 – Disney Day
  • Thursday 3/5 – Flannel Day
  • Friday 3/6 – Class Color Day & Pep Rally

Wrestlers Eye State Prize

Cameron Stuart, Veritas Sports Editor

Two Rockland High wrestlers, senior Dennis McPeck and junior Brad Gasdia, competed in the MIAA State Wrestling Tournament last Friday and Saturday in Wakefield. The roads for these wrestlers were not easy, however, as not only did they have to qualify for the sectional tournament in Foxborough but they also had to wrestle well enough to qualify for states.

Senior Dennis McPeck had a great wrestling season  for the Dogs photo by Kelley Reale

Senior Dennis McPeck had a great wrestling season for the Dogs             photo by Kelley Reale


McPeck thrived in sectionals, making it all the way to the final match in his weight class in Division 3. McPeck lost a three-round (maximum) heartbreaker, 6-4. In the state tournament, McPeck ran into a bit of controversy in his 6-5 loss. The official called McPeck for stalling and trying to send the match to overtime, awarding the deciding point to his opponent from Danvers.

“It was questionable,” McPeck said, “but there’s nothing we can do to change it.”

McPeck’s day ended with a 6-2 loss in the next round.


Brad Gasdia will compete in All-States this weekend. photo by Kelley Reale

Brad Gasdia will compete in All-States this weekend. photo by Kelley Reale

Junior Brad Gasdia continued his successful season by having a very successful state tournament. Gasdia’s 4 wins in the state tournament earned him a spot in the All-State tournament.

Gasdia won in convincing fashion with 2 pins, a forfeit, and an 11-3 decision en route to a 6th place finish in the 138 pound weight class.

“It’s refreshing,” Gasdia said, “I worked really hard for this and All-States is going to be a lot of fun.”

The All-State tournament will take place Friday Feb. 27 and Saturday Feb. 28 at Salem High School.

Girls Basketball Team Advances to Quarterfinals

Natalie Draicchio, Veritas Staff

The Rockland girls basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division 3 South Sectional tournament last night,  defeating Coyle-Cassidy, 43-40 in a  first round, defensive battle at the Dog Pound.

The lead went back and forth throughout the game.  Rockland led by three at half-time, 18-15 but Coyle tied it up and went ahead in the second half, putting the crowd on the edge of their seats.

Kallie Morss played tough for the Lady Dogs against Coyle last night.

Kallie Morss played tough for the Lady Dogs against Coyle last night.


Junior Kyra Rose led the attack last night in a first round tournament game at home against Coyle Cassidy. photos Rockland High Sports


Junior Kyra Rose had a total of 23 points and 12 rebounds, senior Kallie Morss had a total of 8 points and, freshman Erika Ochenduszko had 8 rebounds to lead the Lady Bulldogs to the victory. Kyra Rose and Danielle O’Brien both hit huge 3’s while the clock in the fourth quarter while Ochenduszko and Rose hit free throws at the end to secure the victory.

Number 3 seed Rockland (17-4) will be facing the number 11 seed Bishop Stang (12-9) in the quarterfinals Friday in another home game at 6:30 pm.


Hockey Team Gets By Abington, 1-0

Rockland goalie Dylan Bernache makes one of his many saves on the way to the shut out vs. Abington on Feb. 24.  The Dogs won 1-0 and advanced to a first round game vs. Norwell.

Rockland goalie Dylan Bernache makes one of his 29 saves on the way to the shut out vs. Abington on Feb. 24. The Dogs won 1-0 and advanced to a first round game vs. Norwell on Saturday. photo by Mark Norris, Rockland High Sports

Matt O’Brien
Veritas Staff

The road to the Garden was kicked off Tuesday night as the Rockland Bulldogs defeated Abington in a hard fought battle on the ice at the Rockland Rink. With a score of 1-0 the game was back and forth all night long.

The Dogs scored midway through the second period as sophomore Matt Dunn scored off of a deflection. Throughout the game senior Dylan Bernache came up huge with 29 saves and great stops on multiple five on three situations and with the final minutes of the game winding down.

The Bulldogs had many chances to pad the lead; however, bad bounces and saves from Abington’s netminder Mike Morse, kept the Green Wave in the game.

