2020-2021 School Year Begins With Safety Measures in Place

The school year has begun for RHS students.

 

Althea Olsen, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

Sept. 13, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seniors’ College Plans

August 23, 2020

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

Jake Adams -Massasoit Community College

Melyssa Almeida – Harvard

Jonathas Amaral-Numeriano- Salem State University

Kirsten Andrews – Massasoit Community College

Taylor Anzivino – Massasoit Community College

Taylor Anzivino at the senior parade back in May.

Crystal Arena – Massasoit Community College

Eric Barber – Bridgewater State University

Stephanie Beatrice – Regis College

Keiland Beckford -Quincy College

Zachary Belcher – Nichols College

Sean Belmonte -U Mass Amherst

Jad Bendarkawi – Princeton University

Jakob Benson – Coastal Carolina University

Makayla Berardi – Bridgewater State University

Molly Boggs – U Mass Boston

Robert Bono – Massasoit Community College

Taina Bruno – Quincy College

Mathew Bruzzese – U Mass Amherst

Kathryn Buckley – Worcester State University

Emily Bugbee – Massasoit Community College

Lauren Buker – Johnson & Wales University

Hannah Murphy at the senior parade in May.

Riley Cadogan – Massasoit Community College

Nicholas Cedrone – Bentley University

Victoria Churchill – Quincy College

Maria Ciano – Regis College

Samuel Coleran – Massasoit Community College

Mia Comeau – Coastal Carolina University

Erin Connors – Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Jordan Cunningham – Anna Maria College

Adam Dalton – Bridgewater State University

Kerin Dalton – Saint Joseph’s University

Jordan Delorey – Bridgewater State University

Jessica DeMarco – Saint Anselm College

David derKinderen – Westfield State University

Paige Donnelly – Bridgewater State University

Jillian Dorney – U Mass Amherst

Jonathan Dorney – Massasoit Community College

Jacob Dunham – Bridgewater State University

Neleh Dunn – U Mass Dartmouth

Michael Dutton – Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Caroline Elie – Roger Williams University

Cynthia Elliott Massachusetts – College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Arianna Esposito – Champlain College

Hailey Estabrooks – Massasoit Community College

Andrew Evans – U Mass Boston

Chase MacDonald at the parade in May.

 

Elyse Finerty – Westfield State University

Ava Fiore –  Merrimack College

Liam Flaherty – Bridgewater State College

Ashley Gallagher – University of New England

Tyler Gambon – Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Madeline Gear – U Mass Lowell

Lara Glennon – Emerson College

Matthew Griffin – Clemson University

Nicolle Guidiel Winter – U Mass Amherst

Jaylen Haltiwanger – New England Institute of Technology

Jacob Harris – Ursinus College

Melanie Harris – Roger Williams University

Zachary Harris – Nichols College

Frank Hawe III – Plymouth State University

Natalia Hernandez – Keene State College

Kylie Houde – Southern New Hampshire University

Steven Hoye – Bridgewater State University

Oliva Janis – Salem State University

Tyler Johnson – Northeastern University

Erin Kearns – Massasoit Community College

Rebecca Keefe – Plymouth State University

Brooke Kimball – Curry College

Grace LaPlante – Salem State University

Emma Lauria   – Regis College

Kyle Lenihan – Bridgewater State University

Chase MacDonald – University of New Hampshire

Kayla Mantell – Massasoit Community College

Jameson McCardell – Wheaton College

Elizabeth McGaffigan – U Mass Amherst

Kathryn McGuirk – Westfield State University

Sarah McLellan – Bridgewater State University

Lydia McWilliams – U Mass Boston

Joseph Messier – New England Institute of Technology

Olivia Milso – Massasoit Community College

Hallie Molineaux – Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy

Maryn Monett – Plymouth State University

Sabrina Morgan – Stonehill College

Hannah Murphy – University of Maine

Joseph Murray – Wentworth Institute of Technology

Samantha Nachtman – Salem State University

Keely Naughton – Suffolk University

Haley Nee – Massasoit Community College

Jennifer Nguyen – Massasoit Community College

Steven Nguyen – Massasoit Community College

Dhruvi Patel – U Mass Boston

Alyssa Patten – John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Philip Pattison – Bridgewater State University

Selena Peguero-Martinez – Massasoit Community College

Jordan Pierce – Curry College

Dakota Pike – Coastal Carolina University

Oliver Reera – Wentworth Institute of TechnologyO

Owen Shea – Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Juliana Smith – Massasoit Community College

Lucas Sprague – U Mass Lowell

Michaela Sugrue – Bridgewater State University

Bryce Taylor – Rochester institute of Technology

Megan Uong – U Mass Boston

Dante Vasquez – Framingham State College

Zachary Webb – U Mass Amherst

Jacob Willis – Texas Christian University

Hannah Wyllie – Colby College

Julia Yeadon – U Mass Lowell

Danting Zhu – Assumption University

 

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

National Honor Society Induction 2020

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

Dr. Harrison handed out certificates to seniors.

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

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

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

Character: Zach Webb

Scholarship: Katy Buckley

Leadership: Tyler Gambon

Service: Julia Yeadon

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

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

Senior Members (25)

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

 

Class of 2020 Graduation

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

August 1, 2020

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

Class President Mathew Bruzzese

Valedictorian Tyler Gambon photos courtesy of Pat Glennon

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

(see WRPS video below)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo courtesy of Pat Glennon

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

Photos below courtesy of Pat Glennon

The WRPS video of the ceremony is below:

 

Senior Awards Night Held on Friday, July 31

RHS SENIOR ACADEMIC AND ATHLETIC BANQUET

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

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

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

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

Following are the individual athletic awards and the winners:

Hannah Murphy serves up a winner.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Owen Shea



The Silver Bowl Winner was Owen Shea.

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

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

Next were special academic awards:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maddie Gear

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

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

Bryce Taylor received one of the Art Awards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kyle Lenihan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The following multi-award recipients were:  

Joseph Messier

Joseph Messier– Health & Construction Technology

Tyler Johnson– History & Social Science & Mathematics

Jad Bendarkawi

Jad Bendakarwi– English & World Language

The Overall Academic Achievement Award was presented to Tyler Gambon.  

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

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

Tyler Gambon was recognized as Class Valedictorian.

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

 

 

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

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

 

Class of 2020 Profiles #9

June 5, 2020

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

Katie McGuirk

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

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

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

 

 

 

Jennifer Nguyen

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

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

 What was your favorite class?  Chemistry

What was your favorite after school activity?  Sleep

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

Any final thoughts? Time flies faster than you think.

 

 

Oliver Reera

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

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

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

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

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

What was your favorite lunch?  Buffalo mac and cheese

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

 

Dhruvi Patel

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any final thoughts?  Thank you for the great memories!

 

Samantha Nachtman

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

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

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

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

What was your favorite lunch?  Pasta bar

 

Jordan Cunningham

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

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

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

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

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

What was your favorite lunch?  Buff chic dip

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

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

Class of 2020 Profiles #8

June 1, 2020

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

 

Nicolle Gudiel Winter

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

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

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

What was your favorite after school activity? Tennis practice!

Any final thoughts?  Thank you.

 

Mia Comeau

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

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

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

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

What was your favorite after school activity?  Cheerleading

What was your favorite lunch?  Buffalo chicken dip

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

 

Becca Keefe

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

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

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

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

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

What was your favorite lunch? Grilled cheese

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

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

 

Michael Dutton

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

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

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

What was your favorite class? Junior English with Bigsby

What was your favorite after school activity?  Football and lacrosse

What was your favorite lunch?  Chicken Caesar salad wrap

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

Any final thoughts? Thank you RHS! Go Dogs!

 

Benjamin Hildreth

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

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

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

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

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

 

Lydia McWilliams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Class of 2020 Profiles #7

May 29, 2020

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

 

Lauren Buker

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

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

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

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

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

What was your favorite lunch?  Salad bar

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

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

 

Tyler Gambon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dante Vasquez

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

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

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

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

What was your favorite after school activity?  Football

What was your favorite lunch?  Chicken Caesar salad

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

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

 

Danting Zhu

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

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

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

What was your favorite after school activity? Swimming

What was your favorite lunch? Buffalo chicken dip

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

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

 

Lara Glennon

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

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

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

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

What was your favorite lunch?  Macho Nacho!

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

Any final thoughts? Thank you, RHS!

 

Haley Nee

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

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

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

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

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

What was your favorite lunch?  Macho Nacho 100%

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

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

 

Melyssa Almeida

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

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

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

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

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

Any final thoughts?  Thank you RHS!

Class of 2020 Profiles #6

May 27, 2020

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

Zachary Harris

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

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

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

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

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

What was your favorite lunch? Pizza dippers or macho nacho

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

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

 

Chase MacDonald

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

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

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

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

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

What was your favorite lunch?  Spicy chicken wrap

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

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

 

Zachary Webb

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

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

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

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

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

What was your favorite lunch? Breakfast for lunch

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

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

 

Adam Dalton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Krystal LaFrance

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

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

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

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

What was your favorite after school activity? Participating in track

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

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

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

 

Taylor Anzivino

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Erin Connors

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

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

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

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

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

What was your favorite lunch? Breakfast

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

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

 

Class of 2020 Profiles #5

May 26, 2020

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

Nathalia Hernandez

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Ashley Gallagher

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

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

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

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

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

 

Juliana Smith

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

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

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

What was your favorite after school activity?  Cheerleading

What was your favorite lunch?  Pasta bar! 

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

 

Brooke Kimball

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

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

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

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

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

What was your favorite lunch? Popcorn chicken bar

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

 

Erin Kearns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Makayla Berardi

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

What will you miss most about high school?  Dog Depot

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

What was your favorite class? Cooking

What was your favorite after school activity?  Art club

What was your favorite lunch? Burger bar

 

Class of 2020 Profiles #4

May 25, 2020

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

Jad Bendarkawi

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

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

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

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

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

What was your favorite lunch? Chicken Dippity

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

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

 

Victoria Churchill

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

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

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

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

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

What was your favorite lunch?  Macho nacho

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

 

Maddie Gear

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

What will you miss most about high school? I will miss seeing my friends, traveling with the Travel Club, playing lacrosse, and Student Government.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Prom, MASC, and being an MC for Mr. Rockland

What was your favorite class? My favorite class was Spanish because I found it interesting and class was always enjoyable.

