Poetry Out Loud Held on Jan. 18 at RHS

The six POL contestants after the competition: from left, Callie Gillan, Corinne Medford, Emilly Goncalves Costa, Anabelle MacDonald, Nicole Cedrone and Maria Pala. Photo courtesy of Ms. Walsh

January 21, 2022

Nicole Cedrone, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

The Poetry Out Loud competition, a national competition in which students recite two poems, was held on January 18th at 7 pm in the RHS/RMS lecture hall. 

Six contestants competed in the lecture hall on Tuesday night. These included Callie Gillan, Maria Pala, Emilly Goncalves Costa, Anabelle MacDonald, Corinne Medford, and Nicole Cedrone.

Each contestant had to memorize two poems and compete in two rounds of recitation for each of their poems. Mrs. Kendra Donovan is the English department head and the coordinator of POL.

There were three judges who all judged in 5 categories for each competitor.
 
The categories are:  1. Physical Presence. 2. Voice and Articulation. 3. Dramatic Appropriateness. 4. Evidence of Understanding. 5. Overall Performance.
 
Each of these three judges used the same scoresheets for each poem recited.  There was also one Accuracy judge who only focused on errors/omissions.

Senior Callie Gillan was voted the winner by the judges and will be representing Rockland at the Regional Competition.  Corinne Medford and Emilly Goncalves Costa placed 2nd and 3rd. 

In past competitions, we have had nine students attend regionals, five students went to states, and two have gone to nationals in Washington DC.

Mrs. Amanda McDonough, an RHS English teacher, believes that this organization provides a great opportunity for students. She states, “The process of memorizing and reciting a poem is extremely challenging, but once a student has accomplished the task, he or she should feel pride in this accomplishment, an accomplishment many teachers would shy away from quite honestly.”

Watch the performances on WRPS Youtube.

Here are links to past Poetry Out Loud competitions.  To see more use the search tab on the Veritas’ Home page.

January, 2020

March, 2017

March, 2015

March, 2014

Savers Fundraiser: Check It Out

The Rockland High School Travel Club is running a Saver’s Clothing Drive.
 
The actual drop-off day is Tuesday, January 25, but the club is accepting bags of donations any day before that in Room 121.
 
The club will also be having a community drop-off next Saturday, January 22, in front of the building between 9-12. Feel free to pass this information along to anyone looking to do some winter cleaning/donating.
 
The goal is to raise $1,000 by collecting 278 bags of clothing and household textiles.  This will help the students in the Travel Club tremendously.

Covid Cases Increase

Graphic from WBUR.com

January 12, 2022

Veritas Editors Shannon Gustin, Nicole Cedrone, Cameron Babcock and Hailey Christianson contributed to this report

After the winter break, and the start of the new year, COVID case numbers in the Rockland school district have risen rapidly among students and staff. On January 9, Dr. Cron released statistics of the COVID cases in our commuitiy. In total, 94 students and 34 staff members among all the schools were infected at that time.  At the high school, 34 students were infected and 6 staff members tested positive. 

COVID has affected many people in our community. Sophomore Cameron Babcock said, “Many classmates of mine have contracted the virus.”  He went on to say, “This is the worst the virus has been at school, as it has taken classmates out of school because they have the virus, and even more because of the contacts.”

Almost every student at Rockland High School has had a firsthand experience with COVID-19, whether they had it, someone in their family had it, or someone they know had it. Shannon Gustin, a freshman shared, “From my experience about 10 to 15 friends and family members have been infected by this virus.” 

Even though the virus is widespread, it hasn’t affected others.  Hailey Christanson, a junior, said,  “None of my family or friends or anyone I know at the moment has been infected with COVID.” 

 Students have different opinions on whether or not we should have gone from in-person school to remote school after the holidays. Freshman Nicole Cedrone says, “With the increase in cases and students and teachers being absent I feel as though the school should shut down and go remote for 2-4 weeks. WIth hitting record high cases, safety has to be the most important thing. If the school shuts down now we are preventing the rise in cases and ensuring the safety of others. Safety has to be the priority.” 

Christanson had an opposing opinion of remote schooling, saying,  “I would say the school department has done a fair job. Going back to remote should not even be in question considering that the new [Omicron] variant is less deadly and it’s almost like a cold.  Most teachers are vaccinated, as well as a lot of students, meaning we should be over even having to think about going remote.” 

Even if our school board wanted to go remote, they wouldn’t be able to easily. According to an article on Boston.com, Governor Charlie Baker said, “We count in-person days as school…they can use snow days until they run out of snow days, but they do need to provide their kids with 180 days of in-person education this year.”  This would mean if the schools decided to go remote they would have to add in-person days at the end of the school year. 

In conclusion, many students have been affected by the spike of COVID cases after the break, and with numbers rising many students had different opinions on whether we should go remote or not. But in the end, if the schools decided to go remote they would need to add more days to the school year. 

At this point, in-person school is the path Rockland Public Schools will stay on. As long as everyone stays safe and takes the needed precautions, the surge in cases will flatten. But until then, we hope everyone is safe and healthy.

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Football All-Scholastics 2021

JACOB COULSTRING 

Rockland

Despite missing three games (two to injury, one to rest), Coulstring ran for 968 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Div. 6 Super Bowl champs. … Ran 174 times for an average of 5.6 yards per carry. … South Shore League All-Star also played safety. … Intercepted two passes against Abington in the Div. 6 final. … “Couly is the epitome of how we run: downhill, shoulders parallel and always falling forward,” said Rockland coach Nick Liquori.

LUCAS LEANDER

Rockland

A versatile weapon for the Div. 6 Super Bowl champs. … Played running back, receiver and cornerback. .. Ran for 719 yards and six touchdowns while hauling in 34 catches for 565 yards and seven TDs. … His yards per carry (8.6) and yards per catch (16.6) show he’s a big-play threat. … Junior captain is a two-time South Shore League All-Star. … “Lucas is a threat as soon as he steps on field,” said Rockland coach Nick Liquori.

LEARY COSTA: 2nd Team

Rockland

Junior is dominant on the offensive and defensive lines. … Helped Bulldogs rush for more than 2,600 yards and hold opponents to 12.3 points per game.

Honorable Mentions:

Brett Armstrong

Gabe Pinheiro

RHS Students Talk About the Holidays

December 21, 2021

Last Friday the Journalism class asked students in the cafeteria some Holiday related questions.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Football Team Wins D6 Super Bowl

Ollie Robinson and Veritas Staff

By now everyone knows that the Rockland Bulldogs won the MIAA Division Six football championship at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 3, but here’s our story that appeared in the December issue of the Veritas in case you missed it. 

The Dogs took down the Green Wave of Abington by a score of 23 to 13.  

Senior captain PJ Celestino was confident they would win. He said, “I knew we were going to win. Just the whole day I had that feeling. Especially through warmups we were all ready to go and you could feel it.”

So, how did the Dogs pull off this win? “We just played for each other, played our game, and had the belief in our coaching staff to put us in the right position to make plays and win,” said Celestino.

Celestino also said that beating Abington again was even more exciting for them.  “We’ve been playing those same kids our whole lives and it was pretty cool to cap off our senior year on the winning side of things against them. I don’t think the kids in this senior and junior class have ever started a football game against Abington and lost.” 

While Celestino’s scoring was key, it was also the defense that carried the Bulldogs in this game.

 Against Abington, Rockland forced five turnovers including two  fumble recoveries by Gabe Pinheiro, and one by Lucas Leander, and two interceptions by Jacob Coulstring.  

Reflecting on the whole experience Celestino voiced the feelings of the team, coaches and all the people of Rockland who went out to Gillette on Friday night.  “It was insane. Just to think of the history of that stadium and what’s been done there; it was pretty cool.”

It seemed like the entire school and the town were all out at Gillette.  “There were alumni from the 1982 Super Bowl team,” said Gary Graziano in a tweet, and players also from the other Super Bowl championship teams of 1992, 1998 and 2000.

PJ, who says he plans to continue to play football in college, had some final words for his teammates and coaches.  “Thank you to all my teammates and coaches for a great 4 years playing for this program and thank you all for your dedication this season.” 

He also had a prediction for next year. “But the craziest thing is the boys are gonna’ be going back next year.”

Hall of Fame Inducts Superfan, Jim Cahill

From left Gary Graziano, Carol Cahill, Ken Owen and Hall of Fame inductee, Jim Cahill. Our story on all the nominees can be found below on this website

December 17, 2021

Jax Leduc, Veritas Staff

This year the Rockland community welcomed several inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame. This is the single most prestigious honor a Rockland athlete or Rockland athletics fan can achieve. 

Among the inductees was the brother of teacher, Carol Cahill, Jimmy Cahill. 

Ms. Cahill explained what it meant to Jimmy “Jimbo” Cahill to be inducted into the Rockland High Athletic Hall of Fame.

“It meant the world to him. He is a devoted RHS Bulldogs fan, and receiving their top honor meant the world to him.” She also said what this community has meant to Jimmy, 

“This community has meant the world to Jimmy. It has given him a link to things happening in the school and in the town.” 

Finally, what would be one thing she would want the people of Rockland to know about Jimmy that they may not already know? 

She said, “He’s got a great sense of humor and he is the most positive person on the planet… even when something horrible happens he has the ability to look past it and say ‘what’s next’, which is a lesson I think everyone could learn from him.”

This is a great tribute from Ms. Cahill about her brother, such a monumental figure in our community.

See our story on all the inductees here.

Drama Club performs Puffs on Dec. 3 and 4

December 17, 2021

Hailey Christianson, Veritas Web Editor

On Friday, December 3, and Saturday, December 4, the RHS Drama Club presented their play Puffs.  With Mr. Bergman directing the play, the show was a hit with just under 300 people in attendance.

Puffs is a parody of the Harry Potter books. The main characters are three of the Hufflepuffs who go to Hogwarts with Hannah (Harry) who is played by Leah Leonard. They include: Wayne Hopkins, played by Ben Quinn, Megan Jones, played by Allyson Leary and Oliver Rivers, played by Tri Nguyen. The trio forms a strong friendship as the play covers their seven years at Hogwarts.

McKenna Maher (who plays Leanne) gave some insight on how she thought the play went not only for herself but the whole cast.  

“The play was an amazing experience, especially considering it was the first performance with Rockland High School’s new musical director, Steven Bergman. We had a great ensemble cast with many new performers coming into the trade and they learned everything so amazingly and I think that we did great. I think that the play, especially considering its fast pace and confusing scene configuration, was a bit difficult to learn but executed well by our cast. Overall, I’m very pleased with the outcome and I can’t wait for the spring musical.”

Mr. Bergman also had some information about not just the play but about the students who performed.  

“I was very proud of the work the students did throughout the rehearsal process. Beginning with the initial read through of the script, the students worked every day to become more and more familiar with the lines and the stories that their characters would tell throughout the play. Several of the cast and crew had never participated in a play before, and it was great to watch their progress, and subsequent achievement with their production.”  

Of course, being a director is a difficult job considering all that goes into it as Mr. Bergman explained. “I’ve directed many shows, and every production brings different challenges. At the end of the day, figuring out the challenges that a particular show has, from casting to tech week rehearsals, all go into organizing the rehearsal schedule so that the cast and crew feel prepared for their performances.”

Mr. Bergman is now focused on the spring musical which is just around the corner.  Auditions were held on December 13 for the musical “Shrek”.  

For anyone who is wondering if they can participate, Mr. Bergman says, “Absolutely. Shrek is a very fun musical that has upbeat songs, and tells a wonderful story of acceptance and inclusion.  There are many roles for all skill levels, and we don’t have any cuts, so I hope that many students will want to participate.” 

Being a part of the RHS Drama Club would be a great experience for anyone who wants to be in any field involving acting, or even being on a crew.  

