RHS Achievements Featured in School Committee Meeting

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


AP Scholars

Michelle Ramoska, Caitlin Cameron, John Ellard III and Declan Rogers were presented certificates by Principal John Harrison. They were recognized as AP Scholars due to their achivements on last spring’s AP exams.

During the school year, the Rockland Public School Committee meets monthly to discuss and make decisions regarding our school system. Each meeting, the committee tries to highlight the achievements and students in the Rockland schools.

At last night’s meeting, special education teacher, Joanne White, and students from her Pathways class gave a presentation about what goes on daily in the Pathways class.

Here, Anthony DiNino and Dillion Doyle talked about the new Bulldog Buddies program that started this year to connect kids from the Pathways class with other members of the student body with their Bulldog Buddies, senior Tyler Beatrice and Caroline Eli. Additionally, Pathways student Emily Hunt-Grandmont talked about the unified gym class that she takes with seniors Ashley Murphy and Amelia Dalton. Lastly, Alex Anzivino highlighted the Pathways Grille and Dog Depot and the skills they learn through these businesses.

Ms. White also mentioned the fact that Pathways students have their own page in the monthly edition of the Veritas!

Also during the meeting, RHS Principal John Harrison recognized RHS’s AP scholars for their incredible achievements on last year’s AP exams. The AP Scholar Program recognizes three categories of achievers in the AP exams held each spring.

Awarded were the four current seniors who received certificates from Principal John Harrison. Caitlin Cameron and Declan Rogers were recognized as AP Scholars, Michelle Ramoska was noted as an AP Scholar with Honor, and John Ellard III was regarded as an AP Scholar with Distinction.

AP Scholars receive a score of 3 or better on three full-year course AP exams. Additionally, AP Scholars with Honor receive a score of 3 or better on four full-year course AP exams. Finally, AP Scholars with Distinction receive a score of 3 or better on five full-year course AP exams.

All in all, 18 total RHS students who took the AP exams in the spring of 2018 were recognized as AP Scholars, 14 of them being members of the Class of 2018. Principal Harrison congratulated all four current students, calling their achievement “remarkable.”  He also said that this year was “a great year for the Advanced Placement Program,” citing the fact that 47% of all AP students who took the AP exams passed with a 3, 4 or 5 score.

Additionally, Ellard was recognized as a Commended Scholar for scoring in the top 3% in the country (out of 1.6 million test takers) in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test taken in October.

Overall, the December School Committee meeting was full of recognition for all the hard work the students here at Rockland High do on all levels.


New Member of the RHS Family: The Hydration Station!

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


new water filter for bottles

Jad Bendarkawi Lizzie McGaffigan filling up their bottle at the brand new Hydration Station.

After many requests, and complaints, about the bubblers the Environmental Club made a substantial change to the water services here at RHS. Last Thursday, a filtered and chilled water bottle filler was put in our very own school. The system has been dubbed as the “Hydration Station.”

Advisor to the Environmental Club and biology teacher, Angela Armstrong excitedly explained that its purpose is to not only provide fresh, cool drinking water, but to also reduce our ecological footprint on the earth by minimizing the use of single-use plastic bottles. The club fundraised money for its installation by selling stainless steel reusable bottles decorated in Bulldog pride for $20 each.

Principal John Harrison noted he was very excited about its arrival, and like the club, hopes to reduce the amount of non reusable cups and bottles being used here at RHS.

While in use, the device calculates how many bottles it is saving and after its third full day of being in use so far the school has saved 403 bottles with the hopes of saving hundreds of more.

Be sure to stop by the auditorium entrance where it is located to give it a try and to save a bottle!

Opening Night for Theater Guild is Tonight!!

Neleh Dunn, Sean Morrissey and John Ellard during dress rehearsal last night. Arsenic and Old Lace opens tonight (Thurs.) and will be performed on Friday and Saturday as well. Veritas staff photo

December 6, 2018

The Theater Guild, coming off their dress rehearsal last night, are ready to open up their fall production, Arsenic and Old Lace, tonight!

The production is the classic comedy by Joseph Kesselring that follows Mortimer Brewster (Sean Morrissey) and his family: brothers Jonathan (John Ellard) and Teddy (Philip Pattison), and aunts Martha (Lara Glennon) and Abby (Emily Gaboriault), as they cope with each others’ homicidal tendencies. The humor is both subtle and obvious and the interplay of the characters keeps the action moving swiftly throughout the three acts.

Megan Diver, Neleh Dunn, Tyler Beatrice, Justin Sherlock, Zach Webb, Terrell Wright, Cailin Sullivan and Jonah Pishkin round out the talented cast.

You don’t want to miss this production, which will also be performed on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.


Theatre Guild To Perform Arsenic and Old Lace This Week


Megan Diver, Veritas Staff

The Theatre Guild, led by advisor, Ms. Joanne White, and co-advisor, Ms. Julia DiCanzio, will be producing the play Arsenic and Old Lace, a dark comedy on December 6, 7 and 8 at 7 pm in the high school auditorium.

Arsenic and Old Lace was written by American playwright, Joseph Kesselring, in 1939.

The play starts off with Mortimer Brewster (Sean Morrissey), a writer, notorious drama critic, and marriage detractor, who falls for the girl-next-door, the Reverend’s daughter, Elaine Harper (Megan Diver).

The two love-birds decide to get engaged on Halloween evening. As they part for their respective homes to tell the good news to their families, Mortimer Brewster opens the window seat in his aunts, Abby Brewster (Emily Gaboriault) and Martha Brewster’s (Lara Glennon), living room, and finds the dead body of an old man inside.

With his two “eccentric” aunts, disturbed brother, Teddy Brewster (Philip Pattison), and homicidal brother, Jonathan Brewster (John Ellard), Mortimer realizes that his already crazy family, is even crazier than he thought.

Ms. DiCanzio says, “I’m most looking forward to students working to their potential, and coming out of their comfort zones.”

Ms. White also says she can’t wait to see what the cast brings to the table, and can’t wait to see how much they grow from the first day of rehearsals to the first show.

Both have high hopes for this production which they describe as “a classic comedy that everyone would enjoy.”

There’s also a variety of character acting within the play, and with that said, they believe such diverse acting is one of the RHS students’ strong suits!

The Theatre Guild hopes that you all attend for a night of mischief, laughter, and mystery!

Tickets can be purchased before the show for $5 online here and will be available at the door for $8.

National Honor Society Sponsoring Blood Drive on Dec. 4

The Rockland High School National Honor Society is hosting a blood drive in honor of long time high school nurse, Ann Phelps on Tuesday, December 4th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  A beloved member of the community, Phelps passed away in July of 2017.  The flyer above provides important details.

Students age 17 and over can donate blood; 16 year olds can donate with a signed parent consent form – click on this link to download the form. Blood drive parent consent form

You can register to donate at https://www.halfpints.childrenshospital.org/

Seniors Win Powderpuff 2018

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



Last night girls from the junior and senior class faced off in a game of flag football at the Veterans’ Memorial Stadium. Although it was chilly, the stands couldn’t be used, and Sarah Pollard ended up with a broken collarbone, the seniors ended the night victorious with a score of 18-12.

Throughout the night touchdowns were made for the juniors by Maryn Monett and Hannah Wyllie. As for the seniors, two touchdowns were scored by Sarah Pollard, and one by Shannon Murphy.

Senior quarterback, Ashley Murphy said, “It was a pretty evenly matched game. The seniors took a lead to start the first half of the game, but at the start of the 2nd half the juniors caught up. Each team scored again to tie it up, making the score 12 to 12. The senior’s defense in overtime allowed us the ball back and the chance to score with an awesome catch from our wide receiver Shannon Murphy!”

