New Veterans Memorial dedicated

Logan Murphy, Veritas Staff

After construction of the new middle school and the renovation of the high school, construction in Rockland seems to be inevitable. The Rockland Veterans Memorial is the latest project and was dedicated on Sept. 27.  Like the construction of the schools, this project is one that many believe was sorely needed.

In charge of the project was Rockland’s veteran’s agent Anton Materna. When asked about creating the project, Materna said, “The project to do this began about five years ago, when veterans came to my office and inquired as to how can one see those names on the [plaques on the]stadium wall?”

The use of granite stone and aluminium in the 10 new plaques results in a far more reliable and lasting memorial. Bronze and copper used in the old memorial is known to fade and tarnish, thus becoming illegible.  As to whether or not the previous memorial inside the stadium would be removed, Materna said, “The bronze plaques that are on the stadium wall will remain there.”

The new memorial contains the names of almost 3,000 Rockland residents. Names on the new memorial include any veteran who was a Rockland resident upon entry into the military and served 180+ active duty days from the Spanish-American War leading up to the current War on Global Terrorism.

Sunday’s dedication attracted many veterans, their families and several public officials.

Guest speakers included U.S. Congressman William Keating, State Senator John Keenan, State Representative David DeCoste, and many others.  Scott MacKinlay of the memorial committee served as master of ceremonies.

The day’s weather averaged 74 degrees which was perfect for the parade that preceded the dedication.

The parade included military vehicles from the National Guard and Massachusetts Air National Guard. A black hawk helicopter landed in the field at Memorial Stadium and a World War II era plane also conducted a fly-over.

The Rockland Eagles, the Rockland Lions Club, the Rockland High School band and many other organizations and clubs participated in the parade.

Cahill to Help Students with Writing Assignments

Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor 

On Tuesday, September 29, the Rockland High School Guidance Department announced that Carol Cahill, RHS’s English Department Chair, has started a Writing Lab for students. The Writing Lab will be available to students during their lunch periods with some exceptions as seen in the schedule below.

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“The main goal is for there to be a place where students can get one on one instruction from a teacher to help strengthen their writing skills,” says Ms. Cahill, “Sometimes during a class, it is difficult for each student to get enough individual attention from their teacher. A staffed Writing Lab is an opportunity for that to happen.”

Ms. Cahill believes that, “There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to helping someone become a better, stronger writer,” and that is why she hopes to help students with their difficulties by “looking at their work to identify the strengths and weaknesses and [going] from there.”

If you need a little extra help with your writing, this new program is definitely a resource for you to check out.


RHS supports finding a cure with Pink-Out Day

By Joe Taft, Veritas Sports and Web Editor

As October rolls around the hallways of Rockland High School are filled with pink in support of breast cancer awareness. Despite the rainy forecast set for Sunday, Oct. 4, many students are expected to participate in the annual Breast Cancer Walk in Boston.  Because of the rain students wore their pink on Friday, Oct. 2, creating a sea of pink throughout the school. The support of finding a cure for breast cancer is encouraging, but not surprising to see from a student-body who has grown so close together since last year.

Junior Sydney Wells participated, like many others, in the festivities on Friday. “I really enjoy pink-out day because it gives our school an opportunity to show our support for people who have breast cancer, have had breast cancer, or know someone who has been lost because of the battle with it.”. Sydney’s opinion has been the all-around vibe in the school and will be for the whole month.

Breast Cancer awareness is a serious matter, and even though it is easy to dress in pink once, RHS students and staff should capitalize throughout the month. The idea of having a pink-out every Friday this month has been discussed and brought to Ms. Walsh, and is currently pending approval.

Wells said, “It is something simple students and their teachers can do that is for a great cause, I also believe we should do colored days for other cancers or diseases. For example, purple for autism awareness and suicide awareness, or red for heart disease month.”

Wells has a point. If this idea is picked up on, students could donate to the cause that is being supported as well. Money was collected in each classroom for an extended period of time to donate to finding a cure to breast cancer.

Whether supporting disease and suffering is apparent through t-shirt color or just in our minds, we will continue to reinforce the causes no matter what. If interested, the Breast Cancer Walk takes place Sunday, Oct. 4, in Boston. Feel free to contact an SGC member for more information on the event. The true passion and love in RHS is something every student, parent, staff member, and resident of Rockland should be proud of.

Dogs gearing up for trench war with EB at the stadium

The Bulldogs take the field against the Skippers on Friday, Sept. 18.

The Bulldogs take the field against the Skippers on Friday, Sept. 18. Photo by Rockland High Sports

By Joe Taft, Veritas Sports Editor

Who’s ready for some Friday night football? The rivalry continues on September 25th when your Rockland Bulldogs square up with the East Bridgewater Vikings at Veterans Memorial Stadium at 7:00 pm for a battle under the lights.

The Dogs are coming off a big win over the reigning Division 6 Champions, the Cohasset Skippers, 27-13.  EB took home a win last week against Hanover: 25-23 was the final.  Rockland is looking to improve to 2-1 on the young season, while East Bridgewater tries to push its winning streak to three games.

See if quarterback Matt Dunn can find his go-to receiver Stephen Norris for another touchdown in this rivalry matchup! Come support your hometown team and enjoy the fall weather with good food, good football, and great vibes.

Veterans Memorial to be dedicated Sunday

The new Veterans Memorial plaques are ready to be dedicated on Sunday, Sept. 27.

The new Veterans Memorial plaques are ready to be dedicated on Sunday, Sept. 27.