What was your favorite after school activity? Student Government, Images, and lacrosse

What was your favorite lunch? Chicken patty

Any final thoughts? Thanks RHS for a great four years 🙂

 

Pierre Comeau

Pierre Comeau

What are your post high school plans? I applied for the Local 103 Electrical Union. I hopefully will have an interview this summer and start classes in the fall to become an apprentice.

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

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? All my athletic accomplishments in track and basketball throughout high school. Also the parties and hanging out with all my friends over the last 8 years.

What was your favorite class?  Junior year English class with Mr. Neal because his class really opened my eyes about society and gave me a clearer vision about life in general.

What was your favorite after school activity? Basketball

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

What have you learned about yourself this year? If I really apply myself and try my hardest I can accomplish anything in life.

Any final thoughts? Crazy how fast life flies by.

 

Kerin Dalton

What are your post high school plans? Attending Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia to major in the humanities

What will you miss most about high school? Being so close to all of my friends

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Pep rallies, football games and Mr. Rockland

What was your favorite class? AP Lang and AP Lit because I enjoyed our in depth class discussions. I also made some of my best memories in these classes with my peers.

What was your favorite after school activity? Rehearsals and practices were always the best because it gave me more time to spend with my friends and it gave us something to talk about other than school.

What was your favorite lunch? The chicken sandwich with waffle fries

What have you learned about yourself this year? Consistency is the key to success and everything happens for a reason.

Any final thoughts? I’m going to bigger places, but I’ll never forget where I came from. I’ll always be a Bulldog at heart and will never forget everything RHS gave me

 

Megan Uong

What are your post  high school plans?  I am attending UMass Boston in hopes to pursue a career in the health science field.

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

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will always remember prom, every pep rally, and the sports games.

What was your favorite class? My favorite class would have to be Anatomy with DiCanzio because she made it very interesting and exciting to learn about the human body.

What was your favorite after school activity?  My favorite after school activities were the volleyball and tennis practices, as well as the sports games.

What was your favorite lunch? Buff chick dip

What have you learned about yourself this year?  I learned that things can come when you least expect it and how to prepare myself for them. I also learned that you can’t always hold onto your past.

Any final thoughts? High school does go by quicker than you think, so enjoy every second of it with your friends and classes. Thank you RHS for the great memories!

 

Jake Benson

What are your post high school plans? I will be attending Coastal Carolina University to major in business.

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

What special moments, events etc. will you remember?  I’ll definitely remember the last day of total chaos before we got the official announcement about schools closing.

What was your favorite class? My favorite class would have to be science with Mr. Murphy. He was a great teacher.

What was your favorite after school activity? Football, basketball, lacrosse

What was your favorite lunch? The chicken dippity with waffle fries

What have you learned about yourself this year? That life kind of punches you in the stomach sometimes.

 

Joey Messier

What are your post high school plans? I plan to go to New England Institute of Technology to study robotics engineering.

What will you miss most about high school? Spending time with my friends. And the senior events I had to miss and the feeling of accomplishment while watching the countdown reach its final day.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Pep rallies and just spending time with friends in the mornings.

What was your favorite class? My favorite class was probably Neal’s or Bigsby’s English classes because I had the most fun in both classes and I could feel like myself in them.

What was your favorite after school activity? IMAGES, robotics club, track and soccer

What was your favorite lunch? Burger bar

What have you learned about yourself this year?  It’s ok to ask for help; you don’t have to do everything alone.

Any final thoughts? I wish we weren’t in quarantine. But don’t take anything for granted, the last four years flew by.

 

Hannah Murphy

What are your post high school plans? I plan to study business at a four year university.

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

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? TD Garden, States at Worcester, Unified Gym

What was your favorite class?  Unified Gym. Mrs Folsom trusted me which allowed me to really become a great leader.

What was your favorite after school activity? Basketball and volleyball

What was your favorite lunch? Popcorn chicken bar

What have you learned about yourself this year? I can become a leader at certain times; friendliness can become a game changer when having people look up to you.

Any final thoughts? Seniors should have had more privileges.

Class of 2020 Profiles #3

May 23, 2020

Here’s another set of senior profiles.  There’s still time to get your profile submitted. We would like to get everyone to participate!!

If you have tried to submit a profile on the form but could not, or it said you needed permission, you can email us at rhsveritas@rocklandschools.org and submit your answers directly based on the questions below.

 

Rachel Spano

What are your post high school plans? Work force

What will you miss most about high school? The fun moments and the teachers

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Prom, pep rally, football games

What was your favorite class? My favorite class was English junior year with Mr.Bigsby. He is a great teacher and very funny! He was a good teacher to learn from.

What was your favorite after school activity?  I’m not really sure. But I liked the idea of having extra help if you needed it in a class.

What was your favorite lunch? Burger bar

What have you learned about yourself this year? That in order to succeed you have to try to get where you want to be.

Any final thoughts? High school is a fun learning experience and I will miss it!

 

Jadzia Quackenbush

What are your post  high school plans? Attend Massasoit and then transfer to Bridgewater

What will you miss most about high school?  Telling people that aren’t percussionists to not touch the equipment.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Parades, football games, and band camp

What was your favorite class? Art because at least I’m allowed to draw in class.

What was your favorite after school activity? Art club and astronomy club.

What was your favorite lunch? Spicy chicken

 

Rachel Wojcik

What are your post  high school plans? I am going to take a gap year, and then go to Massasoit for radiologic technology.

What will you miss most about high school? Definitely the routine, and the feeling of accomplishment for good work, plus seeing my friends, as well as the potato puffs and nachos!

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? The moment Ms. Delaney told me I was going to move on to senior year.

What was your favorite class? My favorite class had to be chemistry with Mr. Murphy plainly because I like the way he runs his class, by letting us work more independently.

What was your favorite after school activity? Going home and taking a nap!

What was your favorite lunch?  My every day pepperoni pizza and potato puffs with carrots or nachos when it was nacho day.

What have you learned about yourself this year? I am capable of more than I think. I just need to push myself.

Any final thoughts? Thank you RHS!

 

Jameson McCardell

What are your post  high school plans? Attending Wheaton College in Norton, MA, majoring in physics and astronomy

What will you miss most about high school? My friends and the community

What was your favorite class? Spanish IV Honors because Mrs. Shaughnessy is fantastic

What have you learned about yourself this year? That I can often accomplish more than I think I can

Any final thoughts? Good luck to everyone! Even if I never spoke to you, know that I believe in you.

 

Emily Bugbee

What are your post  high school plans? College with a criminal justice major

What will you miss most about high school? The memories and the fun times

What was your favorite class? Art or Spanish

What was your favorite after school activity? Just hanging with friends

What was your favorite lunch?  Spicy chicken sandwich

 

Bryce Taylor

What are your post high school plans? I will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester NY. I will be studying in the School of Film and Animation.

What will you miss most about high school? Cliche but true, I will miss my friends and teachers most.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Rockland High School really knows how to celebrate our school with their pep rallies.

What was your favorite class? My favorite class was art. I used every opportunity I could to improve. I was very lucky to have Ms. Medeiros and Ms. Thompson teaching me over the years.

What was your favorite after school activity? Surprise! Art Club. It was fun and filled with great people.

What was your favorite lunch? Ummm, usually skipped lunch but they do have great nachos.

What have you learned about yourself this year? I have learned to be more confident in myself and appreciate my work.

Any final thoughts? Best of Luck to Rockland’s Class of 2020!

 

Crystal Arena

What are your post high school plans? My plan is to go straight into the workforce and hopefully take some part time classes at Massasoit specifically to get my prerequisites done.

What will you miss most about high school? The planned meet-ups with good friends during passing time, even though they were for all of 3 minutes.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? One special day I love was when the senior count-down got into the 50s. It was like a weird turning point; everyone was like, “Oh my gosh in 50 more days we will be out of here, nooo.” But we were and are so excited for new adventures.

What was your favorite class? Probably my math class with Mr. Anzalone. Even though I wasn’t the best at math and I didn’t have many friends in that class, we had a heck of a good time.

What was your favorite after school activity? It didn’t necessarily have to do with school but I loved hanging out at that tiny church across the street with my friends every Wednesday. Looking forward to those days got me through a LOT of harsh weeks of both middle school and high school.

What was your favorite lunch? Macho nacho, obviously!

What have you learned about yourself this year? That I need to rely on my friends a bit more while they are here. I need to get over my shyness and text them cause after all this, we will get busy with our own lives.

Any final thoughts?  While I’m angry and frustrated with how this year went, I’m still proud of us.

 

Sarah McLellan

What are your post high school plans? I plan to attend Bridgewater State University to major in secondary education and history.

What will you miss most about high school? I will miss being able to see my friends each day during and after school.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will remember every cross country meet and practice with my team and friends, track, and all the little but fun moments.

What was your favorite class? APUSH because it made me love history and Mac always found a way to make it interesting and fun.

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

What have you learned about yourself this year? I have learned that I can always turn things around for myself as long as I put in the effort.

Any final thoughts? Underclassmen, enjoy high school while you can and never take anything for granted. You never realize how much fun something is until it’s over.

 

 

Class of 2020 Profiles Day 2

May 22, 2020

Here is our second group of senior profiles! Check back later for more profiles. We also hope that we will get more responses from seniors who have not had a chance to take the survey!  We are learning a lot about the Class of 2020.  Congratulations to all!

Hannah Wyllie

What are your post  high school plans? Attend Colby College and major in environmental science and continue playing volleyball

What will you miss most about high school? I think I’ll miss the Rockland community the most; their supportiveness and pride is one of a kind.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Playing at TD Garden, playing in the volleyball state championship, winning two South Sectional Championships, Travel Club trip to Europe, Thursdays and Fridays at the Grille and Dog Depot, Envirothon competitions, The Lab ❤ , and salad lunches with Graz

What was your favorite class? My favorite class was AP Environmental Science. We had an interesting mix of students in the class which made it very entertaining; we did a lot of cool labs and got to go outside for many of them.

What was your favorite after school activity? 3-way tie for basketball and volleyball practices/games and environmental club

What was your favorite lunch? Chicken Dippity

What have you learned about yourself this year? I have learned not to take anything for granted. If I knew that our senior year would have ended this way I would have valued every day at school so much more. I have also learned that being counted out and being an underdog in anything can give you that motivation and drive to prove people wrong, and it is really fun to prove people wrong.