In charge of teaching the girls the secrets to the game were some of their male football- enthusiast classmates. For the juniors, Owen Shea, Matt Bruzzese and Dante Vasquez helped coach the girls. Coaching the senior girls were John Ellard, Matt Makarski, Matt Dalton, Evan Gormley, Anthony Decceco, and Mike Ebersole.

Dealing with the confusion on and off the field were refs Damien Ricci and Peter Harrison. And to help oversee the practices and the team were math teacher, Kathy Hoffman and science department head, Samantha Hoyo.

At the game, Student Government Council put on a bake sale selling goods like cookies, brownies, hot cocoa, and popcorn. In the concessions stand, senior Tyler Beatrice, sophomores Greta Russo and Lauren Dracchio, freshmen Grace Henry were in charge of the bake sale. Freshmen Olivia Jones and Carol Lage helped to sell tickets at the gate. Overseeing the event run by the Finance and Fundraising Committee headed by Jasmin Morse, were SGC advisors and RHS teachers, Joanne White and Jill Delaney.

All in all, it ended up being a beautiful fall night for the Powderpuff game that both the players and fans enjoyed, and per usual, the seniors reclaimed their title as the “top dogs” of the school.

Powderpuff 2018 Plays Tonight

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


junior class before game

The class of 2019 last year competing as juniors at the 2017 Powderpuff game.

Tonight, at 6 pm at the Veterans’ Memorial Stadium the junior class girls and the graduating class of 2019 are facing off for the annual Powderpuff game.

Here, the girls will be cheered on by their male cheerleading counterparts for an intense game of flag football. Tickets will be sold at the stadium for $5 per person.

This Student Government Council event run by the Finance and Fundraising Committee headed by senior, Jasmin Morse will also be running a bake sale at the event with goods such as hot cocoa, cookies, and popcorn in order to support SGC’s fundraisers and projects.

Be there tonight to support and watch the ferocious battle of the classes on the field at 6pm tonight!

Cheerleaders Take Home D4 State Crown

The RHS cheerleaders and coaches at Worcester State University.

November 19, 2018

Yesterday at Worcester State University the Rockland High School fall cheerleaders came in first in the Division 4 State Championship competition.  It is the eighth state championship for the team, the first in two years.  Last year the girls came in second in the state finals.

Abington High School and Georgetown High School finished second and third out of a field of ten division 4 teams this year.  Each team competing in the state finals had come in first or second in regional competitions held last weekend.

Head coach of the team is Jeanine Reardon; assistants are Kim Reardon and Kyrstin Killion. Captains of the squad are Hallie Molineaux, Bella Burns and Mia Comeau.

Many fans and alumni were at Worcester yesterday to cheer on the girls, and the winners received a police escort as they came back to Rockland last night!




Bulldog Buddies Show Off Their Painting Skills

Emily’s painting is rounding into shape.

Nov. 16, 2018

On Thurs. night the Bulldog Buddies at Rockland High School were treated to a painting lesson by none other than math teacher, Steve Casagrande.  Fittingly, as the first snowstorm of the season was forecast for later that night, the theme of their paint night was a snowman.

Teachers Joanne White and Kathy Hoffman  were on hand to supervise the artists as the Bulldog buddies paired up to create some great paintings of a snowman, carrot nose and all!

Veritas Video Report: Credit for Life Fair

The Veritas Staff put together interviews at the Credit for Life Fair on Nov. 7.  Here is the report.


Click here for more info and photos on the Credit for Life Fair

RHS Students Defeating Staff for Annual Turkey Trot Contest

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


From the juniors’ pile of overflowing “Ramen Noodles,” to the overstuffed box belonging to the seniors, and even the freshmen who managed to gain class participation, all RHS grades are crushing the staff in the annual turkey trot charity.

Each year around Thanksgiving RHS’s Student Government Council sets up a donation competition amongst the grades in order to collect canned goods for the Rockland Food Pantry.

New to this year’s competition is a staff box. Now staff have the opportunity to collect cans for the food pantry and compete; unfortunately the faculty are falling short in their can collection.

Running the event, junior Katy Buckley who is the Student Services committee chair notes, “The student participation is the highest it’s been in recent years, although the addition of staff participation could use some work.” Furthermore she encouraged, “There’s still plenty of time to get out there and donate.”

When the event has come to its conclusion the winning class will receive $200 to their class bank account, and if the teachers manage to come out on top, they’ll receive a staff breakfast.

Happy trotting to all, and may the best class (or staff) win!

Credit for Life Fair Held on Nov. 7

Sophomores make the rounds of booths in the gym on Weds. Nov. 7 at the second annual Credit for Life Fair. From left are: Ryan Hindy, Zack Phripp, Nick Blonde, Patrick Moriarty and Zack Ofurum. photo by Arianna Esposito

Veritas Staff


The sophomore Class of 2021 attended a Credit For Life Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 7.  This is the second year that Rockland High School’s guidance department has organized the fair with the help of many community organizations and businesses who volunteered their time.

Credit For Life is designed to teach students about finances and important skills regarding money management that they can use when they are adults. 

Before the fair began, students logged in to their naviance account and after taking a survey they received a list of occupations that best fit their interests. They then picked from their lists, and were given a salary, a budget, and a credit score.

The Credit for Life Fair is an interactive, realistic, and interesting way to help RHS’ students learn about their futures, and the financial decisions they will need to make. 

On Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. students walked around the gym to different booths and tables, where they kept track of their money and learned important financial lessons. Working within a budget based on their monthly “income,” students visited booths such as “Insurance,” “Transportation,” “Savings and Retirement,” “Career Counseling” and “Luxuries” over a 2 hour period.

They also went through scenarios like buying an apartment or a house, buying their first car, and paying insurance and monthly bills. They also have to deal with the cost of accidents, like being in a car collision, or needing repairs on their house or car. 

During and at the conclusion of the Fair students also were required to visit the Reality Check Booth where they checked whether they are living within their budget.  By the end of Credit For Life, students hopefully know a lot more about money than they previously did.

Mrs. Margaret Black, Guidance Department Head, said that she was pleased at how the fair went.  She also referenced a few of the “post-fair” survey responses that sophomores took.

“What was the best thing you learned about managing money?:  the difference between buying what I want instead of need.”

“The most challenging thing about the fair?:  staying in budget.”

About your spending plan, what surprised you the most?: how much money came out for taxes.

Students also gave suggestions for how the fair can be improved. Mrs. Black said, “We value their input and will use it to help us going forward.”


Photos below were taken by Veritas photographers, Arianna Esposito and Danting Zhu

Click here to see the video produced by the Veritas Staff

Powderpuff 2018 Shirts on sale now!

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


With the November RHS tradition of the annual Powderpuff game right around the corner, this week until Wednesday, the junior and senior classes are selling their class shirts for $20 each.

This year the game will be played on Monday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. Be sure to come out and support the girls!

Spooky Fun at Project Pumpkin 2018

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


On Sunday, Oct. 28 from 1-4 p.m. families from Rockland and surrounding towns filed into the Rockland High School lobby to partake in annual RHS Halloween tradition, Project Pumpkin. Here, families paid $3 per child, or $2 if a canned good was donated, in order to trick or treat through the RHS halls, Also available was a venture down the Haunted Hallway, and enjoyable games in the gym.

Running the event was the Student Government Council’s Student Services committee. In charge of the committee is senior Sarah Pollard, a Halloween fanatic, who called the event’s success a team effort stating, “The event went smoothly. There was a great turn-out and I’m thankful for all who volunteered and the families that came.”