By Logan Murphy, Veritas Staff

The Rockland Veterans Memorial will be dedicated on Sunday, September 27th at 1pm.  Anton Materna, the Rockland Veterans agent, says, “There will be a parade of military personnel starting at Union Square Memorial. The parade will proceed up Union Street to Taunton Ave. down to the Memorial. There will be a Flag of Honor set up by two ladder trucks in the school parking lot.” There will also be a black hawk helicopter on site.

Meet RHS’s New Teachers (Part 2)

Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor

Rockland High School has welcomed quite the group of new faculty members this year. Didn’t get to learn about your teacher in our prior post? In this part of “Meet RHS’s New Teachers” you’ll get to meet Mr. Gregory Connors as well as Mr. Jonathan Robin.

Greg Connors – Transitions Program

“I left [the] first day feeling very hopeful, comfortable, and involved in a tight-knit community.”

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Do you have anything exciting planned for your classes this year? I do have some exciting things coming down the road for my classes, but I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag yet.

What is one thing that your students would be interested to know about you? My students should know that I love to travel, meet new people, and create new experiences.

If you could be any superhero who would it be and why? Mighty Mouse… because none of his adversaries ever see him coming.

What are three of your favorite things? I love watching/playing baseball and hockey, as well as long walks with Lou Dogg, my black lab/shepherd mix.

What do you most enjoy to do in your free time? I like to golf, spend time with my nieces and nephews, and complain about Boston Sports teams.

What do you love most about the subject(s) that you teach?  Every day is different than the last!

Jonathan Robin – Chemistry & Physics

“RHS rocks!”

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Is there a certain RHS tradition or event that you’re are most looking forward to this year? am looking forward to watching the sports teams, finding out what the traditions are, and participating in any faculty vs. student games (maybe soccer if that happens here).

What is one thing that your students would be interested to know about you? I attended the same High School as Stephen Hawking.

Do you have any special talents? I like to be creative in my spare time. Woodworking, gardening and writing are some of the things I enjoy.

If you could be any superhero who would it be and why? Wolverine. Constant cellular regeneration. Superhuman senses. Adamantium skeleton. What else would you need? The ability to fly maybe…

What are three of your favorite things? Dogs, history, and grilling with charcoal.

What do you love most about the subject(s) that you teach? Science is awesome! There is so much amazing stuff we know about and can do. And yet so much more yet to be discovered and figured out. Science is constantly growing and helping us to learn more about ourselves and the universe around us. There are new discoveries being made all of the time and greater and more powerful technologies being developed.

Missed our previous post in this series? Check it out here.

The Veritas would like to wish all of RHS’s new faculty members the best of luck!

Rowe and Fisher babies

Veritas Staff

Two new members are welcomed into the RHS family.

On Sept. 9 at 12:14 pm, Brian and Caitlyn Fisher welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Maeve Meaghan Fisher, into the world. She weighed in at 8 pounds 15 ounces and measured 21 inches long.


On Sept. 12 at 9:58 pm Theodore Richard Rowe was born. He weighed in at 7 pounds 15 ounces and measured 20 inches long. Congratulations to mom and dad, Erin and Greg Rowe.


Perhaps Maeve and Theodore will go to the Class of 2033 prom together! We’ll have to wait and see!

America Supports You Freedom Walk


WRPS Invites Students to Host Their Own Radio Shows


Meet Three of RHS’s New Teachers

Haley Macray, Veritas Staff

The 2015-2016 school year has officially kicked off here at Rockland High School. This year, along with welcoming the Class of 2019, RHS has also welcomed a group of new teachers in several departments. From Science to Foreign Language to Special Education, RHS’s new staff members seem to be very excited for the school year ahead. Get to know some of your new teachers by checking out their responses to the Q&A below.

Damien Ricci – Special Education

“I feel very welcomed here! I love it!”

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Photo By: Carolyn McCarthy

Do you have anything exciting planned for your classes this year? I plan on emphasizing test taking strategies, it doesn’t sound exciting but I hope the students will be excited with getting better grades as a result of it.

What is one thing that your students would be interested to know about you? I do not eat chicken. I always get the follow-up question if I am a vegetarian…I’m not, I just can’t stand chicken.

If you could be any superhero who would it be and why? Mr. Incredible, he seemed to master the work/home life balance.

What are three of your favorite things? I have to say my wife and two daughters…but if they aren’t around: Simpsons, football and pizza.

What do you love most about the subject that you teach? I love the moment when a student struggles to get something and then all of a sudden it just clicks.

Patrick Finn – Foreign Language

“I feel so welcomed here in Rockland, and I would like to thank the Rockland community for that.  I am looking forward to an amazing year, and to getting to know the wonderful people and students that make up the RHS and greater Rockland community.”

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Photo By: Jillian Donahue

Do you have anything exciting planned for your classes this year? The thing I love about language classes is that we get to teach so much more than just grammar and vocabulary, and I am looking forward to expanding my students’ view of their foreign language through genuine cultural experiences. 

If you could be any superhero who would it be and why? I would absolutely be Batman because he is the only DC superhero without actual superpowers, yet he is one of the most powerful. 

What are three of your favorite things?  Tasty Burger (it’s a chain in the Boston area), The Game of Thrones book/tv series (the books are awesome!!), Star Wars!!!!!!!

What do you most enjoy to do in your free time? In my free time I love to read, ride my bike, or go running. 

Lauren Sullivan – Foreign Language

“RHS seems close-knit and the students seem respectful and interested in doing well.”

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Photo By: Hannah Murphy

What were you most looking forward to on your first day teaching at RHS? Getting to finally see the faces of the people who have been on my class lists.