 PUFFS TECH CREW:

 Karen Araujo

Kaitlyn Brown

Nicole Cedrone

John Goncalves

Corinne Medford

Conor Quackenbush

Melindah Taylor

PUFFS CAST 

RHS Student            Character

Elias Carbone – J.FINCH FLETCHLEY (+ others)

Kelly Hamilton – SALLY PERKS (+ others)

Victoria Higgins – SUSIE BONES (+ others)

Seth Jesse – CEDRIC and MR. VOLDY

Allyson Leary – MEGAN JONES

Leah Leonard – HANNAH (+ others)

McKenna Maher – LEANNE (+ others)

Gustavo Noguiera – CLUMSY (+ others)

Tri Nguyen – OLIVER RIVERS

Ben Quinn – WAYNE HOPKINS

Joseph Quinn – NARRATOR (+ others)

Zachary Ryan – ERNIE MAC (+ others)

Front row (L to R) – Allyson Leary, Joey Quinn, Seth Jesse; Middle row – Leah Leonard, Kelly Hamilton, McKenna Maher, Elias Carbone;   Back row – Victoria Higgins, Gustavo Nogueira, Ben Quinn, Tri Nguyen, Zachary Ryan             photo courtesy of Mr. Bergman

Veritas December Print Edition on Sale this week

The Veritas December print edition will be on sale beginning Weds. Dec. 15 during the lunch periods.

Here’s a sampling of the stories in this issue:

Football Super Bowl win: Interview with PJ Celestino

PUFFS: Drama Club’s first play in two years was a success.  Interview with Mr. Bergman, our new Drama Director.

Mr. Rockland candidates and interview with Skylar Hitchcock.

The Giving Tree: interview with Mrs. Kemp

Powder Puff Results: Who did you say won?

Winter Sports Previews and Fall Sports Wrap-ups

Pathways Page: our favorite page

Football Friday Night; Puffs Friday and Saturday Nights

December 2, 2021

Bus permission slips still being accepted until 8:45 am tomorrow. Tickets for the game must be purchased before you get to Gillette on Ticketmaster.
https://www.freshtix.com/events/puffsrhsdec03

On Friday night RHS students can choose between attending the Drama Club’s production at 7 pm or the State Championship football game at Gillette Stadium at 5 pm.

Those that go to the football game can see the Drama Club’s production of Puffs which is a play based loosely on Harry Potter’s adventures at Hogwarts on Saturday night. 

In both events, we wish the Bulldogs Good Luck!!

Dogs are Super Bowl Bound; Cheerleaders are State Champions

The football and cheerleading captains, Lindsay Tsiantoulas, Victoria Crowley, Katie Keefe, Pj Celestino, Lucas Leander with their coaches, Nick Liquori and Jeanine Reardon, along with AD Gary Graziano, attended a breakfast on Nov. 23 at Gillette Stadium.

November 23, 2021

Cameron Babcock, Veritas Sports Editor

The Rockland High School Varsity Football team beat the Blackstone Valley Varsity Football team last Saturday in a 20-17 close win. The outcome of the win on Saturday is the Division 6 Super Bowl, which is being held at Gillette Stadium on Monday, December 6th against Abington. Rockland previously beat Abington in the regular season, being Abington’s only loss.

The game against Blackstone Valley was held at Walpole High School on Saturday where the Bulldogs came out victorious. All four quarters were very close and the game was won off of a game winning interception by Jacob Coulstring with less than a minute left. 

The Super Bowl against Abington is scheduled for 5 pm on Monday December 6th at Gillette Stadium, though it is subject to change if the New England Revolution make the playoffs.

Cheerleading

The Rockland High School Cheerleading team had a very successful season, coming in not only as SSL champions, but also as the Fall Cheerleading State Champions. The team also competed in the MSAA regionals where they came first out of 31 other teams that competed.

The state championship was held at Worcester State University on Sunday, November 21st where they ended up taking home their state championship ending their extremely successful season.

The other three tournament teams also did well, winning at least one game; Kam Christ and Maggie Flaherty qualified for States in Cross Country and the Volleyball and Boys Soccer teams did especially well getting within one game of the State Finals.

Volleyball

The Girls Volleyball team had a strong season earning the 11 seed entering the playoffs and winning two of the three games they competed in. Even though they lost in the semifinals of the playoffs, the girls were SSL champions and had the Player of the Year, Julia Elie.

The girls won their first game against Bishop Connelly 3-0, and then had an upset quarterfinal win against the 6th seeded Joseph Case High School, which was followed by their 3-0 loss against Medway to end their playoff run.

Boys Soccer

The Rockland High School Boys Varsity Soccer team season concluded its strong playoff run in the State Semifinals losing to Easthampton,  3-2. The team ended their season with a record of 18-2-1, a historical season for the team. Even though they didn’t win the championship, the team still earned other awards like MVP, awarded to Tommy Gallagher, and Coach of the Year, Coach Kimball.

The team won three games in the playoffs before they earned their loss against Easthampton at Leominster. The team’s future looks very bright after this season. Even with the league MVP graduating, the team still has lots of potential for the future.

Athletic Hall of Fame 2021

Nov. 22, 2021

Left to right are the 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees: Jeff Fernandez, Mike Casagrande, Gary Graziano, Liz Martin, Jim Cahill, Dan Bohenek, and Brian Chamberlain. Jackie Bohenek was also inducted but was not in attendance.

On Saturday evening, November 20, the Athletic Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony were held and eight new members were inducted. The inductees were each introduced by one of their former coaches or colleagues.

First up was a very special induction of a long-time RHS sports fan, Jimmy Cahill.  Jim has been a fixture at athletic contests for many years and his Thursday pep talks for the football team were legendary. His  honorary induction was given by former football coach Ken Owen and by his sister Carol Cahill,  an English teacher at RHS.  Jim was ecstatic and very appreciative of the well-deserved honor.

Next up was another very special induction and one that was a surprise for the recipient.   Athletic Director and Class of 1980 RHS graduate, Gary Graziano who is retiring this year, has, year-in-and-year-out organized this banquet along with all the other duties he performs as AD.  So it was only fitting that he was inducted as a member of the Hall of Fame.  Coach and friend Fred Damon jokingly explained that he  wasn’t being honored as an athlete at RHS (he was a good one) but more as a coach of many sports and as AD for the last 17 years.  Graz was surprised indeed and very appreciative as well.

One of two females was next to be inducted.  Mal Lannin-Cotton, former girls basketball coach inducted one of her players, Jackie Bohenek of the Class of 2008.  Jackie wasn’t able to make it to the banquet since she is expecting her first child in December.  Her twin brother Joe accepted the plaque for Jackie who was an All-Scholastic athlete and a 1,000 point scorer (1,441) for the Bulldogs in her tenure as a basketball player at RHS.  Jackie was also an outstanding track and field athlete and led RHS to a cross country championship.

Jackie’s brother Dan Bohenek was next to be inducted as a wrestler and football player for RHS.  He graduated with the Class of 2006. RHS wrestling coach Tim Brown did the honors and spoke about Dan’s ability to focus on the task at hand which enabled him to combine his athletic talent with mental stamina leading to his many victories on the wrestling mats.

The second female honored was Liz Martin from the Class of 2002.  Girls basketball coach and Liz’s teammate, Diana Mitchell did the introduction and explained how Liz was an integral part of the girls’ basketball team’s  State Championship in 2000, being the only sophomore in the starting lineup along with four seniors. Liz was also a soccer goalie and a softball player for the Bulldogs.  

Next to be inducted was Brian Chamberlain, a football player for Coach Ken Owen.  Brian graduated in the Class of 1992. Brian’s size and strength were key to the strength of the Bulldogs’ line.  Brian has gone on to be a successful head coach at Braintree High School.

Former RHS science teacher and hockey coach, Jim Casagrande inducted his brother Mike Casagrande from the Class of 1999.  Mike was a phenomenal hockey player and scored 100 points in his high school career at RHS.  He also participated in four sports at RHS including track and earned 15 letters, an accomplishment that will not be duplicated.

Rounding out the inductees was Jeff Fernandez from the Class of 1983. Jeff was introduced by Steve Fernandez, his brother.  Jeff was an outstanding football player on the 1982 Super Bowl football team.  He was an All-Scholastic in both football and baseball and won the Joseph Dondero Award for both academic and athletic excellence in high school.  

Fall Sports Postseason Tournament Update

All of Rockland High School’s athletic teams have been very successful this year in postseason play. 

Here’s the results for the teams with three teams still in the hunt for a State Championship!!

The Volleyball team celebrates Coach Adams’ 100th win and their first round win!

Girls Soccer

Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 vs. Seekonk Preliminary Round

Emilee Dunham had a hat trick to lead the Rockland High girls soccer team to a 6-1 win over Seekonk in the preliminary round of the Division 3 state tournament. Shea MacDougall scored twice, and Ainsley Cavicchi added a goal on Abington High’s turf field. Emma Radzik had a strong game in midfield for the Bulldogs, and Emma Cameron starred in the net against No. 35 Seekonk (12-8).

Saturday, Nov. 6 vs. Dedham 1st Round

Rockland faced a tough Dedham team and lost 4-0  ending their season with a 8-8-2 record. Thank you to the seniors who led the team in their march to the playoffs!

 

Volleyball

Nov. 5, 2021  1st round home game vs. Bishop Connelly

Rockland 3, Bishop Connolly 0: The win was No. 100 for Coach Emily Adams as her No. 11 Bulldogs earned a game with No. 6 Case in the quarterfinals. 

Nov. 9. 2021  2nd Round at Joseph Case High School

Final: Rockland 3 Case 2 (25-12, 23-25, 25-18, 12-25, 15-10). Julia Elie comes up huge with 19 kills as Rockland advances to D4 state quarterfinal versus Medway.

Nov. 13, 2021   Third Round Quarterfinals vs. Medway at Medway

Girls lose to a tough Medway team 3-0. It was a hard fought game and the team as usual played their hearts out.  Darcy McGuirk had  8 kills and Julia Elie had 11 kills. Jordan Stec had 14 digs. Thank you for another incredible season! SSL Champs!

Football 

Nov. 5, 2021  1st round at home vs. Easthampton

Rockland 27, Easthampton 0: The No. 4 Bulldogs (7-1) advance to the quarterfinals.  Lucas Leander (82 yards rushing, 61 receiving) ran for two TDs and caught a TD pass from PJ Celestino. Brett Armstrong (83 rushing yards) also ran for a TD.

Nov. 11, 2021  Football 2nd Round at home vs. Winthrop

Rockland defeats Winthrop 37-34 in what was a nail biter in the final minutes.  They will play Blackstone Valley Tech in Semifinals of Division 6.  Rockland’s PJ Celestino threw TD passes to Leander and Vasquez. Jacob Coulstring rushed for over 150 yards and two TDs.

Rockland will play Blackstone Valley Tech in the State Semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Walpole High School at 1 pm. Tickets on GoFan app.

The Football Team after their win against Winthrop
The Boys Soccer team after their 2-1 win over West Bridgewater on Saturday, Nov. 13. Rockland High Sports Photo

Boys Soccer

Nov. 6, 2021  Boys Soccer 1st round vs. AMSA

Dogs (16-1-1) win over AMSA 4-0 and move on to the Sweet 16! Goals were scored by João Faria (2) Matheus Gomes, and Luis Araujo. Tommy Gallagher earns the clean sheet and for the third time is named King of the Pitch.

Nov. 10, 2021 Boys Soccer 2nd Round vs. Winthrop

Rockland defeated Winthrop 3-2. Dogs (17-1-1) advance to the Elite Eight! Goals scored by Luis Araujo (2) and Carter Burke. Matheus Gomes, JV Araujo, Adam Beatrice, and Ryan Sullivan all play fantastic. Gavin Norton is named King of the Pitch!  

Nov. 13, 2021 Boys Soccer 3rd round vs. West Bridgewater

Dogs (18-1-1) win over West Bridgewater 2-1. Both goals scored by Gavin Norton. Gavin  named King of the Pitch!

The Dogs  will play Easthampton in the State Semifinal Game on Wednesday, Nov. 17 in Leominster at 7 pm.

Cross Country:  

The cross country runners also have been competing in the post season.  On Saturday, Nov. 13 the boys and girls ran in the State Qualifiers in Westfield.  All did well and Seniors Kameron Christ and Maggie Flaherty qualified for States by placing in the top finishers in their division.  Good luck Kam and Maggie.

Cheerleading Team

The cheerleaders are also doing well as they compete in their league, invitational and regional tournaments.  

On Nov. 3 they came in first in the South Shore League Championships!

This came with a bid to the MSAA regionals which were held on Nov. 14 in Marshfield for the South Division.  The ten time State Champion cheerleaders came in first in Division 4 South on Sunday, compiling the best score out of 31 teams that competed. They will now go on to compete for a State Championship.

The Fall Cheerleading State Championships will be held at Worcester State University on Sunday, Nov. 21.  Time TBD.

After winning sectionals in Marshfield.

Fall Postseason Tournaments Begin Today

Football, Volleyball, Boys and Girls Soccer

Schedule:

Today, Thursday, Nov. 4 Girls Soccer vs. Seekonk at Abington 4 pm.

Tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 5  Football (Home) vs. Easthampton 6 pm

Tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 5  Volleyball (Home) vs. Bishop Connelly 4 pm.

Saturday, Nov. 6 Boys Soccer vs. AMSA at 2 pm in Holbrook.

The MIAA tournament is a single-elimination playoff tournament in which high school teams compete for state titles in their divisions, which are based on enrollment.

In the past, teams had to make it through sectional tournaments (North, South, Central, West) to reach the state semifinals and state finals. That has changed.  This year all tournaments are statewide from round one on.  As most know, there were no state tournaments last year, only league tournaments due to COVID.

To qualify for the tournament, teams had to finish in the top 32 of the power ratings (a formula consisting of strength of schedule, margin of victory and strength of opponent’s schedule) or finish above .500. For football, only the top 16 teams in the eight divisions qualified. There’s also a three-win minimum to qualify in football.

Girls Soccer: Division 3: Preliminary Round: No. 35 Seekonk at No. 30 Rockland, Thursday (3:30 p.m.) Rockland 7-7-2 record.  This game will be played in Abington.

If the girls are victorious today, they will play Dedham on Nov. 6 at 3 pm….Dedham is seeded #3 

Football: Division 6 First Round: # 13 Easthampton at # 4 Rockland 6 pm Friday, Nov. 5:  Rockland 6-1, Easthampton 7-1   Easthampton H.S. is located in the western part of Massachusetts (2 hours away). 

If Rockland is victorious they will go on to 2nd round of eight and play the winner of South Hadley and Winthrop.

Volleyball: opens up at home on Friday, Nov. 5  vs. Bishop Connelly at 4 pm in the first round of 32.  The girls are seeded # 11. Bishop Connelly is seeded 22nd in Division 4.

If victorious,  the girls will play in the round of 16 against the winner of Joseph Case High School and Notre Dame Academy.

Boys Soccer: Rockland is seeded third in Div. 4 with a record of 15-1-1. The boys open up on Saturday, November 6 and will play at Holbrook High School.  They will play Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School from Marlborough.  This game will be at 2 pm on Saturday.

If victorious, they will play on November 10 against the winner of Wintrop and Bishop Connelly.

Good luck to all the tournament teams!

 

There is a Digital Site to get tickets for the football game: https://gofan.co/app/school/MA14704

Buying tickets through GoFan, which can be accessed as a smartphone app or on a web browser.  The MIAA is allowing cash sales               in Rockland.     

That will be the same for other sports later in the tournament. 

Trunk or Treat: A Success for the High School

By Nicole Cedrone, Veritas Editor-in Chief and Shannon Gustin Veritas Feature Editor

Trunk or Treat took place on Saturday, Oct 23rd from 2-4pm. It was held in the Middle School parking lot. The event, cancelled last year, was able to be held this year. The outdoor setting replaced the traditional Project Pumpkin that has been held inside the high school for many years.

The event was well attended, drawing between 350-400 kids who attended with their parents.

There were 80 RHS volunteers at the event, almost 30 trunks decorated, and 5 tables decorated to pass out candy to the public.

The event included a photo booth, a DJ, a bouncy house, as well as a Sweeties Shaved Ice vendor.

The event was organized by Ngan Nguyen and the Student Services Committee of the Student Government Council.

Below are photos taken by Kirsten Bartoloni, Student Government Council advisor.

 

Pep Rally Held on October 1

October 1, 2021

Lilianna Regens, Veritas Staff

Rockland High School held its first pep rally in two years on Oct. 1. This pep rally was held in the football stadium. 

There were teacher dares done to raise money for breast cancer research  which consisted of the following: Mr. Liquori and Lucas Leander doing a plank; Mr. Bigsby arm wrestling with football player Mateo Vasquez with Mateo winning. Mr.Anzalone and Mr. Casagrande having a water balloon fight    

Each grade performed the roller coaster with Michaela Duquette, Elias Nassif and Callie Herzog representing the freshman doing the roller coaster and all the other grades having great performances doing the roller coaster as well. 

The band did a great job setting the bar high for the energy at the pep rally. Everyone was engaged from the minute the band started to play their game day songs. 

The chorus sang the national anthem for us and they did awesome! We also had fall sports teams and SGC members participating in games and activities. 

“I want to give a quick shout out to Maria Pala and Jillian Mitchell for being the most electric MC’s I have ever seen! Great job girls!” said Asst. Student Government Advisor, Kara Penney.  The Student Government also did a great job organizing and conducting the rally!

Take a look at these photos by Shannon Gustin!

Halloween Opinions Heard at RHS

With Halloween this weekend the Journalism students went out and asked people what some of their Halloween favorites (or least favorite) things are. Take a look!

Happy Halloween!!

Trunk or Treat Coming This Saturday!!

Oct. 21, 2021

Shannon Gustin, Veritas Features Editor

On Saturday, October 23 from 2 pm to 4 pm, Rockland High School’s Student Government Council is hosting Trunk or Treat, an outside version of Project Pumpkin. Since this year is still affected by COVID-19, Trunk or Treat  will be held at the Rogers Middle School courtyard. 

This year’s Trunk or Treat event will have student volunteers decorate their cars/tables and hand out candy from their trunks to maintain a Covid free system. The children will go trick-or- treating from car to car, and in the end they will vote which car they think is the best. 

There will be games, a photo booth, and music. In previous years children, dressed in their costumes, would walk through the high school and trick-or-treat from tables in some hallways. Each hallway in the school had its own theme and anyone at a table in that hallway would dress up to match the theme. 

After traveling through the hallways, kids also had the opportunity to go to the high school gym and enjoy face paint, a bouncy castle, and other fun activities. The gym activities from years past are being moved outside to the RMS courtyard. 

This year after Trunk or Treat families and students will have the opportunity to participate in Terror on the Trails at Hartsuff Park. In the past, Project Pumpkin had its own haunted hallway where the kids would walk through and get scared.

This Saturday volunteers should be at the school at 12 o’clock, and for the public the event starts at 2 o’clock in the middle school courtyard.

 

The Veritas is Here!

The first print edition of the Veritas since February 2020 is now available at Rockland High School.  

As always the paper features current events such as Ms. Rockland and the Breast Cancer Walk along with updates of all the sports teams.  Profiles of three of our new staff members, articles on vaccinations, masks and “devious licks” along with awesome pictures from our pep rally, and the always popular Pathways page are also included in this colorful edition!

The paper will be distributed in the lunchroom all week starting on Oct. 20 and can also be picked up in Rm 124 any time during the day or from one of the editors of the paper.  

Nicole Cedrone, Class of 2025, Editor-in-Chief

Shannon Gustin, Class of 2025, Feature Editor

Cameron Babcock, Class of 2024, Sports Editor

Hailey Christianson, Class of 2023, Website Editor

Here’s a sneak peek of page 1:

Miss Rockland Crowned at Homecoming

The candidates for Miss Rockland are all smiles after Cailin Sullivan was announced as Miss Rockland at the Homecoming Game. From left to right are Olivia Dalton, Jordan Stec, Madison Murphy, Caitlin Sullivan, Olivia Jones, Grace Condon, and Maria Pala

October 8, 2021

Hailey Christianson, Veritas Web Editor

The weekend beginning on Friday, October 1st,  Homecoming weekend, RHS had its annual pep rally, Homecoming dance, and the annual Homecoming football game where at halftime Ms. Rockland was crowned.  This is a tradition that hasn’t happened in two years!

Every year, Rockland High students select several girls from the senior class to be candidates for the title of Ms. Rockland.  The senior class then votes on who will be crowned Ms. Rockland.  

This year the candidates were Grace Condon, Olivia Jones, Maria Pala, Olivia Dalton, Madison Murphy, Cailin Sullivan, and Jordan Stec.  Each of the girls was escorted by her parents onto the field where the winner was announced.

Congratulations to the winner of Ms. Rockland, Cailin Sullivan!  After being crowned Cailin said, “I feel great and amazing.  I love Rockland High School.  I like my teachers and my friends.” 

This tradition has been going on at Rockland High for decades.  Ms. Rockland is viewed as a positive role model who is respected by all students and faculty.  They are who little girls look up to and want to be when they get older.  It is a great honor to even be nominated and to win is just even bigger.   

For more details about each of the candidates please see our story in the print edition of the Veritas due out next week!  

In the gallery below from left to right top to bottom are:  Madison Murphy and her parents Steve and Gail Murphy; Maria Pala and her mom and dad, Stacy and Franco and her brother; Olivia Dalton with her parents, Kimberlee and Timothy Dalton; Olivia Jones and her mom and dad, Beverly and Edward Jones; Jordan Stec and her parents Matt and Jean Stec; Grace Condon with her mom and dad, Jenn and Mike Condon; and Cailin Sullivan with her parents, Kevin and Kerry Sullivan.

Fall Sports Season Off To A Good Start At RHS

Sept. 27, 2021

The fall sports season is underway and two of the teams are undefeated while the rest are also enjoying good starts.

The football team is 3-0 behind a strong running attack with Jacob Coulstring, Lucas Leander and several others leading the way.  PJ Celestino and Mike Moriarty are sharing the quarterback duties and Jerry Esposito has been on target in the kicking game.  Friday night’s Homecoming Game with Norwell will be a challenge for the Dogs.

The boys soccer team is 6-0 and is quite possibly on its way to a league title. It’s a team effort. This young group with Tommy Gallagher who has three shut outs so far in goal is on a roll.  The team has come up with two 1-0 wins, none bigger than their game against Cohasset, a first for a boys Bulldog soccer team.  The Dogs have three matches this week. They are home against Middleboro at 4 pm on Wednesday.

The volleyball team had a couple losses against Hingham teams (Hingham High and NDA) but are back on the winning track beating Cardinal Spellman on Sept. 16 and Mashpee the next day.  They defeated Carver last Friday and will play Abington at 6 pm today at home. They are led by seniors Jordan Stec,  Julia Elie and Darcy McGuirk.

Rockland High’s Emilee Dunham was voted the High School Girls Soccer Player of the Week. The freshman, who received over 1,200 votes, scored four goals in a 5-1 win over Holbrook. The soccer team is working hard and has three games this week with  home games on Monday against West Bridgewater and on Friday against East Bridgewater. Both games are at 4 pm.

Both the boys and girls cross country teams are working hard with good performances from individual runners supported by the entire team.  The girls defeated Abington on Sept. 9 to open up the season.  Their next match is this week on Tuesday at home against Carver.  They start off at Hartsuff Park.

The golf team is also out there competing everyday.  They opened the season with a win against Carver 78-69 and have had some great matches.  Shawn Boostrom and Bryce Marrero are leading  the way for new coach Matt Vincenzi.  This week they go up against Carver and Middleboro.

Good luck to all the teams and congratulations on a great start to the fall season!!

You can read all about each team in our first print issue of the Veritas which will be out in October,

New elementary school getting closer to completion

Rockland’s new elementary school which will be called The Phelps Elementary School in honor of two Rockland citizens, Ann and Richard Phelps, is nearing completion.  A “topping off” ceremony was held on Tuesday, Sept. 14. As part of the event, a beam was hoisted in place to show the conclusion of the current construction phase of the school building project.  

At the end of the ceremony the beam was lifted by a crane and put into place on the building.

 Below is a video of the ceremony that was held outside the construction area.  Have a look!!

Join The VERITAS staff!

Attention to all RHS students: grades 9-12.

The Veritas extracurricular club will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 7 after school for anyone interested in joining the staff of the newspaper and /or website. 

All positions are available including news and feature reporters, sportswriters, editors and photographers.  

The meeting will be in Room 124 right after school.  If you can’t make the meeting see Mr. Murphy in the radio station. 

Principal Harrison’s September Newsletter

https://www.smore.com/7wycx-rhs-september-newsletter

Follow the above link to access Rockland High School Principal John Harrison’s September Newsletter which contains information and additional links to follow including:

Athletic Schedules

September and October important dates

The entire school calendar

Information about important deadlines from the guidance department

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Info about Back to School Night Sept. 15

the RHS Student Handbook

and much more!

 

Golf Team’s Schedule 2021

The golf team has a full schedule this year and it all begins in a week on Sept. 1 at the Rockland Golf Course against Carver.

