Annual Powder Puff Game Scheduled for Friday night

Lily Matson and Erika Ochenduszko are ready for tonight’s Powder Puff challenge from the junior class.

Because of the rainy weather, the annual Powder Puff game is scheduled for tomorrow night (Friday) in the Rockland Veteran’s Memorial Stadium.  The kick-off between the juniors and senior girls is set for 6:30 pm.

In the game, juniors and senior girls will reverse roles and play a version of flag football with the guys coaching and cheering.

The Student Government Council is running the event as a fundraiser.

The Class of 2018 will be trying to keep the tradition alive that the seniors come out winners.  But the juniors will mount a  challenge, and this year the tradition could be broken.

In last year’s game the Class of 2017 narrowly beat the Class of 2018 12-6.  Erika Ochenduszko scored the only touchdown in that game for the then juniors. Look to her to lead the way along with the other senior girls who have last year’s game as valuable experience.

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Help make a global impact with RHS fundraisers

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Co Editor-in-Chief

11-14-17

After an extremely successful service trip to Panajachel, Guatemala last year, RHS plans to bring 17 students and four teachers back again on another service and learning trip over February break. The trip is supported by Worthy Village with the goal of teaching Guatemalan villagers about hygiene and safe drinking water.

In order to go, students are running fundraisers to help raise money for the trip. Tonight, at Chipotle on Derby Street, Hingham the kids have set up a fundraiser where  50% of the proceeds from buying dinner there between 5-9  will help offset the costs of the trip. Be sure to bring in a flyer, show the cashier on your phone, or tell them you are supporting RHS in order to impact the cause.

In addition to that, every Tuesday in November at Not Your Average Joe’s a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the group in order to directly impact the lives of the people of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

If you’re still looking for more ways to make an impact, drop off any spare soft items such as clothes, towels, blankets, etc. from 9-1 in the High School Parking Lot on Saturday December 2nd. These goods will be donated to Savers via their FUNDrive program and will also benefit our kids!

Project Pumpkin Video

Rockland High students, Emily Marquis and Kendra Peretzman filmed Project Pumpkin activities on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 for the Veritas.  Take a look!

 

Conjuring spooky fun at annual Project Pumpkin

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Co Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor

10-30-17

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Yesterday, on October 29, RHS hosted its annual Halloween event, Project Pumpkin. Rockland citizens were able to come up to the high school with their children to trick-or-treat, venture down the haunted hallway, get their faces painted, and participate in other Halloween events in the gym.

After all the hard work put into planning the event hosted by SGC and run by sophomore, Haley Nee and her committee, Project Pumpkin definitely accomplished their mission in spreading spirited Halloween fun for the community.

Getting Ready for Halloween

The Veritas staff interviewed RHS students about their favorite candy, Halloween costume and their plans for Halloween this year!

 

Miss Rockland Interview

Veritas senior staffer Ryan Mott sat down with newly crowned Miss Rockland, senior Macie Jones and asked her about herself, her experiences in high school and what she plans to do in the future.  After you watch the interview go here to see our photos of all the Miss Rockland nominees at halftime of the Homecoming game.

Homecoming weekend a total success

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Co Editor-in-Chief

10-23-17

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Mr. Harrison crowns Lou Casey at the Mr. Rockland competition. photo by Jasmin Morse.  Click on the photo to go to our photo gallery from the Mr. Rockland competition.

The craziness of Homecoming Weekend has finally come to a close, the excitement and buzz is still filling the halls of Rockland High.

Some of the most memorable moments from the past week was the crowning of Mr and Miss Rockland.

On Wednesday evening, Oct. 18 in the RMS/RHS auditorium, after some stiff competition winner of the Mr Rockland pageant for 2017-2018 was Louis Casey. Participants included Aiden Glennon, Louis Casey, Jake Lauria, Joe Lauria, Chris Penney, Ronan McNally, Elie Chubik, and Joey Yeadon. After recieving the corwn, Casey was rewarded with a prime spot parking space, Chipotle gift card and a scholarship.

On Friday, after the shortened class periods, students filed into designated areas per grade for class meetings. In these, each class discussed fundraising, class accounts, and what plans they have for the 2017-2018 school year. After that, students piled into the gym for Pep Rally. There, the band played, Julia Yeadon sang the National Anthem, and the cheerleaders performed their routine. On top of that, athletic awards were handed out, competitions between clubs and sports teams took place, as well as the highly anticipated Roller Coaster competition between classes.

Principal Harrison awards the Miss Rockland crown  to Macie Jones. Click on the photo to go to our photo gallery of all the Miss Rockland nominees.

Miss Rockland was announced at half-time of the Homecoming Game on Friday night, Oct. 20.   Chosen by the faculty and members of the senior class, Miss Rockland represents a positive role model and is involved in activities in the school and community.   Nominated for the honor were seniors, Hannah Murphy, Jaymie Atkins, Lily Matson, Sydney McKenna and Macie Jones. Jones was selected as Miss Rockland for the Class of 2018 and will also represent Rockland High School in the Veteran’s Day parade.

The Homecoming Game itself on Friday night was also a major success for the football team as well. The Dogs beat Middleboro in the 7 pm game in the Veterans’ Memorial Stadium 20-8. They will be kicking off playoffs next week at home against Cardinal Spellman.

Natalie Draicchio and Chris Penney, queen and king of Homecoming 2017.
photo courtesy of Ms. Walsh

Finally, to close out the weekend, the Homecoming Dance was held from 7-10 pm on Saturday, Oct 21 in the RHS Gym. The dance had one of the largest attendance in recent years with over 200 students buying tickets. Because of this, the cheerleaders, the coordinators of the event, were able to open up the whole gym up for the dance.

After such a momentous weekend, students are finally back in focus with their schoolwork.

Mr. Rockland Interviews

The Veritas’ Matt Dalton interviewed third place winner, Aiden Glennon and Mr. Rockland winner, Lou Casey after the Mr. Rockland competition on Oct. 18. Silvio Cordero Zapata was the cameraman. After this video, check out the full length WRPS video of the whole Mr. Rockland competition.
Also click here to go to the Veritas photo gallery with photos of all the contestants. Veritas web editor, Jasmin Morse was the photographer.

Get pumped for Pep Rally!

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Co Editor-in-Chief

10-19-17

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This year’s seniors at last year’s Pep Rally performing the roller coaster. Veritas photo

Don’t forget! Tomorrow, October 20 is the annual, highly anticipated fall Pep Rally. The event is stacked with special performances by the band and the cheerleaders, class competition, and all out fun.

Also don’t forget to go all out in your class colors. This year, the freshmen class’s colors are Carolina blue. The sophomores are decking out their class in white. The juniors will be a sea of red. Lastly, the seniors will be covered head to toe in black and gold. So don’t forget to represent your class by wearing your class shirts and class colors.

As for the schedule, the Day 1 rotation will remain the same yet all classes will be cut down to 45 minutes.

Mr Rockland pageant tonight!

Jasmin Morse, Web Editor and Co Editor-in-Chief

10-18-17

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Mr. Harrison crowns Mr. Rockland Ryan Leavitt at Mr Rockland last year.

As many Rockland citizens know, Mr Rockland is an annual event held at the RHS with senior boys who compete in a male pageant. The event is being held tonight at 7pm in the RMS/RHS auditorium. The admission is $5, although if you bring a can good you will receive a $1 off.

Judging this year’s pageant will be math teacher, Mr Nicholas Liquori, history teacher, Ms Amanda Lanigan, guidance counselor, Mr Christopher Devine, and principal, Mr John Harrison.

Competing in the pageant are Aiden Glennon, Louis Casey, Jake Lauria, Joe Lauria, Chris Penney, Ronan McNally, Elie Chubik, and Joey Yeadon. At stake is a prime spot parking space, Chipotle gift card and a scholarship.

Come support the senior boys tonight!

2017 Fall Sports Seeing Success

The 2017 fall sports teams are experiencing success this fall.

The girls varsity volleyball team. photo by Emily Marquis

Foremost among them is the girls volleyball team who have clinched an undefeated South Shore League Championship. They clinched the undefeated title yesterday, Monday, Oct. 16 with a 3-0 victory over Norwell; their record is now 14-1.   Read the Veritas‘ report on the team here.