Is there a certain RHS tradition or event that you are most looking forward to this year? I’m looking forward to checking out some of the sports events and seeing my students play. 

What is one thing that your students would be interested to know about you? I had a motorcycle but when I moved to Spain, I sold it. It was sad, but now I’m going to look for another one this coming spring!

Do you have any special talents? I can cut onions without crying.

What are three of your favorite things?  The beach, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and red wine. Preferably all together.

What do you most enjoy to do in your free time? Travel!

What do you love most about the subject(s) that you teach? I love the Spanish language and love using it all the time. Working as a Spanish teacher makes me able to use it everyday!

Didn’t see your teacher’s responses?  Stay tuned – more new teacher Q&A is to come!

RHS SGC Wraps up a Productive Summer

Council Officers, Caitlin Yannizzi, Adam Royle, Noelle Atkins, Ryan Sugrue, and Haley Macray pose with the RHS SGC Camp Committee Wars Champs.

Council Officers (front row), Caitlin Yannizzi, Adam Royle, Noelle Atkins, Ryan Sugrue, and Haley Macray pose with the RHS SGC Camp Committee Wars Champs and Committee Chair Shawn Ward. Ward is shown holding the “Chewy” award, designed by Council Advisor Joanne White.

Haley Macray, Veritas Staff

Rockland High School’s Student Government Council started the school year a bit early with their annual RHS SGC Camp held August 10, 11, and 12. This year the camp took on a luau theme and Council members were encouraged to follow Hawaiian culture and the saying “aloha” by spreading love and respect towards others.

Students from all grades came to the camp and participated in leadership workshops, team building activities, and other fun games. The Council allowed their more competitive side to be shown during the yearly Committee Wars. The Council is divided into four teams, each assigned a different color, which compete in classic games such as Leap Frog, relay races, an ice cream eating challenge, and of course a lip sync contest. Although all four committees gave their all, the Student Services Committee with Committee Chair Shawn Ward (pictured above) came out on top winning Committee Wars and the prestigious “Chewy” award.

RHS SGC alumna Aleksa Cieri, Class of 2012, led the council in a workshop regarding the different types of leadership and how to use them effectively.

Class Presidents and Committee Chairs met with Council members to begin plans for upcoming events such as the Breast Cancer Walk, Mr. Rockland, Project Pumpkin, Spirit Week, and Prom. More news about these events will be posted in the near future.

Missed out on the chance to attend camp? Have no fear! The first SGC meeting will be held tonight at 7 in the high school cafeteria. All are welcome!

Class Officers Announced, Ahern Looking Forward to “Wonderful Senior Year”

Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor

On Wednesday, June 3, the class officers for the 2015-2016 school year were announced. Each grade has a designated president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer who all play an important role in the running of class events, fundraisers, and other activities with the assistance of their class advisor.

Class of 2016

Senior Class Vice President Matt Kirslis (left) and Senior Class President Mike Ahern (right) before the 2015 Junior Prom have already started plans for next year's big event.

Senior class vice president, Matt Kirslis (left) and senior class president, Mike Ahern before the 2015 Junior Prom have already started plans for next year’s big event.

President: Mike Ahern
Vice President: Matt Kirslis
Secretary: Zach Pransky
Treasurer: Sean Carney

This year, upcoming senior, Mike Ahern, will be President of the Class of 2016. He, along with his fellow officers, have a lot in mind for their class and are ensuring successful fundraisers and a memorable prom.

“In order to help to make prom decisions easy, we as class officers have selected a group of people who all belong to different groups of friends. [These students] will pool together their thoughts and ideas for prom so we can have the best night possible and everyone will enjoy it,” says Ahern, “It is my hope that this prom committee will be the powerhouse behind our fundraising machine. If this works as planned, ultimately we will reach our goals for next year.”

Ahern and the Class of 2016 officers are hoping to decrease the cost of prom tickets by way of creative fundraisers and collaborative work amongst the senior class.

“We are hoping to do about one fundraiser per month to maximize our profits for the year,” says Sean Carney who will be the Treasurer of the Class of 2016 for his fourth year.

Other than working on plans for prom, Ahern is looking forward to some other aspects of the upcoming year.

“One thing in particular that I am excited about involving the upcoming school year is definitely just being a senior,” says Ahern, “Underclassmen look up to seniors and their leadership and it is up to us to set a good example for them, especially for the incoming freshmen who are settling into high school. It is cool to know that people look up to us and our advice means something to someone.”

Finally, Ahern would like to give the Class of 2016 some advice as senior year approaches, “Class of 2016, it is important to remember that when it comes to fundraising we must have an all hands on deck type of approach. If you have any fundraising ideas don’t be afraid to talk to one of your class officers!”

“That being said, I just want to say that I can’t wait to have a wonderful senior year with all of you guys. Remember we still have one full year left of high school so finish strong and don’t slack off because, as [RHS math teacher] Mr. [Craig] Johnson says, ‘the lesson is free here but next year when you go off to college it will cost you thousands of dollars!'”

Class of 2017
President: Kaylee Patten
Vice President: Colleen McCarthy
Secretary: Shawn Ward
Treasurer: Julia DiCienzo

Upcoming junior, Kaylee Patten will be the President of the Class of 2017. Like Ahern and the seniors, Patten already has ideas for next year in the works.

“This is probably a thing many girls say about becoming an upperclassman, but I’m excited to [not only] be able to go to prom next year but also be able to help plan it,” says Patten, “This upcoming school year I hope will be fun and successful, and alongside the vice president, treasurer, and secretary, I plan on being the best I can be for the Class of 2017.”