It’s not often two rivals get to play a tournament game in their own rink. The rivalry between Rockland and Abington is strong in every sport, and Tuesday night was no different.

Rockland Rink was busting at the seams as supporters from both towns cheered and rallied behind their team. Bulldog Nation was especially spectacular throughout the game. A sea of pink filled the rink as Rockland High School students and players took part in a pink out night to support breast cancer awareness.

Coach Mike Flaherty had this to say in the Patriot Ledger about the long rivalry between both towns: “This is a friendly rivalry – lots of the kids play together during the off-season – but it is also a border war with a lot of emotion.”

The Dogs will go on to face top seeded Norwell in their next step towards greatness. The game will be played at 7:00 on Friday night at the Bog in Kingston.

Hockey players before the Abington game posed with their new dye and cut styles.  Last night's game with Abington was designated a pink-out game for breast cancer awareness and support.

RHS hockey players posed with their new dye and cut styles at practice. Last night’s game with Abington was designated a pink-out game for breast cancer awareness and support. photo by Asst. Coach Kevan Joyce

SAT Prep Course Postponed


Veritas Staff

RHS’s SAT prep course that was scheduled to start today has been postponed until next week due to the number of students participating in tournament games this week. This week’s classes will be made up at a later date.

The registration deadline has been extended until this Friday, February 27.

If you are interested in signing up for the courses the registration form can be found by clicking here. The cost, including all materials, is $75 for one subject and $100 for both.

The Veritas wishes all athletes participating in tournaments this week good luck! Go Dogs!

SAT Prep Courses Begin



Veritas Staff

As a reminder to those who signed up for RHS’s SAT prep course, classes will begin tomorrow, February 24, starting with the mathematics review portion of the program.

The math section will be held each Tuesday night from February 24 to April 28.

The critical reading and writing section will be held each Thursday night from February 26 to April 30.

All classes will take place from 7 to 8:30 at the high school.

This nine week course will prepare students for the upcoming May 2 SAT exam.

Should Boston Host Olympics in 2024?

boston-olympic-2024-logoAlexandra Pigeon, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

The city of Boston, Massachusetts is one unlike any other. We are known for our accents, our funny phrases, our rude drivers, our top-notch colleges and universities and hospitals, our courage in the face of adversity, and, most of all, our love of sports.

Having been chosen as the bid city that the United States will submit to the Olympic Committee for the games in 2024, Boston has been given the chance to host the Holy Grail of sporting events. After beating out San Francisco, two-time Olympic host Los Angeles, and the nation’s capital Washington D.C., Boston now has to face tough competition from other cities of the world including Rome, Paris, Berlin, Budapest, Istanbul, and more.

City officials are thrilled at the chance to showcase all that Boston has to offer.


“This selection is in recognition of our city’s talent, diversity and global leadership,” says Mayor Marty Walsh. “Boston hopes to welcome the world’s greatest athletes to one of the world’s great cities.”


Governor Charlie Baker adds, “This is great news for Boston and the Commonwealth as it provides an exciting opportunity to promote Massachusetts on the world stage.”

Instead of seeing the small size of the city as a disadvantage, a new and improved kind of games is being conceived.

“Boston’s modest $4.5 billion proposal envisions a new Olympic model: a walkable, bikeable, sustainable Games that uses mostly pre-existing structures. This compact city of 646,000 plans a downsized, compressed, antisprawl Olympics,” commented New York Times columnist.

While some disapprove of not creating an overly extravagant place for the Games to be held as most countries have done in the past, construction company CEO and chairman Boston 2024 John Fish says, “A Boston Games can be one of the most innovative, sustainable and exciting in history and will inspire the next generation of leaders here and around the world.”

However, even with this conservative approach, Boston would have to do a lot of building, creating, and renovating in preparation to host the 2024 Summer Olympics which, despite what skeptics think, could be a really great thing for the city.

There is actually a good amount of undeveloped or wasted space in Boston such as giant, open slabs of land or old, abandoned buildings and factories. Since architects can now very effectively re-purpose Olympic venues, they could not only be used for that but they could be turned into prettier, more useful buildings. We could even solve the shortage of indoor space in the city by turning these buildings into turf fields, courts, and more.