On top of the fun and candy, both the SGC and the students involved in the 2019 Guatemala trip held their own bake sales with home baked goods ranging from chocolate chip cookies, whoopie pies, and rolo pretzels.

All in all, both the students and families had a day filled with frightening fun that served to connect Rockland High School to the community.

Photo credits to junior, Arianna Esposito and here is a link to our video shot by sophomore, Alexxys MacDonald.

Don’t Forget to Go Trick or Treating at RHS on Sunday Afternoon!

Rockland’s Student Government Council will be holding its annual Project Pumpkin on Sunday, Oct. 28.  Families are invited to attend between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Rockland High School.

Along with trick or treating throughout the hallways at RHS, face painting, games and other activities will be available in the gym.  A haunted hallway (optional) is also available.

All candy is peanut free.

Take a look at pictures from year’s past Project Pumpkins!

Open House Showcases Student Enthusiasm

One of the “tour groups” being guided through the hallways at the Open House on Weds.night, Oct. 24.

Veritas Staff,  Oct. 26, 2018

The Open House held on Weds. Oct. 24 welcoming eighth graders and their parents showcased not only the many programs found at Rockland High School, but more importantly, the enthusiasm of student volunteers who served as tour guides and demonstrators for the many clubs, and academic programs that were set up and highlighted throughout the building.

According to Principal John Harrison, over 60 student volunteers and 30 staff members participated in the RHS annual Open House and Welcome Night for the RHS Class of 2023 students.

Each academic department set up demonstrations while all the clubs that the high school offers were showcased as members had set up tables with examples and demonstrations of what the club’s purpose and activities were.

The Open House began with a presentation in the auditorium where a powerpoint presentation  on the “Top 10 Best Things About Rockland High School” was shown. Then parents and students were divided into tour groups and were conducted through the hallways by students where they visited the many tables set up.

Most of all, it was Rockland High School students who enthusiastically led the demonstrations and explained the programs that RHS provides.

Veritas photographer Danting Zhu found many of the activities in the hallways.


Welcoming the Class of 2023 to Rockland High School

On Wednesday night, Oct. 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the Class of 2023 students and parents are invited to attend a Welcome to Rockland High School Night.

In the format this year teachers, students and administrators will showcase for 8th graders and their parents the various programs and people that make up Rockland High School and Bulldog Nation!

Students and parents will go on tours, led by RHS students, and while they go on these tours, they will stop by at various academic and extracurricular tables to get more information. Some examples will include:

  • Demonstrations set up in the hallway including science and engineering demos including robotics,  cooking demos, wood shop demos and more.
  • A display table with magazines from prior years of Images art and literary magazine and the Veritas, the high school newspaper.
  • Information about technology available at Rockland High School
  • Students from athletic teams explaining the various sports available at RHS.



Ellard Crowned Mr. Rockland

The contestants from left: Giovan Soares, Sean Morrison, Francisco Oliveira, John Ellard, Matt Dalton and Justin Sherlock.

Senior John Ellard was crowned Mr. Rockland on Weds. Oct. 17 in the annual Mr. Rockland competition sponsored by the RHS Student Government Council under the direction of senior Jasmin Morse.

Ellard was judged the top competitor by four faculty judges, Kendra Donovan, Adrienne Donovan, Rich MacAllister and Fred Damon.

The other contestants included: Matt Dalton, Sean Morrison, Giovan Soares, Justin Sherlock and Francisco Oliveira.  The contest included talent, lip-sync, formal wear and question and answer.

Serving as ceremony narrators were Caitlin Cameron, Kate Burke and Sarah Pollard

To read more about the contestants and the competition see our next issue of the print edition of the Veritas due out next week.

Photos below were taken by Veritas photographer Arianna Esposito. Check back tomorrow for some video clips from the Mr. Rockland competition!

Miss Rockland Crowned at Homecoming Game

The five nominees for Miss Rockland: from left: Jasmin Morse, Caitlin Cameron, Meghan Dion, Katy Burke and Alyssa Antoniewicz at halftime of the Homecoming game on Oct. 12.

October 15, 2018

Five senior girls were introduced to the fans at half-time of the Oct. 12 Homecoming Game as the nominees for Miss Rockland for this school year.

They are Alyssa Antoniewicz, Kathleen Burke, Caitlin Cameron, Meghan Dion, and Jasmin Morse.  The girls were nominated by faculty and staff at RHS; the senior class voted for Miss Rockland.  Nominees are seen as positive role models, academically sound, and respected by faculty and their peers.  In all, they make Rockland a better place to be.

Meghan Dion was crowned by Principal John Harrison as the 2018-19 Miss Rockland.

For more about each of the Miss Rockland nominees, check out our story in the print edition of the Veritas due out next week.


Pathways Students Participate in Unified Soccer

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


unified soccer Oct

Rockland and Abington had their annual Unified Soccer game last night, Oct. 10. A good time was had by all!!photo courtesy of Mr. Graziano.

At the Abington Frolio field last night, on Wednesday Oct. 10 Rockland’s Pathways program students participated in a unified soccer game against AHS’s special education program.

The event was planned by RHS Athletic Director, Gary Graziano in coordination with Abington’s athletics.

Here, the athletes from both the pathways program, RHS boys and girls soccer teams came together for a night of fun and fitness.

October, A Frighteningly Busy Month

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


The Class of 2019 will be competing for the roller coaster championship at next week’s Homecoming Pep Rally.

With fall sports in the heat of their seasons, Homecoming events revving into action, and extracurriculars in their prime, October is known to be one of the busiest months on the RHS calendar.

After the initial, semi-regular week, the second week of October is definitely one to note in your calendars. Monday, Oct 8 the school will be closed for Columbus Day. In addition, the following Tuesday will be closed as a professional day for the RHS staff.

Also on Tuesday, Oct. 9 RHS’s Student Government Council will be attending the annual fall Southeastern Massachusetts Association of Student Council (SEMASC) conference where junior Jacob Leahy will be running to be the 2019-2020 SEMASC president.

On Wednesday, Oct. 10 sophomores and juniors are taking the PSAT’s in order to help prepare them for the SAT test most seniors have to submit as part of their college admissions applications. As for the freshmen and seniors, they get to come in at 11:25 a.m. after the testing has ended.

In addition, Wednesday is the start of Spirit Week. Wednesday will be dedicated to the decades, students and staff are encouraged to dress up as their favorite decade.

After school Wednesday, the Unified Spirits committee and Rockland athletics partnered to plan a Unified Soccer game against Abington at five in Abington. Be sure to come and support our athletes!

Thursday is going to be Meme Day where everyone can dress up as their favorite meme or vine video.

Teams compete in the tug of war at last year’s pep rally.

Friday, Oct. 12 is one of the most important days here at RHS, Pep Rally and Homecoming Day. Students are encouraged to come to school decked out in their class colors and rep their class pride.

At the end of the school day, students will congregate in the gym for the pep rally where contests will be held, roller coasters will be ridden, and athletes will be recognized. Pep rally is planned in partnership with the athletics and Student Government Council’s Unified Spirit Committee which is led by junior, Lara Glennon.

Later on Friday night, the varsity football team will face Norwell in the Veterans Memorial Stadium at 7pm for the Homecoming Game.

From left: Hannah Murphy, Jaymie Atkins, Macie Jones, Lily Matson and Sydney McKenna. photo by Ryan Mott

At halftime, Miss Rockland nominees will be escorted onto the field where RHS Principal John Harrison will crown the 2018-2019 Miss Rockland. The winner will receive a scholarship and one of the best parking spots in the RMS/RHS parking lot. The nominees for Miss Rockland are Alyssa Antoniewicz, Kate Burke, Caitlin Cameron, Meg Dion, and Jasmin Morse.