While making the transition from underclassmen to upperclassmen, Patten hopes to make the Class of 2017’s junior year memorable and involve her graduating class in activities to benefit her grade and the community.

Class of 2018

From left to right: Class Secretary, Izzy Uong, Class President, Aiden Glennon, Class Vice President, Macie Jones, and Class Treasurer, Sean Sugrue have ideas for fundraisers in the works.

From left to right: Izzy Uong, Aiden Glennon, Macie Jones, and Sean Sugrue have ideas for fundraisers in the works.

President: Aiden Glenneon
Vice President: Macie Jones
Secretary: Izzy Gong
Treasurer: Sean Sugrue

Re-elected Class of 2018 President, Aiden Glennon, with both a year of high school and a year of class officer experience under his belt, is getting ready to start off sophomore year strong.

With help from his class officers, Glennon already has the first fundraiser for the Class of 2018 planned and ready to go for the upcoming school year.

“We’re going to sell sweatpants. We already have the design,” says Glennon, “Our goal was to sell them this year but I wasn’t able to get it done in practical timing since I was learning the process for the first time.”

Now that he has the process down Glennon is looking to reach out to his classmates, “My goal for sophomore year is to make more money than we did this year. I don’t know the final totals yet, so I have no concrete idea of how it tough that goal will be. But I want to get everyone fundraising in order to accomplish it.”

Overall, Glennon is more than ready for the upcoming year and is “excited to see the school from a perspective other than being the babies.” He is also looking forward to watching the upcoming freshmen take a similar path as he did and “come out of their shells.”

Don’t Miss Out on RHS SGC’s Annual Leadership Camp

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Haley Macray, Ryan Sugrue, Ashley Pezzella, Katie DeLorey, and PJ Butler at the 2014 RHS SGC Camp.

Veritas Staff 

The annual Rockland High School Student Government Council Camp will be held August 10, 11, and 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

The camp, now an RHS SGC tradition, is held each year to prepare RHS students of all grades for the upcoming student government year. It allows incoming freshmen and students new to the school to interact with upperclassmen and become familiar with one of the high school’s most popular clubs.

While at the camp SGC members participate in student-run workshops, games, and activities. On the final day of the camp, members divide up into four groups according to the committee they have been assigned to for the year and compete in a colors war themed day packed with scavenger hunts, relay races, and minute-to-win-it challenges.

Upcoming senior Meghan Foster shows off the Committee Wars 1st place trophy at last year's SGC camp.

Upcoming senior Meghan Foster shows off the Committee Wars 1st place trophy at last year’s SGC Camp.

“SGC Camp is one of my favorite aspects of student government,” says RHS SGC President Haley Macray, “These three days allow SGC members to interact, bond, and have fun with their peers all while gearing up for a successful year of fundraisers, community service projects, and other events. Camp really makes planning and preparing a fun and exciting experience for all.”

As for this year’s camp? Macray has a lot of exciting surprises in store.

“Big 5 [SGC’s officers] already has a tentative theme that I personally am really excited about and soon we’ll be starting more in-depth plans,” says Macray, “Other than that we’re looking forward to bringing back everyone’s favorite traditions while also keeping things new and interesting.”

Macray urges anyone interested to give SGC a try and sign up for camp.

“I tell everyone this, but when I was finishing up my eighth grade year I wanted no part of student government because it just wasn’t for me, or so I thought. My friends dragged me to camp and that’s when my life changed. It sounds dramatic but student government really allows you to be yourself completely and will teach you valuable life lessons like working in a group or better public speaking,” says Macray, “As an incoming freshman, camp is going to mix you up with students of all grades so when you walk into school on the first day you’ll know so many faces and I think that helps anyone new to RHS.”

This year’s Executive Board and Big 5 made up of council officers, class presidents, committee chairs, and other representatives spend portions of their summer to make SGC Camp a successful three days filled with fun, laughs, and most importantly leadership.

“The entire premise of SGC Camp is to really build leadership in students and encourage imdividuality,” says Macray, “Student Government is a family and we are welcoming anyone who is interested to join us.”

For those looking to attend this year’s camp. The below permission slip must be completed and returned to Head Council Advisor Kristen Walsh along with either $80 cash or a check made out to “Town of Rockland.” More information about the camp can be found below as well as pricing for families of two or more. Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 12.32.45 PM

Jared Lewis Quirk Memorial Speedball Tournament a Success

Photos by Kelley Reale

Matt O’Brien, Veritas Staff

The first annual Jared Lewis Quirk Memorial Speedball Tournament was held from June 3 to June 5 at Rockland High School.

Speedball is a beloved game and tradition at Rockland High. Following the death of Jared Quirk in April, English teacher Kristen Walsh organized the tournament in his memory.  She explained that RHS alumni Ryan Quirk, Jared’s brother, and his friends wanted to play speedball one more time. The tournament was also a fundraiser for the Jared Lewis Quirk Scholarship.

The tournament involved ten different teams, made up of high school students, teachers, and alumni. Going into the highly-anticipated event,  God’s Children, made up of six RHS seniors and one RHS junior, was the number one seed.

Team NB led by Ryan Quirk, was the other favorite. Team NB was made up of Rockland alumni, two of which are Division II college athletes. Quirk’s team even had a cast of cheerleaders routing them on in every game.

Parents, friends, and fellow students, filed into the gym all three days of the tournament.

Ms. Walsh said, “We didn’t know if parents, friends, or other students would watch the teams play, but there was a strong turn-out all three days, especially for the championship.”