Here’s the full Golf Team schedule which you can find with results throughout the season on arbitelive.com

Wed Sep 1  3:30 PM vs. Carver Middle/High SchoolRockland Golf Course

Tue Sep 7 3:30 PM vs. Quincy High School at Rockland Golf Course

Fri Sep 10 3:30 PM vs. Abington High School at Strawberry Valley Golf Course

Thu Sep 16  3:30 PM  at Cohasset High School. 

Mon Sep 20 3:30 PM vs. East Bridgewater Jr/Sr High School at East Bridgewater

Wed Sep 22  3:30 PM vs. Norwell High School at Scituate Country Club

Thu Sep 23  3:30 PM vs. Mashpee Middle/High School at Rockland Golf Course

Mon Sep 27 4:00 PM vs. Carver Middle/High School at Carver Middle/HS
Village Links 

Wed Sep 29  3:30 PM vs. Abington High School at Rockland Golf Course

Thu Sep 30  3:30 PM vs. Middleborough High School at Rockland Golf Course

Mon Oct 4 3:30 PM vs. Cohasset High School. at Rockland Golf Course

Tue Oct 5 3:30 PM vs. East Bridgewater Jr/Sr High School at Rockland Golf Course

Thu Oct 7  3:30 PM vs. Norwell High School at Rockland Golf Course

Tue Oct 12 3:30 PM at  Mashpee Middle/High School at Henry B. Burkland Elementary

Photo from a match last year.

Boys and Girls Cross Country 2021 Schedules

The cross country teams are opening up on September 9! You can access the latest schedules and results for all the RHS teams on arbiterlive.com.

CROSS COUNTRY SCHEDULE

Fri Sep 10  4:00 PM vs. Abington High School at Hartsuff Park recreation

Tue Sep 14  4:00 PM at Norwell High School

Tue Sep 21 4:00 PM at East Bridgewater Jr/Sr High School  East Bridgewater Church Street

Tue Sep 28  4:00 PM vs. Carver Middle/High School. at Hartsuff Park recreation

Tue Oct 5 4:00 PM vs. Randolph High School at Hartsuff Park recreation

Tue Oct 12  4:00 PM at Middleborough High School. at Nichols Middle School
NMS Baseball/ Multi-Purpose Grass Field 

Tue Oct 19   4:00 PM vs. Cohasset High School at Norwell High School?

Veritas file photo from last year.

Fall Sports Schedule 2021: Girls Soccer

The girls soccer teams are in their preseason preparations and will begin their regular season on September 8 at the Reed St. field. JV’s play at Esten Elementary School. Check the Arbiterlive website for specific locations and any changes to the schedule.

Shea MacDougall in the game with Middleboro last year.

Varsity Girls Soccer Schedule 2021

Weds Sep 8 4:00 PM vs. Holbrook HS. at Rockland High School

Mon Sep 13 4:00 PM at Cohasset High School 

Fri Sep 17  4:00 PM vs. Hull High School at Rockland-Reed St 

Tue Sep 21 4:00 PM at Mashpee Middle/High School

Thu Sep 23 4:00 PM vs. Carver Middle/High School at Rockland-Reed St 

Mon Sep 27  4:00 PM at West Bridgewater High School

Wed Sep 29 4:00 PM at Middleborough High School

Fri Oct 1 4:00 PM vs. East Bridgewater Jr/Sr High School at Rockland-Reed St 

Tue Oct 5  4:00 PM vs. Norwell High School at Rockland-Reed St 

Thu Oct 7  4:00 PM vs. Abington High School at Rockland-Reed St 

Fri Oct 15 4:00 PM. vs. Cohasset High School at Rockland-Reed St 

Tue Oct 19 4:00 PM at Hull High School, Hull HS 
Finlayson Field

Thu Oct 21 6:00 PM vs. Mashpee Middle/High School at Rockland-Reed St 

Mon Oct 25 4:00 PM at Holbrook High School

Wed Oct 27 4:00 PM at Carver Middle/High SchoolCarver Middle/HS 

Fri Oct 29 3:30 PM at West Bridgewater High School

Fall Sports Schedule 2021: Boys Soccer

The boys soccer team will open up its schedule on Sept. 8. On Aug. 27 they will scrimmage in Duxbury.

The JV team is looking for players and is opening up to 8th grade students who can register on the website: Rocklandschools.org and search for fall registration.

The boys look to build on the success of last year. The schedule below is from Arbiterlive.com. You can visit this site for updates and results as the season progresses.

The Dogs did very well last fall losing to Randolph in the finals of the playoffs. Above is Luis Araujo.

Boys Soccer Schedule from Arbiterlive.com

Date/Time

 

Opponent

Location

Result

League

 

Fri Aug 27 

10:00 AM

Duxbury High School

Duxbury HS 

Turf Field

 

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Wed Sep 8 

4:00 PM

Holbrook High School

Holbrook HS 

Turf

W

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Mon Sep 13 

4:00 PM

Cohasset High School

Rockland-Reed St 

Track

 

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Wed Sep 15 

4:00 PM

West Bridgewater High School

Rockland-Reed St 

Track

 

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Fri Sep 17 

4:00 PM

Hull High School

Hull HS 

Finlayson Field

 

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Tue Sep 21 

4:00 PM

Mashpee Middle/High School

Rockland-Reed St 

Track

 

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Thu Sep 23 

4:00 PM

Carver Middle/High School

Carver Middle/HS 

Turf Field

 

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Mon Sep 27 

4:00 PM

Randolph High School

Rockland-Reed St 

Track

 

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Wed Sep 29 

4:00 PM

Middleborough High School

Rockland-Reed St 

Track

 

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Fri Oct 1 

4:00 PM

East Bridgewater Jr/Sr High School

East Bridgewater Jr-Sr HS 

Football Fld

 

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Tue Oct 5 

4:00 PM

Norwell High School

Norwell High School 

CCC

 

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Thu Oct 7 

4:00 PM

Abington High School

Abington High School 

Turf 1

 

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Fri Oct 15 

4:30 PM

Cohasset High School

Cohasset HS-Alumni Fld 

#1

 

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Tue Oct 19 

4:00 PM

Hull High School

Rockland-Reed St 

Track

 

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Thu Oct 21 

4:00 PM

Mashpee Middle/High School

Mashpee HS 

Lower Field

 

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Mon Oct 25 

4:00 PM

Holbrook High School

Rockland-Reed St 

Track

 

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Wed Oct 27 

4:00 PM

Carver Middle/High School

Rockland-Reed St 

Track

 

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Sat Oct 30 

12:00 PM

West Bridgewater High School

West Bridgewater 

WBMSHS Turf Field

 

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Fall Sports Schedule 2021: Football

Fall Sports Schedules according to Athletic Director Gary Graziano can be found at a new website: Arbiterlive.com

Below is the football schedule. Check the website for any changes that may be made throughout the season.

Junior Lucas Leander is ready for the fall football season. The Dogs will be playing strong opponents this year so get out and support the team! The weeks between Oct. 22 and Nov. 25 are the weeks of the playoffs which will be determined by win totals and strength of schedule. Good luck Dogs!
Date/Time OpponentLocationResultLeague 
Sat Aug 28 
10:00 AM
Pembroke High SchoolPembroke HS 
Turf Field
L
Fri Sept 3
5:00 pm


Fri Sep 10 
7:00 PM


@ Cohasset High School


Cumberland High School
Cohasset H.S.


Rockland Stadium 
Football Field
L


N
Fri Sep 17 
7:00 PM
Silver Lake Regional HSRockland Stadium 
Football Field
N
Fri Sep 24 
7:00 PM
Whitman-Hanson Reg High SchoolWhitman-Hanson RHS 
O’Brien Field
N
Fri Oct 1 
7:00 PM
Norwell High SchoolRockland Stadium 
Football Field
L
Fri Oct 8 
7:00 PM
Abington High SchoolFrolio School 
Memorial Field
L
Fri Oct 15 
7:00 PM
Middleborough High SchoolMiddleboro HS 
Stadium
L
Fri Oct 22 
7:00 PM
Saugus High SchoolSaugus Middle High School 
Stadium
L
Thu Nov 25 
10:00 AM
East Bridgewater Jr/Sr High SchoolRockland Stadium 

Fall Sports Schedule 2021: Volleyball

The fall sports schedule according to Athletic Director Gary Graziano can be found on a new website Arbiterlive.com.  Below is the volleyball schedule as it stands right now.  Check the website to see changes and results “live.”

Julia Elie against Norwell last year. The volleyball team is a veteran squad and will work hard as always to maintain their success.

Girls Varsity Volleyball Schedule for Fall 2021

Tue Sep 7  5:30 PMNotre Dame Academy–Hingham   at Rockland High School 

Thu Sep 9  5:30 PMHingham High School.  at Hingham HS 

Tue Sep 14  6:00 PMNotre Dame Academy–Hingham  at Hingham-Notre Dame 

Thu Sep 16 5:30 PMCardinal Spellman High School.  at Rockland High School 

Fri Sep 17 5:15 PMMashpee Middle/High School at Mashpee HS 

Mon Sep 20 6:00 PMRandolph High School at Rockland High School 

Wed Sep 22 6:00 PMCarver Middle/High School at Rockland High School 

Mon Sep 27  6:00 PMAbington High School at Rockland High School 

Wed Sep 29 5:15 PMEast Bridgewater Jr/Sr High School at East Bridgewater Jr-Sr HS 

Tue Oct 5 6:00 PMNorwell High School at Rockland High School 

Fri Oct 8 5:30 PMMiddleborough High School at Middleborough High School 

Tue Oct 12  5:15 PMQuincy High School at Quincy High School 

Wed Oct 13  6:00 PMMashpee Middle/High School at Rockland High School 

Fri Oct 15 5:30 PMRandolph High School at Randolph HS 

Mon Oct 18  5:30 PMCardinal Spellman High School at Rockland High School 

Wed Oct 20  5:15 PMCarver Middle/High School. at Carver Middle/HS 

Wed Oct 27  5:30 PMDuxbury High School at Rockland High School 

Fri Oct 29  6:00 PMHingham High School at Rockland High School 

Celebrating Spring Sports Senior Athletes

June 8, 2021

Teams honored their seniors last week.

Girls Lacrosse

From left: Kendra Peretzman, Greta Russon, Lauren Draicchio, Erin Gardner and Sarah Gormley

Hannah Rich, Mackenzie Tsiantoulas, Alana Murphy and Jessica Driscoll. photos courtesy of Mr. Graziano

Girls Tennis

Miku Yoshioka and Bridget Hughes. photo courtesy of Girls Tennis

Boys Lacrosse

Jendry Mejia, Nick Leander, Jimmy Tsiantoulas and Nick Earner. photo courtesy of Mr. Graziano

Softball

From left: Michaela Bruno, Macy Grass, Althea Olsen, and Alexxys MacDonald. photo courtesy of Chris Burnieka

Boys and Girls Track

Back row left to right: Russell Jones, David Ferraro, Nicholas Murphy, Evan Burke, Daniel Ramos, Zach Ofurum, Arthur Norton, Zachary Solomon, Joey Nguyen 

Bottom row left to right: Hannah Makarski, Meghan Hoblitzelle, Emily Marquis, Natalia Russo  photo courtesy of Mr. Grimmett

Baseball

From left top; Zachary Phripp, Cullen Rogers, Steve Tutkus. Bottom from left: Ryan Hindy, Ryan Dobay and Robert Ivil III. photos courtesy Mrs. Ivil

The Future Is in Their Hands

June 8, 2021

The Class of 2021 will be remembered for the way they navigated the ups and downs of their junior and senior years during the pandemic. Thankfully, Graduation, like their prom, was held with few or no restrictions.

Now as President Lauren Draicchio said at Graduation, “Together, tonight, Class of 2021, we are closing this book. But tomorrow, we will write a new one. One with endless possibilities. A blank slate.”

Good luck to the Graduates of the Class of 2021 as they look forward to these future plans!

Claudia Jean Abouzeid is planning to attend Massasoit Community College to major in psychology and then continue on to Bridgewater State University to complete her bachelor in psychology.

Althaia Sharlize Alexander plans to go to the University of New Hampshire to major in her dream study of Life Sciences and Agriculture with Marine, Estuarine, and Freshwater Biology.

Jared Allen will be attending the Virginia Polytechnic Institute to major in nuclear engineering.

Thorn J. Annis will enter the workforce.

Stephen Araujo plans to enter the workforce.

Amanda Alves de Azevedo Amanda will move to Florida to study medicine.

Mackenzie Baker plans to attend Bridgewater State University to major in health science, one day hoping to become a physical therapist.