The following night, the Homecoming Dance will take place in the RHS gym from 7-10 pm. Tickets are currently on sale at all three lunches for $10. The dance is put on by the Rockland Boosters. Be sure to grab your ticket and your dancing shoes!

Left to right the contestants of Mr. Rockland last year after the show: Ronan McNally, Jake Lauria, Aiden Glennon, Lou Casey, Chris Penney, Joe Lauria, Joey Yeadon and Elias Csubak.

Wednesday, Oct. 17 the Student Government Council’s Finance and Fundraising Committee headed by senior, Jasmin Morse is holding the annual Mr. Rockland pageant for senior boys. The event will be at 7pm in the RMS/RHS auditorium. The Mr. Rockland contestants are Justin Sherlock, Francisco Oliveira, Sean Morrissey, Matt Dalton, Giovan Soares, and John Ellard. The contestants will compete in the categories of attire, lip sync, talent, and a Q&A.

To wrap up the month, the annual Project Pumpkin community event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 29. The event is directed by Sarah Pollard and her committee in Student Government Council. Here, the community is encouraged to come to the high school in their costumes and go trick-or-treating through the halls, or venture down the Haunted Hallway, and enjoy fun and games in the gym.

All in all, October is bound to be a busy month and one full of fun, laughter, and memories for all.


Auditions Held for Theatre Guild’s Upcoming Production

photo: wikipedia.com

Megan Diver, Veritas Staff

October 2, 2018

Auditions were held Tuesday, Sept. 25th and Wednesday, Sept. 26th in Ms. White’s room for the Theatre Guild’s December performances of the play, Arsenic and Old Lace

The play will be directed by advisor, Joanne White, and co-advisor, Julia DiCanzio.

Both Ms. White and Ms. DiCanzio have high hopes for this production. They describe it as “a classic comedy that everyone will enjoy.”

The cast list was put up on Monday, October 1st, and 14 students were cast. With such a large cast, there will be variety of character acting within the play, and the directors believe such diverse acting is one of the RHS students’ strong suits! 

The showtimes for this classic dark comedy will be on December 6th, 7th, and 8th, all at 7:00 PM, in the high school auditorium. The Theatre Guild hopes that you all attend for a night of mischief, laughter, and mystery!

For a more detailed preview of the play, including the cast list, see our first issue of the print edition of the Veritas, due out in October!

For more information about last year’s Theatre Guild performance, Moon Over Buffalo, go here.



Students Walk for Breast Cancer, 2018

Approximately 150 students walked on Sunday, Sept. 30 to support the fight against breast cancer.

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


One of RHS’s favorite community service events, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, took place this past Sunday, Sept. 30 in Boston. This year’s Student Government Council partnered event was run by the Finance and Fundraising committee which is led by junior, Katy Buckley. Several teams including the cross country, girls and boys soccer, and volleyball teams also attended the event.

As is tradition, students gathered together in front of the high school decked out in pink at 6:45 Sunday morning and boarded buses to bring them to the location. Once there participants had the option to walk the one or five mile route that runs along the Charles River.


Once the walk was completed, students were welcome to listen to speakers discussing breast cancer and stories from survivors. They could also take pictures, and shop at the numerous tents selling breast cancer awareness goods.

Student Government Council advisor, Joanne White noted, “The walk went great with beautiful weather and amazing spirit and community camaraderie.” She also said that there were 150 participants and $1456 was raised this week in school for the Breast Cancer Foundation.  This will require Principal Harrison to wear a pink wig which he did on Friday, Oct. 5.  Nice look Mr. Harrison!

Mr. Harrison is true to his word and wore a pink wig all day on Friday, Oct. 5. He had promised to do so if SGC raised over $1,000 for breast cancer. photo by Megan Diver

Once again, all these efforts demonstrated the caring community of RHS students led by the Student Government Council.

Two Fundraisers Scheduled for Tonight

Two RHS groups will be hosting fundraisers tonight to support their activities.
The Rockland High Trip to Guatemala will be hosting its fundraiser tonight at Chipotle at Derby St. in Hingham from 4-8.  The National Honor Society‘s fundraiser will be held tonight at the 99 Restaurant from 4 – 10 pm.
For each fundraiser, bring along their flyer so that proceeds from your purchases can be donated to the individual groups.
For more information on the Guatemala trip go here.

The Mystery of the Slippery Halls of RHS

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


Have you been walking in the halls of RHS lately and almost slipped on nothing but the floor itself? Or getting up out of your seat in class, have you fallen back into your chair because it was too slippery to stand up?

Well, you were not alone. In fact you were in the majority of staff and students here at RHS pondering why the floors have been absurdly slippery lately.

Many students like senior, Justin Sherlock were unbalanced by this predicament exclaiming, “It’s wild!” Others, like senior Sarah Pollard were looking for the slippery situation as a way out of future college debt emphasizing, “If I slip, RHS is paying to put me through college.”

No one would disagree that the state of the floors was rather unsafe in both the halls and classrooms.

Rumors have been floating around about the cause of the slick floors, whether it was due to “cheaper wax” being used on the floors, as many students are concluding, or due to the sticky, wet weather we had recently been experiencing.

Principal, Dr. John Harrison says that it was due to the recent humidity and the condensation created on the floors. Furthermore, he explained that all teachers were advised to keep all windows closed in order to combat the effects of the weather. In short, Harrison declared the status of the floors had very little to nothing to do with a new waxing, but was just affected by the unseasonably humid weather we’ve been experiencing.

Thankfully, with the use of air movers located in the hallways and the dropping dew points, the slipperiness of the floors has subsided. Dr. Harrison reassures, “It’s actually a really easy fix. It’s just a matter of teachers keeping the windows closed and turning on the fans.”

RHS Raising Breast Cancer Awareness

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


Photos above are from last year’s Breast Cancer Walk.

As in many years past, Rockland students are continuing to show support and awareness for Breast Cancer. For the past month, Rockland’s Student Council has been collecting change in A-Block classes in support of the illness. This week, the money will be collected and counted to see which class raised the most money.

On Friday, RHS will have its annual Pink Out Day in which students deck out in pink attire and gear to show love and support for those battling breast cancer.

To wrap up the week, on Sunday, Oct.1 at 6:40 am students are congregating at the high school to board busses for the annual, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk that will take place in Boston at 8am.

These events are planned in part by Student Government’s student services committee run by junior Katy Buckley. Be sure to reach out to her with any questions.

Be sure to support the cause and wear your pink this Friday!

Rockland Clean Up Day

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


Saturday, Sept. 22 will be a fun, spirited day for the Bulldog community from Clean Up day, to the Sole of Rockland celebration, and Dog Walk, there will be something for everyone to do this weekend.

To start the morning off, Reimagine Rockland is partnering with the Open Space Committee, Rockland Highway Department, and Rockland Park Department for a fall Clean Up Day along Union Street and the Rail Trail. Home Depot will support the effort, as well. Similar to last year, all citizens are invited to help clean up the town’s most used walking areas.

After that, volunteers can head to the Rockland Memorial Library for lunch and to celebrate the Sole of Rockland Unveiling. Here, shoe print art and footprints have been decorated onto some of Rockland’s favorite spots that were identified by residents on Rockland Day and at the Rockland Farmers Market.

After a night’s rest after the busy Saturday schedule, people are welcomed to bring their families and dogs to join the Dog Walk on Sunday, Sept. 23. The walk will start at the Rockland Senior Center, proceed down the Rail Trail and Union Street, and will loop back around to the senior center.

