Video Coverage of RHS Walkout

Jasmin Morse, Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor


Although delayed a day due to this relentless winter, RHS held a walkout yesterday, March 15 in response to the Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, FL.

In the link is a video of segments of the walkout, interviews with some of the organizers, students, RHS Principal John Harrison, and School Resource Officer Ethan Schnabel in regards to the planning, purpose, and evaluation of the school walkout.


Students Walk Out to Remember Parkland School Shooting Victims

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


On Thursday, March 15, RHS held a student-driven walkout in memoriam of the 17 lives lost in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, FL. on Feb. 14. During the first part of the 17 minute walkout, the approximately 300 students who gathered outside the west entrance of RHS stood in silence as senior Hannah Murphy read the name of each of the lives lost in Parkland.

Speakers and organizers of the event included: Megan Diver, Katie Houde, Kerin Dalton, Rebekah Panaro, Ronan McNally,  Hannah Murphy and Michelle Ramoska. Diver introduced each speaker and thanked students and faculty who supported the event. Houde read her poem “Bullet Proof Teen,” Dalton read her statement about student involvement against gun violence, McNally and Panaro encouraged students to continue their activism by registering to vote and by participating in the nationwide March 24 student protest that will be held on Boston Common.

After the walkout, Mr. Harrison, principal of RHS, said that he thought it went very well, and he commended the organizers and all the students who participated.

Following the rally, students were able to register and pre-register to vote in the cafeteria during lunch.

Check back to the Veritas website for our video interviews with Megan Diver, Katie Houde, Officer Ethan Schnabel and Mr. Harrison.

RHS Students Travel to Guatemala on Service Trip


Eighteen Rockland High School students traveled to , Guatemala on Saturday, Feb 17 to Saturday, Feb. 24.

They were accompanied by RHS teachers, Chad Bigsby, Kata Medeiros, Jill Delaney, and Amanda Lanigan

The students and staff went to help Worthy Village organization volunteers to implement clean water, health, and hygiene programs for the poor, indigenous people of rural Guatemala.

Junior Ashley Murphy was one of the eighteen who went and Veritas reporters, Haiden Fiore and Emily Marquis interviewed her before and after the trip as seen in the video below.

The students who participated included:Jaymie Atkins, Kate Burke, Lexi Coulstring, Meghan Dion, Jill Donahue, Leah Drago, John Ellard, Brianne Ferraro, Sean Fitzgerald, Mary Flaherty, Hope Geary, Jake Leander, Meri Long, Carolyn McCarthy, Ronan McNally, Ashley Murphy, Joe Naughton, Sabrina Sprague

Three Teams Looking To Win State Championships

Three RHS winter sports teams have achieved league championships in their sports: Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball and Hockey.  Not taking these accomplishments lightly, all three teams now have their sights set on getting a good seed in their respective MIAA postseason tournaments, with an eye to getting the ultimate prize, a State Championship.

RHS sports reporter Matt Dalton sat down with Lou Casey, Matt O’Brien and Danielle O’Brien to get their thoughts on the postseason tournament which will begin the week after February Vacation.

Below please follow the links to the latest Veritas print stories on each of these three sports.

Nothing but the same for Lady Dogs by Harry O’Brien

Hockey Team Repeats as SSL Champs by Mark Shields

Boys Basketball Team Wins SSL Championship by Danielle O’Brien


Images Magazine Nationally Recognized

Sean Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Kelly are editors of Images Literary Magazine this year. Veritas photo

Shane Rosczewski


Images Magazine, has been selected to receive a rank of Excellent in the 2017 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines. Receiving congratulations were advisors Chad Bigsby and Chris Neal, and the students who produced this exemplary publication. The NCTE said, “You have inspired a love of writing and built a community around the written word that your students will remember for the rest of their lives.”

The mission of NCTE’s Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM) is to encourage all schools to develop literary magazines, inspiring excellence in writing and school-wide participation in production.

372 schools across the country submitted their publications to the program.  Images was one of eight to receive an Excellent ranking in Massachusetts.

Last year’s editors, Lauren Zaremba and Lulu Lima (Class of 2017) were cited for their contributions.

This year the senior editor is Sean Fitzgerald and the junior editor is Elizabeth Kelley. They are working together to carry on the tradition of excellence that the magazine has attained.

Anyone may be a part of Images and can submit artwork, poetry or stories.    Images’ on-line webzine can be found here.

A sample from the last Images’ webzine is below.