Each game kept fans and supporters on the edge of their seats the entire time as the gym rocked with cheers. The championship was played on a warm Friday night and the game went until 9 o’clock, yet students stayed in the gym waiting to see which team would be crowned champions.

The top seeds, Team NB and God’s Children, made it to the finals, but each team took a different road to the championship. Team NB had to play a handful of games the final day of the tournament, while God’s Children played a only a handful of games the entire tournament. This is because team NB lost early on and had to power their way through the entire losers’ bracket to reach the finals.  God’s Children came into the finals undefeated, suffering their first loss of the season against team NB in the championship.  Because the tournament is a two-game elimination, God’s Children and team NB had to battle through another championship game.

The final game went into overtime and then into a shoot-out. After four misses by each team, God’s Children’s Justin Nguyen lasered a kick right by Team NB goaltender Aaron Ryan who had a tremendous tournament. With the championship on the line, Team NB captain Ryan Quirk had the game in his hands.  He had to score or the game would be over. The gym was silent as Quirk approached the ball and fans were on the edge of their seats. Quirk kicked the ball just outside of the post and missed the net. God’s Children celebrated in victory, but Team NB took the loss well.

Junior Harrison Shields was overjoyed as his team won the tournament that meant so much to him.

“I feel on top of the world since winning, and overall, life is better as a champion. It’s a great feeling knowing that we’re the greatest team to play the game,” said Shields

Not only did the tournament provide a source of entertainment for fans, it also succeeded in raising funds.

“It was a strong fundraiser for Jared’s scholarship and we raised over $1,800,” said Ms. Walsh, who loved the atmosphere in the gym. “I think the tournament was a blast. Everyone seemed to have so much fun, whether it was the alumni coming back or current students getting competitive.”

The Jared Lewis Quirk Speedball Tournament was a special event held in the town of Rockland. People who never had a desire to watch speedball really enjoyed it.  Many people involved with the tournament will remember the event for its action-packed games, quick flashy goals, and tremendous split saves by goalies.

However, everyone will also remember why the tournament was played and the reason why an abundance of people were packed into the gym on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights. The town came together to support each other multiple times throughout this past year, but it was truly special that those closest to Jared could play and take part in the Jared Lewis Quirk Speedball Tournament.

Action photos from the tournament were taken by Ryan Palmer, Brianna Starkey and Matt O’Brien.


Final Exams Begin Tuesday

Final Exams begin on Tuesday, June 16.  RHS Principal, Dr. Cron has released the following schedule and guidelines.

“Dear Rockland High School Students, Parents and Guardians:

Just a reminder during a busy time that Final Exams at Rockland High School begin this Tuesday, June 16 and conclude Monday, June 22. Regular class sessions are suspended during this time.

If a student is taking two exams in one day, he or she must arrive before 8:00 a.m. and remain in school until the conclusion of the second exam period at 2:15 p.m. If a student is scheduled for only one exam per day, you must arrive on time for that exam and may leave campus when the exam period is concluded.

Throughout Final Exams, the library, cafeteria and computer lab in room 211 and 214 will be open for quiet study. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria from 10:45-11:45.

The schedule of exams is as follows:

Exam Periods 1 & 2              June 16    Tuesday

Exam Periods 3 & 4              June 17    Wednesday

Exam Periods 5 & 6               June 18    Thursday

Exam Periods 7 & make-up    June 19    Friday

Exam make-up (am only)*      June 22*     Monday

* The last day of school, Monday, June 22, is a ½ day (make-up day) for students and a full day for faculty. Lunch will not be served on this day. Buses will run on the regular schedule throughout final exams. 

If you have further questions, please call the RHS general office at 781-871-0541 ext. 1103.

Thank you and best of luck!

Dr. Alan H. Cron, Principal”

Letter, Exam Schedule and Guidelines


Major athletic awards given to seniors

The annual year end athletic awards ceremony was held on Tuesday, June 2. The top male and female senior athletes were recognized, celebrating their four years as Bulldogs. Several awards were given in honor of former coaches and athletes at Rockland High. The first annual Charles E. Leverone Memorial awards, given to the two top athletes in track or cross country, were presented to Kara Penney and Ian Welch. For all the award winners see list and photos below.


Woman’s Coaches Award (Senior female student/athlete) – Molly McDonough

Vicki Solari Award (Most inspirational female athlete) – Lauren Farrell

Senior Female Athlete Award (Top senior female athlete) – Brianna Starkey

Marion Mansfield Donovan Award (Top female student/athlete) – Julia Matson

John Bell Bulldog Award (Female athlete who plays over and above abilities) – Taylor Reis

John Bell Bulldog Award (Male athlete who plays over and above abilities) – Matt Clougherty

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

Joseph Dondero Award (Top male student/athlete) – Dylan Bernache

Louis Cifello Award (Most inspirational male athlete) – Leshon Crawford

Dr. Joseph Dunn Award (Top student/athlete football player) – Dennis McPeck

Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Award (Female athlete who never gives up) -Kallie Morss

Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Award (Male athlete who never gives up) – Eddie Yeadon

John Delorey Award (Female athlete who exemplifies sportsmanship) – Natalie Ellard

John Delorey Award (Male athlete who exemplifies sportsmanship) – Mike Leavitt and Ben McKenna

Robert Ellis Award (Top male student / athlete basketball player) – Andrew Frazer

Charles E. Leverone Awards (Top male and female track or cross country runners) – Kara Penney and Ian Welch

Silver Bowl Winners: Eddie Yeadon, Matt Ryan, Dylan Bernache, Ian Welch and Julia Matson.