Fernando Cabrera Bamaca will attend Massasoit Community College in the fall.

Yggor Gabriel Batista hopes to realize his personal dreams.

Hayley Benson will be attending Coastal Carolina University where she plans on studying exercise science. She will also be a member of the Coastal Carolina Cheerleading team.

Nicholas Blonde will be going to EMT and paramedic school, to become a firefighter; he will work for his father’s construction company.

Jizia Jane Brandao plans to attend Massasoit Community College to major in nursing.

Michaela Ann Bruno plans to attend Westfield State University to major in Criminal Justice.

Evan Michael Burke  will attend the University of Rhode Island to major in Sports Media and Communication.

Devin Cavicchi plans to attend Bryant University to major in mathematics.

Nickollas Chaves Coelho plans to attend Massasoit Community College and then transfer to a four year university to major as a veterinarian.

Bryan Colarusso will be attending New England College and majoring in business and accounting.

Kyle C. Cordaro plans to attend Massasoit Community College and then transfer to a four year University to major in Finance.

Alexis R. DeFranc plans to attend Montserrat College of Art to major in illustration.

Julia Perez de Lima  plans to attend Bridgewater State University for two years and then transfer to a four year university to major in architecture.

Anny Gabrielly Dutra de Souza plans to attend Massasoit Community College to major in business administration careers-marketing.

James DiCarli plans to attend Westfield State University to major in movement science.

Anthony Marco DiNino plans to pursue a college education and career in animation.

Ryan  Dobay will enter the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he plans to major in business administration

Daniel Joseph Donahue is going to Bridgewater State University to major in business management.

Dillon Michael Doyle will continue his education and vocational training at Rockland High School.

Lauren Draicchio will be attending Curry College to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing and continue her lacrosse career.

Jessica Driscoll plans to attend Flagler College to major in psychology.

Hissam Dubois plans to attend Stonehill College to major in Engineering.

Jonathan P. Dunphy will take a year off of school to work. 

Nicholas Earner Jr. has enlisted 4 years into the United States Airforce Special Operations as a Pararescueman.

Anna Ferrante plans to attend Bridgewater State University.

David J. Ferraro  is attending  Wentworth Institute of Technology and will  major in business management.

Pamella Oliveira Figueiredo is planning to go to Massasoit Community College to study business administration.

Hayden Ann Fiore plans to attend Massasoit Community College to major in nursing.

Katelyn Fitzgerald plans on attending Quincy College.

Emily Gaboriault plans to attend Bridgewater State University and then transfer to a four-year college to major in musical theater. She also hopes to one day make it all the way to Broadway.

Erin Gardner plans to attend Salem State University to major in nursing.

Gianna Gervasi will attend Plymouth State University to major in elementary education and in mathematics

Jaelyn Alyssa Glavin will be attending  Bridgewater State University to double major in elementary education and psychology.

Sarah Gormley plans to attend Merrimack College to major in business.

Macy Grass plans to attend Massasoit Community College to major in early childhood education and then transfer to a four year school.

Catherine Hailer is looking to go to a four year university to major in corporate law.

Tyler Harvey  will continue in the workforce and eventually become a firefighter or work in medical services.

Grace Henry plans to attend the University of Massachusetts Boston to major in nursing.

Kaylie N. Hess plans to attend Massasoit Community College and then transfer to a four year university to become a veterinarian or a doctor or a surgeon.

Haiden T. Hewlett plans on going into the workforce and is thankful for the teachers that got him here today.

Ryan David Hindy  plans to go to EMT school and then become a firefighter.

Meghan Hoblitzelle will attend Curry College to become a pediatric nurse.

Bridget Hughes will be  entering St. Anselm College to major in nursing; she also plans on playing tennis.

Robert Stephen Ivil III  will be going to New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology to major in mechanical engineering with a minor in explosive engineering.

Chloe Jones will attend the University of New England to major in nursing.

Russell  Jones  plans to attend the University of Massachusetts Lowell to major in computer science.

Ann  Kelley has been accepted to attend Northeastern University to major in health science.

Rebecca Killion plans to attend Montserrat College of Art to major in painting.

Meghan Kirby plans to attend Bridgewater State University to major in secondary education.

Nicholas Leander  will be entering the Massachusetts Maritime Academy to major in International Business and to play football.

Joseph Levangie plans to attend Massasoit Community College and then transfer to Bridgewater State University.

Alexxys MacDonald plans to attend UMASS Boston to major in mathematics.

Hannah Makarski will be attending Merrimack College to major in Health Sciences.

Emily Ann Marquis will be attending Bridgewater State University to double major in Special Education and Elementary Education.

Micaella Cristina Dias Martins plans to attend La Bluh Esthetics Institute.

Colin J. McKerrell plans to attend the University of Massachusetts Boston to major in engineering.

Thomas McSweeney plans to enter the workforce as a crane operator.

Jendry Mejia plans to join the workforce as a plumber.

Zachery Miller plans to attend University of Massachusetts Darmouth to major in computer engineering.

Calin Rose Monett will attend Coastal Carolina University to major in exercise science.

Jacob Thomas Moore plans to attend Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and major in pre-physical therapy.

Patrick Moriarty plans to attend the University of Rhode Island to major in business.

Anthony L. Morreale will be attending Massachusetts Maritime Academy to major in marine transportation and become a ship captain.

Tyler Michael Morrison plans to try and travel the world doing photography and graphic design.

Alana Shea Murphy plans to attend High Point University in North Carolina to major in interior design.

Nicholas Michael Murphy will attend Massachusetts Maritime Academy to major in Marine Biology.

Kelly James Mwangi is planning to join a four year college, hopefully at Texas University, to study criminal justice and minor in Culinary Arts.

Joseph Nguyen plans to attend the University of Massachusetts Lowell to major in electrical engineering.

Andrew James Norton plans to become a firefighter.

Arthur Edward Norton III  will attend Wentworth Institute of Technology to major in business.

Brendan O’Brien plans to go into the carpenter’s union.

Nijaya Kaylese Oehlschlagel plans to attend Quincy Community College and then transfer to a four year university to major in accounting. 

Mariana O’Connor plans to go to Plymouth State University to major in Allied Health Sciences and minor in Spanish.

Zachary Ofurum will be going to Stonehill College to major in biochemistry while furthering his track and field career.

Althea Ruth Olsen will be attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst to major in biology.

Jordan Ortiz plans to enlist in the United States Army while pursuing internet technology studies.

Debora Costa Paquiel plans to work as a paramedic.

Kendra Peretzman will be entering Fitchburg State University to play soccer and lacrosse and major in psychology.

Zackary Phripp plans to enter the workforce as a firefighter.

Jonah Pishkin will be going to Fitchburg State University where he will study filmmaking.

Nicholas Prado  will attend Massasoit Community College.

Tatum Rafferty  will attend Bridgewater State University to major in business while studying to get a real-estate license.

Daniel Alves Ramos will be attending the University of Massachusetts Lowell to major in electrical engineering.

Myavana Marae Reese wants to become a doctor. She is going to attend University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to major in Biology.

Giacomo C. Reis plans to attend New England College to major in business accounting.

Hannah Rich will be going to the University of Massachusetts Boston to major in nursing.

Natalina Richards plans to enlist in the United States Air Force.

William Robinson III plans to attend Bridgewater State University.

Matheus Rocha plans to enlist in the National Guard and eventually study law.

Vitor Martins Rodrigues will take a year off and will work, save money, and decide between working in international relations or as an ASL interpreter.

Cullen Rogers  plans to attend Harvard University and is undecided on a future major.

Natalia Roosa plans to attend Massasoit Community College and then transfer to a four year University to major in nursing.

Christian Rosario plans to attend community college and is undecided on his future plan.

Greta Russo plans to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst to major in environmental science.

Gianna Bella Salvucci will enter Massasoit Community College to major in criminal justice.

Isabella  Seaton Bella plans to attend Southern New Hampshire University to major in criminal justice.

Alexander Sidahmed will be attending Massasoit Community College.

Isabella Smith plans to attend an EMS Training School to further her knowledge of emergency services and become a paramedic.

Nicholas Alan Soares  will attend Bridgewater State University to major in Biology.

Yani M. Soares plans to attend the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Zachary Solomon plans to attend Brandeis University to major in Biochemistry.

Kaitlin Taft  will attend Beloit College in Wisconsin to major in Anthropology.

Scott M. Tavares  is going to attend culinary school. 

Victoria Taylor plans to attend Bridgewater State University.

Brady-Oreste Thacker plans to attend Quincy College for cybersecurity and enlist in the Air National Guard after high school graduation.

Allison Trainque plans to attend Salem State University to major in Biology.

James  Tsiantoulas  will attend Marist College to major in Sports Communications.

McKenzie Tsiantoulas will be attending Coastal Carolina University to major in Intelligence and National Security.

Stephen Tutkus Jr. enlisted in the United States Army and will report on June 22, 2021.

Hunter Fitzgerald Wardwell has chosen the University of Massachusetts Amherst at the Isenberg School of Management as a business management major.

Damon Welles  plans to attend Wentworth Institute of Technology to major in civil engineering.

Jakob Edward Wells plans to attend Massasoit Community College in the fall.

Alison Michelle Whitman plans to attend Bridgewater State University to major in Communication Media and Film.

Derek Tyson Williams  plans to go to Quincy College to play basketball and major in sports training and then transfer to a four year university.

Terell James Wright will be attending  Massasoit Community College to major in theater technology.

Miku Yoshioka will be attending Suffolk University to major in biology and then transfer her junior year to a four year university to major in biology.

Silvio Cordero Zapata Jr. plans to further his education at Massasoit Community College studying business and then continue his endeavors as an entrepreneur.

Senior Athletic Awards June 2021

South Shore League Scholar Athletes – Cullen Rogers and Chloe Jones

Women’s Coaches Award (Female Student-Athlete) – Kendra Peretzman

Vicki Solari Award (Most Inspirational Female Athlete) – McKenzie Tsiantoulas

Senior Female Athlete – Sara Gormley

Marion Mansfield Donovan Award (Top female student athlete) – Hannah Rich

John Bell Award (Female who plays over and above abilities) – Hannah Makarski

John Bell Award (Male who plays over and above abilities) – Robert Ivil III

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

Joseph Dondero Award (Top male student- athlete) – Cullen Rogers

Louis Cifello Award (Most Inspirational male athlete) – Nicholas Leander and Patrick Moriarty

Dr. Joseph Dunn Award (Top student-football player) – Colin McKerrell

Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Award (Female Athlete that never gives up) – Greta Russo

Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Award (Male Athlete that never gives up) – Nicholas Blonde

John Delorey Award (Female Athlete who exemplifies sportsmanship) – Bridget Hughes

John Delorey Award (Male athlete who exemplifies sportsmanship) – Nicholas Soares and James Tsiantoulas

Charles E. Leverone Award (Top Male Athlete in Track / Cross Country) – Zachary Ofurum

Charles E. Leverone Award (Top Female Athlete in Track / Cross Country) – Meghan Hoblitzelle

Robert Ellis Award (Top Student Male Athlete / Basketball Player) – Hunter Wardwell

Silver Bowl (11 Varsity letters) – Nick Leander

Senior Profiles #5

June 4, 2021

As seniors prepare to receive their diplomas tonight we present our last set of senior profiles. Thank you to all who answered the Veritas’ staff questions and Good Luck to all members of the Senior Class.

We wil be publishing a list of senior awards and senior plans after Graduation!

Macy Grass

Macy Grass

What are your post high school plans?

I am going to take a gap year and then go to Massasoit to major in early childhood education and then transfer with the same major.

What will you miss most about high school?

My friends

What advice would you give to an underclassman?

High school isn’t everything, you don’t need to stress so much.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember?

I will remember the football games and the basketball games before the pandemic.

What was your favorite class? Explain.

My favorite class was art. I liked it because I could do what ever I wanted for each assignment.

What was your favorite after school activity?

I only had softball after school but it was fun and I enjoyed my last year.

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I learned that I can do things I didn’t know I could.

James Tsiantoulas

James Tsiantoulas

What are your post high school plans?

I’m going to major in Sports Communications at Marist College

What will you miss most about high school?

The friendships I made here

What advice would you give to an underclassman?

Just be you, don’t change yourself to fit someone else’s beliefs.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember?

All the football games. Just playing in them were an awesome experience.

What was your favorite class? Explain.