More benefits that would come with hosting the Olympics in Boston would be improvements in roads, bridges, and public transit. One of the main concerns Bostonians have is how congestion and traffic will affect the city during the games. But with these upgrades it will be worth it in the long run. Essentially, this would give Boston the perfect reason to change the city for the better.

Another factor that has people thinking about whether or not Boston should host the 2024 Olympics is the potential for terrorism. After the devastation of the Boston Marathon bombings from 2013, this is a legitimate worry. However, we are the people that shut a whole city down to find the bad guy. We are the people that came together to provide an incredible amount of support to those affected. We are Boston Strong. And we will not shy away from this wonderful chance because of terrorists.

Overall, Bostonians would be crazy not to embrace the opportunity of hosting something as important and exciting as the Olympic Games. It is very unlikely that Boston would have this chance again in our lifetime.

To see such amazing athletes perform at such a high level of talent in this elite athletic event is a rare and special occasion and we should take advantage of it.

Guidance Department Promotes BC Splash

The Guidance Department has sent out information about a great opportunity for students that is FREE!!  Check it out and go to their website for more info.  Registration starts next week.


Boys Basketball Team Qualifies for Tournament / Honors Senior Players and Cheerleaders

The boys’ basketball game with Mashpee on last Friday night, Feb. 13, saw a double celebration. First, before the game the nine senior players and three senior cheerleaders were honored for their commitment to RHS for the last four years.

Once the game had ended, coaches, players and the rest of Bulldog Nation celebrated a big victory over Mashpee, 62-49. This gave the Dogs another postseason berth, one of 44 in the past 50 years!

Below are pictures of the seniors taken by Kelley Reale and Mark Norris. Click on one of the individual pictures to see close-ups of senior pictures.

Senior players and cheerleaders: Andrew Frazer, Mike Leavitt, John Kamande, Maddie Daly, Mike Doherty, Liam Ball, Kelsey Girard, Leshon Crawford, Justin Nguyen, Krystin Killion, Ian MacDonald, Matt Clougherty and Joe Reardon.

Senior players and cheerleaders: Andrew Frazer, Mike Leavitt, John Kamande, Maddie Daly, Mike Doherty, Liam Ball, Kelsey Girard, Leshon Crawford, Justin Nguyen, Krystin Killion, Ian MacDonald, Matt Clougherty and Joe Reardon.

Next up for the Dogs is a game on Tuesday, Feb. 17  vs. Duxbury, part of a boy-girl doubleheader which will feature Senior Night for the girls at 4:30 pm.

Before the boys game at 6:30, a presentation will be made honoring John Tolmie, Class of 1964, the all-time leading scorer in boys’ basketball history.  Click on the flyer below to read about John Tolmie.  Former RHS Principal and Basketball Coach, A. Scott MacKinlay will make the presentation to members of Tolmie’s family.

john tolmie screen shot

Hallways and Runways: American Heart Association Month

The Red Dress lapel pin

The Red Dress lapel pin

Haley Macray, Veritas Web and Feature Editor

February is American Heart Month, a time not only for recognizing the heart as the universal symbol of love, but more importantly for raising awareness of the diseases that can affect it.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) includes heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. It is the number one killer of both men and women within the United States. Causes of heart disease include unhealthy diets,  lack of physical activity, smoking and tobacco use habits, obesity, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and diabetes. Many heart disease related deaths could be prevented by simply monitoring and altering these factors.

Gender and ethnicity also play a role in who is most likely to be affected by CVD.

“Men are more than twice as likely as women to die from preventable CVD,” says the Center for Disease Control. “Nearly 44% of African American men and 48% of African American women have some form of CVD. And African Americans are more likely than any other racial or ethnic group to have high blood pressure and to develop the condition earlier in life. About two in five African American adults have high blood pressure, yet fewer than half of them have the condition under control.”

According to Million Hearts, one in three adults (80 million) in the United States have some form of heart disease, stroke, or other blood vessel diseases.

While cardiovascular disease does significantly affect men, it also impacts women as well.

The American Heart Association founded Go Red for Women in 2004 to raise awareness of the lesser known risk of CVD in women.

“In the past, heart disease and heart attack have been predominantly associated with men. Historically, men have been the subjects of the research done to understand heart disease and stroke, which has been the basis for treatment guidelines and programs. This led to an oversimplified, distorted view of heart disease and risk, which has worked to the detriment of women,” says the Go Red for Women’s website.