Students Awarded at Underclassmen Academic Awards Banquet

Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor 

On Wednesday, June 3 the annual Underclassmen Academic Awards Banquet was held at Emerald Hall in Abington.

After eating dinner with their families, friends, peers, and teachers, students listened to the speeches of two Rockland High School alumni both of whom were inducted into Rockland High’s Academic Hall of Fame.

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Kathleen O’Grady Elliot (left), Class of 1986, is a professor at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. There, she is one of few faculty members who work as both a clinician and a teacher. Elliot is not only a leader in current medical practices such as emergency room care but she is also known and respected for her volunteer work in Haiti following the recent earthquake crisis situation. As a student at RHS, Elliot was active in sports, especially basketball, soccer, and track, Student Government, and VIPS, a student led organization dedicated to preparing teens for college.

Retired Sergeant First Class Mary Reilly Callahan (right), Class of 1974, served 38 years in the Massachusetts Army National Guard and retired with the distinction as the longest serving female soldier. Callahan served two tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom and received the Meritorious Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal, to name only a few of her achievements and recognitions. As a student at RHS, Callahan was active in sports and Student Government. Her son now serves in the National Guard.

Both inductees talked about the impact Rockland has had on their lives and the strength of the community.

“I will always be a Rockland Bulldog,” said Callahan.

After Elliot and Callahan were inducted RHS Principal Dr. Alan Cron announced this year’s academic award winners as shown in the photo gallery below.

Seniors receive academic awards, scholarships

The Class of 2015 Senior Banquet was held on Thursday, May 28 at Rockland High School.  Seniors were honored with Scholarships and Academic Awards.  Below are scholarship presentations and several awards.

U.S. Marine Corps – Sergeant Cody Lee presenting award to: 4 marines- Patrick Tanner, Richard Walls, Jason Cameron, Alec Donegan

National Guard – Sergeant Joseph Pollini presenting award to – 2 students – Kyle Cousins, Shawn Fahey

George and Betty Domigan Memorial Scholarship $1,000.00 – Kaitlyn Mott presented by Joan Domigan-Wentz & George Domigan

DeAndrea Foods Scholarship – In memory of Joshua Rose – Dennis McPeck

Christine J. Biggins Memorial Scholarship – presented by Daniel (Dan) Biggins to – Kaitlyn Capeau – $500.00

Patrick J. Sullivan memorial scholarship – 1,000.00 Dennis McPeck; 8 more at $500.00 each: Dylan Bernache, Katherine DeLorey, Cameron Kelley, Michael Leavitt, Julia Matson, Justin Nguyen, Brianna Starkey, Cameron Stuart.

  1. The John Mahoney Memorial Award Scholarship –-Matthew Clougherty – $100.00
  1. The Edward Sokolowski Award – Danielle Hill – $150.00
  1. Peter Woodward American Studies Scholarship – Emma McGarry – $100.00
  1. Reuben A. & Lizzie Grossman Foundation Award –Edward Yeadon and Danielle Whitcher – $750.00 each
  1. Student Art Competitions –– Danielle Hill – Scholastic Art/Boston Globe Show Gold Key – Silver Key for Drawing; Daniel Silva – Scholastic Art/Boston Globe Show – Silver Key for Drawing and Second Parish Church Hingham Art Show – Third Place Drawing/2D Art; Victoria Rountry – Second Parish Church Hingham Art Show – Honorable Mention Photography; Kyle Cousins – Patriotic Art Competition – third place
  1. Mr. Rockland Award –– Christopher Landy – $250.00
  1. The Jimbo Award – Dennis McPeck – $500.00
  1. RHS Journalism/Student Newspaper Awards –Veritas – Katherine DeLorey, Editor-in-Chief; Alexandra Pigeon, Editor-in-Chief; Michael Leavitt, Photo Editor; Cameron Stuart, Sports Editor; Brian Cohen, Reporter and Sports Columnist; Mekenzie Levesque, Reporter
  1. Spellman Oratorical Winners – Danielle Hill (first $1,200); Pearse McNally (second $1,000); Alexandra Pigeon (third $700); Emma McGarry (fourth $500); Iman Bendarkawi (fifth $300); Katherine DeLorey (sixth $100); Alyssa Collins (seventh $100); Ella Engle (eighth $100)
  1. Rockland/Hanson Rotary Community Service Scholarship – Michael Leavitt -$500.00
  1. Poetry Out Loud –Danielle Hill
  1. Senior Academic Letters (Excellence In Education) – Madeline Daly, Natalie Ellard, Katherine Gardner, Krystin Killion, Bruna Lopes, Michael Mignosa, Taylor Reis
  1. Community Service Awards – Natalie Ellard, Jenna Novio, Tiffini Vo
  1. Excellence in Mathematics – Iman Bendarkawi, Natalie Ellard, Samantha Poirier, Patrick Butler, Markus Rohwetter, Alyssa Collins

Academic Awards –   Family Consumer Science:  Taylor Reis, Health: Christopher Landy,  Kara Penney, History/Social Science: Natalie Ellard, Mathematics: Patrick Butler,  Music: Ella Engle,  Markus Rohwetter,  Physical Education:   Matthew Bille, Brianna Starkey, Pre-Engineering: Owen Scott,  Science: Brian Cohen, Technical Education: Austin Ferrullo, Patrick Tanner,  World Language: Bruna Lopes