Sole of Rockland Preview

Jasmin Morse, Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor 9-14-18

During today’s C, D, F and G block classes, many of Ms. Cheryl Thompson’s art students participated in decorating the sidewalks of Rockland for next Saturday’s Sole of Rockland Celebration. Led by Massachusetts Area Planning Council (MAPC) artists, Annis Sengupta and Carolyn Lewenberg, students painted the sidewalks  with murals of shoe prints and footprints in the residents’ favorite Rockland locations.

Join the Open Space Committee, Rockland Highway Department, and Rockland Park Department for a fall Clean Up Day along Union Street and the Rail Trail followed by the Sole of Rockland Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 22.

What’s New at RHS?!

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


As fall is settling into place so is everyone here at the high school. With the fall sports season underway and clubs revving into gear, RHS is going full speed into this school year.

One of the main events going on right now is the Breast Cancer fundraiser. A Block classes are competing to see which class can raise the most money to help support awareness and research for breast cancer. The class with the most money will earn a prize. Furthermore, at all three lunches students can sign up for the annual Boston Breast Cancer Walk that will take place on Sunday, September 30.

Along with these sign ups at lunches, this week class officers are beginning to sell this year’s class shirts for the Pep Rally that’ll take place October 12. Each of the class’s shirts are being sold for $20.

Tonight the Travel Club will be holding an informational meeting about the April 2021 trip to Greece at 7pm in the Lecture Hall.  Also in Travel Club, an informational  meeting for the Australia and New Zealand 2020 trip will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7pm in the Lecture Hall. See club advisor, Ms. Walsh, with any questions.

Tomorrow night at 6:15 at the Holy Family Church the Rockland Cares Foundation will be holding its annual Vigil in remembrance of the lives loss and families effected by drug abuse.

Next Wednesday at all three lunches sign ups will begin for the annual Mr Rockland pageant that will take place  Wednesday Oct. 17 at 7pm in the auditorium. Sign ups are available for all senior boys who are interested in competing to be 2018’s Mr. Rockland.


Welcome Class of 2022!!

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


A new school year welcomes a new class entering the walls of RHS. This year’s freshmen will be the graduating Class of 2022 and after a full week here at high school, many are starting to find their way around the building and settle into their home for the next four years.

In the Freshmen Orientation and the Class of 2022 meeting on the first day of school, the students heard from faculty members including principal, John Harrison, school resource officer, Ethan Schnabel, and guidance director, Margie Black.

To provide additional help with their transition, the Veritas interviewed several upperclassmen to uncover their tips and advice to the newbies at the school.

Video Producers: Molly Grass and Jasmin Morse

Can’t Beat the Rockland Summer Heat

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


first week of school temperatures

Rockland’s forecast for this past week from temperature lows from the 70s to highs reaching the high 90s, not including the effects of humidity.

The start of school usually entails the start of autumn, but not in our case this year. From highs in the 90s and humidity making it feel well into the 100s, this has sure been a hot one here this first week back at RHS!

All across Massachusetts schools have been dismissing students due to this miserable heat and many students and staff argue we should have done the same here. English teacher, Christopher Neal and Spanish teacher Melissa Shaughnessy were two of many teachers in the building who had to relocate their classes due to the extreme heat in their classrooms.

Along with the extreme heat, Rockland also found West Nile Virus carried by the mosquitos infesting Rockland.  From the fear of both West Nile and the heat, many of the sports practices have been changed due to these factors.

Hopefully, the upcoming long weekend will bring more seasonal weather for more comfortable classroom temperatures and better learning! Enjoy the long weekend!

The Veritas Wants YOU!

If you have an interest in writing or contributing to the Rockland High School newspaper, the Veritas, come to a brief meeting after school on Monday, August 27 or Tuesday, August 28th in Room 126.  All grades are welcome.

As reporters or photographers for the Veritas, you could come up with your own ideas or work within the group.  If you belong to another group or club, you could report on that club’s news. Sports writing positions are also available.

The meeting will be brief.  If you cannot make it either Monday or Tuesday, see or email Mrs. Lannin-Cotton or Mr. Cable-Murphy with any questions or to sign up.

2018-2019 SGC Executive Board

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



Back: Sarah Pollard, Lara Glennon, Katy Buckley, Jasmin Morse, and Tyler Beatrice. Front: Caitlin Cameron, Francisco Oliveira, Jacob Leahy, Justin Sherlock, and Maddie Gear


As the 2017-2018 school year comes to a close, the June meeting means new beginnings for members of the RHS Student Government Council. This past Wednesday, new positions were elected and assigned, creating this year’s E-Board.

2018-2019 Executive Board Positions

Big Five

President: Caitlin Cameron

Vice President: Francisco Oliveira

Treasurer: Justin Sherlock

Secretary: Jacob Leahy

Publicity Coordinator: Maddie Gear

Committee Chairs

Finance and Fundraising: Jasmin Morse

Student Services: Sarah Pollard

Unified Spirit: Lara Glennon

Community Service: Kathryn Buckley

Class Presidents

Sophomore: Lauren Draicchio

Junior: Matt Bruzzese

Senior: John Ellard

Head Representatives:

Freshmen: Carolayne Lage

Sophomore: Grace Henry

Junior: Julia Yeadon

Senior: Marissa Smith

SEMASC Representative: Greta Russo

Historian: Tyler Beatrice

End of the Year Wrap Up

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


Now that classes are over here at RHS, the Veritas took a moment to reflect on the last few months. From graduation to sports reports, its been a busy last few months for all the students and faculty involved.

Here’s the link of our 2018 wrap up.

RHS Goes to Japan!

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


travel posters

RHS Travel Club provided by EF Tours. photo by Jasmin Morse

In 11 days the RHS Travel Club is bringing a group of juniors and sophomores to an exciting summer trip to Japan.

Unlike most school trips, RHS is venturing out to explore and immerse themselves in the Asian culture. This is not only foreign to the students, but the clubs advisers as well! Both Travel Club advisers Kristen Walsh and Samantha Hoyo will be taking their first trip to Japan along with the students involved.

Like many going on the trip, junior Caitlin Cameron, although very excited for the food, especially the sushi, is most intrigued in seeing the great architecture Japan has to offer.

Don’t forget if you are taking part in this trip, there is a mandatory meeting after school today!

2018 Underclassmen Academic Awards

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


At the end of each school year, RHS holds an academic underclassmen awards ceremony in which three RHS alumni are inducted into the RHS Hall of Fame, and the present outstanding scholars are honored for their achievements.

New to this year’s ceremony was the location. This year, the ceremony was held in our very own RHS/RMS auditorium where students and families joined together to honor the evening’s award recipients.

Principal Dr. John Harrison announced each award winner and assistant principal Kathy Paulding and dean Fredrick Damon presented the awards, along with teachers from each department.