“Because women have been largely ignored as a specific group, their awareness of their risk of this often-preventable disease has suffered. Only 55 percent of women realize heart disease is their No. 1 killer and less than half know what are considered healthy levels for cardiovascular risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol. The Go Red For Women movement works to make sure women know they are at risk so they can take action to protect their health.”

This campaign is now signified by the easily recognizable red dress logo. This iconic logo will be transformed into real life renditions again this year at Mercedes Benz Fashion week.

The Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection 2015 will make its debut on February 12. Presented by Macy’s, the Red Dress Collection is where, “top designers, models and celebrities demonstrate their support for women’s heart health,” according to the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week website.

Past Red Dress Collection designers have included Zac Posen, Alice + Olivia, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, Donna Karen, Dolce and Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta, and Cynthia Rowley. Their dresses were worn by celebrities such as Anna Sophia Robb, Bella Thorne, Joan Jett, Kat Graham, and Victoria Justice. According to Women’s Wear Daily this year’s A-list roster will include YouTube beauty sensation, Bethany Mota and Orange is the New Black actress, Laverne Cox.

For those who won’t be attending the elite fashion show at Lincoln Center, the American Heart Association has some great fashion accessories to offer on their online store. From bowties and scarves to jewelry and graphic t-shirts, it’s easy to show your support for Heart Disease and bring attention to the cause.

Hockey Team Salutes Nine Seniors

The Rockland High School hockey season is winding down and on Feb. 11 before the game with South Shore Vo Tech, the team saluted its nine seniors.  After the pregame recognition, the team went out and defeated SSVT with a big 7-1 win.  The hockey team’s record is currently 10-7-1.  They need one point in the next three games to qualify for the postseason.  Good luck Dogs!

PHOTOS by Kelley Reale

Wrestling Team Honors Senior Members

The RHS wrestling team held its senior night on Feb. 11 in the high school gym before their meet with Duxbury.  Honored were six RHS seniors and two seniors from Abington High School.

It was an exciting match that came down to the last heavyweight match;  Duxbury came up with the two point win.

Good luck to the wrestlers in the Sectionals this weekend.

PHOTOS taken by Brianna Starkey

SGC Members to Participate in Polar Plunge


SGC members at the 2014 MASC Polar Plunge

Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor 

On March 11 members of the Rockland High School Student Government Council will be participating in the Massachusetts Association of Student Council’s (MASC) Polar Plunge in Hyannis.

Each year attendees of the annual MASC conference are encouraged to run into chilly ocean water in support of the Special Olympics of Massachusetts. To root on RHS’s daring Plungers and support this worthy cause please consider sponsoring SGC by making a donation.

Donations can be made by clicking here.

Poetry Out Loud Competition Held at RHS

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Back row from left to right: PJ Butler, Daniel Silva, Sean Vo, Ronan McNally, Pearse McNally, Eden Dalton, and Alyssa Collins. Front row from left to right: Iman Bendarkawi, Hannah Millen, Kellie Berry, Rebekah Panaro, Dani Hill, and Saoirse McNally.

Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor

On Friday, Jan. 23 thirteen students from Rockland High School participated in the annual Poetry Out Loud contest.

Each of the thirteen contestants recited two poems. They were joined by Justin Arena’s trio who provided musical interludes. When the judges’ decisions were announced, it was a senior sweep. Daniel Silva was awarded third place, Pearse McNally was awarded second place, and for the second year in a row Danielle Hill was awarded first place. Hill will be moving on to Southeastern Regionals on March 1st.

On behalf of Veritas Staff, we wish Dani good luck!

For more about the Poetry out Loud competition be sure to see the full story in the February print issue of The Veritas.

Swim Teams Get Wins in Meet Against Randolph


The Rockland High School Swim Teams

The Rockland High School Swim Teams


The boys and girls swim teams were both victorious tonight in their meet with Randolph.

For the girls it was their first win of the season; the boys got win number two.

Coach Margolis said, “The girls won 64-38 with some phenomenal swims by all! The boys won 76-71. It all came down to the 400 free relay anchored by senior captain Ian Welch.”

Congratulations to all, especially the seniors on their Senior Night.


Poetry Out Loud Friday, Jan. 23

Veritas Staff

POETRY OUT LOUD, the annual poetry recitation competition, will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015, at 7 PM in the Lecture Hall.