Also on Monday, which was the boys’ soccer team’s senior night, senior Matty O’Brien scored the game winning goal for the boys soccer team (6-5-3) to give them a big 1-0 win over EB.  Read sports editor O’Brien’s article about the team here.

The girls soccer team lost a tough one on Monday to EB, 3-1. This gives them a season split with archival, EB. That leaves their record at 9-3-1 and they are in great position as they look forward to the last games of the season and the tournament. Read Danielle O’Brien’s article on the team here.

The golf team is having their best season yet. Yesterday, Rockland beat SSVT 38.5- 15.5: Chase MacDonald had the low score for the second straight match for the Bulldogs (8-7). Also winning their matches for Rockland were: Evan Gormley, Jake Johnson, Aiden Glennon, Peter Kohler, Devin Gallagher, and Eden Dalton. Today, the golf team earned a trip to the state tournament with a win over Abington!  Here is a story from the October print Veritas about the team.

The cross country teams have gotten their share of wins and both teams’ records stand at 2 wins, 3 losses.  They will honor their seniors today in the last home meet against Cohasset/Hull at 4 pm. Veritas reporter Erin Connors’ report on the cross country teams is here.

The football team’s record is 4 wins and 2 losses and they are coming off a big 40-7 win at Randolph last Friday night.  This Friday the Dogs will honor their seniors as they celebrate Homecoming against Middleboro at 7 pm. Here is Matt Dalton’s story on the team.

 

Don’t forget! Next week is Spirit Week

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Co Editor-in-Chief

10-13-17

Beach Day last year

Sophomores, Alyssa Patten and Tyler Johnson dressing up for Beach Day last year during Spirit Week

The upcoming week is an important one here at RHS. From Homecoming to Mr. Rockland, students and staff will be busy going to and from these events so don’t forget starting next Monday, Spirit Week begins!

The following is the list for the Spirit Week themes of each day:

Monday: Lazy Day

Tuesday: Nerd Day

Wednesday: Dad Day

Thursday: Beach Day

Friday: Class Shirt/Color Day

October Schedule at Maximum Capacity

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Co Editor-in-Chief

10-11-17

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This year’s graduating class doing the roller coaster at the October pep rally last year. Veritas Photo

With the coming of fall comes school work and all the exciting after school sports. On top of that some students also have jobs with shifts they manage to squeeze into their already busy schedules. Well, this fall season is about to get a bit busier with the approaching of October.

To many, the arrival of October marks the true start of the school year. This is the time of year where classes start to really dive into the curriculum, fall sports are in their prime, and extra curriculars start to take shape. Second year principal Mr. John Harrison reminds us that this is one of the best times in the school year stating, “I definitely look forward to it, it’s busy but it brings the school together.”

What excites people the most might be the annual pre-Homecoming Game Pep Rally. Mr. Harrison’s favorite October event because it’s really the only time in the school year that the whole school can come together as one and share their bulldog pride. Junior Caitlin Cameron agrees that this is one of the only events of the whole school year reminding us that it’s the freshman class’s first experience being with everyone and definitely a solidifying moving up moment and aside from the boo-ing they may or may not receive it is by far the most exciting event for the incoming class.

Although this is going to be a hectic month for RHS it’ll definitely be one to put down in the books in regards to all the memories made for all the students and faculty. Make sure to clear your schedules and get involved!

 

Important Upcoming Dates:

Spirit Week: October 16-20 (see below for more info)

Mr. Rockland: Wednesday, October 18 at 7 pm

Pep Rally: Friday, October 20

Homecoming Game: Friday, October 20 at home against Middleborough 7 pm (Miss Rockland announced at half-time)

Homecoming Dance: Saturday, October 21 7  pm

Project Pumpkin: Sunday, October 29 1 pm to 4 pm

Spirit Week Days:

Monday, October 16: Lazy Day

Tuesday, October 17: Nerd Day

Wednesday, October 18: Dad Day

Thursday, October 19: Beach Day

Friday, October 20: Class Shirt/Color Day

RHS Shows Support for Breast Cancer

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Co-Editor-in-Chief

10-2-17

photos above by Jasmin Morse

It is common in the month of October to show support for finding a cure and raising awareness for the devastating illness, Breast Cancer. At RHS, students annually show their support in many forms.

Throughout the month of September in preparation for Breast Cancer Month students and teachers have a “change war” in their A-Block classes to see which class can raise the most money. This year, Mr. Rowe’s A-Block class raised the most money with Mr. Bigsby and Mrs. Shaughnessy coming in second and third.

On September 29, the Friday before the Breast Cancer walk RHS students and staff participated in the annual Pink Out Day. On Pink Out Day RHS decks out in pink to show their support for those affected by the illness. Students usually wear the Breast Cancer walk shirt they had pre-ordered in the weeks coming up the the walk. Teachers also donate $1 to participate in a jean day where all the money goes to the cause.

After all the lead up had passed, RHS achieved its final goal for the year in raising money and awareness of breast cancer. On Sunday, October 1, RHS students walked in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Boston. Here students donated the $2000 raised throughout the previous month and walked to help support and raise awareness of breast cancer.

Since RHS raised over $1000 for breast cancer awareness, some teachers have committed to dyeing their hair pink. Language teacher, Melissa Shaughnessy, art teacher, Kata Medeiros, science teacher, Angelina Armstrong, and vice principal, Kathy Paulding are all due to dye their hair.

Dog Depot: A New Lunch Hit

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Co-Editor-in-Chief

10-4-17

With the new school year came the addition of the very fun and exciting, Dog Depot. This is the new school store that is around every Friday at all three lunches where students can go to buy snacks and school spirit gear. The program was created and is managed and run by the RHS Pathways program.

Veritas reporter, Erin Connors interviewed Pathways teacher, Joanne White and students Alex Anzivino and Anthony DiNino about the store in this video produced by Journalism and Digital Media students. Click on the link below.

Finding Unity in the Bulldog Community

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Co-Editor-in-Chief and Veritas Web Editor

9-29-17

On one of the first real fall nights of the school year, Thursday, September 28, Rockland’s Pathways program teamed up with some of RHS’s Adaptive Physical Education students to face Hanover in a Unified Kickball game. The game started at 7 pm in the RHS Gym. The participants were cheered on by enthusiastic and excited students and parents from the communities who came together to support both teams in this game celebrating the unity of the players in their schools.

Both of the teams played phenomenally, and even more importantly, had a great time that night. Although Hanover won 7-5, both Hanover and Rockland had an amazing night of fun, sports, and teamwork. Thank you to all that contributed to the event and came to support the players!

The following is a list of all the RHS students involved in the game

Pathways Players:

  • Alex Anzivino
  • Michael Bodley
  • Nicholas Cara
  • Brianna Conley
  • Anthony DiNino
  • Dillion Doyle
  • Emily Grandmont
  • Jake Swanson

 

Adaptive Physical Education Players:

  • Joseph Campanile
  • Peter Coleran
  • Jillian Donahue
  • Ashley Murphy
  • Harrison O’Brien
  • Madison Parlee
  • Brianna Peppino
  • Zachary Sharland
  • Marissa Smith
  • Louis Casey

 

Field Monitors:

  • John Ellard
  • Tyler Beatrice
  • Peter Kohler

 

RHS Continues Going Global

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Co Editor-in-Chief

9-20-17

travel posters

Ms. Walsh and the Travel Club will be having a meeting on Sept. 26 at 7 pm in the Lecture Hall to give information on upcoming trips. photo by Jasmin Morse

On Tuesday, September 26 at 7 pm in the RMS/RHS Lecture Hall the RHS Travel Club is holding an informational meeting on their upcoming trips. As many students already know, trips have been planned to Japan (June, 2018) and Europe (April, 2019). This year they are introducing another trip to Australia and New Zealand (June, 2020).

At the meeting on Tuesday night, Travel Club adviser, Kristen Walsh will provide in-depth information about the trips’ itineraries, fundraising, and time frames. Parents are strongly encouraged to go with students to the meeting.

Sign-ups for the Europe and Japan trips have been going on for two years, but spots are still available for each.

The Japan, Land of the Rising Sun, trip in the Summer of 2018 is open to current 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. The April Vacation of 2019 Central European Quartet trip is open to this year’s 10th and 11th graders. The trip includes tours of Munich, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.