 

Stephanie Beatrice

What are your post  high school plans? I will be attending Regis College to major in nursing and play on their girls tennis team.

What will you miss most about high school? I will miss all the friends I have made in every grade, the sports teams I played on, and the community of the school.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will remember Dog Depot, being nominated for Miss Rockland, prom, homecoming, pep rallies, and especially spirit weeks when I would go all out for each day.

What was your favorite class? My favorite class was probably Anatomy because it had to do with nursing ideas, and I easily understood the material, and I loved the teacher (Ms. DiCanzio).

What was your favorite after school activity? I loved sports especially tennis even though I didn’t get to do it this year, and I also loved soccer too because I loved the teams.

What was your favorite lunch? My favorite lunch was the make your own sandwich or wrap.

What have you learned about yourself this year? I have learned that I can make an impact on people and that I am very social with everyone.

Any final thoughts? I will miss Rockland High School so much, and I hope the underclassmen do not take anything for granted.

 

Hallie Molineaux

What are your post  high school plans? After high school I plan to pursue my career in cosmetology at Toni and Guy Hairdressing Academy.

What will you miss most about high school? What I will miss most about high school is seeing everyone you know essentially every day. Later on in life we will no longer be able to see half the people we went to high school with.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will remember each and every pep rally, school dance, and cheerleading competition.

What was your favorite class? My favorite class would have to be Mr. Neal’s English class. I had him my sophomore and junior year and his classes were without a doubt the classes I learned the most from.

What was your favorite after school activity? My favorite after school activity was going down to the back gym for cheer practice.

What was your favorite lunch? Buffalo chicken dip

What have you learned about yourself this year? I have learned this year to be my my own person, and also that not every person in your life will stay.

Any final thoughts? People always say high school goes by in the blink of an eye. While you’re living it you have no idea that it actually does. So enjoy school and the people you see every day.

 

Katy Buckley

What are your post  high school plans? I will be attending Worcester State University to major in Elementary Education.

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

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will always remember Junior Prom. I will also always remember my internship in the Rockland Public Preschool; it was so much fun and I loved the kids so much!

What was your favorite class? My favorite class was Anatomy because Ms. DiCanzio always has a way to make it exciting!

What was your favorite after school activity? My favorite after school activity was Student Council.

What was your favorite lunch? My favorite lunch was macho nacho.

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

 

Kayla Mantell

What are your post  high school plans? I wish to go to Massasoit for a year or two and then transfer to Bridgewater State University to major in musical education.

What will you miss most about high school? I’ll miss walking into school every day and meeting my friends for breakfast. I’ll also miss the musicals and performances from the chorus and band.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Most of the special moments that happened were in chorus. I had the most fun with my friends there, singing together, goofing around, and I will never forget the Six Flags field trip from last year. It was so much fun even though I didn’t go on any rides. I spent the whole day outside with my friends who I consider family, and that’s all I could ask for.

What was your favorite class? Definitely chorus because I absolutely love singing and performing. Even though we didn’t do much this year due to covid, I know I had more fun in chorus than any other class during the four years of my high school life.

What was your favorite after school activity? It would absolutely be the musicals. Every day after school practicing and having fun with my friends was just amazing. I also made many new friends and connections through the musical and became a role model for the middle schoolers.

What was your favorite lunch? 1st lunch, I was always hungry before D block class.

What have you learned about yourself this year? I have learned to be more confident and calm during confrontations, and that teaching is what I want to do. I want to follow in Ms. Allen’s footsteps and direct high school choirs to be something amazing.

Any final thoughts? I just wish we had the full senior year experience like the graduates years before us. It’s so sad and disappointing that we can’t have all of the fun senior things that were planned for us.

 

Jillian Dorney

What are your post  high school plans? I plan to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a major in education

What will you miss most about high school? I’m going to miss everything- from the football games to the morning announcements. Also, being a part of a team and playing the sports that I love. But also, my teachers and friends because without them I would not have made it through these past 4 years.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I’ll remember all the sport events I attended and especially all the ones I played in (whether it was tennis, swim, or volleyball). Everything from these last 4 years was unforgettable.

What was your favorite class? My favorite class had to be Anatomy or Spanish. I found those classes easy which was nice, but the teachers were awesome and I actually enjoyed those subjects

What was your favorite after school activity? Definitely going down to the tennis courts and hitting around whether it be practice or not. Tennis was definitely one of the most important things to me throughout high school.

What was your favorite lunch? I’m gonna have to go with the popcorn chicken bar.

What have you learned about yourself this year? I’ve learned that life isn’t always going to be easy or go my way but I just need to have a positive outlook. I need to not take anything for granted and cherish every moment and memory.

Any final thoughts? It’s been a good ride RHS, thanks for all the mems!

 

Maria Ciano

What are your post  high school plans? I plan to attend Regis College to major in Registered Nursing.

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

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will remember fun soccer games and track meets.

What was your favorite class? Anatomy and Physiology because I enjoyed learning about the human body and its functions.

What was your favorite after school activity? Participating on the track and soccer team and hanging out with friends

What was your favorite lunch? Pizza

What have you learned about yourself this year? I have learned to never take anything for granted and to always be appreciative. Rockland High School has successfully prepared me for my future and I am proud to say I am a graduate from this community.

 

Tyler Johnson

What are your post  high school plans? I will be attending Northeastern University to double major in business finance and economics.

What will you miss most about high school? Out of all the great things at RHS, the thing I will miss the most is the vast amount of encouragement and support that both students and faculty showed.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? There are many moments that I will always remember, but the most memorable was traveling the world with my teachers and classmates.

What was your favorite class? AP Statistics because the curriculum was interesting and Hoff was always caring and helpful.

What was your favorite after school activity? My favorite after school activities were cross country, the travel club, and the Guatemala service trip.

What was your favorite lunch? My favorite lunch was the popcorn chicken.

What have you learned about yourself this year? This year I have gained the mentality to have the determination to persevere despite challenges, and also that complaining only makes the challenges harder.

Any final thoughts? Thanks RHS for all the great memories!

 

If you see any errors, let us know so that we can correct them. Email rhsveritas@rocklandschools.org.   See you tomorrow with more profiles!

 

 

 

Profiles of the Class of 2020 Graduates

May 21, 2020

No one will deny it has been difficult for the seniors at RHS (and everywhere) to end their high school careers without all the traditional activities such as the cafeteria countdown, the last days of classes,  senior pranks (maybe), and Senior Week activities including Graduation in their new caps and gowns. While the Senior Week activities are scheduled for later this summer, we at the Veritas want to get the celebration started now.

We usually dedicate our last print issue of the year to seniors, but instead we are going to profile as many seniors as respond to our questionnaire here on our website. We will let them tell you in their own words what the last four years have meant to them and how they view the years ahead.

We will publish Q and A profiles each day (about 7 or more at a time) until we have completed the class (hopefully all 158 of you), so keep checking back to see your favorite seniors from the RHS Class of 2020!

Grace LaPlante

What are your post high school plans? I plan to attend Salem State University to major in psychology in hopes of opening my own private therapy practice one day.

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

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Track meets and prom.

What was your favorite class? Guidance was my favorite class.

What was your favorite after school activity? Working or having track practice in the spring.

What was your favorite lunch? Homemade lunches!

What have you learned about yourself this year? That I am very independent and way too old to still have been in high school.

Any final thoughts? May 20th was the happiest day of my life.

 

Jacob Harris

What are your post high school plans? I plan to attend Ursinus College located in Collegeville PA

What will you miss most about high school? All of the family and friends I’ve created through sports, classes and work.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember?  Pep rally roller coasters, all five years of swim team, two time league all-star in swimming, Five Guys with the tennis team, tournament with the tennis team, RHS varsity soccer, scoring a goal to beat EB 8-1 and being featured on Sports Center.

What was your favorite class? Art. It was a class where I could relax for a bit and take my mind off other classes.

What was your favorite after school activity? Soccer, swim team and tennis.

What was your favorite lunch? Spicy Chicken Wrap

What have you learned about yourself this year? I can be a leader and succeed at whatever I put my mind to.

Any final thoughts? The four years went by so fast and this year ended too soon. To the future students at RHS, don’t take anything for granted; make the most of the time you have and make fishing club a real thing.

Dakota Pike

What are your post high school plans?

Attending Coastal Carolina University to major in psychology with a concentration in forensics

What will you miss most about high school? Softball

What was your favorite class? Spanish because Mrs. Shaughnessy made it fun to learn.

What was your favorite lunch? Macho Nacho

 

 

Mat Bruzzese

What are your post high school plans? I plan to attend UMass Amherst and major in accounting.

What will you miss most about high school? I’ll miss all of my friends, the teachers, and the rest of the staff.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Pep rally, prom, tennis bus rides, Friday night football games, playoff games

What was your favorite class? Calc, it was tough but I enjoyed the challenge, and there was never a dull moment in Casa’s class

What was your favorite after school activity? Tennis

What was your favorite lunch? Pasta bar

What have you learned about yourself this year? I learned that I still need to work on managing my time better.

Any final thoughts? Thank you for everything RHS, and to any underclassmen who may see this, enjoy high school, because as cliche as this sounds, it does fly by.

 

Elyse Finerty

What are your post high school plans? Major in pediatric or trauma nursing at Westfield State University

What will you miss most about high school? Macho nacho and seeing all the kids that I grew up with.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will always remember when Jesus came in our junior pep rally to do the roller coaster and we completely blew it out of the park. Everyone had a great time during that. Also, when a chicken came in to sing happy birthday to Graz our sophomore year.

What was your favorite class? Anatomy because Ms. DiCanzio truly connects with her students and makes sure that we understand what we’re learning so that we do well in the class. Also the dissections were pretty cool.

What was your favorite lunch? MACHO NACHO

What have you learned about yourself this year? I can push myself further than I ever thought.

Any final thoughts? I will truly miss the time I spent at RHS.

 

Alyssa Patten

What are your post  high school plans? I will be attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan to major in forensic psychology and double minor in Spanish and law.

What will you miss most about high school? Hanging out in my favorite teachers’ rooms and chatting with them.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Our last pep rally and powderpuff game. Traveling to Guatemala as well as Japan and Europe. Also playing at TD Garden with the basketball team.

What was your favorite class? My favorite class this year had to have been Anatomy A block because I loved learning about the human body and our class was the best. However, I really loved Spanish class this year and learning about all the different cultures and styles of music and dance.