Bringing the Community Together at Unified Bocce

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


Every year, the Massachusetts Special Olympics organization hosts an Unified Bocce Tournament. This past Sunday, Jan. 29, was the second consecutive year RHS has hosted this event.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. At the event, 15 schools participated in the tourney and 15 others came to support and cheer on the Special Olympians.

In total, the MASC and the Massachusetts Special Olympics organization sponsored event had 40, four person teams participating from all over Massachusetts.

At the event hosted by our SGC president, Hannah Murphy, attendees could buy items from concessions, raffles, an Olympic village, and lunch which were all provided by Rockland Student Government. In the end, all proceeds went back to the Special Olympics.

At the Opening Ceremony, RHS Special Olympian, Anthony DiNino carried in the torch and was accompanied by school resource officer, Ethan Schnabel.

Here, Patti Doherty, the Massachusetts Director of Schools and youth engagement reminded students councils about the upcoming Polar Plunge. All proceeds will go to Special Olympics and the set goal is to raise over $50,000 at the event.

Doherty concluded at the close of the event, there was over 500 attendees to the event, marking it to be the largest Bocce Tournament to be held by the Special Olympics. Also stating, “we are lucky to have had Rockland host the tournament the last two years.”

Mock Trial Makes Its Way to Court

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


mock trial team on way to meet

The Rockland High School Mock Trial team gets ready on Jan. 25 to travel to Brockton District Court where they will compete in a mock trial meet against Thayer Academy. Top left to right: Annie Kelley, Emmy Kelley, Maddie Gear, Hannah Wyllie. Bottom left to right, Molly Boggs, Caitlin Cameron, Marissa Smith, Jasmin Morse, Kate Burke, and Harry Hunter. Veritas photo

After months of preparation, the RHS Mock Trial Club finally made its way to Brockton District Court to face off against Thayer Academy yesterday, Jan. 25.

In this trial, RHS took the role of plaintiff. Acting as attorneys were senior, Harry Hunter, junior, Jasmin Morse, and first timers, sophomores, Molly Boggs and freshman, Annie Kelley. Witnesses were first timers, sophomores Hannah Wyllie, Maddie Gear, and junior, Kate Burke.

In the end, RHS won the verdict of the case after great preparation and hard work with assistance from advisers, Greg Rowe and Randal Grimmett.

RHS Students Roll Up Their Sleeves for a Great Cause

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


It has been three years since Rockland’s National Honor Society has hosted an American Red Cross blood drive. This past Wednesday, Jan. 24 in the back gym, students and teachers lined up to donate their blood and red blood cells to patients in need at local hospitals.

At the blood drive, the Red Cross collected 30 donations, these 30 pints of blood will be used to save up to 90 lives.

Throughout the day, seven donors completed the Power Red Cell donation. Here, donors participated in apheresis which removes the plasma through separation of the cells and plasma. At the end of this process, the blood cells are reintroduced into the body and the plasma is then donated to patients being treated for autoimmune diseases.

Another notable part of the day included 21 first-time donors throughout the Red Cross Blood Drive.

Matt Belanger, Red Cross account manager said to Mrs. Kendra Donovan, NHS advisor, “Without the support of partners like your NHS chapter and the selfless donors that roll-up their sleeves we would be lost.  You truly are lifesavers and should be extremely proud of what you accomplished.”

Poetry Out Loud: Results

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


Every winter RHS competes in the Massachusetts Poetry Out Loud program that allows high school students to compete against each other in the art of poetical recitation.  From this, placing students are rewarded with scholarship money.

Students start off in the town level competition. From there, the first place student goes on to compete in the Southeast Regional competition, March 4, in South Yarmouth. Then, the top six from regionals go on to the state wide competition, which will take place March 11. The top placer from the state competition then meet their final destination,  facing the top placer from each state in Washington D.C. where they will compete on the national level.

Here at RHS, the competition took place last Friday, Jan. 19, at 7 pm in the RMS/RHS Lecture Hall. The event was hosted by head of the English Department, Carol Cahill. Judging the competition were Karen Bonn, Jack Carey, Bill Boyer, and Amy Woodward. Judging the participant’s accuracy was RHS English teacher, Kristen Walsh.

The eight students competing Friday night  included: Kellie Berry, Eden Dalton, Olivia Elie, John Ellard, Mardally Freitas, Emily Gaboriault, Joe Lauria, and Jocelyn Reera.