At the meeting Ms. Walsh will introduce the opportunity to current 9th and 10th graders to the Journey Down Under trip to explore Australia and New Zealand in June of 2020.

For more information see Ms. Walsh in Room 121 and join them at the meeting next Tuesday.

 

Students Take Part in Summer Reading Discussions

RHS principal, Mr. Harrison was one of several administrators who led discussions of the book, Basketball Junkie by Chris Herren. The book is Herren’s memoir of the addiction that led to his fall from NBA star to heroin addict. Veritas photo

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Co-Editor-in-Chief and Veritas Web Editor

September 14, 2017

Yesterday, September 13 marked RHS’s second annual school-wide Summer Reading Discussion. The event was created to try to put a fun spin on the normally dreaded summer reading.

In June, teachers submitted their books, then students signed up to read one from the collected list. This year the option to read several articles from the NY Times newspaper was added. Over the summer, both the students and the teachers had to read their assigned books and then return in the fall to take part in a 30 minute discussion of their book, or the articles that they read.  Each teacher had about 15 students in their discussion groups.

Chris Herren’s powerful book about his addiction to alcohol, pain killers and heroin.

Overall, RHS principal, Mr. Harrison said that at yesterday’s event many good conversations took place. He  said he truly appreciates the teachers for their dedication and hard work. On the other hand, he did say that there is definitely room for improvement as he felt that not all the students had read the books that they had selected. Mr. Harrison led a discussion on one of the most popular selections, Chris Herren’s memoir, Basketball Junkie.

Mr. Harrison concluded that he hopes the activity sparked interest in students to read these and other books.

Book choices included a variety of genres including: non-fiction choices: biography, autobiography, history and science. Fiction selections included science fiction, mystery, fantasy and more.

The NY Times articles were also separated by topics: Politics/US and World News, Sports, Arts/Style, Science and Travel. Students could choose to read articles in one of the areas.

Below is the list of books that teachers submitted and that students selected to read.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance By Robert M. Pirsig
NY Times Politics/US News/World News
We Are Okay By Nina LaCour’s
Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism By Ron Suskind
One Shot At Forever By Chris Ballard
The Cases That Haunt Us By John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
NY Times Sports
Newela.com
The Silmarillion By JRR Tolkien
The Tailsman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
Siddhartha By Hermann Hess
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. DickTBA
The Power of One By Bryce Courtenay
Thirteen Days By Robert F. Kennedy
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies By Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
NY Times Science
The Trials of Apollo Book Two The Dark Prophecy By Rick Riordan
The Nightingale By Kristin Hannah
NY Times Health
Caraval By Stephanie Garber
Basketball Junkie By Chris Herren and Bill Reynolds
The Zookeeper’s Wife By Diane Ackerman
Between the World and Me By Ta-Nehisi Coates
A Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age By Matt Richtel
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
A Man Called Ove By Fredrik Backman
The Little Prince By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
NY Times Arts/Style
NY Times Travel

Dogs Win Season Opener over Cohasset, 3-0 on Dalton Kick

By Matt O’Brien
Veritas Sports Editor

It was an exciting Friday afternoon as the Dogs’ football team would be opening up their season later that night. In the lunchroom, junior kicker Matt Dalton sat sharing a few laughs with a couple of friends. Some friends jokingly mentioned to Dalton, with no belief in the world that it would actually happen, that the game would be tied 0-0 and he would have to win the game with a field goal.

To the shock of Dalton, and his lunch table, their prediction came true. With 14 seconds left in the game, Dalton put the Dogs up 3-0 and in a position to win the game. Despite having the entire game on his shoulders in this moment, Dalton remained calm and collected.

“I took a breath, cleared my head, and tried to kick the ball like I always do.”

The Dogs were able to hold on in the remaining seconds of the game and came out on top with the victory.
The game was a grudge match as yards and points were hard to come by. Both defenses played exceptionally well and it wasn’t until the last drive of the game, after adjustments, where Rockland put the first successful drive together of the game. Rockland marched flawless down the field utilizing an array of running backs. A huge moment in the game was when senior Anthony Vasquez recovered a Rockland fumble to keep the drive alive. This play was a huge momentum boost for the team.
“When I dove on the pile head first and saw that we had got the ball back, we all felt we had the momentum and it definitely helped us win the game,” said Vasquez.

With many new parts to the team, it was important for the team to start their season in the right direction. With new quarterbacks Jon Barr and Dante Vasquez making their debuts under center, as well as new head coach, Coach Liquori, there was a lot riding on the line in this season opener. For senior captain Louis Casey, it meant a lot to him for the team to win their first game of the season, and to win it for Coach Liquori.

“Winning that game meant a lot. The game showed how great of a job Coach Liquori has been doing preparing us for the season. The victory gave us a lot of excitement for the season,” said Casey.
As their season opener fell on Coach Liquori’s birthday, the Dogs were able to secure the win and start their season off right. The Dogs are feeling good and working hard heading into their game at Abington against the Green Wave this Friday.

Girls Soccer Team Begins Season With Big Win

Grace Oliver goes after the ball on Tuesday against No. Quincy as the Lady Dogs opened its season with a 6-1 win. Oliver had two goals and one assist. Veritas photo

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The girls varsity soccer team opened up its season at home on Tuesday, Sept. 5 with a convincing 6-1 win over North Quincy in a non-league contest.

Rockland was led by Madison Blonde and Grace Oliver, who each had two goals.

Maryn Monet and Sydney McKenna also scored for Rockland

The girls play Wednesday against league opponent, Randolph, and on Thursday against Abington.

The boys soccer team opened its season on Tuesday as well with a 5-5 tie at Randolph.  The boys play Abington on Thursday.

Breast Cancer Walk Buzz

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

9-5-17

One of RHS’s favorite school-wide October events is right around the corner. The annual Breast Cancer Walk is taking place Sunday, October first and plans are already in gear.

Since last week Student Government Council has been selling shirts for the walk at all three lunches for $20; they will be on sale until September 13. Along with that, bus sign-ups to and from the walk are starting today at all three lunches for $5.

For the walk donations are also being collected throughout the month of September. The goal is for RHS to raise over $1000. Ms. Shaughnessy, Ms. Medieros, Ms. Paulding, and Ms. Armstrong have all committed to dying their hair pink if the school can achieve this goal.

Donations are being collected in jars in A Block classes. Whichever class raises the most money will recieve a free breakfast.

Time to Buy your 2017 RHS Shirts!

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

8-31-17

As the new year begins, so do school activities and events. Already, groups have started organizing events, and they have even started promoting the shirts they plan to sell to raise money.

Already within the first week back the Pathways Program has started selling brand new shirts of their own. Their annual Unified Kickball event is coming up soon and the shirts will be coming in just in time to show your support. They will be sold at all three lunches for $20 until today, August 31.

Along with Pathways, SGC is already selling their annual Breast Cancer Walk shirts. They are on sale now until September, 13. The shirts are $20 each and will be here in time for the Walk on Sunday, October 1.

Kicking off the 2017-2018 School Year

Jasmin  Morse, Veritas Web Editor

8-28-17

After a long, hot summer the Rockland Public Schools are back in action. With the incoming of a new freshmen class and the stepping up of the upperclassmen the 2017-2018 school year is bound to be full of growth, learning, and fun.

This morning each of the high schools’s classes met in the auditorium to review the ground rules and expectations with their teachers, Ms Paulding, Mr Graziano, and Dr Harrison. The freshmen were told about how the rotating schedule works and all students reviewed their assignment of guidance counselor.

Dr. Harrison encouraged all students to ask themselves the question: “What will my legacy be?’  He also showed students two video clips from the Class of 2017 Graduation ceremony and emphasized the pride and excitement that could be seen. Dr. Harrison told each class that they will continue to grow as a class and as students as the years progress to their graduation.

After the pep talks everyone returned to their classes to figure out their schedules and new teachers and continue the day marking a new beginning for all here at RHS.

Are You Ready For The First Day of School?

Below is part of Principal John Harrison’s Weekly Update.  For the complete update go to Dr. Harrison’s blog.