Awards 2018:

National Leadership Award (formerly I Dare You Award) – Meghan Dion

Rensselaer Medal Scholarship Award – Mathematics and Science – John Ellard III

Recognition of Math Team – Grade 11- Tyler Beatrice, Krysta Doherty, John Ellard III, Bonnie Gasdia, Michelle Ramoska, Kara Sullivan, Angelina Vuong Grade 10  – Jessica Demarco, Cynthia Elliott, Matthew Griffin, Tyler Johnson, Krystal LaFrance, Sabrina Morgan, Zachary Webb – Grade 9 – none

 Art Awards:  Elizabeth Kelley – Special Congressional Participation Recognition from the 9th District Congressional Art Competition

Art All State – Elizabeth Kelley

High Honors Three Terms This Year: Grade 11 – John Ellard III; Grade 10 –Sean Belmonte, Kathryn Buckley, Tyler Gambon, Tyler Johnson, Zachary Webb; Grade 9 – Jared Allen, Julia DeLima, Bridget Hughes, Ann Kelley, Devin Cavicchi, Mardally Freitas, Russell Jones, Cullen Rogers

St. Michael’s College Book Award – Tyler Beatrice, Sarah Pollard

 Academic Excellence Certificates and Academic Letters:

JuniorsKrysta Doherty, George Selados III

Sophomores:  Melyssa AlmeidaStephanie Beatrice, Jad Bendarkawi, Jakob Benson, Makayla Berardi, Mathew Bruzzese, Kathryn Buckley, Riley Cadogan, Nicholas Cedrone, Maria Ciano, Kerin Dalton, Jessica DeMarco, Caroline Elie, Cynthia Elliott, Elyse Finerty, Ashley Gallagher, Tyler Gambon, Madeline Gear, Melanie Harris, Frank Hawe III, Kyley Houde, Tyler Johnson, Ashley Kelly, Maryn Monett, Sabrina Morgan,  Hannah Murphy, Alyssa Patten, Jordan Pierce, Dakota Pike, Oliver Reera,  Lorena Soldevilla, Troy Therrien, Zachary Webb, Hannah Wyllie, Julia Yeadon

 Leadership Awards

Boys State – John Ellard III, Justin Sherlock (Boys & Girls State 6/16-22/2018)

Girls State – Elizabeth Kelley, Sarah Pollard @Stonehill College, Easton

Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award  – Julia Yeadon

Mass STAR Youth Leadership Award – Kathryn Buckley


Gr.     9      Julia DeLima, McKenzie Tsiantoulas

Gr.   10      Neleh Dunn, Bryce Taylor

Gr.   11      Sarah Pollard


Gr. 9          Nicholas Earner

Gr. 10        Lorena Soldevilla


Gr.   11      Molly Grass


 Gr.     9      James Tsiantoulas, Cullen Rogers

Gr.   10      Cynthia Elliott, Jordan Pierce

Gr.   11      multi-winners


 Gr.     9      Austin Woods, Mariyah Velez

Gr.   10      Pierre Comeau, Erin Kearns

Gr.   11      Josie Hatch, Michael Norris


Gr.     9      Grace Henry

Gr.   10      Kathryn Buckley, Melyssa Almeida

Gr.   11      multi-winners


Gr.     9      Hissam Dubois

Gr.   10      Nicolle Ligia Gudiel Winter

Gr.  11      Francisco Oliveira


Gr.     9      Gianna Gervasi, Zackary Phripp


Gr.     9      multi-winners

Gr.   10      Sean Belmonte

Gr.   11      Matthew McPartlin


Gr.     9      Zachary Solomon, Emily Gaboriault

Gr.   10      Kayla Mantell

Gr.   11      Mireese Wilson, Mercedez Johnson


Gr.   10      Stephanie Beatrice

Gr.   11      Daniel McHugh, George Selados III


Gr.     9      Samuel Nascimento, Althea Olsen

Gr.   10      Hannah Wyllie

Gr.   11      multi-winners


Gr.     9      Catherine Hailer

Gr.   10      Joseph Messier

Gr.   11      Mark Sprague


Gr.     9      Greta Russo

Gr.   10      Zachary Webb, Julia Yeadon

Gr.   11      Megan Diver


Gr.     9      Nicholas Leander

Gr.   10      Noah Coughlin

Gr.   11      Anthony DeCecco 


Gr.     9            Devin Cavicchi World Language/Spanish, Mathematics

                        Jared Allen World Language/French, History/Social Science

                        Russell Jones Computer Science, Mathematics

Gr.   10            Kerin Dalton World Language/French, Music

                        Oliver Reera  Mathematics, Pre-Engineering/Robotics

                        Zachary Belcher Physical Education, Science

                                                  Austin Woods Family Consumer Science, Science


Gr.   11            Tyler Beatrice  World Language/Spanish, Pre-Engineering/Robotics

                        Jasmin Morse Communication/Digital Media, English

                        Elizabeth Kelley Art, World Language/French

                        Michelle Ramoska English, Mathematics, Science

                        Leah Drago Science, World Language/Spanish, History/Social Science


Grade       9      Ann Kelley

Grade     10      Tyler Gambon

Grade     11      John Ellard III

Speedball Tourney 2018

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

God's Children and Quirks

From left: Pearse McNally, Ryan Quirk, Matt Ryan, Harrison Shields, Mike Leavitt, Matt Clougherty, Andrew Frazier. In front are Mr. and Mrs. Quirk, Justin Nguyen, and Dylan Bernache. photo courtesy of Ms. Walsh.

thunder donkeys and gods children

From left: Thunder Donkeys: Matt O’Brien, Gavyn White, Jon Barr, Joe Campanile, Mark Shields, Liam Lenihan, Sam Gray, far right Harry O’Brien, in front, Kevin Fennell.   God’s Children: back left: Pearse McNally, Matt Ryan, Harrison Shields, Mike Leavitt, Matt Clougherty, Andrew Frazier.  Front: Justin Nguyen and Dylan Bernache.


After three days of long hard battles against fourteen of Rockland’s finest speedball teams, God’s Children reigned supreme yet again this year. At the fourth annual Jared Lewis Quirk Speedball tournament that took place in the RHS gym this past Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, nearly $4,000 was raised for the annual scholarship that is awarded to a graduating senior in memory of Jared Lewis Quirk, Class of 2015.

On Saturday, the final morning of the tournament, it came down to six teams after two days of brutal battle amongst the teams.

This year, out of the 14 teams, it came down to the two beloved veteran teams: the Thunder Donkeys and God’s Children. In the end, God’s Children won making this year their third championship in all.

For more information go here.

Class of 2018 Graduation, June 1, 2018

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


Graduates toss their caps into the air at the conclusion of the 2018 Graduation ceremony photo courtesy of Pat Glennon

The 133 graduates of Rockland High School’s 2018 Graduation Class completed the last step in their 16 or 17 year journey through the Rockland Schools on Friday, June 1. After a week of graduation practices, banquets, visits to their former schools, and years of school work and extracurriculars,  the Class of 2018 finally ended Rockland’s chapter in their life.

During the evening, Dean of Students and math teacher, Fredrick Damon spoke about Bulldog pride and dancing through life. He followed by opening up to the graduates about sides of him that aren’t present or seen at RHS.

Following, Class of 2018 President, Zachary Peterson spoke about RHS’s impact on the graduates’ lives and how it’ll affect life post high school.

Also speaking from the graduating class was valedictorian, Sean Sugrue who poetically described the journey of Rockland education and the conquering of the curriculum.

Additionally, Class of 2018 Vice President, Jill Donahue presented the junior class with the class gift to President, John Ellard III. The gift included a refurbished Academic Hall of Fame plaque and bench for the courtyard.

Before the presentation of diplomas, principal, Dr. John Harrison and Superintendent, Dr. Alan Cron spoke highly of the graduating class and the journey they are all about to embark on.

All in all,  after fear of showers, Friday’s graduation ended up being a night of laughter, memories, and a chapter in Rockland history that’ll go down in the books.

photos courtesy of Pat Glennon, proud father of graduate, Aiden Glennon


Senior Awards Night Held on May 31

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alan Cron presents the Valedictorian Medal to Class of 2018 graduate Sean Sugrue photo by Adrienne Donovan

The Class of 2018 academic and athletic awards were announced in a ceremony on Thursday night (May 31) in the auditorium at Rockland High School.