Left to right: Pearse McNally, Mrs. Woodward, Danielle Hill and PJ Butler were judged in the top three in the Poetry Out Loud competition with Hill placing first, Butler, second and McNally third. Congratualtions to all.

Left to right: Pearse McNally, Danielle Hill and PJ Butler were judged in the top three in the Poetry Out Loud competition last year, pictured here with Mrs. Amy Woodwood.  Hill placed first, Butler, second and McNally third. They will be competing again this year on Friday night along with several other performers.  Don’t miss it!

The following students will be performing these poems:

Sean Vo

“And Soul” by Eavan Boland

“Echo” by Christina Rossetti

Danielle Hill

“What it looks Like to Us and the Words We Use” by Ada Limon

“The Paradox” by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Ronan McNally

“Break, break, break” by Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Mechanism” by A. R. Ammons

Pearse McNally

“It was not Death, for I stood up” by Emily Dickinson

“Life Cycle of Common Man” by Howard Nemerov

Eden Dalton

“The Affliction of Richard” by Robert Bridges

“Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou

Iman Bendarkawi

“Work without Hope” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“Blind Curse” by Simon J. Ortiz

Daniel Silva

“Domestic Situation” by Ernest Hilbert

“Epitaph” by Katherine Philips

Rebekah Panaro

“Revenge” by Letitia Elizabeth Landon

“Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost

PJ Butler

“When I heard the learn’d astronomer” by Walt Whitman

“The Conqueror Worm” by Edgar Allan Poe

Saoirse McNally

“Ode to the Hotel Near the Children’s Hospital” by Kevin Young

“Richard Cory” by Edward Arlington Robinson

Alyssa Collins

“The Woman at the Washington Zoo” by Randall Jarrell

“Friendship After Love” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Hannah Millen

“The Cities Inside Us” by Alberto Rios

“Insomnia” by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Kellie Berry

“In a Dark Time” by Theodore Roethke

“Ode” by Arthur O’Shaughnessy

Mrs. Fleming To Retire Jan. 21

Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor

After teaching for 32 years Rockland High School’s Family and Consumer Science teacher Trish Fleming will be retiring on Wednesday, January 21.

As reported in a previous Veritas article, Mrs. Fleming has had quite the successful career at RHS. She has been recognized for her work as an educator by Superintendent of Rockland Schools, John Retchless, who said that her contribution to Rockland students goes above and beyond her work in the cooking and sewing rooms. Mrs. Fleming has introduced her students to the community through charitable cause such as creating and donating comfort pillows to Breast Cancer patients as well as taking classes to homeless shelters.

Her students are appreciative of what Mrs. Fleming has taught them over the years.

“Every class felt like students were really working together and achieving a perfect final product. To learn that lesson as a teenager is priceless,” said Junior Logan Murphy in a previous article.

Mrs. Fleming says that she is going to miss “all the smiles” as well as getting to see “the appreciation from kids, from the different things they’ve accomplished in class.”

Even though Mrs. Fleming is finishing up her last few days at RHS her impact on students will always remain.

“Leaving is kind of bittersweet,” says Mrs. Fleming, “I’m going to miss my students.” She explains that doing certain things such as projects and assignments for the last time has been difficult for her.

What’s next for Mrs. Fleming? She is looking forward to sunshine and doing some traveling with her husband, David.

Registration for SAT Prep Courses Opens

Veritas Staff

In order to assist students in preparing for the May 2, 2015 SAT exam – which will be held at Rockland High School – an SAT preparation course will be offered for those who are interested. RHS faculty members from both the math and English departments will serve as instructors for the course and will use the official College Board SAT Study Guide, data from past SATs and PSATs, and time tested review strategies and techniques.

All classes will take place from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at RHS. The cost, including all materials, is $75 for one subject and $100 for both.

The math portion of the course will meet on Tuesday nights: February 24, March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24, April 31, April 7, April 14, and April 28.

The critical reading and writing section will meet on Thursday nights: February 26, March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26, April 2, April 9, April 16, and April 30.

You may register by completing and returning the registration form to the Rockland High School Guidance Office on or before February 13th.

More information can be found by clicking this link: SAT Prep flyer and registration form 2014-15

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