Any history class I had. I was a huge history nerd.

What was your favorite after school activity?

Football

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I learned that it doesn’t matter what people think of you, you just have to live life to the fullest.

Any final thoughts?

Just enjoy your time in High School. It’s true when people say it goes by quickly.

Billy Robinson

What do you plan on doing after high school?
I plan to go to college at Bridgewater State University, however I’m undecided on what to study yet.

What was your favorite part of high school?
My favorite part was getting to meet so many great people and friends.

Did you play any sports?
Yes. I participated in cross country, wrestling, and track.

How would you say you did academically?
I think I was academically successful.

Are you overall going to miss high school?
I’ll miss certain aspects, even if there are some parts I’m eager to leave behind.

Chloe Jones

Chloe Jones

What was your favorite class?

My favorite class was either English with Mr. Bigsby, math with Mr. Casagrande, or Unified Gym because all of the people and teachers in those classes made that time spent in the classroom so memorable. 

What was your least favorite thing about high school?

My least favorite thing about high school was waking up early in the morning and having homework.

What was your favorite thing about high school?

My favorite thing about high school was the class and school activities like pep rally, football games, and homecoming. 

What do you plan on doing after high school?

After high school I plan to attend the University of New England where I will study nursing in homes of becoming a labor and delivery nurse one day. I also plan to play on their division III women’s soccer team. 

What will you miss most about high school?

The thing I will miss most about high school is seeing everyone I grew up with in school who I do not necessarily hang out with outside of school. 

Lauren Draicchio

Lauren Draicchio is the President of our Senior Class and has done a great job leading the class through these crazy times. After high school she will be attending Curry College to major in nursing.

Lauren answered a few questions for us.

What was your favorite class?

My favorite class was calculus with Mr. Casagrande.

What will you miss the most at RHS?

I will most miss fan sections at basketball games and the feeling of being a part of a family.

What have you learned about yourself throughout high school?

Through high school I have learned that it’s important to put everything you have into all you do, and to take pride in your accomplishments!

Congratulations to everyone in the Class of 2021!

Senior Profiles #4

These are the last of the profiles we have right now. Seniors who would still like to be included should go to the questionnaire, fill it out and download your senior picture.

Alexxys MacDonald

Alexxys MacDonald

What are your post high school plans? 

I plan to attend UMass Boston to major in mathematics

What will you miss most about high school?

The friends I made

What was your favorite class?

Math with Casa because there is never a dull moment in that class 

What was your favorite after school activity?

Softball 

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

You don’t have to get perfect grades and be perfect. Your best is all you can give; don’t let people try to push for what’s not there. 

What was your favorite lunch?

Macho nachos

What have you learned about yourself this year?

That I can survive high school in a pandemic, so I can pretty much face whatever comes my way 

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Debora Paquiel

Debora Paquiel

What are your post high school plans? 

Paramedic college and win the Red Cross. 

What will you miss most about high school?

Meeting my friends every day

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Pep rallies

What was your favorite class? 

Biology and chemistry because I love these classes

What was your favorite lunch?

Nachos

What have you learned about yourself this year?

That I can do whatever I want.  I can do this.

Any final thoughts?

Over the years, I have managed to overcome my fears to reach the finish line.

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Matheus Rocha

Matheus Rocha

What are your post high school plans?

Currency exchange

What will you miss most about high school?

The drama

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Gym class was the best

What was your favorite class? 

Gym and history

What was your favorite after school activity?

My favorite activity was resting my mind after school

What was your favorite lunch?

Curry and rice

What have you learned about yourself this year?

Those who are happy will be hated 

Any final thoughts?

I wish high school was more engaging and more about everyone in each grade working together to help each other pass the years and not feel outcast for not being exactly like others. I wish people in school were more about helping the next generation of people who will move the world in a few years instead of putting them down.

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Mackenzie Baker

What are your post high school plans? 

I plan to attend Bridgewater State University for pre-physical therapy and one day hope to become a physical therapist. 

What will you miss most about high school?

The thing I will miss most about high school is always seeing familiar faces and having fun every day that I come into school. 

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

The most memorable thing I would have to say is prom and getting to meet new people. 

What was your favorite class? 

My favorite class was Ms. Hoffman’s statistics class because I never felt like I was going to fail and she is a very sweet teacher. 

What was your favorite lunch?

My favorite lunch was the pizza bar and crunchy french fries. 

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I have learned that sometimes you should just step outside of the box and enjoy every day. 

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Tyler Morrison

Tyler Morrison

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Just be yourself, don’t let what other people do define what you want to be and who you are.

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Vitor Rodrigues

Vitor Rodrigues

What are your post high school plans? 

Work

What will you miss most about high school?

My friends

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

The games

What was your favorite class? 

History II. I had a great teacher.

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Never give up.

What was your favorite lunch?

Nuggets

What have you learned about yourself this year?

Perseverance.

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Hayley Benson

Hayley Benson

What are your post high school plans? 

Attending Coastal Carolina to study exercise science 

What will you miss most about high school?

I’ll miss being with everyone that I grew up with and definitely the sports.

What special moments, events will you remember?

Homecomings, pep rallies, football games, prom and the cheer team!

What was your favorite after school activity?

Cheerleading

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Enjoy these four years!

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I learned that nothing is impossible!

Any final thoughts?

I can’t believe how fast these four years went by, but I am grateful to have spent them at RHS!

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Allison Trainque

What are your post high school plans? 

I plan to attend Salem State University and major in biology.

What will you miss most about high school?

The amount of extra help

What was your favorite class?

My favorite class was biology. 

What was your favorite lunch?

Pasta bar

What was your favorite after school activity?

I liked playing soccer for the girls high school team. 

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I have learned that I will always miss high school but I am ready to start my next chapter in my life. 

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Damon Welles

Damon Welles

What are your post high school plans? 

I will attend Wentworth Institute of Technology to major in civil engineering.

What will you miss most about high school?

Getting to see my friends every day

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Even if you think high school is overrated, you’ll have different thoughts come time to graduate.

What special moments, events will you remember?

I will remember being guided by the track captains in my freshman year; it really helped me to stick with the sport and feel motivated.

What was your favorite class?

Bigsby’s English class sophomore year. I loved how relaxed the environment was. It almost felt more like a friendly gathering than like school, but we were still learning.

What was your favorite after school activity?

Track

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I’ve learned that I enjoy being social with people.

Any final thoughts?

I just want to emphasize my advice for underclassmen, cherish every moment.

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Natalia Roosa

What are your post high school plans? 

I will be attending Massasoit for two years and transfer to pursue my dreams of nursing. 

What will you miss most about high school?

Sports

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

My cheer competitions and my track meets 

What was your favorite class?

Gym

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.

Cheer and track

What have you learned about yourself this year?

Whatever you put your mind to you can succeed.

Profiles #3

Here is anothHer set of profiles to celebrate the Class of 2021!

Emily Marquis

Emily Marquis

What are your post high school plans? 

I plan to attend Bridgewater State University to double major in special education and elementary education  

What will you miss most about high school?

The atmosphere

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Pep rally, walking with my friends in the hallways, the sports 

What was your favorite class?

Mac’s class; he was always happy

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.

Practice with my friends

What have you learned about yourself this year?

That we are stronger than we think

Any final thoughts?

I will definitely miss high school

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Althea Olsen

Althea Olsen

What are your post high school plans? 

I will be attending UMass Amherst to major in biology.

What will you miss most about high school?

I will miss seeing my friends every day.

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Do as much as you can in high school! Time flies by, so experience the most and do not be afraid to try new things, even if they are out of your comfort zone. 

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

I will remember the first day of freshman year, NHS induction ceremony, and the last day of high school. 

What was your favorite class?

My favorite class was AP Biology with Mrs. Armstrong. We did so many cool labs and this class is basically the reason I am majoring in biology. 

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.

Writing for the Veritas and participating in Varsity sports

What have you learned about yourself this year?

This year, I have learned how flexible I am, and how I can persevere through pretty much anything

Any final thoughts?

Thank you RHS for an amazing 4 years! 

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Hunter Wardwell

Hunter Wardwell

What are your post high school plans? 

Attending UMass Amherst as a business management major at the Isenberg School of Business. 

What will you miss most about high school?

My friends

Favorite Lunch?

Chicken sandwich

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

The sporting events

What was your favorite class?

Calculus with Casa because he is the best teacher. 

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.

Playing football and basketball

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Allison Whitman

Allison Whitman

What are your post high school plans? 

Going to a four year college to major in media and film

What will you miss most about high school?

The food

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Homecoming 2018 and Powderpuff 2019

What was your favorite class?

History because I enjoyed learning about the history of our country and the world 

What was your favorite lunch?

Grilled cheese with tomato soup and tater tots 

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I don’t need to be part of a large friendship group or be with the popular kids 

Any final thoughts?

High school is just a fraction of my life 

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Lina Richards

What are your post high school plans? 

Joining the Air Force

What will you miss most about high school?

I will miss skipping school.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Creating a bond with my favorite teacher, Ms. Tabares

What was your favorite class?

Science because I had Ms. DiCanzio 3 out of 4 of the years

What was your favorite lunch?

Macho Nacho

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.

Working or napping

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I’m going to miss high school and not being an adult. 

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Zachary Ofurum

Zachary Ofurum

What are your post high school plans? 

I plan on attending Stonehill College to major in Biochemistry while also continuing my track and dield career.

What will you miss most about high school?

The sports and the friends.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Our junior year pep rally, prom and graduation. 

What was your favorite class?

I liked geometry class. 

What was your favorite lunch?

Macho nacho

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.

After school sports.

What have you learned about yourself this year?

To stay patient and get it done early 

Any final thoughts?

I will miss high school

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Pamella Oliveira Figueiredo

Pamella Oliveira Figueiredo

What are your post high school plans? 

Going to Massasoit Community College.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Seeing my friends everyday.

What was your favorite class?

English

What was your favorite lunch?

Pasta/pizza

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.  Taking a nap.

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I am strong.

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Anthony Morreale

Anthony Morreale

What are your post high school plans? 

Massachusetts Maritime Academy to study marine transportation and become a ship captain!

What will you miss most about high school?

Gym class

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Selected as an all-star for golf

What was your favorite class?

Math

What was your favorite lunch?

Nachos

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.  

Working out.

What have you learned about yourself this year?

If I push myself I can accomplish anything. 

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Turn in all your assignments 

Any final thoughts?

Gonna miss RHS 😦 Loved it here!

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We have more profiles to publish tomorrow! If you want to add yours fill out the questionnaire.

Veritas May 2021 is Here!

The Veritas Staff is dedicating this last issue of the year to the Senior Class of 2021. On these pages you will find senior profiles and the news that has been happening at RHS. The Veritas will continue to cover the news of the remainder of the year in our on-line posts!

Enjoy our May 2021 Senior Issue!

Senior Profiles

May 24, 2021

It’s been a tough year for students and especially for the seniors who have had to do without so many of the activities they had been looking forward to as part of their senior year.

But this week they will be kicking off their senior activities and we at the Veritas want to get the celebration of the Class of 2021 started now.

We are going to profile as many seniors as respond to our questionnaire that we sent to all seniors. 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 5 or more at a time) until we have completed the class, so keep checking back to see your favorite seniors from the RHS Class of 2021!

Cullen Rogers

What are your post high school plans?

Attend Harvard University; I have yet to decide on a major.

What will you miss most about high school?

Sports

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Skip a day of school to do something fun once in a while. You won’t remember that day of school later in life. We live on a giant floating rock. In the end, who cares!!

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

I didn’t have many. I only had two real years of high school. The pep rallies got ruined because I guess it’s hazing if we boo the underclassmen. The sports games were fun though. 

What was your favorite class? 

AP Physics with Mr. Robin

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.

Football

What have you learned about yourself this year?

That I can do anything if I put my mind to it

Grace Henry

What are your post high school plans? 

I’m going to UMass Boston to major in nursing.

What will you miss most about high school?

Some good people and some nice teachers

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Homecomings, pep rallies, and funny lunch moments are always good

What was your favorite class?

Geometry freshman year was great I loved my class and it was always a happy class 

What was your favorite after school activity? 

Lacrosse

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I get along really well with a lot of people in my grade that I hadn’t hung out with in the other years.

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Push through!

Alexis DeFranc

What are your post high school plans? 

I plan to attend Montserrat College of Art and major in illustration as well as animation.

What will you miss most about high school?