RHS COMMUNITY WEEKLY UPDATE #2

AUGUST 24, 2017

IN THIS EDITION:

With the start of school on Monday, August 28th, we wanted to share some reminders before the start of school. If you have not had a chance, please review last week’s RHS Community Weekly Update #1 with a more comprehensive list of back to school information. In this week’s edition, you will find information on the following:

  • A Back to School Checklist
  • Introduction of New Staff Biographies
  • Review of the Bell Schedule
  • Attendance Policy Reminder
  • Homework Club and Saturday School
  • A Recap of New Student Orientation Night
  • School Picture Day Information
  • What’s for Lunch?
  • Activities and Athletics
  • Join the Journalism Club!
  • Fall Sports Schedules
  • Discounted Internet Service
  • The Week Ahead

 

BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKLIST:

1) Summer Reading– Students should make sure they have completed their summer reading and any other summer homework assignments. On Wednesday, September 13th, students will be discussing their summer reading book with faculty in groups.

 

2) Bring Your Schedule the First DayStudents may log-in to X2 to check their schedule for the next school year as of now. X2 Parent/Family Portal Accounts are also active now. To access a student schedule in X2, please do the following:

  1. Log-in to X2: https://ma-rockland.myfollett.com/aspen/logon.do
  2. Go to MY INFO Top Tab.
  3. Select CURRENT SCHEDULE on the left Side Tab.

 

Every effort was made to schedule students into electives of their choice, however graduation requirements need to be a priority. Students may have electives they didn’t request because those were the classes that were available and accommodated the academic needs of the student. No schedule changes will be made based on teacher preferences.  The last day for a schedule change is August 31st.

 

4) Return Paperwork- Please be sure to return all the paperwork sent home on the first day of school by Tuesday, September 5th. Signed Handbook Contracts, Parent Contact/Dismissal Cards, and filled- out or corrected Emergency Contact Information should be returned.

 

5) Stay Informed- Throughout the school year, we are encouraging families to stay informed by doing the following:

  • Visiting our website at www.rocklandschools.org .
  • Following Mr. Harrison on twitter at https://twitter.com/@rocklandhs for frequent Rockland High School news alerts.
  • Visiting Mr. Harrison’s personal blog (www.rocklandhs.blogspot.com) and subscribing to daily emails. To receive daily emails, enter your email address at the bottom of the page and then select submit. You will need to log-in to your email account and verify your email address before you start to receive the emails.

See you all on Monday!!

Fall Sports 2017 Ready to Hold Work-outs in Coming Days

Football work-outs begin today, August 18.  The rest of the fall sports will begin on Weds. August 23.

New head football coach Nick Liquori in practice last year.  Greg Derr photo

Here is the schedule for fall sports!

Fall Sports Schedule 2017

Fall Sports Schedule 2017 page 2

 

Here is an article from Wicked Local about new head coach, Nick Liquori

 

SGC Kicks off the Year with Camp

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

8-10-17

big five student government

The leaders of SGC take a break for lunch on Weds. August 9, the last day of the Student Government Camp. They include President Hannah Murphy, Vice President Jill Donahue, Publicity Coordinator Francisco Oliviera, Secretary Jaymie Atkins, and Treasurer Macie Jones. Advisor Joanne White is behind them.

This past Monday through Wednesday RHS’s successful Student Government held its annual summer camp. From class meetings, exciting energizers, to Committee Wars many members thought it was another successful start of the year for SGC.

Many plans have already been made for the year to come whether it was for the classes, workshops, to the SGC Committees that were formed this week. The committees included Community Service, Finance and Fundraising, Unified Spirit, and Student Services.

All the work aside, members were able to enjoy themselves in many fun activities. The crowd favorite by far was on the last day when Committee Wars were held. During this activity every committee had to compete in a series of events trying to rack up the most amount of points in hopes to win overall. At the end of the day, after lots of hard work and fun the Community Service Committee won.

SGC Committees:

Unified Spirit Committee (Blue):

Jacob Leahy, Sydney McKenna, Taylor Anzivino, Lara Glennon, Jakob Wells, Keely Naughton, Chris Penney and Greta Russo

Community Service Committee (Red):

Justin Sherlock, Jasmin Morse, Caitlin Cameron, John Ellard, Erin Field, Julia Yeadon, Molly Boggs and Brandon Gallagher

Finance and Fundraising (Green):

Tyler Beatrice, Hannah Boben, Aiden Glennon, Marissa Smith, Jon Dorney, Matthew Bruzzese, Maurice Wilson, and McKayla Sugrue

Student Services (Yellow):

Haley Nee, Maddie Gear, Katy Buckley, Zach Peterson, Tyler Gambon, Eric Barber, Kate Burke and Jillian Dorney

 

God’s Children: A Speedball Dynasty

Julian Tarpey, Veritas Staff

6-14-17

God's Children win

God’s Children and the Quirks at the end of the tournament. courtesy photo

The third annual Jared Lewis Quirk Memorial speedball tournament ended with a blow-out on Saturday, June 10. God’s Children faced off against the Thunder Donkeys in the final game and won 8-2. Thunder Donkeys wore white and God’s Children wore red. The MVP of the tournament was Justin Nugyen of God’s Children.  Even more impressive than the six goal victory margin is the fact that the tournament raised $4,280 for the Jared Lewis Quirk “Good Guy” Memorial Scholarship.  Fifteen teams competed in the three day event.

Justin Nguyen is awarded the MVP trophy. photo by Julian Tarpey

Here’s a link to all the action pictures taken by Julian Tarpey and team photos supplied by Ms. Walsh

Wrapping up the year with Underclassmen Academic Banquet

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

6-9-17

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Sophomore letter winners

Many people were recognized this past Wednesday at the RHS Hall of Fame Induction and the Underclassmen Awards Banquet. The event took place at Emerald Hall with food being served at 6pm and awards starting around 7:15.

The night began with a few words from RHS principal Dr. John Harrison as well as vice principal Ms. Kathleen Paulding.

Ms. Paulding gave the introductions to the three Hall of Fame Inductees, who then talked a bit about their work and gave advice to the students attending the banquet. The Hall of Fame Inductees include: Robin Paulding McGowan, Class of 1979; Denise Wallace Spriggs, Class of 1979 and Charles Tetzlaff, Class of 1991.

Charles Tetzlaff, Denise Wallace-Spriggs and Robin Paulding McGowan were inducted on June 7 into the Rockland High School Academic Hall of Fame.

Next, Dr. Harrison announced several special awards which were then followed by the academic awards and honor roll mentions. Ms. Paulding, along with Mr. Damon, and individual department heads and teachers, presented the academic achievement awards.

All in all, the evening was filled with fun, friends, and giving recognition well deserved to the students and inductees. Thank you to the Rockland Hall of Fame Committee for making this night possible and all the teachers involved.

Here is a list of all awards given out and the recipients:

 

The Math Team

 Grade 11 – Sarah Lovell, Haley Chase-Crocker, Alexander Domina, Ronan McNally, Joseph Naughton, Rebecca Elliott, Sean Sugrue, Nicholas Walker, Sabrina Sprague, and Zachary Peterson

Grade 10 – Angelina Vong , John Ellard, Michelle Ramoska , and Tyler Beatrice

Grade 9 – Kayleigh Harris

 

National Leadership Award– Jaymie Atkins

The Rensselaer Medal– Sabrina Sprague

9th District Congressional Art Show Honorable Mention– Isabelle Uong

Veritas Journalism Award– Jasmin Morse

Special Achievement Award– Madeline Gear

Outstanding member of the Veritas Award– Erin Kearns

St. Michael’s College Book Award– Lily Matson and  Christopher Penney

 

High Honors All Three Terms This Year:

In Grade 11 – Sabrina Sprague

In Grade 10 – Adiza Alasa, Tyler Beatrice, John Ellard, Michelle Ramoska

In Grade 9 – Melyssa Almeida, Kathryn Buckley, Nicholas Cedrone, Kerin Dalton Tyler Gambon, Madeline Gear, Melanie Harris, Sabrina Morgan, Oliver Reera, Zachary Webb, and Julia Yeadon

 

Academic Excellence Certificates and Academic Letters:

Last year, 20 academic letters were awarded to students in the Class of 2018. Congratulations to these students for their continued academic success.