What was your favorite after school activity? Basketball

What was your favorite lunch? Make your own wrap.

What have you learned about yourself this year? I have learned a lot about my resiliency throughout this hard time and just how much support I have from people all around me.

Any final thoughts? Although our senior year was cut short I wouldn’t trade it for the whole. The Class of 2020 has been through so much together and this year just showed how strong we all truly are. I’m so thankful for the memories I made at RHS that I will cherish forever.

 

Jordan Delorey

What are your post  high school plans? I will be attending Bridgewater State University to double major in criminal justice and psychology to be able to obtain a career in the FBI.

What will you miss most about high school? The support from friends and teachers

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Junior Prom

What was your favorite class? Spanish because my teacher was like one of my friends. She was always there for me when I needed it and always gave you a true and honest answer. She never sugar coated things, I am gonna miss her most of all. Thank you Melissa Shaughnessy!

What was your favorite after school activity? Hanging out with friends on days I didn’t work

What have you learned about yourself this year? That everyone has struggles, and it is what you do in your life to make them better, and how hard you work.

Any final thoughts? Don’t take anything for granted upcoming seniors; every moment counts.

Please contact rhsveritas@rocklandschools.org if there are any errors so that we can correct them, and check back tomorrow for more profiles.

Many Students Continue to Work Hard Despite Challenges

 

May 21, 2020

Kelly Kearns, Veritas Staff

With the Covid-19 pandemic turning everyone’s world upside down, it’s not hard to see why students at RHS would lose their motivation for doing hours of school work. And while you might think students would welcome the chance to get school work done, if only to fight off boredom, the truth is that many are finding it difficult to stay on-track.

However, here at Rockland High School, many students are keeping up with their school work.  Senior Erin Kearns says that although most of the work she was assigned was optional, she still wanted to get it all done.

“As a senior a lot of my work has been optional, but I’ve still been working hard to get all the work done because I still get credit for optional assignments,” says Kearns.  Seniors finished up their classes yesterday, May 20.

Freshman Julia Bahnuk agreed, “It depends on the class. most classes I feel the work is mandatory; however, some teachers said the work was optional so we didn’t have to do it at all.” 

The Rockland Public Schools are following state education guidelines that say students can’t be penalized for failure to do work that was assigned after March 12.  The policy can be found here in the Remote Learning Plan through 6/12.

As if the low motivation levels weren’t making working from home challenging enough, students also have to learn how to teach themselves new topics.  Bahnuk said, “It’s harder to learn from home since we don’t have the teachers helping us all the time like at school.”

Freshman Shea MacDougall says that she’s been able to work from home even though teaching herself new topics can get challenging.

Kearns says that because students are doing all the work online, it can feel like there is more work than they would typically get at school. Bahnuk and MacDougall both feel that sometimes the work can be overwhelming, but not all the time.

Even if students are not always swamped with work, it can be hard to focus. MacDougall says that it is harder to “focus at home because there are more distractions.”

Kearns says that she tried to focus by scheduling her days out. “I’ve been able to focus on my work by keeping my day somewhat scheduled out,” Kearns says. “I set an alarm and get up, eat breakfast and get ready for the day like I would for school and then do my best to get my work done.” 

Even though it is much harder to do work at home, many RHS students are continuing to get their work done, knowing that going forward learning is still important.

 

Senior Parade Scheduled for May 27

Dear Rockland Community,

The administration was approached over the weekend by members of the senior class about having a senior car parade to each of the schools within the district. After speaking with the senior class officers and the Rockland Police Department, we are planning to support a Car Parade on Wednesday, May 27th starting at 2 PM.

Seniors will have the opportunity to decorate their cars, beep their horns, and be loud as they go by each one of the schools in the district. Only one senior is allowed per car in keeping with social distancing expectations. If a senior does not have a license or car, the senior’s parent/guardian is encouraged to drive in the car with the student. Seniors must drive responsibly, adhering to the speed limits, leaving appropriate space in between each car, and remaining inside the car at all times.

On Wednesday, May 27th the senior class will meet in the Veterans Memorial Stadium parking lot at 1:45 PM. The students will form a line (escorted by the Rockland Police Department) and they will follow a set route. The parade will begin promptly at 2 PM.

The students will go from the Veterans Memorial Parking lot down Brian Duffy Way to Memorial Park School, around the circle, and back up Taunton Ave to Union Street.
The parade will then go down Union Street to Crescent Street. They will take a left on Crescent Street and head toward George Street. They will take a right onto George Street and go by Jefferson School.
The students will then take a left onto Market Street and take a right onto Levin Road. They will drive down Levin Road into the entrance of Esten School.
The students will drive around the circle at Esten and then students will return to the Veteran Memorial Stadium parking lot by taking a left onto Summer Street and going up Concord Street, taking a left on Market Street, and then a right onto Union Street. The parade will go down Taunton Ave and end at the stadium parking lot.

We would like to invite the Rockland community to get out and show these seniors some love. If you are available to stand along the route with supportive signs and/ or decorations and cheer on the senior class of 2020 it would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Officer Ethan Schnabel
School Resource Officer

Kristen Walsh
Senior Class Advisor

Kathleen Paulding
RHS Assistant Principal

John Harrison
Principal

Spellman Oratorical Contest Winners for the Class of 2020

Rockland High School English Department Coordinator, Carol Cahill has announced the winners of the 2020 Spellman Oratorical Contest.  They are:

1st place: Lara Glennon – $1300

2nd place: Tyler Gambon – $1100

Tied for 3rd & 4th: Sarah McLellan and Ashley Gallagher – $750 each

Tied for 5th and 6th: Kerin Dalton & Neleh Dunn – $300 each.

Ms. Cahill was happy to have been able to coordinate and continue the awarding of the Spellman scholarships under these unusual circumstances. The prize money is made available from a trust established by the late Francis Cardinal Spellman of Whitman in memory of his mother, Ellen Conway Spellman, who resided in Rockland. The judges of this year’s contest, who also judged last year, were Laura Whitaker, Steve Waisgerber and Karen Bonn.

The topic for this year’s contest was devised by AP Literature teacher, Chris Neal of the  RHS English Department. It was “Monsters as a Reflection of the Human Experience.” Students who participated discussed the question: “How do literature and other works of art depict monsters, real or imagined, and how do they serve as a reflection of human experience?”  After students wrote their speeches and practiced them, they then recorded them on YouTube.  Public Speaking and Digital Media teacher Dave Cable-Murphy provided each student with instructions on how to do a good video speech and YouTube presentation.

After Ms. Cahill received and compiled the students’ Youtube submissions, she sent them to each of the three judges.  Next, the judges held a zoom meeting and deliberated the merits of each student’s presentation. Speeches are judged on content, delivery, diction and poise.

In her video announcing the results, Ms. Cahill said, “I and the whole English Department were wowed by the results from the six students who entered the contest.” She said that the essays were well written and well thought out and the videos were “fantastic.” Addressing the students she said,  “We couldn’t be more proud of the work you have done under these very non-traditional circumstances.”

First place winner, Lara Glennon explained her motivation for entering despite having to do it independently. “I always knew I wanted to compete in the Spellman Oratorical; doing it remotely didn’t change that. I’ve always enjoyed writing and I feel that it’s something I’m good at, so an essay contest was a perfect way to try for a scholarship.”

She admitted that doing it remotely was difficult without being able to “bounce ideas off my classmates and teachers.” But she said, “It was totally worth it.”  As far as the process she said, “The prompt was monsters as a reflection of the human experience and I had some ideas immediately after hearing the prompt, so it didn’t take me too long to write the essay. Recording it was the hardest part.”

But doing her speech on video also had an upside. “Since I had the opportunity to send in the perfect take, I didn’t stop until I got it right.” Lara will be attending Emerson in the fall where her scholarship will come in handy!

Tyler Gambon who placed second said, “Preparing and reciting my speech honestly didn’t take that long and I’m glad I could be a part of continuing this valued tradition at RHS despite the circumstances.”

Ashley Gallagher said that writing the speech was “really fun due to the interesting topic of monsters given this year. It took me one night to write and multiple hours of revision to bring it to my standards.” She also said, “The recording portion took me at least 7 hours to bring the video close to my standards.”

Ashley gave credit to her classmates. “Every submission this year was amazing and I am glad I got to compete with them all this year.”

Kerin Dalton commented on the experience as well. “Spellman was definitely an interesting experience this year to say the least. The one nice thing about it was that if I messed up I could just stop the camera and start over. Of course that also turned a six minute speech into an hour and a half video shoot. But it was worth it.”

She too enjoyed writing to the prompt. “English has always been my strong suit. It is usually required for AP students to take part, but since it became optional I knew I had a better chance of placing and earning some easy money, also inclining me to pursue the opportunity.”

She says she is glad that she got to see the other seniors’ speeches on YouTube.

Here are the speeches. The “entrants” were numbered for judging purposes. Congratulations to all of these remarkable seniors!

RHS Teachers and Staff Deliver Grad Signs to Seniors

April 9, 2020

More than 35 RHS staff delivered lawn signs to members of the Class of 2020 this morning.  In pairs and maintaining safe social distancing faculty and staff members set up lawn signs that read:  “Proud Home of a 2020 R.H.S. Senior Bulldog.”  Needless to say it was a labor of love for RHS staff; many seniors and their parents also expressed thanks and appreciation from their doorways for the surprise visits from their teachers.

Principal John Harrison sent a message to seniors this morning saying:

“Dear Seniors,  The RHS staff is coming together this morning, April 9, (we will adhere to social distancing rules) to deliver a small but special surprise to your residence. If you see an RHS staff member beep from their car, they are going to drop something off outside for you. If you  hear a horn and see a staff member – come outside and give us a wave! If for some reason you do not get a surprise delivered to your house today-please let me know and we will drop something off tomorrow! Thank you, Mr. Harrison”

One parent wrote on Facebook: “To the Teachers and Staff at Rockland High School.  To say I am beyond moved is an understatement. Our kids have had an unusual amount of anxiety, wondering if their prom, graduation, senior activities, and the general bonding that goes with that will be cancelled, and your gift made my daughter’s day.”

Senior Hannah Wyllie expressed the feelings of all the seniors: “It was an awesome surprise to see some of my teachers today. I think all of the seniors are disappointed about everything we are missing right now, but we are so lucky and I am so grateful that we have such supportive teachers and staff. This surprise really made my day!”