The highlight of the night was the presentation of the Valedictory Award to Sean Sugrue. Sugrue’s academic excellence throughout his four years at Rockland High School is well-known and admired by his teachers and peers.
For a profile of Sean written by Veritas reporter Jasmin Morse, go here.
The awards garnered by students in the Class of 2018 provided a night to remember prior to their graduation held on Friday night June 1 at 7 pm.
Below are the Athletic Awards presented by Assistant Athletic Director Richard MacAllister.  Award winners are selected by all the athletic coaches, Athletic Director, Gary Graziano and  MacAllister.
The Woman’s Coaches Award: Margaret Jones.

The Vicki Solari Award: Natalie Draicchio.

The John Bell Bulldog Award: Jaymie Atkins and James Fitzgerald.

The Louis Cifello Award: Joseph Campanile and Jonathan Baar.

Sydney McKenna

The Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Awards: Sydney McKenna, Christopher Penney, and Devin Gallagher.

Chris Penney received the Warren Najarian Award from Mr. MacAllister.

The John Delorey Awards: Erin Field, Hannah Boben, and Harrison O’Brien.

The Charles E. Leverone Award: Seth Rosczewski.

The Senior Female Athletic Award: Erika Ochenduszko.

The Peter J. Crowley Award: Matthew O’Brien.

The Robert Ellis Award: Aiden Glennon.

Lily Matson received the Marion Mansfield Donovan Award for a distinguished scholar-athlete

The Marion Mansfield Donovan Award: Lily Matson.

The Joseph Dondero Award: Aiden Glennon.

The Dr. Joseph Dunn Award: James White.

Silver Bowl winners signifying 12 varsity letters in four years: from left: Jimmy Fitzgerald, Matty O’Brien, Arianna Roosa and Natalie Draicchio. photo by Adrienne Donovan

The Silver Bowl Winners: Arianna Roosa, Matthew O’Brien, James Fitzgerald, and Natalie Draicchio.

Following are awards that reflect students’  contributions to the life and community of Rockland and Rockland High School:

The Patrick J. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship: Matthew O’Brien.

The Good Guy Scholarship (in memory of Jared Quirk): Joseph Campanile and Jacob Lauria.

The Robert J. and Christine M. Biggins Courage Award: Rebekah Panaro.

The George and Betty Domigan Memorial Scholarship: Jillian Schofield.

Natalie Draicchio receives the Matthew Pollini Scholarship from his parents. Adrienne Donovan photo

The Specialist Matthew Pollini Memorial Scholarship: Natalie Draicchio.

The Skarbeck Bober Teacher Scholarship: Natalie Draicchio.

The Jimbo Award: Joseph Yeadon.

Rockland/Hanson Rotary Community Service Scholarship: Jaymie Atkins and Hannah Murphy.

The John Mahoney Memorial Award: William Breadmore.

The Edward Sokolowski Award Scholarship: Kellie Berry.

The Reuben A. and Lizzie Grossman Foundation Award: Macie Jones and Aiden Glennon.

Mr. Rockland Scholarship: Louis Casey.

Spellman Oratorical Contest: Aiden Glennon, Erin Field, Sean Sugrue, Sean Fitzgerald, Stephanie Blaney, Kellie Berry, Brianna Ferraro, and Soairse McNally.

Madison Parlee receives The Ann E. Phelps Make a Difference Award from Richard Phelps. photo by Adrienne Donovan

The Share the Spirit Award: Madison Parlee.

The Phoenix Award: Jayanna Holliman-Parham.

Ann E. Phelps Make a Difference Award: Madison Parlee.

Those who will enter the military in service to our country were recognized.  They are:

  • Nicholas Cousin, United States Marine Corp.

  • Erik Dutcher, United States Army

  • Christopher Kenney, United States Air Force

  • Jonathan Ronan, United States Army

Following are the academic award winners from the Class of 2018;

The Silver Key from the Scholastic Art Awards: Shannon Kelley

The Veritas Awards: Matthew O’Brien, Ryan Mott, Danielle O’Brien, Harrison O’Brien, and Mark Shields.

The Senior Academic Letters for Excellence in Education: Hannah Boben, Michelle Downey, Natalie Draicchio, Brian Driscoll, Brianna Ferraro, Ryan Kelley, Delaney Leahy, Sarah Lovell, Robert Rossman, and Nicholas Walker.

The Community Service Awards: Sean Sugrue and Ronan McNally.

The Excellence in Mathematics Awards: Alexander Domina, Rebecca Elliot, Sarah Lovell, Ronan McNally, Joseph Naughton, Sean Sugrue, and Nicholas Walker.

High Honors the First Three Terms: Eden Dalton, Natalie Draicchio, Joseph Naughton, and Sean Sugrue.

Advanced Placement Scholars: Aiden Glennon, Meredith Long, and Lily Matson.

Advanced Placement Scholars with Honor: Joseph Naughton and Sabrina Sprague.

Advanced Placement Scholars with Distinction: Ronan McNally and Sean Sugrue

The Senior Art Department Awards: Brian Driscoll and Alicia Williams.

The Communication and Digital Media Department Award: Matthew O’Brien and Zachary Peterson.

The Family and Consumer Science Department Award: Mark Shields.

The Social Science/History Department Award: Eden Dalton.

Alex Domina receives the Mathematics Achievement Award from Mr. Steve Casagrande

The Mathematics Department Award: Alexander Domina.

The Construction Technology Award: Jonathan Ronan and Erik Dutcher.

The Physical Education Department Award: Christopher Penny and Natalie Dracchio.

The Health Education Award: Jacob Lauria.

The Music Department Award: Erin Field and Ryan Struzziery.

The Robotics Award: Keith Wiley and Jacob Wright.

The Engineering Award: Ryan Kelley.

Ryan Kelley, right, receives the Engineering Award from Science department head, Sam Hoyo

The Computer Science Award: Robert Rossman.

The Science Department Award: Joseph Naughton and Isabelle Uong.

The Health and Family & Consumer Science Award: Jocelyn Reera.

From left: Carol Cahill, English Department Chair, Sean Sugrue, Melissa Shaughnessy, World Languages teacher and Ronan McNally. Sugrue and McNally received the Overall Academic Achiever Awards for the Class of 2018. photo by Adrienne Donovan

The Overall Academic Achievement Award: Sean Sugrue and Ronan McNally.

Massachusetts Secondary School Administrator’s Association Student Achievement Award- Principal’s Award: Aiden Glennon.

Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent’s Academic Excellence Award: Ronan McNally.

RHS Students Compete in 2018 Envirothon

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief


The Rockland High School Environmental Club recently took part in their third annual Massachusetts Envirothon. This year the event took place on May 18 at  Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge, Mass.

The Rockland Team, coached by RHS science teacher Angela Armstrong, included: Jad Bendarkawi, Sean Fitzgerald, Tyler Gambon, Saoirse and Ronan McNally, Joseph Naughton, Michelle Ramoska, Sean Sugrue, Zach Webb and Hannah Wyllie.

In Uxbridge, students competed at different ecostations in which they demonstrated their knowledge about the environment based on research they had done throughout the year.

After being split up into sub-teams, they rotated through four ecostations where they answered written questions and engaged in hands-on activities such as soil analysis, wildlife habitat assessment, tree identification, and water quality measures.

At the fifth station, the Current Issue, each school gave a 15-minute presentation on “Partnering with Nature in Watersheds” to a panel of judges. Each team researched the Current Issue in their own community in preparation for their presentation. Rockland presented their research and action plan investigating the North and South River Watersheds.

Each panel of judges included concerned citizens and environmental professionals from government agencies, non-profit organizations, academia and private industry. Teams were asked to assess water infrastructure resources and needs, identify an important partnering opportunity, and make specific recommendations for action.