  • Kellie Berry
  • Stephanie Blaney
  • Eden Dalton
  • Alexander Domina
  • Olvia Elie
  • Rebecca Elliot
  • Aiden Glennon
  • Harrison Hunter
  • Margaret Jones
  • Meredith Long
  • Lily Matson
  • Joseph Naughton
  • Danielle O’Brien
  • Harrison O’Brien
  • Matthew O’Brien
  • Christopher Penney
  • Zachary Peterson
  • Jocelyn Reera
  • Sean Sugrue
  • Isabelle Uong

Junior Academic Letter Winners: Jaymie Atkins, Ronan McNally, Jillian Schofield, Sabrina Sprague, and James White

Sophomore Academic Letter Winners: Adiza Alasa, Alyssa Antoniewicz, Tyler Beatrice, Madison Blonde, Caitlin Cameron, Abigail Condon, Kaitlyn Diver, Leah Drago, John Ellard, Katie Houde (HOOD), Kevin Jean-Poix, Matthew Karoutas , Elizabeth Kelley, Nicholas LaBollita, Matthew Macarski, Meaghan McDonough, Matthew McPartlin, Sean Morrissey, Jasmine Morse, Rebecca Mullen, Shannon Murphy, Alexis Nastasia, Nevaeh Nilson, Francisco Oliveira, Sarah Pollard, Michelle Ramoska, Justin Sherlock, Marissa Smith, and Kara Sullivan

Boys State/Girls State– Sean Sugrue, Eden Dalton and Margaret Jones

Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award– John Ellard

Mass STAR Youth Leadership Award– Francisco Oliveira

 

THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:

ART:

Gr. 9         Bryce Taylor, Jacob Harris

Gr.   10         Sarah Pollard, Kaili Rose Dummott-Hill

Gr.   11         Isabelle Uong

 

COMMUNICATION/DIGITAL MEDIA:

Gr. 9    Lara Glennon

 

ENGLISH:

Gr. 9         Jillian Dorney

 

FAMILY CONSUMER SCIENCE:

Gr.  9         Hannah Wyllie

Gr.   10         Matthew McPartlin

Gr.   11         Christopher Penney, Brianna Peppino

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION:

Gr. 9         Orion Carroll

Gr.   10         Peter Kohler, Kaitlyn Diver

Gr.   11         Justin Bowman, Samuel Gray

 

TECHNICAL EDUCATION:

Gr. 9         Noah Coughlin

Gr.   10         Michael Ebersole, Christopher Armstrong

Gr.   11         Ryan Kelley, Zachary Sharland

 

WORLD LANGUAGE/SPANISH:

Gr. 9         Jad Bendarkawi, Kathryn Buckley

Gr.   11         Caitlin McArthur

 

WORLD LANGUAGE/FRENCH:

Gr. 9         Matthew Griffin, Jonathas Amaral-Numeriano

Gr.   10         Elizabeth Kelley, Sean Morrissey

HEALTH

Gr. 9         Destinie Irvin, Adrian Quezada

 

MATHEMATICS:

Gr. 9         Oliver Reera, Sean Belmonte

 

MUSIC:

Gr. 9         Jordan Cunningham, Kerin Dalton

Gr.   10         Mireese Wilson, Bonnie Gasdia

Gr.   11         Ryan Struzziery

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE:

Gr. 9             Elizabeth McGaffigan

 

PRE-ENGINEERING/ROBOTICS:

Gr. 9         Maria Ciano, Caroline Elie

Gr.   11         Jonathan Baar, Aiden Glennon

 

SOCIAL SCIENCE/HISTORY:

Gr. 9         Zachary Webb

Gr.   10         Kevin Jean-Poix

Gr.   11         Harrison O’Brien

 

MULTI-AWARD WINNERS:

Gr. 9  

Madeline Gear          Communication/Digital Media, Physical Education

Tyler Johnson           Science, English, Family Consumer Science

Sabrina Morgan        Social Science/History, Science

 

Gr.   10   

Tyler Beatrice           Mathematics, Science, Pre-Engineering/Robotics

Michelle Ramoska    English, Mathematics,Spanish

George Selados III Pre-Engineering/Robotics, Science

Caitlin Cameron       Social Science/History, Family Consumer Science

Adiza Alasa             English, Spanish

 

Gr.   11

Eden Dalton         Art, English, Music, Social Science/History

Sabrina Sprague       Mathematics, Science

Sean Sugrue             English, Mathematics

Joseph Naughton     Science,Spanish

 

OVERALL OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVERS:

Grade   9   Tyler Gambon

Grade    10   John Ellard

Grade 11   Ronan McNally

 

The following is a link to all the pictures of the inductees and the student award recipients.

Time to Vote for your 2017-2018 SGC Big Five!

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

6-6-17

SGC Big 5 and Advisors

Last year’s Big FIve with the SGC Advisors. From left seniors, Julia DiCienzo, Shannon Lindahl, Noelle Atkins, Adam Royle and Taylor Gallagher led the SGC this year. Joanne White and Amanda Lanigan are SGC advisors. Maddie Gear photo

Tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 in the RHS cafeteria, all SGC members and all who want to get involved in Rockland’s Student Government will have the opportunity to vote on the upcoming year’s Big Five positions.

Each candidate for each position will have to give a speech in hopes to receive your vote. Once all the speeches are done, all who attend will get to vote for each student they see fit for each position.

 

This year running for Big Five positions are:

 

President:

  • Pre-Determined to be Hannah Murphy

Vice President:

  •  Jill Donahue
  •  Chris Penney

Treasurer:

  • Jasmin Morse
  • Macie Jones
  • Sydney McKenna

Secretary:

  • Caitlin Cameron
  • Jaymie Atkins

Publicity Coordinator: This position is a write in and will not be voted on but determined by the advisors and President

  • Francisco Oliveira
  • Sydney McKenna

 

Senior Awards Night, Thursday, June 1

Matt Dunn receives the prestigious silver bowl for earning eight varsity letters in four year of athletics at RHS.

The annual Senior Awards night took place on Thursday, June 1.  This year the Athletic Awards were also given along with the traditional Baccalaureate and Scholarship Awards.

The awards part of the evening began with Athletic Director Gary Graziano recognizing recipients of Senior Athletic Achievement Awards.

They included:
Woman’s Coaches Award (Senior female student/athlete) – Kaylee Patten

Vicki Solari Award (Most inspirational female athlete) – Noelle Atkins

Senior Female Athlete Award (Top senior female athlete) – Emily Beatrice

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

John Bell Bulldog Award (Female athlete who plays over and above abilities) – Jessica Lutts

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

Peter J. Crowley Award (Top senior male athlete) – Matt Dunn

Chris McHugh receives the Joseph Dondero Award from Rich MacAllister

Joseph Dondero Award (Top male student/athlete) – Christopher McHugh

Louis Cifello Award (Most inspirational male athlete) – John Goode

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

Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Award (Male and female athletes who never give up) – Bridget Reardon and Jake Crawford

John Delorey Award (Male and female athletes who exemplifies sportsmanship) – Hannah Millen and Leo Field

Robert Ellis Award (Top male student / athlete basketball player) – Mo Youssef

Charles E. Leverone Awards (Top male and female track or cross country runners) – Matthew Rocha

Silver Bowl Winner: Matthew Dunn

Old Colony Post 1788’s and United States Army veteran, Jeffrey Najarian presents Brian McCullogh and Renata Batista with cords signifying their entering the military after graduation.

Military Awards: Three seniors who are going directly into the military after graduation were recognized.  Jeffrey Najarian of Old Colony Post 1788 presented the awards to Brian McCullough, United States Marines, and Renata Batista, United States Army. The third senior is Jessica Cameron, United States Navy.

The Art Department gave certificates of achievement to artists Hannah Millen, Colleen Burke and Alexa Leduc.

Journalism Awards were given to Veritas editors, <strong>Sophie McLellan and Sean Vo</strong>.  Sports Editor and writer, <strong>Joe Taft</strong> received a Special Achievement Award from the New England Scholastic Press Association.