WRPS video

Twitter photos

We Miss Our Bulldogs!

Ms. Walsh coordinated the making of this video message from teachers addressed to students.  WRPS’ Chris Burnieika put it together!  Click the link twice to get to Youtube.

COVID-19 Impact on Our Community

Empty halls at RHS.

Althea Olsen, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

March 17, 2020

Until April 7th, Rockland Public Schools will be closed in order to contain the ongoing crisis of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Beginning in Wuhan, China, the coronavirus rapidly spread throughout China’s nation, and quickly spread throughout Europe and the United States. As a response to the now declared pandemic, the United States has declared a national emergency and with each day that passes, the U.S. is issuing stricter guidelines to “flatten the curve” of the virus’ spread. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has ordered all private and public schools to be closed for three weeks in order to contain the spread of the virus within Massachusetts. Along with the closing of schools, the MIAA, or the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association has decided that the beginning of spring sports will be delayed until April 27.

Precautions:

One of the major ways to keep personal hygiene and protection from the virus is washing the hands with soap and warm water for at least twenty seconds. Hand sanitizer with sixty percent alcohol is a great alternative for when soap and water are not applicable. The CDC recommends that individuals do not rely on hand sanitizer to keep them safe, and to wash hands when possible. The CDC also recommends to clean and disinfect surfaces often, and stay home if one is feeling unwell. Wearing a medical mask will only help if the individual wearing the mask is sick. Medical masks will prevent the spreading of illness, but will not prevent the gaining of it. Most importantly, cover the mouth when sneezing or coughing, and keep a six foot distance from individuals who appear to be sick.

Risk Factors:

Individuals over the age of 60 are most prone to more serious related illnesses from the virus. Those who are immunocompromised, including individuals with heart and lung disease and diabetes are in the most danger. In our local community, grocery stores such as Market Basket and Stop and Shop have established specific time frames within their store that are dedicated for those aged 60 and over. This creates a safer and more comfortable environment for those who are at larger risk for the virus. Check the websites of grocery stores for more information.

Individuals under the age of sixty with healthy immune systems will often have no severe cases of the virus. COVID-19 within younger, healthier individuals is compared to having the cold or the flu. In order to decrease the spread to those who are in greater danger, everyone is urged to keep a distance of six feet, called social distancing, and practice healthy hygiene.

Student perspective: 

Due to the possible cancellation and delay of spring sports, many seniors fear they will be unable to share their last memories on the field. Yesterday, the MIAA  announced that spring sports may be able to begin on April 27.

Schools across Massachusetts have also cancelled important events such as their proms and fundraising opportunities.  The RHS music and theatre department’s Mary Poppins that was scheduled on March 27 and 28 has also been cancelled. The College Board has cancelled the May 2 SAT testing.  Juniors should check their website for future testing dates.   For juniors and seniors AP exams are still scheduled. For more on AP tests, check here.

Here’s a small sampling of how Rockland High School students feel about all of this.

Junior Robert Ivil said, “Everyone and the media are making a huge deal about an evolved cold, but I am worried for my grandparents since they are a part of the high risk age.”

Billy Robinson, also a junior, believes that society is treating this as if it is the Black Plague, but believes that having no school is a positive step, since so many aspects of the disease are unknown.

Zachary Solomon says that he is very bored without school, and is worried for his grandparents since they are in the high risk age and have experienced past illnesses. Most of the students in Rockland believe school cancellation is a positive in order to contain the virus.

It is strongly advised that individuals follow quarantine rules to the best of their abilities.

During the school closing, Rockland High School will have free grab and go lunch available Monday through Friday 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the “Mainstreet” entrance of the  high school.

Dr. Alan Cron has also announced that administration and teachers have worked “to develop a district-wide, comprehensive ‘work from home’ plan for all students and parents. Also, the district will provide laptops or Chromebook computers to those who only have a phone to connect to the internet. Dr. Cron said those that would like to borrow a laptop should email their building principals.

If you are without internet service at home, Comcast is providing a 2-month free internet package for families. Information on the program can be found at http://internetessentials.com/.

Please help spread this information and check the RPS website for updates.

 

 

 

Girls’ Basketball Team Will Play At TD Garden on Weds. March 11

Captains Hannah Wyllie, Caroline Elie and Hannah Murphy with their So. Sectional Trophy on Friday night. Veritas photo

March 8, 2020

The girls basketball team, for only the second time in 20 years, will be playing in the Division 3 State Semifinals. The game will be on Weds. March 11 at TD Garden in Boston at 2 p.m.  Due to the timing, RHS Principal Dr. John Harrison has scheduled Wednesday to be an early release day at 12 p.m. so that students and staff can attend the game and support the girls.  Busses will be provided for all who wish to attend the game.  Principal Harrison said, “I feel this is a special moment for our school community.”

The girls advanced to the state semifinals by defeating Archbishop Williams on Friday night by a score of 53-37.  That game gave them the Division 3 So. Sectional title and a chance to continue to the State Tournament where they will face another private school, St. Mary’s of Lynn.   St. Mary’s played in the State Championship game last year.  They lost to the West Champ, Hoosac in that game.

Captains Caroline Elie, Hannah Murphy and Hannah Wyllie led the girls in the game Friday night as the team looked to avenge their loss to Archbishop Williams in the semifinals last year.  The team took care of business right away by going out to a 10-0 first quarter lead and continued to dominate the Bishops with suffocating defense and precision offense.

Coach Diana Newcomb said, “We followed the game plan exactly.”  Expect the team to be ready for another great game on Weds.

Information about busses will be available and the schedule for Weds. is below.  Go Dogs!!

Schedule for Early Release on Wednesday, 3/11- DAY 1 DROP F & G

8:00-8:41 A Block

8:44-9:25B Block

9:28-10:09 C Block

10:12-10:53E Block

Lunch and Class Time D Block

1st 10:56 – 11:16 Class 11:16-11:56

2nd 11:16 – 11:36 Class 10:56-11:16; Lunch; 11:36-11:56

3rd 11:36- 11:56 Class 10:56-11:36

**F will not meet!!

For students who have third lunch, they will be dismissed from the lunch room.

Photos from Friday night!

Bulldog fans were out in force Friday night in Taunton as the girls basketball team defeated Archbishop Williams 53-37 in the South Sectional Finals.

Valentine’s Day and Kindness Day at RHS

Feb. 14, 2020

Today is not only Valentine’s Day, it is also Kindness Day in the schools and in the Town of Rockland.

The Veritas asked a few people about Valentine’s Day to help celebrate and the Student Government Council posted notes to every student at RHS to BE KIND to all on #KindnessRockland2020.

So, pass on the love and the kindness today and everyday!!

 

High Honors Recipients Get Chipotle

Forty RHS students were recognized on Tuesday, Feb. 11 with a special luncheon, catered by Chipotle, in the media center. The luncheon was in recognition of the students’ achieving high honor grades in term 1, term 2 or in both terms.  Principal John Harrison and Asst. Principal Kathy Paulding as well as Guidance Coordinator, Margie Black, and the RHS Guidance Department were the hosts.

Mr. Harrison congratulated the students saying that being one of 40 students achieving high honors was a special accomplishment since they represented less than 10% of the student population of Rockland High School with an enrollment of 600.

Students received certificates after lunch!

The students included:

Terms 1 and 2: Melyssa Almedia, Monalisa Almeida, Jad Bendarawi, Sydney Blaney, Kathryn Buckley, Olivia Golemme, Patrick Hitchcock, Toni Hawe, Tyler Johnson, Matthew Medford,  Petr Quinn, Oliver Reera, Julia Yeadon,

Term 1: Stephanie Beatrice,  Riley Cadogan, Shane Daly, Julia DeLima, Robert Ivil III, Kayla Mantell, Tyler Gambon, Colin McKerrel,  Isabelle Polvere,  Emma Radzik, Nathaniel Rivas, Aaron Steeves, Troy Therrien,  Hannah Wyllie,

Term 2: Michael Caron II, Nicholas Cedrone, Esabella DeFillippo, Callie Gillan, Lara Glennon, Nicolle Ligia Gudiel Winter, Olivia Jones, Mary Kate Leoncavallo, Victoria Murray, Lina Nassif, Ngan Nguyen, Cullen Rogers, Emilie Scannell

 

Mrs. Ellis Says Goodbye to RHS

Principal’s Secretary Mrs. Ellis (standing) in the office on her retirement day at RHS with Principal John Harrison and Sue O’Brien.

Alana Miller, Veritas Staff

January 31, 2020

 All good things must come to an end and so on Friday, Jan. 31, Rockland High School had to say goodbye to Mrs. Jane Ellis who is retiring after 32 years as the principal’s secretary at RHS.

In those 32 years Mrs. Ellis has seen many classes come and go through Rockland High and she was responsible for coordinating each graduation and senior awards ceremony that took place each year. She was secretary for five principals: A. Scott MacKinlay, James Kerrigan, Steven Sangster, Dr. Alan Cron and the present principal, Dr. John Harrison. In the many years that she has been here Mrs. Ellis said that she “was very fortunate that she was able to work with all of the great principals because they were awesome to work with.”

Dr. Harrison who has been principal for four years said that she taught him “most of my position. She has also given me a wealth of information about everything such as this job, helping with tasks, and she does everything with a sense of humor and patience.”

Reflecting on her retirement, she said she is sad that she will be leaving people she spends every week day with, but she also has a good feeling about it, saying she will now be able to enjoy more free time and also cherish all of the memories that she made with her coworkers.

Mrs. Ellis also said she is going to miss “all of the activities that happened in and around the office” with all of her coworkers and the students. Also, she added that she will miss “telling kids what’s on the ‘yummy lunch menu’ every morning over the loudspeaker during announcements.”

Mrs. Susan O’Brien, secretary of the general office, will be taking over for Mrs. Ellis.

We wish Mrs. Ellis the best in her retirement and thank her for all she has done for RHS over the years.

For profiles of both Mrs. Ellis and Mrs. O’Brien check the February issue of the Veritas!

 

 

 

Mat Bruzzese Takes First Place in Poetry Out Loud

From left: Mat Bruzzese, Kathleen Nee, Emilly Costa and Anabelle MacDonald. Veritas photo

January 28, 2020

Senior Mat Bruzzese came in first last night in the annual Poetry Out Loud contest held  at Rockland High School. His first place award enables him to move on to the Poetry Out Loud regional competition in Yarmouth in March.