Danielle Hill        Art, English

Daniel Silva         Art, Pre-Engineering

Iman Bendarkawi      English, Mathematics

Kaitlyn Mott         Family Consumer Science, World Language

Tiffini Vo           History/Social Science, Science


photos courtesy of Mrs. Cheryl Thompson

2015-2016 RHS SGC Executive Board Announced


Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor

On Wednesday, June 3, the 2015-2016 Rockland High School Student Government Executive Board was announced. The Executive Board members are as follows:

President: Haley Macray (2016)
Vice President: Caitlin Yannizzi (2016)
Secretary: Noelle Atkins (2017)
Treasurer: Ryan Sugrue (2016)
Publicity Coordinator: Adam Royle (2017)

Senior Class President: Mike Ahern (2016)
Junior Class President: Kaylee Patten (2017)
Sophomore Class President: Aiden Glennon (2018)
Freshman Class President: TBA in the Fall

Community Service Committee Chair: Shannon Lindahl (2017)
School Spirit Committee Chair: Jeffre Donahue (2017)
Finance & Fundraising Committee Chair: Colleen McCarthy (2017)
Student Services Committee Chair: Shawn Ward (2017)

Senior Class Head Representative: Lexie Carchedi (2016)
Junior Class Head Representative: Taylor Gallagher (2017)
Sophomore Class Head Representative: Sydney McKenna (2018)
Freshman Class Head Representative: Brandon Gallagher (2019)

Historian: Meghan Foster (2016)

SEMASC President: Ashley Pezzella (2016)

RHS’s SEMASC Representative: Johnny Murray (2016)

Class of 2015 Graduates

Veritas Staff

Graduation was held on Friday evening, May 29, 2015.

As the band played “Pomp and Circumstance” the Class of 2015, administrators and faculty filed in to Memorial Stadium.

Class President Dennis McPeck led the opening ceremonies and introduced Social Studies teacher Richard MacAllister who spoke to the seniors.  Mr. MacAllister commended students for their courage and compassion throughout their senior year in which three of their classmates, Joshua Rose, Patrick Sullivan and Jared Quirk, passed away. MacAllister ended his address with a quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt:  “”Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”

Dr. Alan Cron, principal of RHS, next addressed the seniors.  He too commended the seniors for their compassion telling them to “keep being about people.”  He then called the families of the three deceased class members to receive their diplomas.

Dr. Cron next announced the long list of scholarship winners whose awards totaled almost $150,000.

Dr. Cron then introduced Alyssa Collins, class valedictorian, who addressed the class.  She spoke of the necessity of change in life and urged her classmates to embrace it while remembering the people who have supported them.

Vice President Alex Pigeon announced the Class of 2015 gift consisting of three memorial trees and a bench to be placed outside Rockland High School.  Class of 2016 Vice President, Abigail Kinlin received the gift.

Superintendent of Schools, John Retchless and Chairman of the Rockland School Committee, Richard Phelps both spoke and then formally presented the diplomas to the seniors as Dr. Cron called each senior one by one.

McPeck closed the ceremonies with a special thank you to the faculty and staff at Rockland High School who supported the seniors thoughout their four years.  McPeck then took a class selfie and called for the traditional cap toss.  Led by Junior Marshals, Kinlin and Kevin Levesque, the Class of 2015 filed out of the stadium followed by family and friends.  The last to leave the field was Class Advisor, Sam Hoyo who oversaw the entire senior week activities.

To watch the Class of 2015’s Graduation Ceremony video created by WRPS please click here.

2015-2016 NHS Officers Announced

Junior inductees to the NHS: Back row left to right: Celia Rosa, Kate Dorney, Sarah Margolis, Haley Macray, Ashley Pezzella, Meghan Foster, Lexie Carchedi, and Caroline Kilduff. Front row left to right: Matt Kirslis, Jared Ochenduszko, Tom Spengler, Kevin Levesque, Ryan Sugrue, and Mark Ewell.

Junior inductees to the NHS: Back row left to right: Celia Rosa, Kate Dorney, Sarah Margolis, Haley Macray, Ashley Pezzella, Meghan Foster, Lexie Carchedi, and Caroline Kilduff. Front row left to right: Matt Kirslis, Jared Ochenduszko, Tom Spengler, Kevin Levesque, Ryan Sugrue, and Mark Ewell.

Veritas Staff

On Monday, June 1, Rockland High School’s National Honor Society officers for the 2015 to 2016 school year were announced. The officers are as follows:

President: Ryan Sugrue

Vice President: Meghan Foster

Secretary: Haley Macray

Treasurer: Sarah Margolis

The Officers will work alongside advisor, Margaret Black, to plan fundraisers and service projects to benefit the school and surrounding communities.

Class of 2015 Celebrates School Year at Senior Prom

Veritas Staff The Senior Prom was held at Patriot Place in Foxboro on May 27, 2015.  Before students got on the bus to travel to Foxboro, a traditional grand march was held in the gymnasium. Grand march photos by  Ryan Palmer, Veritas Staff.

Next was the prom itself in Foxboro.  Photos by Kristen Walsh.

Veritas Judged Best in New England

Editors of the Veritas this year are left to right: Jason Golemme, Arts Editor, Haley Macray, Web and Features Editor, Alexandra Pigeon and Katherine Delorey, Editors-in-Chief, Cameron Stuart, Sports Editor

Editors of the Veritas this year are left to right: Haley Macray, Web and Features Editor, Alexandra Pigeon and Katherine Delorey, Editors-in-Chief, Cameron Stuart, Sports Editor

Veritas Staff

The print and on-line editions of Rockland High School’s student newspaper, The Veritas, recently received Highest Achievement Awards from the New England Scholastic Press Association (NESPA).  This organization sponsors a high school newspaper contest each year and invites submissions from hundreds of schools in New England to be judged in the category of Scholastic Editing and Publishing.