This week the Rockland Team was notified that they had received a Community Action and Community Research Award from the Mass. Envirothon.  They were one of 12 teams to receive the awards. Will Snyder, a board member of Mass. Envirothon congratulated Rockland’s team members for their presentation about the North and South River Watershed.  Snyder cited the team’s work with the Rockland Board of Selectmen, and other town officials in investigating the pollutants that run-off into the tributaries that flow into the watershed.  The team provided data that the town will use in its annual EPA report.

Sophomore Tyler Gambon noted, “Our recent success has only made us more ready for next year.”

The team has already started planning and learning for next year’s competition. Sophomore Hannah Wyllie said, “We have actually already started working on next year’s topic, ‘Growing Abundant, Affordable, Nutritious Food in Massachusetts.’ We are always looking for more teammates as well!”



Spring Sports Teams Complete Regular Seasons, Prepare for Postseason

Matty O’Brien, Veritas Sports Editor

Matt Dalton, Veritas Sports Staff

As the spring sports season headed down the home stretch, the success of many teams, carrying over from an exceptional winter season, was clear.

Girls tennis and softball secured tournament bids early, while boys lacrosse, boys tennis, and baseball were still in the mix, pushing for a tournament berth, entering the final days of the regular season. The track teams also had several South Shore League All-Stars and athletes qualifying for states.

It is rare for the amount of success Rockland has had in one season, but as the spring season has unfolded, the athletic success occuring this school year in every season is unheard of.  In many schools spring sports can be overlooked, however this year, every team thrived in their own way.

Boys lacrosse regained their foothold in the SSL being ranked fourth behind teams like EB, Cohasset, and Hull. The team got off to a shaky start when they lost three games in a row, but since then, the team has been playing well.

The team got a big win on Tuesday, May 22 over EB 15-14. Senior Matty O’Brien who is going to Bentley to play lacrosse got his 300th career point in the game.

Lacrosse seniors photo by Kelley Reale

The team’s tournament hopes came down to the wire. On the final Wednesday of the regular season, they faced Archbishop Williams, needing a win. And that’s what they got, pulling out a nail-biter 15-13, and qualifying for the postseason!

Girls lacrosse wound up their season this week. While they did not make it to postseason, the season had its positives with junior Madison Blonde potting her 100th goal of her career against Cohasset High. One can only imagine what she will get up to with  another season ahead of her.

Senior captain Natalie Draicchio continued to be a steadying influence on the team with multiple game assists and goals. She scored her 100th goal on the last game of her career against Archbishop Williams.  Congrats Nat!

The team honored their seniors: Cassie Ofurum, Jaymie Atkins, Natalie Draicchio, Tahmya Cappra, Hannah Boben, Erika Ochenduszko and Emily McLaughlin on senior day.

A shining star throughout the entire spring season has been the girls tennis team. The team was able to qualify for the state tournament in just their tenth game of the season. The Dogs finished the regular season with a, 13-4 record, looking to make a run in their first postseason in program history.

In her first season, Coach Launie has done an exceptional job. Senior Captain Isabelle Uong thinks this season can be credited to her coach and the team’s culture.

“It is an incredibly welcoming atmosphere and Coach Launie does a great job at fueling that,” said Uong.

Ms. Launie, in turn, credits her team and their ability to learn new strategies and improve with each match.

A key to the girl’s season that has been noted is the guest appearances of former coach Richard MacAllister. Mr. MacAllister’s cameos have fueled members of the team to be better. The girls tennis team has a great dynamic and something special has certainly come together.

Softball has really been playing at a high level all year and they have put together an impressive 10-9 record over the span of the season. They qualified for tournament with a big win against EB in nine innings by a score of 9-8.

Micheala Bruno, a freshman, is pitching well supported by senior Sydney McKenna, Molly Grass and Dakota Pike at the plate.  Meghan Monet is doing well bunting and with her speed on the bases.

Lady Dogs beat W-H 13-1 in their last regular season game. Michaela Bruno pitched a great game,  allowing just 4 hits and 1 run with 1 BB and 5 K’s. Senior Sydney McKenna went 3-5 with 4 RBI’s and 2 runs scored. Macy Grass also had a solid game going 3-5 for the day.

The team looks to get a good seed in the tournament.  “Once you’re in anything can happen,” said Asst. Coach Chris Burnieika.

The boys’ tennis team has also had a successful season, enjoying every step along the way. It was important for the team to stay competitive while also making Coach Jim Patton’s last season a fun and memorable one.

Sean Sugrue, John Ellard, Tyler Beatrice, Joe Naughton and Ronan McNally of the tennis team who honored Coach Patton at NHS Induction

Members of the team’s care for their coach was demonstrated at the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on May 16 as tennis teammates, Sean Sugrue and Joe Naughton shared an incredible message introducing their Honorary Inductee, Coach Patton. The coach embraced his players on stage and Naughton and Sugrue were proud to honor their coach in such a way.

On the court the Dogs have remained competitive in a challenging South Shore League with a record hovering near .500. Needing one more win to qualify for postseason, their hopes were dashed by Middleboro as the boys lost 4-1.  But senior Captain Harry Hunter is grateful for his last tennis season and the dynamic of the team.

“We just have a system and a culture where anybody can step up and make an impact. Every member of the team is valued. I always look forward to tennis season because it’s just the best atmosphere to be a part of.”

Away from the courts, and onto the diamond, Dogs’ baseball has had success this season. Although the Dogs lost a few tough games early, they have had some remarkable games, including a blowout victory over Division 4 powerhouse Mashpee and a nail-biting 4-3 win over Abington. Senior Jon Ronan was pleased with the team and hoping to make tournament.

“This season has been a lot of fun and we have a great group of guys. Hopefully we can qualify for the [tournament] and keep this season going,” said Ronan.

With a record of 9-10 with one game remaining, the Dogs needed to win one. Although that was a challenging task, the team had already shown that they were capable of playing at a high enough level to get the job done. On May 20 they defeated Duxbury on the road 5-3. The next day they defeated Middleboro behind pitcher Sam Gray.

photo by Kelley Reale

Gray, who was working on three days’ rest, went the distance and delivered a clutch two-run double in the bottom of the sixth to lead the Bulldogs to a hard-fought 6-4 victory.

On May  they came up with a big win against Norwell, 8-1, behind senior Aiden Glennon’s complete game on the mound and two for three at bat.

That win improved Rockland’s record 9-10 and kept the Bulldogs’ playoff hopes alive.

The team finally faced Pembroke on Tuesday, May 29. Sam Gray once again came up with a gem and the Dogs made it to postseason with a huge 7-1!  Athletic Director Gary Graziano called it “pretty impressive after a 1-6 start,” and congratulated new head coach, Mike Doyle and the boys for their accomplishment.

The boys track season has ended with the team coming away with a record of 2-5.  According to senior Seth Rosczewski most meets were close and the team always competed hard.

Qualifying for states for the boys were Andre Coste in the 100m and 200m and Dylan Cleaves in the javelin and discus.

Seth Rosczewski

Rosczewski, a senior captain, was one of two seniors on the team, the other being Connor Cleaves. Rosczewski says he was glad he ran track this year. “I like the atmosphere in track, and also knowing that I’m halfway decent in something.” An all-star in cross country, Rosczewski is a better than decent runner, and says he will continue to run in college next year.

For the girls’ track team, they finished the season at 3-4. Arianna Roosa and Lily Matson stood out, being named SSL all-stars.

Spring teams all paired competitiveness and having fun, and they achieved great success in the process.

With the state tournaments just a week away, those teams that have or will qualify are looking to have a successful end to their seasons.

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