The Ronald Reagan Student Leader Award was given to Shawn Ward

Colleen McCarthy receives her Academic Letter Award at the Senior Awards Banquet, Veritas photo

Senior Academic Letters were awarded to Emily Delaney, Colleen McCarthy, Vivian Nguyen, Kelsey Willett and Mohamed Youssef

Community Service Awards went to Adam Royle and Julia DiCienzo

Excellence in Mathematics Awards were received by Luana Lima and Vivian Nguyen

The John Philip Sousa Band Award was presented to Michael Belmonte

High Honors for the first three terms – Luana Lima

Scholarship Awards were as follows:

Patrick J. Sullian Memorial Scholarship: Alexa Murphy

The Quirk Family presented five seniors with “The Good Guy” Scholarship in memory of Jared Lewis Quirk. From left: Matt Dunn, Alexa Murphy, Regina Quirk, Ryan Quirk, Quirk, Mike McPeck, Ryan Leavitt. Missing from picture is Mitchell Ryan. photo Laurie Dunn

“The Good Guy” Scholarship in memory of Jared Lewis Quirk: Ryan Leavitt, Lexi Murphy, Matt Dunn, Mike McPeck, Mitchell Ryan
Christine J. Biggins Memorial Scholarship: Sara Boucher
George and Betty Domigan Memorial Scholarship: Kelsey Willett

Leo Field receives the Jimbo Award Scholarship from Jimmy Cahill

The Jimbo Award: Leo Field
The John Mahoney Memorial Scholarship: Mohammed Youssef
The Rockland/Hanson Rotary Community Service Scholarship: Taylor Gallagher
The Edward Sokolowski Award: Lauren Zaremba
The Reuben A. and Lizzie Grossman Foundation Award: Noelle Atkins and Matt Dunn
Mr. Rockland Award: Ryan Leavitt
Share the Spirit Award: Taylor Gallagher
Spellman Oratorical Scholarship Awards: Jurnee Dunn, Jessica Lutts, Sophie McLellan, Evan Murphy, Emily Delaney, Luana Lima, Michael Belmonte and Lauren Zaremba.

Academic Achievement Awards were presented by teachers and department heads in each department.

The Art Department presented their Academic Achievement awards to Shawn Ward and Hannah Millen.

The Communication and Digital Media Department presented their award to Sean Vo.

Shannon Lindahl receives the English Department’s Academic Achievement Award

The English Department recognized Shannon Lindahl.

The Family and Consumer Science Department presented their award to Adam Royle.

The Health Department presented their awards to Jakigh Marcelin and Rachel Buker.

The Social Science/History Department recognized Noelle Atkins and Sydney Wells as their Academic Achievement winners.

The Mathematics Department recognized Luana Lima.

The Physical Education Department presented their award to Cornell McWilliams II.

The Pre-Engineering and Robotics Department recognized Christopher McHugh and Brian McLaughlin.

The Science Department presented their award to Kaylee Patten and Kelsey Willett.

Tim Kane received an award as the top academic achiever in the Technical Education department.

The Technical Education department presented their award to Timothy Kane and James Sheehan.

The World Language Department recognized two students. In French, Leonard Field III received the Academic Achievement Award. The Spanish department presented their award to Lauren Zaremba.

Several seniors were Multi-Award winners.

Michael Belmonte Jr. was recognized by both the Computer Science and Music Departments.

Jessica Lutts was recognized by the English and Mathematics Department.

Emily Beatrice was recognized by the Family and Consumer Science Department and Physical Education Department.

The Communication/Digital Media and Music Departments recognized Sophie McLellan.

The Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association Student Achievement Award – Principal’s Award went to Noelle Atkins

The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent’s Academic Excellence Award was presented to Luana Lima

The final “award” was the dedication of the yearbook to English teacher, Amanda McDonough and to Jimmy Cahill.  Matt Dunn, Mike McPeck and Megan Saucier made the presentations.

Class of 2017 Graduation

photo by Austin Wood

 

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

6-5-17

On last Friday, June 2, at 7 pm at the Veterans’ Memorial Stadium, the Class of 2017 took their final walks across the field to grab their diplomas and throw their caps in their final step to completing their high school education.The rain held off long enough for one of the last groups born in the 1900s to graduate.

The senior gift presented by 2017 Vice President, Colleen McCarthy was passed down to the junior class President, Hannah Boben. It was a bronze bulldog, a symbol of RHS representing each graduating class.

During the ceremony, the RHS Band played “German Dance” by, Ludwig Van Beethoven, and the Recessional “Pomp and Circumstance”.

At the graduation, there were several speakers who spoke about “Bulldog Pride”, how the graduating class can make a change in the world, and the changing world they’re being sent off to.

These included 2016-2017 Class President, Kaylee Patten, Valedictorian, Luana Lima, freshman biology teacher, Julia DiCanzio, and RPS Superintendent, Dr. Allan Cron.

Principal Dr. John Harrison announced the Rockland Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation Award winners, and prior to the presentation of diplomas, School Committee Vice Chairman, Richard Phelps said a few words about Bulldog Pride.

While Dr. Harrison called the graduates’ names and spoke about their plans, Mr. Phelps, Vice Principal of RHS,  Kathleen Paulding, Guidance Director Margaret Black, and Senior Class Advisor, Samantha Hoyo presented the seniors with their diplomas and handshakes.

The following links will take you to our photo galleries: Pre-Graduation and the Graduation Ceremony.

 

Final look at the School Year of the Graduating Class of 2017

 

The following is a photo gallery that covers the Class of 2017’s senior year as photographed by Veritas photographers.

Come support the class of 2017 one last time at their graduation tonight in the Veterans’ Memorial Stadium at 7 pm.

 

 

Veritas News June 1, 2017

The Veritas News is produced by the Journalism class.

In the control room were Jayden Libby, producer,  Sammi Nachtman, graphics, Jaylen Haltiwanger, audio, Grace LaPlante , teleprompter, and Brittany Keefe, tape feeder.

On camera were Jake Lauria, Liam Lenihan, and Juliana Smith.

Anchors were Jasmin Morse and Julian Tarpey.

 

Seniors Visit Elementary Schools

The Rockland High School Class of 2017 visited each of Rockland’s elementary schools on Wednesday, May 31. The seniors boarded a bus and traveled first to the Esten Elementary School; then it was on to Jefferson Elementary School and Memorial Park Elementary where they were applauded by the school children as they walked the halls that many of them had once walked in their early days of school. The last stop was Rogers Middle School.

Rockland High School’s graduation is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Rockland Memorial Stadium.

Music Students’ End of the Year Awards

On Tuesday, May 23, the RHS Music Department held its annual Music Banquet. The banquet started off in the cafeteria with food catered by Mrs. Karen Parlee, Madison Parlee’s mother. After, the banquet transitioned to the auditorium for the awards portion of the ceremony.

Photos courtesy of Music Boosters

 

 

Class of 2017 take part in Senior Issues

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

5-31-17

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Rockland Fire Department Lt. John Sammon and senior, Ali Sammon

As the RHS Class of 2017 approaches graduation, they took part in Senior Issues on May 25 and 26. This year marks the twenty fifth anniversary of Rockland High’s Senior Issues.

RHS nurse, Kathi Ryan organized the events by splitting up the senior class into eight groups over the two days of events.

On Thursday groups 1-4 reported to the gymnasium for a presentation on College Fire & Life Safety, a presentation Lt. Scott Margolis started for the Class of 2014. It covers general fire safety behavior, distracted driving, overcrowding at clubs, theaters and more.

Afterwards they completed the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heartsaver CPR & AED course where all 144 graduating seniors are certified. Volunteers assisting with the CPR course were Tammy Ryan R.N. from South Shore VNA, Barbara Leary R.N. from Linden Ponds in Hingham, Pat Stone R.N.,  Lt. John Sammon from Rockland Fire and Firefighter-Paramedic Tim Royer from Hanson Fire.

While groups 1-4 were doing that, groups 5-8 rotated among 4 presentations; “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” by Harbor One Bank, a Skin Cancer/Melanoma presentation where students had an opportunity to go under a UV light to check for damaged skin, a yoga class, and an open discussion with Rockland Police and Rockland CARES. On Friday the groups swapped presentations.

 Public Fire & Life Safety Educator, Lt. Scott Margolis from the Rockland Fire department commented on this year’s Senior Issues, “Overall the 2 days went very well; all of the volunteers reported that the students took the presentations seriously and presented themselves very well.”