The Veritas has received a Highest Achievement Award for several years in a row, but this year student editors and reporters in the Journalism class took it one step further.  In division three, based on enrollment, The Veritas was judged best in New England.  The Veritas shared its first place award with another high school newspaper, the Veritas from Nantucket High School.  The All-New England Award is the first Rockland High School’s newspaper has received since 2010.

Journalism adviser, Mrs. Lannin-Cotton says this award represents not only the talent, but also the hard work of the students in Journalism this year.  In particular, she credits the senior editors, Alex Pigeon, Katie Delorey, and Cam Stuart for their work in putting out the paper this year.  She also says that seniors Brian Cohen, Mekenzie Levesque and Mike Leavitt  also did a great job on their assignments and in their role as leaders of the staff.  “The way that they covered, in particular, the tragic deaths of their classmates this year showed a professionalism that went beyond their own feelings,” said Mrs. Lannin-Cotton.

Journalism instructor, David Murphy praised on-line editor, junior Haley Macray, for her work in keeping the on-line edition of the Veritas up to date, citing her work ethic, “Haley works as hard at making the paper work as do many professionals. And she has a good news sense.”

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Senior Cook-Out a Success

Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor

On Friday, May 22, the annual Senior Class cook-out was held. After a difficult year for Rockland High School, and especially the Class of 2015 this year’s Senior Week outing was a special one for students. Organized by Nancy Borden and with help from parent volunteers and local businesses and restaurants, this year’s cook-out was one of the biggest ones yet.

Following a busy week of CPR training, a presentation from Harbor One, and discussions with Rockland police officers the seniors were ready to wrap up their week. The 99 Restaurant and Dominos Pizza reached out to Borden expressing interest in sponsoring the senior cook-out. Students were able to share a nice lunch with their peers, try their best at the dunk tank, and left with gift bags that included items such as: a drawstring backpack, a Dunkin Donuts gift card, a T.J. Maxx gift card, a water bottle, a movie pass, glasses, and a coupon for the local Lisa’s Hair Design.  The Rockland community really came together once again to provide this for the seniors.

After seeing students enjoy themselves so much Borden is looking forward to the coming years, “We should have this type of celebration every year!”

NHS Induction Ceremony


Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor

On Wednesday, May 20, 15 students (14 Juniors and 1 Senior) were inducted into the Rockland High School Pentelic Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Senior members Dennis McPeck and Dylan Bernache introduced RHS Athletics Director, Gary Graziano and RHS social studies teacher and soccer coach, Richard MacAllister as honorary inductees of the NHS.

The ceremony was conducted by Danielle Whitcher, president of the Rockland High School Pentelic Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Secretary, Katie DeLorey announced where the senior  members would be attending college.

Seniors Natalie Ellard, Alyssa Collins, Taylor Reis, and Samantha Poirier read the four virtues of NHS: character, scholarship, leadership, and service.

Following the reading of the four virtues, Vice President, Alex Pigeon exemplified the torch, a symbol of NHS.

Following the exemplification of the torch, the candidates for induction recited the NHS pledge and received their membership pins. Senior members received a yellow rose and their NHS certificate. Ryan Quirk accepted his brother, Jared Quirk’s certificate and rose on his behalf.


Alyssa Collins: Class of 2015 Valedictorian

Senior Alyssa Collins is the Valedictorian of the Class of 2015

Senior Alyssa Collins is the Valedictorian of the Class of 2015

Senior Alyssa Collins has been named the Class of 2015 Valedictorian.  She will receive her award at the Senior Banquet and Awards ceremony on Thursday night.  Alyssa will also give the Valedictory Address at Graduation on Friday night.

Collins has been active throughout her high school career in the Theater Guild and in the Music Department as a member of the Concert and Marching Band.  She served as Drum Major of the Band this year.  A member of the National Honor Society, Collins also was captain of the Math Team this year.

Collins  took time out of a busy senior week to answer a few questions for the Veritas:

Was this a goal of yours to be Valedictorian?

It was. I started off freshman year at number four in the class and slowly worked my way up to the top with a lot of hard work and late night study sessions.

Where are you going to school?  Major? 

Next year, I will be attending Clark University to study cognitive psychology. I eventually want to conduct my own psychological research.

What was your favorite subject in high school? 

I’ve always had a love for math. Most people hate it but I have typically been able to understand it and therefore don’t have such a deep seated hatred. I also took AP Psychology this year which I wish I could have taken earlier. I have planned for a long time to study psychology in college so I wish I could have had a longer chance to learn more about it in high school, but I really enjoyed the class.When I study psychology, I plan on conducting my research on how people comprehend numbers and calculations, so I will be combining two of my favorite subjects as a future career.

What is the thing you’ll miss most about high school?

I’m going to miss my music department family and the fact that the teachers are so personable. I’m really going to miss being able to have a repertoire of teachers and friends to go to if I have a problem or if I just want to talk. Although sometimes you hate that teachers assign too many homework problems and give you super hard tests, I appreciate that the faculty here really pushed us to be not only better students, but better people.

What do you look forward to most in college?

Being independent

What do you do to have fun?   Fav. movie, music?

I love watching YouTube videos, listening to music, and snapchatting or hanging out with my best friends.

Anything to say to the Class of 2015 (preview of your speech?)

Change is a necessary evil. As hard as it may be when it is happening, you can always look back on those moments and witness how much you’ve grown.

Congratulations Alyssa! 

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

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.


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.

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.

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!



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.

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

 1:35-2:35             Block C


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:

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!


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