Bruzzese was one of four contestants in the poetry recitation event. Sophomore Kathleen Nee came in second while freshmen Anabelle MacDonald and Emilly Costa shared the third place prize.

English Department head, Carol Cahill hosted the event in the lecture hall and congratulated all the students for their poetry recitations.  Each student recited two poems, one in each round of competition.

Students choose their poems from a library provided by the National Poetry Out Loud organization. A list of the students’ poems is below.

The three judges of the contestants included Karen Bonn, Bill Boyer, and Danny Bolton.The judges evaluated each student’s performance on physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding and overall performance. Accuracy scorer was RHS English teacher, Kendra Donovan.

Congratulations to Mat and to all the contestants.

Poems

Kathleen Nee – “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and “Abandoned Farmhouse” by Ted Kooser

Annabelle MacDonald – “Broken Promises” by David Kirby and “I Remember, I Remember” by Thomas Hood

Emilly Costa – “I Am Offering this Poem” by Jimmy Santiago Baca and “I heard a fly buzz when I died” by Emily Dickinson

Mat Bruzzese – “The Days Gone By” by James Whitcomb Riley and “Sweet Tooth” by Russel Edson

Poetry Out Loud Scheduled for Jan. 27

January 24, 2020

Six RHS students are preparing for the annual Poetry Out Loud competition to be held on Monday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in the RHS lecture hall.

This year the six students will compete for the honor of representing Rockland in the Regional Competition to be held in March.

They include: Kathleen Nee, Mat Bruzzese, Abigail Procter, Annabelle MacDonald, Emilly Costa, and Abby Moran.  Each student will recite one poem in two separate rounds of competition.  

More than a competition, the night will feature the opportunity to listen to poetry dramatically presented.  Each student has chosen their two poems based on the Poetry Out Loud catalog.  One poem must be from pre-20th Century.

Come support this year’s six Poetry Bulldogs on Monday night in the lecture hall!

Below are photos from last year’s event.

 

 

Fundraiser For Students Going To Guatemala

January 10, 2020

Students attending a service trip to Guatemala in April are encouraging students, staff and community members to clean out their closets for the New Year.

As a fundraiser, the group would like to collect 800 bags of clothing, shoes and soft accessories which would earn them approximately $2,000 toward their travel expenses.

Donations can be brought to the high school on Saturday morning, Jan. 18 between 9 and 11 am. The bags will then be transported to Savers in Hanover.

Melissa Shaughnessy, RHS Spanish teacher and one of the trip’s coordinators, says that this fundraiser has been successful in the past with 600 bags donated in one year.  For every 400 bags, the service learning group will earn $1,000.

The RHS group in Guatemala last year.

The service trip to Guatemala gives students the opportunity to help people who live in poverty. Through the organization Worthy Village students team up with other service workers and provide families with water filters, hygiene products and other materials to help improve their lives.

Senior Alyssa Patten went to Guatemala with the RHS group last year and is returning again this year.  She explained her reason for going back again this year. “Traveling down to Guatemala with the school and Worthy Village has truly made such an impact on my life. After returning home last year I immediately wanted to continue to make a difference and wanted to go back and help out more. I am so excited to be able to travel again this April.”

Alyssa Patten will be returning to Guatemala this year to work to help impoverished villagers by providing water filters. Tyler Johnson is on the right in this photo from last year’s RHS service trip.

Patten described the experience that has meant so much to her. “Seeing the faces on the families in Guatemala when we arrived with water filter systems changed me for the better. It showed me how much we truly take for granted here and how the littlest things make them so happy.”

She says that she is going back not only to “change more lives,” but also she said, “I get to go back and have my life changed for the better. I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity and am so excited to see what this group of students will do!”

Senior Lara Glennon will also be returning to Guatemala in April. She said, “I’m going back to Guatemala because the trip last year truly changed my life. While in Guatemala I was able to change so many people’s lives while also bettering myself by understanding parts of the world outside of my own and what I can do to make a difference.”

Glennon added,  “I’m so thankful I’m about to go again with RHS and help bring the same experiences I had to more students.”

To help out students with this fundraiser, bags of clothing can be brought in on Friday, Jan. 17 or on Saturday, Jan. 18.  Donors will receive one hour of community service per three bags.

 

Vaping Presentation for Parents on January 16

vaping

On Thursday, January 16 at 6 pm, Morissa Vital, program manager from the Southeast Tobacco-Free Community Partnership will speak to parents about vaping and nicotine addiction. The presentation will be mainly focused around the high school vaping epidemic. Morissa Vital will specifically address ways to prevent secondhand smoke, ways to help individuals quit nicotine and tobacco, along with helpful ways to prevent youth members from starting nicotine and tobacco products.

Parents deserve to be informed about the harmful impacts a high school social norm can induce. 20% of Massachusetts high school students report currently using e-cigarettes and vape pens, and 41% have tried them at least once (see attached flyer). As a generation, students and even parents are being exposed to toxic and harmful chemicals. Parents are encouraged to attend the presentation in order to raise awareness for themselves and their children.

A table representing Rockland Cares will also be available to visit on the night of the presentation. Rockland Cares is a community organization that provides information and support for individuals and families who suffer with addiction.

Both the presentation delivered by Morissa Vital and the Rockland Cares table are extraordinary steps the town of Rockland is taking in order to raise awareness about the dangers of nicotine and addiction. As a community, Rockland thanks everyone for their undivided support and commitment in hopes to make a difference.

If you have any questions please contact Freea Leahy, Director of Adjustment Counseling, at fleahy@rocklandschools.org or call 781-871-8406.

We hope to see everyone there on January 16th!

Alumni Visit RHS

December 20, 2019

Rockland High School alumni from the Class of 2019 visited RHS and spoke to students about their college experiences in an assembly in the auditorium.  Alumni had a chance to visit with students and staff in the cafeteria after the assembly. The visit was organized by English teacher, Kristen Walsh and RHS Principal, John Harrison.  Thank you alumni!!

Band/Chorus on Annual Holiday Stroll

The band plays a holiday tune at Memorial Park.

December 20, 2019

The RHS band and chorus under the direction of John Piazza and Victoria Allen visited the elementary schools this morning as well as the Rockland Rehab. Center and the Rockland Senior Center.  This is an annual “holiday stroll” that the band and chorus have taken part in annually to spread some holiday spirit and music in the schools and the town.

They played and sang several holiday tunes at each location and involved their audience in a few songs as well.

Back at RHS they gave a concert during the last block.

What a ride! RHS’ fall play was hilarious!

Emily Gaboriault, Veritas Editor-in-Chief 

December 12, 2019

On December 5th, 6th, and 7th, the RHS Theater Department put on “Marcus is Walking.” The show featured various scenes all based around a car; for instance, running over a chipmunk, a car accident and a night trick or treating.

When asked about the show , director Julia DiCanzio stated, “I love directing the fall play and seeing each student take risks, grow in confidence, and become part of the wonderful community that was formed around the play…The performances showed the commitment and effort that each student, cast and crew, put into the play.”

When asked how they thought the show went, actors Katy Buckley and Jordan Cunningham stated that they thought it went really well! Buckley states, “It was so awesome to hear such great reviews!” Cunningham also adds, “I loved the amount of students who attended to support the theatre department!”

Katy Buckley, Emily Gaboriault, Lara Glennon tend to a run over chipmunk as Suzi, Heidi, and Jay.  photo by Arianna Esposito
Jordan Cunningham, Philip Pattison, Zach Webb eat some treats on halloween night while trick or treating.   Veritas photo
Zach Webb and Adam Dalton as Gabe and Dmitry.  photo by Arianna Esposito

The actors included Ben Pattison, Zach Webb, Phil Pattison, Jordan Cunningham, Julia Yeadon, Adam Dalton, Neleh Dunn. Emily Gaboriault, Lara Glennon and Katy Buckley. Each actor played several parts.

The stage crew was led by stage manager Kerin Dalton and asst. stage manager, Maria Pala. In the crew were Jonah Pishkin, Maddie Smith Miku Yoshioka, Leah Leonard, Cailin Sullivan, Ngan Nguyen, Christa Pollard and Callie Gillan.

Seth Rosczewski and Terrel Wright were the lighting and sound operators with an assist by Chris Burnieika. Phil DiCanzio and Jim DiCanzio designed and built the set. Julia DiCanzio and Joanne White were the faculty directors.


Click here for our photo gallery of the play.  Photos by Arianna Esposito.

“Marcus is Walking” Begins Tonight

The cast and the crew of “Marcus is Walking” photo by Arianna Esposito

The Rockland High School Theater Guild’s fall production “Marcus is Walking: Scenes from the Road” will be performed beginning tonight (Thursday, Dec. 5) at 7 p.m. in the Rockland High School Auditorium.  The play is directed by RHS teachers, Joanne White and Julia DiCanzio.

The show features several short stories all revolving around a car or driving somewhere.  But there is more to the stories than just an automobile and the members of the cast (see below) do a great job of creating memorable characters in a short amount of time.  There is a great deal of humor, sometimes for mature viewers, and the audience will surely be entertained.

The actors performing in “Marcus is Walking” include: Back left to right: Ben Pattison, Zach Webb, Phil Pattison, Jordan Cunningham, Julia Yeadon, Adam Dalton and Neleh Dunn. In front: Emily Gaboriault, Lara Glennon and Katy Buckley. photo by Arianna Esposito

The play will be performed Thursday, Dec. 5, Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Rockland High School auditorium at 7 p.m. The cost will be $8.00 at the door but you can get tickets on-line at showtix4u.com for $5.00.

The play by Joan Ackerman is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc. New York

Looking Onward for Rockland’s Elementary School

Drawings of the proposed elementary school to be built in Rockland. Voters in Rockland will have the final say about funding the project on December 7.

December 5, 2019

Yani Soares, Veritas Staff

On December 2nd, at a Special Town Meeting, Rockland residents joined together in nearly unanimous approval to appropriate funds for a new elementary school to be built in the district. The school, an entirely new, state-of-the-art school for first to fourth graders would be funded by both Rockland and the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). The School Building Committee, along with the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, have been working with the MSBA in order to approve the project for this new school since February of 2017. (See Project Powerpoint below).

The town’s work with the MSBA has been done in order to receive a grant for the project, which will provide roughly $36 million of the project costs, leaving approximately $51 million that the town would have to pay. 