Boys Lacrosse Makes MIAA Tournament For First Time!

The lacrosse team qualified for tournament with a 14-1 win over Norton on May 25. photo courtesy of Mr. Harrison

John MacDonald, Veritas Staff

Lacrosse is a newly found sport for Rockland High within the last four years. Back then no one really knew much about the sport, it was still so new. However, now lax is on the rise. The team’s growth has progressed each year since it started four years ago.

Sophomore Mark Spragues stated, “Since last year our team’s numbers have noticeably grown, from the incoming freshmen. Also, students that just now decided to pick up the sport helped grow the team.”

This year’s team is confident that they are going to put Rockland lacrosse on the map. Kev Fennell claimed, “We are ready to take the South Shore League by storm this year.” Fennell is a junior who has played lax for all three years of his high school life. He’s very passionate about the sport and is very confident about how the team will do this year.

Being the young team in the league, other teams are definitely looking to beat the Rockland team.

Junior Will Breadmore stated, “From what I have seen the past two years since I’ve been on the team, Mashpee and Pembroke are our two biggest rivals. We know going into that game they are going to be chippy. We just gotta keep our heads and play our game.”

Breadmore knows that teams are going to be tough, but he says he will not shy away. He will keep his head up and try to help his team in any way that he can.

The team qualified for tournament with a convincing 14-1 win over Norton on May 25.  This will be the lacrosse team’s first tournament appearance in its short history, showing the steady progress that the team has made since its beginning.

Coach Dave Taylor has been the coach from the beginning and is certainly pleased with the record this year of 10 wins and 8 losses.

The MIAA released tournament pairings on Saturday.  Rockland, with a record of 9-9  got the 17th seed and will play a preliminary game against #16 Sturgis East at Simpkins Field on Tuesday, May 30 at 5 pm.  The winner will play #1 seed Hanover on Thursday, June 1 at Hanover. Twenty teams qualified for the Division 3 South play-offs.  Like Rockland, Sturgis is a new program, having only competed at the varsity level for two years.  They qualified for tournament last year.

Girls Lacrosse Team Earns First Ever Postseason Spot

A happy lacrosse team celebrates their first ever tournament qualification. photo courtesy of RHS girls lacrosse.

May 28, 2017

The girls lacrosse team qualified for the postseason with a 16-1 win over South Shore Vo-Tech on May 24.

The lacrosse team had never qualified since this is only their second year competing as a varsity sport. It is also only the fourth year there has been a lacrosse team.  The girls did it at home on senior day!

For more on their historic win go here.

Update on tournament:  The girls with a 9-8-1 record were ranked 17th in Division 2 South and will play a preliminary round game against Nantucket on Tuesday, May 30 in Nantucket at 4:30 p.m.  The winner of this game will play #1 seed, Cohasset in Cohasset on  Wednesday or Thursday.

A big senior day for six lacrosse players! From left: Isabel Pica, Colleen Burke, Kaylee Patten, Emily Beatrice, Taylor Gallagher, and Sydney Ferguson.

Farewell to the Class of 2017

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

5-23-17

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Senior class of 2016-2017 attending their final pep rally at their time in high school photo by Maddie Gear

After spending many years roaming through the halls of RHS, the Class of 2017’s time here is coming to a close. Today, May 23, is the bittersweet last day of classes for this year’s seniors and they’re feeling some mixed emotions about having to leave the place they have spent most of their life. Although it is sad that it has come to a close, the seniors have an exciting, fun week ahead.

Seniors’ Schedules:

Wednesday, May 24: Seniors who need to take finals will come to school. Students who have a combined total of 5 or fewer absences or tardies (of any kind) in each class between the dates of April 7th and May 23rd AND are in good standing with the main office may be exempt from taking final exams.

Thursday, May 25: Seniors are required to attend Senior Issues from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. They will also have the opportunity to clean out their lockers. All senior obligations are required to be completed by Thursday as well (Detention hours, community service, book balances, food service balances, library book balances, etc.).

Friday, May 26: Senior Issues will be continuing from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The senior BBQ will be put on at 11:30 a.m. (moved to Tuesday, May 30 11 a.m.)

Tuesday, May 30: Graduation rehearsal will be at 9 a.m. and caps and gowns will be distributed. All grades for all seniors are also due on this date.  Senior Cook-out 11 a.m. (moved from Friday, May 26)

Wednesday, May 31: A yearbook signing breakfast will take place in the RHS cafeteria at 8 a.m. Then at 9 a.m. seniors wearing their caps and gowns will parade through the Rockland elementary schools and middle school.

Thursday, June 1: The RHS academic and athletic banquet will take place with a student dinner at 6 p.m.  in the cafeteria. Students and parents are then encouraged to attend the awards ceremony in the auditorium. (Proper dress required).

Friday, June 2: The final graduation rehearsal will take place for seniors at 9 a.m. Then later in the evening graduation will commence at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Stadium. Seniors are required to report for lineup in the gym at 6 p.m. (Proper dress required)

Saturday, June 3: Rain date for graduation is at 11 a.m.

Post it notes adorn the windows for seniors’ last day of regular classes. Photo by Jasmin Morse

 

National Honor Society Inducts a New Pentelic Chapter

Seniors Mike McPeck (left) and Dana Peck inducted language teachers, Melissa Shaughnessy (second from left) and Patrick Finn into the Pentelic Chapter of the National Honor Society as honorary members on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Veritas photo

Sean Vo, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

Wednesday night, May 17, the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony took place. The ceremony started off in the cafeteria, where members, inductees, and their sponsors had dinner and exchanged gifts.

When the clock struck 7, the ceremony moved to the auditorium to begin the induction. NHS President Colleen McCarthy gave a brief introduction before calling up seniors Michael McPeck and Dana Peck to announce the honorary inductees of the 2017 National Honor Society. McPeck delivered a light-hearted speech to induct Ms. Melissa Shaughnessy, and Peck’s heartfelt speech inducted Mr. Patrick Finn.

NHS Secretary Noelle Atkins followed by calling the roles of each senior – each of the seniors’ full names, the college they plan to attend, and their future careers.

After McCarthy gave a rich history of National Honor Society, the next round of speeches came from four senior members of NHS who represented each of the four virtues that is the foundation of the Society. Sean Vo went first representing the virtue of Character, followed by Julia DiCenzo representing the virtue of Scholarship; next was Luana Lima representing Leadership, and the last of the virtues read by Mohammad Youssef representing Service. Each representative of the four virtues also had to use the flame from the torch to light their own smaller candle.

Following the four virtues was Jessica Lutts  and her recitation of the “Exemplification of the Torch” poem, where she had to hold up the center candle, similar to the Statue of Liberty holding the torch, and recite a poem representing each of the four virtues.

After that heavily candle involved section of the ceremony, McCarthy inducted twenty juniors — Stephanie Blaney, Eden Dalton, Alexander Domina, Rebecca Elliott, Aiden Glennon, Margaret Jones, Meredith Long, Lily Matson, Ronan McNally, Saoirse McNally, Joseph Haughton, Harrison O’Brien,  Matthew O’Brien, Rebekah Panaro, Christopher Penney, Zachary Peterson, Jillian Schofield, Sean Sugrue, Isabella Uong, James White — and one senior, Matthew Rocha.

After the induction, senior members were recognized by McCarthy and Principal John Harrison, who handed the seniors a flower and a certificate respectively. The ceremony came to a close with the senior members and junior inductees forming the receiving line, and later making more memories during the time for dessert back in the cafeteria.

Although this is usually a more formal occasion, laughs still came with it, from honorary inductee speeches to the tense moment of lighting the candles and releasing that tension collectively when the candles, not the tablecloth, were successfully lit.

Sobering Crash for Upperclassmen

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

5-16-17

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photo by Maddie Gear. Mock Crash aftermath

On the dreary, rainy morning of May 15, RHS had an emotional, eye opening, drunk driving crash simulation, put on in time for prom and graduation season.  This event occurred around 10 in the morning on MacKinlay Way. This arrangement was completely student-driven, mainly by the senior class in collaboration with principal, Mr. Harrison, along with Rockland Police and Fire Department, Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, and Rockland Cares.