Mostly my friends and the teachers I liked.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

All the pep rallies, Freedom Trail walk in Boston , Graduation (of course).

What was your favorite class?

I’d say Conversations in World Literature with Mr. Neal because I enjoy reading here and there and he is one of my favorite teachers. His classroom felt welcoming and  I could talk to him easily with any problems.  

What was your favorite after school activity? 

I never really did any clubs but I would say to come home and call my friends & play video games with them or just work on art in my free time.

What have you learned about yourself this year?

To just be me and not something everyone else wants me to be, I’m my own person & that is not something someone can change. As well as to take pride in what I do, even if people don’t agree or accept it 

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Do not skip deadlines or push off your homework, those are important if you are planing to attend college. 

Any final thoughts?

To the teachers I’ve had, thank you for making my high school years fun and intriguing. Thank you for guiding me along the way these past four years during the ups and downs. I will miss you all when I leave, but I shall never forget the memories of being in your classroom or all the things you have taught me. Thank you for everything. 

Miku Yoshioka

What are your post high school plans?

I plan to major in biology at Suffolk University with a pre-med route for my first two years, in hopes to save enough money to apply to NYU my junior year, to finish my bachelors there.

What will you miss most about high school?

Being able to see the friends I grew up around everyday, going to college is meeting new people like a fresh start!

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

If there’s a club you want to try, go for it!! Literally 4 years of high school goes by so quick, that you want every chance to get, to try and do everything. Be confident in yourself as well, high school is scary at times, but just think of it as somewhere you’re preparing for the real world like college, where everyone is unpredictable and new just like you. Try not to stress too much, enjoy the little things too!! Go to homecoming, prom, football games, class trips, etc!

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

In my junior year we held our first unified pep rally, and that was something I’m so happy to be a part of planning, seeing bulldog Buddies’ smiles and the entire school come together was incredible! I think every year Project Pumpkin is my favorite event to help out, and I’m proud to say Rockland has always gotten so much positive feedback. It is an event where community members can bring their children to safely trick or treat in a school as well as fundraising canned goods for the Rockland Food Pantry!

What was your favorite class?

My favorite has got to be Mr. Bigsby’s Sophomore English class. I find his teaching style really made me enjoy English more as well as improving my weaknesses like writing. Though there are times it’ll be a little too crazy, like cutting up quizzes, he made me want to stay and genuinely learn more about reading. 

What was your favorite after school activity? 

I have to say swimming has to be one of my favorites, from the bus rides home blasting 2000’s music and eating pizza even being defeated, the team bonding I had with some of them for 4 years, really encouraged me to try hard and stay on the team. I thank Coach Julie and everyone for encouraging me and pushing me to my limits!

What have you learned about yourself this year?

That I really miss school in person a lot.  I thought I would enjoy it a lot more, but I feel isolated from socializing with people, which really brought me pretty low emotionally, but I learned ways to interact with people, and I’m happy to say I’m playing tennis, which makes me feel a lot better.

Gianna Gervasi

What are your post high school plans? 

Attending Plymouth State University in hopes of becoming a math teacher.

What will you miss most about high school?

Cheerleading and the teachers!

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Every cheerleading state championship my team went to!

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Hard work definitely pays off!!!

What was your favorite class?

Math was always my favorite class to go to and be in because of the teachers I have had.  

What was your favorite after school activity? Cheerleading

What have you learned about yourself this year?

That I’m the type of person who doesn’t give up. When I really wanted to the most, I kept going. 

Any final thoughts?

I will miss RHS so much!!!

McKenzie Tsiantoulas

What are your post high school plans? 

I will be attending Coastal Carolina University and I will be majoring in Intelligence and National Security.

What will you miss most about high school?

The teachers I made connections with and sports.

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Do not goof around your freshman year because you want to start on a good note. I messed around my freshman year and it caused me to have a lower GPA than I should have. Also don’t take things too seriously because nothing matters in high school.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Graduation, pep rallies, sporting events, and the school shutting down.

What was your favorite class? 

My junior year in Ms. Tabares’s class. That is by far the most entertaining class I have ever been a part of and always will be.

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.

Soccer and lacrosse

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I learned that I am very good at time management and I can be really smart if I want to be because I ended up raising my GPA every term so that is nice to know.

Any final thoughts?

I say that I won’t miss high school but honestly, Rockland High allowed me to shape myself into someone I never knew I could be. I’ve become very independent and it has taught me to shut out anything toxic that will bring me down. I am proud to call myself a Rockland Bulldog forever and always. Go Dogs!

Zachary Solomon

What are your post high school plans? 

I will be attending Brandeis University to major in Biochemistry 

What will you miss most about high school?

I will miss all my friends

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Some advice I would give to an underclassmen is to not underestimate the workload that teachers will give you. 

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

Some special moments I will remember are all my sports meets and all the ceremonies I attended. 

What was your favorite class?

 My favorite class was band because it was a great way to start off my day and helped me make lots of friends. 

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.

My favorite after school activities were my sports cross country, swim, and track. 

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I have learned from this year that I dislike sitting in front of a computer all day. 

Hannah Markarski

What are your post high school plans? 

I will be attending Merrimack College next year with a major in Human Development and Human Services.

What will you miss most about high school?

The thing I will miss most about high school will probably be playing and attending sports. I loved the atmosphere and it was always a good time.

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

I would tell the underclassmen to just enjoy high school, especially considering how my senior year went, it is super important to have a good time. Time really goes by fast and I know everyone always says this but it’s because it’s true.

What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Include as many as you’d like.

I will never forget my track team this year. They are the most optimistic group of people I’ve ever participated in sports with and we all bonded so well even though we just met.

What was your favorite class?

My favorite class at RHS was probably AP Language because I like writing and that was a class that challenged my abilities and that I did well in too. 

What was your favorite after school activity? If you can’t choose one, list as many as you’d like.

Any sport that I was playing at the time whether it was soccer, basketballl or track.

What have you learned about yourself this year?

I learned how many people actually look up to me and how great of a leader I can be.

Stay tuned for our next set of profiles tomorrow.

Spring 2021 Top Dogs

Congratulations to the eight RHS class of 2021 spring Top Dogs! The eight seniors were honored on Thursday, May 13 at 2PM, and were treated with ice cream and a t-shirt. Below are the Top Dogs as well as their biographies.

Nicholas Leander

Nicholas Leander is recognized as a hardworking student who has excelled athletically on our varsity football, hockey, and lacrosse teams. Nick also works part-time at the UPS Store in Rockland and volunteers with the town’s youth sports program. Nick plans to attend Massachusetts Maritime Academy to major in International Business and to play football.

McKenzie Tsiantoulas

McKenzie is an honor roll student who is a varsity soccer and lacrosse player. McKenzie works as a customer service representative and Manager/Assistant Store Supervisor at Domino’s Pizza in Rockland. She volunteers as a Rockland Youth Boys Lacrosse Coach and Youth Soccer Coach. McKenzie plans to attend Coastal Carolina University to major in Intelligence and National Security.

Robert Ivil, III

Robert is a National Honor Society Student who is also a three-sport varsity athlete, competing on the cross country, swim, and baseball teams. He is a renaissance student, also performing in the Concert and Marching Band. An Eagle Scout, Robert has given a tremendous amount of his time back to the community. Robert plans to attend the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology to major in mechanical engineering with a minor in explosive engineering.

Nicholas Earner

Nick has excelled academically and athletically, helping to compete on the varsity football and lacrosse teams. Nick is also a member of our Daring Discussions program where he has helped the school community engage in conversations surrounding equity and inclusion. Nick assists with snow removal for community members during snowstorms. He will enlist in the US Air Force.

Emily Gaboriault

Emily is a senior who has been active in the school’s choral and theater programs. Emily played Miss Hannigan in Annie, Dorothy in Wizard of Oz, Abby Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, and Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins. Emily has won first place in the 16-17-year-old division for singing at the Access Broadway Competition. She also takes vocal and theater classes at the Capachione Performing Arts School. Emily has been active in our Student Government Council, serving as vice president this year. Emily plans to attend Bridgewater State University and then transfer to a four-year college to major in musical theater. She also hopes to one day make it all the way to Broadway.

Patrick Moriarty

Patrick has excelled inside the classroom and as a two-sport varsity athlete at RHS, competing on the varsity football and basketball teams. A two-year varsity captain, Patrick has helped guide the Bulldogs to back to a 2019 South Shore League Basketball Championship. Patrick plans to attend the University of Rhode Island to major in business.

Cullen Rogers

Cullen is a high-achieving academic student and is the President of the National Honor Society. A three-sport varsity athlete, Cullen has competed on the football, basketball, and baseball teams, serving leadership roles within each team. Cullen works part-time as a busser for Black Rock Country Club and as a customer service representative for Domino’s Pizza. He volunteers for ALS One and as a freshman mentor. Cullen plans to attend Harvard University and is undecided on a future major.

Joseph Nguyen

Joey excels academically and as an athlete. This year, he was a four-sport varsity athlete competing on the varsity golf, track and field, basketball, and football teams. He had a phenomenal football season as the leading running back. He also volunteers as a mentor. He works part-time as a busboy for Dalat Restaurant. Joey plans to attend the University of Massachusetts Lowell to major in electrical engineering.

Thank you to Mrs. White, Dr. Harrison, and Mrs. O’Brien for the ceremony and ice cream provided, and congratulations again to the Top dogs!

Final Contestant For Mr. Rockland

The final Mr. Rockland contestant is Joey Nguyen. Joey’s extracurriculars at RHS include track and field, golf, football, and basketball. He has also been a freshman mentor since his junior year. In his free time he enjoys playing volleyball. After RHS, Joey plans to attend UMass Lowell to major in electrical engineering.

Congratulations to Joey and to all six contestants who will now be voted on by seniors to see who will be our next Mr. Rockland!

Mr. Rockland Contestant #5 Is Announced

May 7, 2021

Terell Wright is the fifth nominee for Mr. Rockland!

Terell likes to work out in his free time and hang out with his friends on the weekends. This year Terell enjoyed playing on the RHS football team for the first time in his high school career.

Terrell has been a part of many RHS events in the auditorium as he works behind the scenes doing sound and lighting. In fact, he plans to attend Massasoit Community College where he will major in Theatre Technology.

His favorite food is pepperoni pizza! Congratulations Terell!!

Contestant #4 for Mr. Rockland

May 6, 2021

The Student Government Council today introduced the fourth contestant for Mr. Rockland, James Tsiantoulas! Jimmy has been involved in the football, lacrosse, and golf teams here at RHS. He has been on our Veritas staff since the beginning of his senior year and has been named the sports editor for the paper and the website. He has also helped out with community service projects such as Project Pumpkin in the past.

Jimmy’s favorite things to do include playing video games, golfing, and hanging out with friends. His future plans post RHS are to attend Marist College and study Sports Communications.

Congratulations Jimmy!

Mr. Rockland Contestant 3

On Wednesday May 5, 2021, Student Government introduced the third Mr. Rockland contestant, Damon Welles!

Damon has run cross country and track throughout his high school career. He also competes in the javelin and the discus and he loves running outside of school. He plans to attend Wentworth Institute of Technology to pursue a career in civil engineering.

Congratulations to Damon, a Mr. Rockland nominee!

Seniors and staff will vote for Mr. Rockland as soon as all the nominees have been announced!

Mr. Rockland Contestants

The Student Government Council is announcing the contestants for Mr. Rockland. Each day this week one contestant will be introduced.

As most know, in the past Mr. Rockland was chosen by a group of judges after a very entertaining talent and question and answer show. This year of course is different.

This year seniors and staff nominated RHS seniors who they believe to be good representatives of Bulldog values. The nominated students are well rounded, academically motivated, role models for their peers and overall “a great fit for the title of Mr. Rockland!” When all the candidates have been introduced, seniors and staff will get a form so they can vote for Mr. Rockland.

On Monday Contestant #1 was introduced: Cullen Rogers.

Cullen is a captain of the football, basketball, and baseball teams. He is also president of the National Honor Society. Cullen also participates in daring discussions and freshman mentoring. He enjoys working out, playing golf, and hanging out with friends. Cullen has been accepted to Harvard University to study neuroscience or biochemistry. 

Congratulations Cullen!!

On Tuesday, Contestant #2 was introduced: Hunter Wardwell.

Hunter has been involved in Rockland High School varsity basketball and football since his sophomore year. For multiple years he was recognized as an all scholastic for basketball and multiple year league all star for football. In his free time he likes to lift weights and spend time with his brothers. After high school Hunter plans on attending UMass Amherst at the Isenberg School of Business as a business management major.