December 7, 2019 marks the day that residents will vote in a Special Election on a temporary debt exclusion under Proposition two-and-a-half. This is needed to raise property taxes (see ballot below). As a result of this contribution, Rockland’s residents will face some changes in how they are taxed.  For 30 years, the average property taxes per year will be raised by approximately $412, based on a home’s value. 

Rockland Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Alan Cron says that a new, comprehensive elementary school in Rockland’s district will bring various benefits, such as an easier way to react to population changes in the town. This addition will also bring a more streamlined education experience, better control of supplies to schools, the enhancement of teaching practices and curriculum. The superintendent also says that this new method of organizing a single building will be simpler than having to organize three, which lightens the burden of administrators. 

Dr. Cron also says failing to approve the project would leave the town facing approximately $40 million in future costs for renovating the aging elementary schools without adding the upgrades a new state-of-the-art school would provide.

A new school containing every elementary student should also provide each student with an equal beginning to the fifth grade, as separating elementary classes by building can lead to an inequality in their learning experiences. In a newly built school, paths towards innovative methods of modern teaching and creativity will be improved, as technology that is vital for later years will be introduced. This will make students’ transition into middle school easier.

Following the construction of the new school, the buildings that are currently in use will be repurposed for various goals. Esten School will become an early childhood center with free preschool and kindergarten education. Memorial Park will be torn down and replaced with a turf field per the project, and Jefferson School will be taken down and turned over to the Parks Department. In the future, the land at Jefferson may also be used as a playing field.

When the new school is finished, the elementary students in Esten, Memorial Park, or Jefferson at the time will be transferred to it.

Dr. Cron says, “If realized, a new, combined 760 student Rockland Elementary School would provide a world-class, state-of-the-art education for ALL Rockland children grades 1-4 for decades to come, allowing all of Rockland’s children the opportunity to maximize their unique potential and to become whatever their imaginations and talents will allow them to become.”

Rockland School Project

Holiday Stroll returns to Rockland Today!

Nov. 30, 2019

As Rockland tradition, the Holiday Stroll will return the Saturday after Thanksgiving in order to get ready for the Christmas holidays. This community-held event that began over 25 years ago holds activities and demonstrations that satisfy everyone’s interests.

Community members of all ages are encouraged to attend to enjoy activities such as Joe’s Crazy Critters, a meet and greet with Santa and Ms. Claus, character meet and greets, hayrides, and much more!

Businesses and churches along the route also participate in the event by providing accommodations such as clam chowder, cookies, and face paintings.

RHS students will also take part with the Chorus caroling and seniors decorating Santa hats at Mountain One Bank.

The stroll this year will occur on November 30th from 4pm to 7pm. All are encouraged to attend!

 

RHS Students Show Their Thankfulness

Althea Olsen, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

11/25/2019

Thanksgiving is a joyful holiday used to celebrate friends, families, and of course the food that it set out onto the table during the celebration. In communities such as Rockland, some families struggle to find ways to give thanks during the holiday. Even something as simple as setting the dinner table can be a daunting task for some. During this Thanksgiving season, in order to give thanks back to your local community, here are some ways that you could make a difference and give thanks this holiday season.

  • Donate nonperishable goods to a food pantry

Classes are donating canned goods and other nonperishable items in their annual Turkey Trot event. Veritas photo

Rockland High School is currently running a Turkey Trot to raise food for families during this Thanksgiving season. Until November 21, students were encouraged to bring in canned goods and nonperishable items to donate to the local food pantry. The class with the most items will receive points towards the class cup!

  • Go through clothing and textile items at home and donate anything that is no longer needed to a local clothing bin or Salvation Army
  • Participate in volunteer work at places such as the senior center
  • Support the troops by creating care packages and letters
  • Simply give thanks to an individual in your life; someone at school or a member of your family

Preschool children explained what they are thankful for.

When asking around the high school, students and faculty frequently respond that they are thankful for their friends, family, roof over their heads, cars, school, and the access to food.  Below is a video made by WRPS and The Veritas asking students for their feelings about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Seniors Win in Competitive Game

November 25, 2019

Last Thursday night, Nov. 21, the Class of 2020 won the annual Powderpuff game against the Class of 2021  The score was 30-8.

For the seniors Lydia McWilliams, Hannah Wyllie (2) and Maryn Monett scored touchdowns. For the juniors Hannah Rich had their only touchdown.

Even though the score was a little lopsided the game was competitive and the event was a success! The juniors with this experience will be able to get a victory next year against the Class of 2022.

Cheerleaders Go For 10th Title on Sunday

RHS Cheer Team with regionals trophy. They are competing for state championship on Sunday.

Nov. 22, 2019

The Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association (MSAA) Fall Cheerleading State Championships will be held on Sunday Nov. 24 at Worcester State University.  The RHS Cheer Team will be competing in Division Four and will be hoping to land a tenth state title!

They qualified for the state tournament by coming in first in the South Regionals held at Plymouth North last weekend.  Also qualifying in the D4 South were Abington HS, Bellingham HS, and Archbishop Williams. Hull HS and Case HS received at large bids.

Rockland is scheduled to go on the floor at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Ticket prices are $10 adults / $7 students / $7 seniors and the doors will open to spectators at 9:15 a.m.

Good luck to the Cheerleaders!

Show Your Spirit During Spirit Week!

Zack Webb and Maddie Gear are dressed for their work-out on Workout Day today. photo by Veritas staff

November 20, 2019

Spirit Week began on Wednesday, Nov. 20 with “Workout Day” as the theme. The Student Government Council established the following “days” for Spirit Week:

Wednesday, Nov. 20 Workout Day

Thursday, Nov. 21  Beach Day

Friday, Nov. 22 Groutfit Day

Monday, Nov. 25  Neon or Tie-Dye Day

Tuesday, Nov. 26  Class Colors Day for the Pep Rally

Junior Grace Henry, the Unified Spirit Chair said, “Spirit Week is designed to unite all grades of the high school and spread Bulldog pride!”

She also explained that she, along with the SGC Spirit Committee and the Eboard came up with the ideas for the days.   Individual class officers decide on the class colors which “generally stay the same for each grade,” according to Henry.

So, get your spirit on and check back to this post to see photos for each day.  Look for a Veritas photographer to get you and your friends on the website!!

 

Mr. Rockland 2019-2020 Is Crowned

November 18, 2019

RHS senior Zachary Webb was crowned as Mr. Rockland on Thursday, Nov. 14. He was one of seven seniors who competed in various categories such as talent, lip synch, school spirit, formal wear and question and answers. Senior Student Government Council members Lara Glennon and Maddie Gear served as emcees for the contest and the faculty judges were dean of students, Fredrick Damon, math teacher, Steve Casagrande, math teacher Kathy Hoffman and science teacher Julia DiCanzio.

The judges said that it was a really difficult decision to narrow the seven to down to three. Coming in third in the judging was Joey Messier while Owen Shea came in 2nd place.

Webb assured his win with a unique talent but most of all with his musical lip synch and dancing duet with Bruzzese. (see photos below!)

The Mr. Rockland contestants were Jake Benson, Jordan Cunningham, Joey Messier, Zachary Webb, Owen Shea, Mathew Bruzzese and Phil Pattinson. All the seniors had a lot of fun and the audience did as well.

Congratulations to all the contestants, the emcees and the Student Government Council advisor, Kirsten Bartoloni who coordinated the event with WRPS.

Veritas Staff photographer Arianna Esposito got some great photos of all the contestants!

Volleyball Team Has One More Stop On Road To State Title

The volleyball team and a few of their many fans on Weds. night after their victory against Ipswich in the State Semifinals.

The volleyball team will play tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 16) at Worcester State University in the Division 3 state volleyball finals at 12 p.m.  Their opponent will be the champion of the Central and West semifinals, Frontier High School from Deerfield, MA.

Their appearance in the State Final was assured with their convincing win on Wednesday night at Newton South High School where they defeated the North Champions, Ipswich in a fairly lopsided game, 3-0.

The entire team contributed to this win with superlative serving, and very good teamwork between the front and back lines.  The four seniors Hannah Wyllie, Caroline Elie, Jessie DeMarco and Hannah Murphy have provided strong leadership every step on the road to this last game on Saturday.

The girls had gotten to the state semi-finals by virtue of their win over Case High School for the South Sectional title on Saturday, Nov. 9 in New Bedford.  The South Sectional title was one major goal that the team had, having never advanced that far in the tournament.

But they certainly are not satisfied and are now focused on completing their mission to bring home another State Championship banner to the Rockland High School gym.

The fan support of the team has been excellent and it is sure to be a loud group that accompanies the team to Worcester.  Don’t miss it!

Who Will Be The Next Mr. Rockland?

Last year’s contestants for Mr. Rockland from left: Giovan Soares, Sean Morrison, Francisco Oliveira, John Ellard, Matt Dalton and Justin Sherlock.

On Thursday night Nov. 14 at 7:00 in the high school auditorium, the next Mr. Rockland will be crowned.

The annual Mr. Rockland pageant, sponsored by the Student Government Council, is an all-senior-boys contest in which the winner receives $200 in scholarships, a Chipotle gift card, and a designated parking space.

This year seven seniors will be performing in various categories in front of four faculty judges who will determine the winner of the contest.

Some of the categories they will compete in will be talent, lip-syncing, formal wear and question and answer.  Last year’s winner was John Ellard.

Tickets are $5 for everyone and can be purchased at the door.

You don’t want to miss this show which is always very entertaining.

 

 

Postseason Tournaments Underway

The football team will play tonight (Nov. 8) in Rockland against Ashland. Bundle up and Be There to support the team!!

Three of Rockland’s fall athletic teams made it to postseason tournament play beginning with the football team which played Greater New Bedford (4-3) on Friday night, November 1 at 7 pm in the Veterans Memorial Stadium.  The Dogs (7-0) earned home field by being seeded #2 in Division 6 South. Greater New Bedford was seeded #7.

To no one’s surprise, Rockland came out on top 44, Greater New Bedford Voke 14. Dante Vasquez rushed for 221 yards and 6 touchdowns.

The Bulldogs will now host #3 Ashland tonight (Friday, Nov. 8) at 7 pm. Ashland beat East Bridgewater last Friday by a score of 21-14.  They, like the Bulldogs are undefeated.  This is the Division 6 South Semifinals!!

Good luck Dogs!