The morning started off with students coming in the auditorium as usual, smiling faces chatting with friends. Senior class vice president, Colleen McCarthy explained that this presentation’s purpose was to emphasize the importance of good decision-making during the exciting end of the year activities to come.

This was followed by a brief video to set the stage for the crash scene that was to follow. The video featured RHS students we all know and love, and was produced by Jessie Lutts and Shannon Lindahl with the help of WRPS.

Senior class president, Kaylee Patten starred in the video as the host of the party, which featured many juniors and seniors from the school. The video then cut to Sophie McLellan and boyfriend, Mike Belmonte who played the part of the responsible students who stayed home from the party.

Then in a series of inter-cuts we see: The couple decide to drive to the movies. Then, after too many drinks, Mike McPeck decides to go out driving with Kaylee Patten in the passenger seat, as well as Matthew O’Brien and Hannah Boben in the back seat.

After foolishly driving drunk and messing around, the car of party-goers crashes into the car of the innocent couple, which led the way to the crash scene.

As students filed out of the auditorium and outside to the front of the high school, they walked out to a horrendous scene: beer cans on the ground, Patten through the windshield, two collided cars and broken windshields splattered in blood. Then they heard the cries of McLellan trying to wake her unconscious boyfriend as Boben tried to wake Patten and McPeck tried to hide the evidence of their crime by throwing the empty beer cans under the car.

After much commotion, the hearse picks up Patten, McPeck and Patten’s father are put in cuffs, and ultimately everyone’s lives involved would be evidently changed from the accident.

As the events unfolded, it was evident that everyone was emotionally affected, from the actors, to the staff, and especially the students. Although everyone knew the crash was only a simulation, many people in the crowd had tears in their eyes, imagining many of their friends dead or distraught. It became evident to the crowd that the reality of the situation is so real that not only the cars were wrecked, but also their lives, and the lives of friends, family, and relationships of those in the cars.

Afterward followed an emotional debriefing back in the auditorium with Colleen McCarthy who hosted a panel discussion with the actors.

The mock drunk driving simulation was a somber, eye-opening experience for all involved. It reminded student the reality of the their decisions and how one can change their lives and everyone they love. The presentation hit home to all, in that you can say the event was a success and hopefully will stay with all the people it impacted in hopes to save a life.

The following students were involved in the production of the video and simulated crash:

  • Jaymie Atkins
  • Noelle Atkins
  • Michael Belmonte
  • Hannah Boben
  • Julia DiCienzo
  • Jeffre Donahue
  • Ryan Leavitt
  • Shannon Lindahl
  • Jessica Lutts
  • Colleen McCarthy
  • Brian McLaughlin
  • Sophie McLellan
  • Michael McPeck
  • Hannah Murphy
  • Matthew O’Brien
  • Alyssa Patten
  • Kaylee Patten
  • Shawn Ward
  • Kelsey Willett

We want to thank the following community partners who made this event possible:

  • Lou’s Autobody
  • Rockland Cares
  • Rockland Police Department
  • Rockland Fire Department
  • Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home
  • The Patten Family
  • Rockland Highway Department
  • Universal Autobody
  • WRPS

For more on the program and student reactions, see the next edition of the Veritas newspaper available on May 23.

Photos below are by Veritas photographer, Maddie Gear.

Awards Season in High Gear

It’s that time of year when various groups wrap up the year by honoring those who have participated in their clubs, sports, or other activities.

Recently the Theatre Guild held its end of the year banquet and honored all of the participants in this year’s shows. Statuettes (think Oscars) were awarded in some serious and humorous categories by advisors, Joanne White and Kendra Donovan.

Best actor was given to Ryan Struzziery for his leading role as Danny Zuko in Grease.  Sophie McLellan won the best actress award in a leading role as Sandy.  Shandi Austin won an award for Best Dancer and was recognized for her fine choreography in several shows throughout her four years, including Grease and A Chorus Line.  Madison Parlee got the “techy award” for her indispensable work behind the scenes, and Michael Bodley was presented with an award for his solo performance in Grease that brought the house down on both nights last December. Kimberlie Jean-Poix received an award for her hard work through the years as  a Stage Manager. Morgan Foster was cited for being most supportive on and off the stage. Ali Landy received a Keeps Everyone Smiling award for her positive attitude.  

Several students spoke about the impact that being in drama had on them. Many stories were shared about the good times and bad times during rehearsals. . Many of the seniors talked about how drama club gave them a way to deal with their identity at RHS. Some spoke about transferring in from another school — and being part of drama helped them overcome their fears of a new place. Others spoke of their overcoming shyness, through drama. Many mentioned how Ms. White and Mrs. Donovan “saved” the drama club when they had no advisor to oversee them two years ago.

Check out the photos below taken by Mrs. Adrienne Donovan.

Six seniors Sean Vo, McLellan, Austin, Kimberlee Jean-Poix, Morgan Foster and Michael Belmonte received cords to wear outside their gowns on Graduation night. These signify the seniors’ participation in the drama program.

Sean Vo, Michael Belmonte, Sophie McLellan, Kimberlie Jean-Poix, Morgan Foster and Shandi Austin receive cords to wear on their graduation day. photo by Mrs. A. Donovon.

Matt Dunn and Julia DiCienzo were honored as Scholar-Athletes of the Year by the South Shore League Athletic Directors. Right is AD Gary Graziano.

On May 10, the Athletic Department also got into the award act recognizing the top senior male and female scholar-athletes of the year.  The awards were presented at a banquet put on by the South Shore League.  Julia DiCienzo and Matt Dunn were honored as were athletes from all the teams in the South Shore League at Souther’s Marsh Golf Club.

DiCienzo participates in swimming and softball and is a member of the National Honor Society. She will attend URI to study nursing.  Dunn excelled in football and hockey, and will study criminal justice at Norwich University.

Veritas staff members. from left, Sophie McLellan, Sean Vo, Maddie Gear, Jasmin Morse and Erin Kearns show off achievement awards received at the New England Scholastic Press Association’s annual conference on Friday May 5. The Veritas received awards of Highest Achievement for its print and on-line editions.

Our own Veritas staff also received awards recently at the New England Scholastic Press Association’s annual conference on May 5.  The editors-in-chief, Sophie McLellan and Sean Vo were presented with a Highest Achievement Award for the Veritas in Scholastic Editing and Publishing.  Jasmin Morse received a Highest Achievement award as editor of the on-line edition of the Veritas.

Individual work by Madeline Gear and Joe Taft received Special Achievement Awards.  Gear’s photo  gallery on the Esten School coding program was recognized as professionally done, and Taft’s article on the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees was cited for excellence.

Congratulations to these award winners!

Check back to this website as award season continues to see more student awards and honors as they roll in!

 

Simulated Drunk Driving Accident to be Staged at RHS on May 15

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

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Many schools have staged a mock drunk driving accident especially at this time of the year.

On Monday at 9:30, May 15, RHS principal John Harrison along with Rockland Police and Fire Department have scheduled a mock drunk driving crash to take place in front of the high school on MacKinlay Way.

This presentation will be for juniors and seniors only, in preparation for the upcoming events such as graduation and prom. This idea was given to Mr. Harrison in the winter by the senior class who wanted a student-driven educational program on driving under the influence of alcohol. This idea is sparked by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that reported that car crashes are the leading cause of death for teen drivers. Also about a quarter of those crashes involve an underage driver under the influence of alcohol.

The collision will be staged and will take approximately one hour although access to the school will be limited due to set up and clean up for the event. WRPS will be recording the event.

Prior to the mock crash RHS juniors and seniors will report to the auditorium to watch a video in preparation for the following event. Current seniors were in charge of writing, editing, and filming the video as well as other students featured in the video and simulation.

Following the mock crash students will return to the auditorium to debrief with several local law enforcement and school officials. Counseling will be provided throughout the day, and anyone choosing to opt out of the experience may do so at any point.

Baseball Team Honors Ten Seniors

May 9, 2017

The Abington baseball team spoiled Rockland’s senior night, winning a close game 3-2 at Rockland’s Veterans Memorial Stadium last night.  The Dogs had hoped to continue their two game winning streak, but fell short.  Junior Sam Gray pitched a good game and the Dogs had their chances.  They will continue in their quest to make tournament today at Randolph.

The ten seniors were honored along with their parents before the game.  Photo gallery is below.