Congratulations Hunter!

Check back tomorrow for Contestant #3.

Celebrating Seniors

RHS celebrated their senior athletes and performers on Friday, April 9 with flowers and balloons and even better, two big wins!

First to be recognized on Friday afternoon were the senior girls on the volleyball team, Mayavana Reese and Jessica Driscoll. The girls have been part of a highly successful volleyball team which picked up where it left off back in the 2019 season when they went all the way to the state finals. This year the girls proceeded to go undefeated during the regular season and won the South Shore League title. They will begin the league playoffs tomorrow (Wednesday) in the semifinals at home against Abington at 4pm.

On Friday night the football team had their unofficial homecoming as they played their first Fall 2 season game in Rockland Veterans Memorial Stadium.

They, like the volleyball team, had to wait a long time to get back on the field.. They too are undefeated so far in all their games this spring and looked to keep it that way. After the senior members of the band, the senior cheerleaders and the seniors on the football team were recognized, the football team went out and won 49-0 against Randolph. They kept their undefeated season (5-0) going. Due to power ranking placement Rockland will not play in the SSL title game but they will look to remain undefeated in their last two games, the first this Thursday night at 5:30 against Mashpee at home.

Congratulations to all the seniors, the teams and their coaches!

Below is a list of seniors recognized on Friday night. Thanks to Jeanine Reardon and Dr. Harrison for the pictures!

Band and Chorus Seniors: Emily Gaboriault, Robert Ivil, Billy Robinson and Zachary Solomon

Cheerleading Seniors: Natalia Roosa, Gianna Gervasi, Meghan Kirby, Hayley Benson, Katie Fitzgerald and Calin Monett

Football Seniors: Ryan Hindy, Hunter Wardwell, Jacob Moore, Patrick Moriarty, Jimmy Tsiantoulas, Tom McSweeney, Cullen Rogers, Jendry Mejia, Nick Soares, Zachary Ofurum, Nick Leander, Nick Earner, Terell Wright, Colin McKerrell and Joe Nguyen.


The March 2021 Veritas is Here!

What has been happening at RHS? The Veritas Staff has put together news and commentary from students and staff at RHS. The Veritas will continue to look for important stories and interesting ideas from the halls and classrooms of our high school. Contact us with anything you would like us to report on!

Enjoy our March 2021 issue!

Winter Sports Wrap Up

James Tsiantoulas, Sports Editor

Feb. 27, 2021

Senior co-captain Patrick Moriarty was named Sullivan Division Player of the Year!

With the end of another fantastic sports season, the school as a whole is making its way into the newest set of sports. However, that should not overshadow the great seasons each winter sports team had this year. From boys and girls basketball, to hockey, let’s reflect on each team’s success and look forward to how these teams bounce back next year.

The boys varsity basketball team had a great finish to their season. The team went 6 and 1 behind their senior captains Hunter Wardwell, and Patrick Moriarty, who was also SSL Sullivan Division player of the year. Their season, although cut short two weeks due to close contact tracing, was still a major success for the program. “Yea the masks definitely had a set back on our season and on our conditioning but luckily enough each and everyday we came ready to work and improve not only our game but our conditioning. At times we didn’t feel like a team at times because not being able to go into the locker room or the new rules but we fought through some adversity and made the best out of a season.” Senior captain Hunter Wardwell had high praise for the team through the adversity of the season.

They won their quarterfinal game against East Bridgewater after three weeks of no action, showing they still had it in them. However, their semifinal game against Abington ended in defeat, ending their season.

This is nothing to be ashamed of, as the Bulldogs had an amazing season and look to bounce back next winter season. The seniors leaving the program this year are Patrick Moriarty, Hunter Wardwell, Derrick Williams, Joey Nguyen, Cullen Rogers, Zach Ofurum, Bryan Colarusso, Jack Reis, and Evan Burke. 

Coach Fred Damon was honored as the Coach of the Year in the Sullivan Division.  

 

Julia Elie had a big game against East Bridgewater in the playoffs.

The girls varsity team also had a great season, going 9 and 4 in total. They lost in the semifinal as well, to Norwell, but that does not overshadow the great season they had. Junior captain Julia Elie said about the season, “It definitely took some getting used to, with the no fans and all the protocols but we were all just grateful to actually have a season and be able to play, considering most teams either got shut down or had their season canceled.

Freshman Maggie Elie, Julia’s sister, had a good year taking over as the team’s point guard for her sister Caroline who graduated last year. Also playing well were sophomore Sydney Blaney, starting for the second year, and sharp-shooting sophomore Charlie Kelleher. Sophomore Emma Cameron rounded out the starting line-up and sophomore Maddie Hermenau was a force off the bench. 

The team led by their All-Stars Julia Elie, Charlie Kelleher, and Maggie Elie had a fantastic season, and are poised  to have another successful year with the same roster coming back next year.  There were no seniors on the roster this year, but Julia Elie, Maddie Murphy, Jordan Stec and Carolayne Lage will provide the team with senior leadership next year.

 

Nick Blonde with his mother and father after the final game in which he scored his 100th point.

Finally, the boy varsity hockey team had a great finish to their season. The team led by their senior captains Nick Blonde, Zack Phripp, Thomas Mcsweeney and Nick Leander, finished their season with 6 wins,  5 losses and one tie.  

They got  a win against Abington, 5-3 in their last game in which senior captain Nick Blonde scored his 100th High School point with 2 seconds left on the clock.

The team was not able to compete in the SSL tournament at the end of the year however, as the team was on a 2 week hiatus due to COVID-19 protocols. However, overall this was a great season and the team looks to bounce back and compete next year. Senior captain Nick Leander said, “It went pretty good I thought. We didn’t get shut down till the end of our season due to COVID. Even though we weren’t able to compete for a league championship we still got to come back for a final 2 games to end of our season which was good to finish at .500. It was difficult sometimes cause you could never know when you could be playing due to other team could shut down that day or day before, but it was great having the opportunity to play.”

The seniors leaving the program are Nick Blonde, Zack Phripp, Thomas McSweeney, Nick Leander, and Ryan Hindy. In addition, Nick Blonde, Nick Leander, Thomas McSweeney, Jake Higgins and Sean Geary all made the SSL All-Star team.

RHS Top Dogs 2021

Althea Olsen, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

Erin Gardner, Jessica Driscoll, Claudia Abouzeid and Lauren Draicchio with their Top Dog Awards!

Jessica Driscoll

Jessica was selected to travel to Guatemala on a service based trip where she would give dozens of Mayan indigenous people sustainable access to clean drinking water and teach health and hygiene workshops in indigenous communities. Jessica did not let the cancellation hinder her. She was the driving force behind organizing the gift wrapping efforts for the 2nd Annual Giving Tree! Jess came to school during her senior privilege time to wrap books and brought a bright and positive energy with her! Jessica is also a two sport athlete competing on the volleyball and lacrosse teams.  She is an incredibly kind-hearted and genuine young woman and I know that her future holds big things!

Erin Gardner

Erin was selected to travel to Guatemala on a service based trip where she would give dozens of Mayan indigenous people sustainable access to clean drinking water and teach health and hygiene workshops. Erin asked how she could contribute in addition to donating a book to the 2nd Annual Giving Tree. She came to school during her senior privilege time to wrap books! Erin has such a positive way of changing the world in which she lives and I’m sure her future will be impactful! Erin is a member of Student Government Council and competes on the lacrosse team. She also works at Southwood Nursing Home.

Claudia Abouzeid

Claudia Abouzeid is a senior who will be graduating in three years. Committed to her studies, Claudia knew early in her high school career she wanted to graduate early and then attend college to continue her studies. Claudia’s compassion and societal awareness is indicative of her depth as a person. She is enthusiastic and passionate about social justice. She is a kind, dedicated student, and her commitment to greater equality and fighting injustice makes me proud to have her as a student. She plans to study psychology.

Lauren Draicchio

Lauren Draicchio is a four year player of varsity  lacrosse and also serves as the team captain.   She has served as an executive and general  member of the student council, a freshman mentor as well as class president.  Lauren is a youth cheerleading junior coach and a youth basketball referee.  She plans to attend a four year college and major in nursing with hopes of becoming a Beyond Borders nurse, traveling to provide healthcare to less fortunate children and communities. Lauren was selected to travel to Guatemala on a service based trip where she would give dozens of Mayan indigenous people sustainable access to clean drinking water and teach health and hygiene workshops in indigenous communities. As soon as the second year of the Giving Tree book drive was announced, Lauren jumped at the opportunity to get involved and spread holiday cheer. Lauren came to school during her senior privilege time to wrap books. Lauren is a shining star and we know she will continue to impact her community during her next chapter!

Thank you Dr. Harrison, Ms. Kemp, and Ms. O’Brien for coordinating the event and the rewards given, and congratulations again to the RHS Top Dogs 2021.

Virtual Pep Rally Scheduled For Tomorrow, Feb. 12 at 1:15 p.m.

Rockland High School students filled the stands at last year’s outdoor rally that was held in October.

Feb. 9, 2021

Ngan Nguyen, Veritas Staff

  • Jonah Pishkin, Veritas Staff,  also contributed to this report

To raise a bit of school spirit, Rockland High School’s Student Government Council  is hosting a Virtual Pep Rally on Friday, February 12 at 1:15 PM. Even though this is not our traditional homecoming pep rally in October, it will still be fun and spiritually uplifting for everyone. 

 The pep rally will be from 1:15-1:35 PM. Here is the link to watch the rally:

Students in Cohort A will be watching the event in their E block class and Cohort B students will be asked to participate from home through a webinar link. 

To prepare for this pep rally, it’s encouraged that students should wear their class shirt or color to show spirit and pride for their grade.  

There will be time for sports and other school groups’ ‘honorable mentions’,  an announcement of Miss Rockland, as well as drama and band recognitions. Games are also planned for students to participate in during the rally. Some of the games include a backpack quest and two truths and one lie.

Cohort A, make sure to have your Chromebook with you, and Cohort B, the link will be sent through your school email, so be on the lookout for it.

There are varying opinions on the subject of having a virtual pep rally.

Of those interviewed most agreed that making the event virtual was justified, in order to keep students and others safe. Senior Alexis DeFranc explained why making the event virtual, while sad, was the best idea for the event. Saying that she thought it was justified, she responded, “Yes, because it will keep everyone safe and make sure nobody gets sick or be in close contact with those who may have the virus.”

Senior Billy Robinson thinks that the rally even though it is virtual is a great opportunity, considering the tremendous amount of stress taken out of a school day. In his words, “I think pep rallies are good because they are fun, and a good break from the stress of school, bringing the classes together.”

In the wake of the event going virtual, senior Lauren Draicchio also responded to the matter, and how others may feel about the idea. “I know some people may not be as excited about the idea of having a virtual pep rally; however, I believe to even be able to have the opportunity to come together in the slightest way is amazing. It may sway from what a typical pep rally would look like but it’s something to look forward to, and to me that’s exciting.”

Lauren concluded, “During times like these it’s important to stay positive and be grateful for what we can do and the memories we can make.”

With the upcoming February Vacation, it should also be a good way to get students excited about having a week off from school next week!

Here again is the link for the virtual rally.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88438719096?pwd=NUxDU29hcnpHK1dTdHpQazU2T2llUT09

 

Volleyball All-Scholastics 2021

From the Brockton Enterprise

DARCY McGUIRK

Rockland

This senior played all over for the Bulldogs (14-6), leading them to the Div. 4 state quarterfinals. … Three-time South Shore League All-Star. … Repeat All-Scholastic. … Averaged 6 kills, 4 aces and 11 digs per match. … Four-year starter. … Coach Emily Adams said: “She has become a very consistent back-row player setting up the offense, and she has become a dominant player in the front row.”

JULIA ELIE

Rockland

This senior middle hitter was a Division 4 All-State pick by the Massachusetts Volleyball Coaches Association. … South Shore League Tobin Division MVP. … Repeat All-Scholastic. … Averaged 10 kills, 2 aces and 2 blocks per match. … Two-year captain. … Led the Bulldogs (14-6) to the Div. 4 state quarterfinals. … Coach Emily Adams calls her a “versatile and smart player.”

JORDAN STEC

Rockland

Senior libero averaged 12 digs and 4 assists per match for the Bulldogs (14-6). … Repeat All-Scholastic is a two-time league all-star.

 

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