 

The girls volleyball team has made it all the way to the Sectional Finals on this Saturday, Nov.9 in New Bedford at 12 p.m. Be sure to support the girls!

The girls volleyball team  with 19 wins and 1 loss were seeded #1 in Division 3 South.  They opened their tournament play at home on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 pm vs. Nantucket (9-8).

Rockland came out with the win and next up was Westport on Tuesday, Nov. 5 in a home quarterfinal match-up.  Westport was seeded #8 in the division. They had beat Calvary Chapel in the first round.

The girls had no problem with Westport on Tuesday and came away with a 3-0 win.  Next they moved to Brockton High School for the D3 South Semifinals on Thursday at 5 pm where they defeated Fairhaven (13-8) by a score of 3-0.  Fairhaven was seeded #12 entering the tournament.

Now the girls will face Case High School on Saturday at noon in New Bedford.  This will be the Division 3 South Sectional Final game and it is the first time that the volleyball team has gotten this far in the tournament.

Good luck girls!!

The boys soccer team, seeded at #8, opened up tournament play at home on Monday, Nov. 4 against Apponequet.  Unfortunately, Apponequet came away with the win 4-2.

The Boys Soccer team had a great year!

Although they were disappointed that they didn’t advance, those on the team agree that this season marked a turning point for the program. The team finished their regular season at 12-3-3. This was a big turn-around for the team since last year they missed the tournament with a record of  3-14-1.

Senior captain Vitor Santos said on Twitter: “Despite the fact we didn’t ended the season how we wanted this is a little thing that represents how hard WE as a team worked. All this wouldn’t be possible if wasn’t [for] my teammates and coaches!”

Vitor Santos, Renan Santos, Yggor Batista, and Andrew Norton were named SSL all-stars!! Vitor was also named South Shore League’s Sullivan Division Player of the Year and EMASS All-Star. Coach Kimball was named the South Shore League’s Sullivan Division Coach of the Year.

Credit For Life Fair

Nov. 5, 2019

The third annual Credit for Life Fair was held at RHS on Tues. Nov. 5 in the high school gymnasium. The fair was sponsored by the Guidance Department who got 30 volunteers to come to RHS to guide sophomores in making financial decisions.

From 9-11 am students circulated through thirteen different tables with volunteers who discussed the many financial decisions that students needed to make as they tried to stick to the budgets they had been given based on a hypothetical salary.

Some of the tables included “Insurance,” “Transportation,” “Savings and Retirement,” “Career Counseling,” “Luxuries,” “Cell Phone Plans,” and “Education and Training.”  A popular experience was the “That’s Life” table where students would spin to see if they would receive money or have to pay an unexpected bill.

Sophomore Maddie Murphy said that one thing she learned is that she needs “to start saving now.” She said that it was eye-opening to see how much a monthly food bill is and how much something like insurance costs.

In all, students agreed that the fair is a worth-while event to help them see what “real life” is like.

Below is a video by the Digital Media student Dante Vasquez who interviewed sophomores about the fair.

Photos from this year’s fair.

Project Pumpkin 2019

On Sunday October 27, 2019 from 5 to 7 pm, Rockland High School students and staff members held the annual Project Pumpkin Halloween celebration.

This year, Project Pumpkin had over 400 visitors that came to enjoy activities such as indoor trick or treating, face painting, and games in the gym area. Students at Rockland High School, mainly members of Student Government, showed their support to the event by volunteering and dedicating their time. Students dressed up in costumes to hand out candy to the trick or treaters, and helped organize the gym to allow for safe and enjoyable times for the guests. Some students even dedicated their time to help in the haunted hallway, which gave visitors a spooky experience.

Visitors were also able to receive a discount for one dollar for every can brought in. This fundraiser allowed for Rockland High School to raise canned goods for the food drive this month.

Here is a video and some pictures from this year’s Project Pumpkin!

Six Inducted into RHS Athletic Hall of Fame

Oct. 26, 2019

On Saturday, Oct. 26, six new members were added to the Rockland High School Athletic Hall of Fame.   Athletic Director Gary Graziano hosted the dinner and induction ceremony that was held at the Rockland Golf Course.

The inductees included: Fran Cook, Class of 1951 for track and cross country; Kevin Klier, Class of 1978 for golf; Peter Foster, Class of 1979 for basketball; Jeffrey Phelps, Class of  1986, for football; Tom Ryan, Class of 1997 for football,  and Courtney Burns, Class of 2009, for basketball.

Each inductee was introduced by a former coach, teammate or sibling.

Kenny Klier who introduced his brother Kevin described Kevin’s dedication to golf and his success in high school, college and on the amateur and professional circuit. After high school, Kevin received an athletic scholarship for golf to Temple University where he was then inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2016.

Former boys basketball coach Bob Fisher introduced Peter Foster and spoke about his legendary prowess as a basketball, baseball and soccer player at Rockland High School.  Foster went on to play basketball and baseball at West Point Academy, and now works for the Disney Corporation in Florida.

Fran Cook was introduced by John Spinale, his teammate, who spoke about his great success as a track athlete at Rockland high School in the 1940’s where he was undefeated in both track and cross country in his four years at Rockland High School.  He held the course record in Rockland, Brockton and Franklin Park for many years.

Former girls basketball coach Mal Lannin-Cotton introduced Courtney Burns. She described Burns’ dedication to basketball, leading Rockland’s teams to three Patriot League championships. Burns played at Rhode Island College, and since then has become the head women’s coach at Mitchell College in New London, CT. She was voted Coach of the Year in the New England Collegiate Conference in her second year as a head coach.

Rick Phelps introduced his brother Jeffrey and spoke about his accomplishments as a football player at RHS under coach Ken Owen.  Jeffrey went on to play at Colby College and is a successful businessman in Rockland, taking over the Amos A. Phelps Insurance for his father, Richard Phelps who is a Rockland School Committeeman.

Tom Ryan was introduced by Chuck McDonald, RHS football coach and Ryan’s teammate.  McDonald described Ryan’s work ethic as a baseball and football player at RHS.  He was a three year starter in football, a captain and an Enterprise all-scholastic.  At Springfield College Ryan was a three year starter where he captained the team that reached the NCAA Division 3 Elite 8 in 2000. After several years as defensive coordinator at Tewksbury High School, he has been the  head coach at Methuen High School since 2013.

All of the inductees after accepting their plaques spoke about the influence that growing up in Rockland had on their lives. They also described how their participation in sports, and in particular the influence of their coaches at Rockland High School, had put them on the path to successful lives.

Gary Graziano concluded that this is one of the best classes of inductees that he has presided over.

Since 1988, Rockland High School has inducted 78 student-athlete alumni to the Hall of Fame, as well as four former coaches as honorary members.

Nominees for the Hall of Fame have had outstanding athletic accomplishments during and after high school. They also have contributed to their communities, and in some cases have overcome adversity during high school or later on in their lives. They must also be at least five years out of high school.

Hall of Fame Committee members include:Gary Graziano, Kathleen Paulding, Fredrick Damon, Stephen Sangster, Madeline Lannin-Cotton and Nicholas Liquori.

Anyone may nominate a Rockland High School graduate for consideration for the Athletic Hall of Fame.  To do so, contact the athletic director at graziano@rocklandschools.org.

 

 

Open House Provides Valuable Information to Eighth Graders

Joe Nguyen, Mathew Bruzzese, and Maria Ciano lead a group tour.

Rockland High School held its annual Grade 8 Open House and Welcome Night on Weds. Oct. 23 from 6:15 to 8:00.  About 120 eighth graders and their parents attended.

Eighth grade students and their parents were first welcomed by Principal John Harrison to the auditorium where they listened to several students speak about the many highlights of the Rockland High School experience.  Jordan Cunningham spoke about the many areas of academics and activities that students can explore which he has taken advantage of.   Hannah Wyllie discussed her involvement in the environmental club and the Rubik’s Cubers club as well athletics.  Maddie Gear talked about her opportunities gained in the Travel Club.

After the presentation in the auditorium, RHS students led tours throughout the building to various “stations” where classroom teachers, coaches and club advisors explained the many offerings available to students.

Principal Harrison said, “I thought the staff did a great job and I think our student helpers made us proud. There was a nice energy in the building.”

Welcoming the Class of 2024

On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, RHS will be hosting its annual Open House & Welcome Night for Grade 8 Students in the Class of 2024.

The agenda for the evening will be as follows:

6:15 PM Check-In for Grade 8 Students & Families

6:30 PM Opening Remarks and Brief Presentation in Auditorium from Students, Faculty, and Administration

Students get ready to lead tours at last year’s Open House

7 PM-8:10 PM Tours Throughout the Building

Teachers will be available in their classrooms to talk about the different courses of study.
Members of the guidance staff will also be able to answer specific questions that parents may have.
Students, advisors and coaches will be available to talk about various clubs, activities and sports that are available to students. There will be  sign-up sheets for Grade 8 students to express an interest in participating in a club, sport or activity.

Football Team Wins SSL, Mr. Liquori Recognized As Coach of the Week

Andre Tippett, Owen Shea, Mr. Liquori and Dante Vasquez on Oct. 15. photo courtesy of Patriots.

October 21, 2019 Veritas Staff

It’s been a great fall season for the RHS football team. Not only have they won seven straight games, but their coach, Mr. Nick Liquori was recognized as the Coach of the Week by the New England Patriots after their 35-0 win over Medford on Oct.11.

The team has been victorious this year with an undefeated record of 7-0. The defense has allowed only 7.6 points per game while their offense is averaging 30.6 points per game.  Combined with the team’s six victories to end the season last year, the Bulldogs have the best winning streak in the area.

Their 14-7 win over Norwell last Friday night at Norwell gave them the South Shore League Sullivan Division title. In that game senior Dante Vasquez rushed for over 200 yards and 1 TD. Tom McSweeney also had a TD.

Now the Dogs will wait to see who they are matched up with in the upcoming Division 6 South play-offs that begin on November 1.

Mr. Liquori’s honor was presented to him by former Patriots linebacker, Andre Tippett, on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The entire team and coaching staff were present in the gymnasium during the presentation. A $1,000 donation on behalf of the Patriots Foundation, was also made to the Bulldogs in honor of Coach Liquori.

The presentation was featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which aired on Friday night, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV. It is available on Patriots.com. Go to minute 23:54 to see the clip.

Veritas staff reporter, Austin Clarke, sat down with Coach Liquori in our studio to talk about the football team, the season and his honor.