Out of these eight strong competitors, scholarships were awarded to the top three contestants. Coming in third place was senior Kellie Berry. Placing second was junior John Ellard, and moving on to the regional competition is senior Eden Dalton.

Poetry Out Loud Tonight!

Come watch your favorite Bulldogs battle for Poetry Out Loud supremacy!  

The winner will go on to Regional Competition next month!!

Eighth Grade Open House: Total Success!

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


As the thought of high school starts to dawn on the Class of 2022, RHS took the opportunity to hold an open house for the incoming eighth graders last night, Jan. 10.

This year, RHS Principal, John Harrison decided to switch things up a bit at Open House with the introduction of a quick video to go over all the educational departments here at RHS.

After a greeting by Athletic Director, Gary Graziano, Vice Principal, Kathy Paulding, RHS seniors Jill Donahue and Zachary Peterson, and a panel discussion held by students to talk about RHS culture, parents and eighth graders went to the cafeteria where they had the opportunity to learn more about the clubs and activities available here at the high school.

In the cafeteria, RHS students came to be able to meet the eighth graders and discuss clubs and sports they are apart of to show them that there is something for everyone here at Rockland High School.

Principal Harrison concluded that he was pleased overall with the turn-out, the student involvement, and the professionalism of the informative presentations. All in all, the Open House was a success. With a higher attendance than previous years and more student involvement, the eighth graders and their parents left the school last night feeling more informed about life here at RHS.

Hockey Team Welcomes New Year with Wins

2017-2018 Captains: Mike Flaherty, Harry O’Brien, Joe Campanile and Matty O’Brien. Veritas photo

The RHS hockey team, coming off a Cashman Tournament championship on Jan. 1, added two more wins in the first week of the New Year, giving them a record of 7-1-1, including a 7-2 win Saturday, Jan. 6 against Cohasset.

Below is our hockey team profile from the December issue of the Veritas.

Mark Shields, Veritas Staff

Dec. 20, 2017

D-Y game photo by local photographer, Steve Gilbert (@stevegilbert4).

This year the Rockland hockey team hopes to carry its success from last year into this year. After winning their league and making a deep tournament run last year the Dogs hope to go even further and make it to the Garden this year.

Coming off a season where they went an amazing 21-2-3, they will need to  play fundamental hockey in order to continue their success this season. No one knows that better than Coach Mike Flaherty.

“To continue our previous success we need to keep this simple and make simple plays,” said Flaherty

This season the Dogs have already started and are at a 2-1 record with a big win against the Abington Green Wave in their season opener, a tough loss to Hanover, and a dominating 5-0 win over EB.

These early successes and an early defeat will fuel the team as they have goals set for the season that are nothing short of difficult.

“Our mindset is to repeat as league champs and be difficult to play against, and this year we have a real opportunity to make it to the Garden,” said Flaherty when asked about his goals for the season.

The hockey team is very excited for an opportunity to repeat as league champs. This would make them the first hockey team in school history to repeat as league champs.

With a few freshmen and sophomores providing meaningful minutes the Dogs are set up for a pretty successful team in the future. However, the juniors and seniors will play a huge part this year, and could be the determining factor if this team repeats or not.

Coach Flaherty is confident about his returning players. “The guys coming back from last year are a big difference maker for us with their experience and hockey knowledge,” said Coach Flaherty.

Four of the returning group include captains Matt and Harry O’Brien, Joe Campanile and Mike Flaherty.

Coach Flaherty is very optimistic about this season and even though they were so successful last year he is not dwelling on the past.

Coach Flaherty, who was inducted into the Rockland High School Athletic Hall of Fame recently, is fully concentrated on the future of the program.


School Cancellations Lead to Revised Schedule

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


Due to RPS snow cancellations this past Thursday and Friday, the schedule here at RHS has been reformatted to compensate for the time lost.

Most importantly to most, this year’s midterm schedule has changed. Originally, the tests were formatted to start this upcoming Tuesday (Jan. 16). Due to the snow, now they are starting next Thursday, Jan.18 and will come to a close Tuesday, Jan. 23. Along with an end of midterms on Tuesday, Term II will come to a close as well.

For further information regarding midterms, go here or to our menu bar and click on the Principal’s page pull-down menus.  Go to: Dr. Harrison’s Weekly Updates January 5.

Both the girls and boys basketball teams had cancellations due to the snow. The girls are scheduled to play at home against East Bridgewater Jan. 11. The boys will have to travel to East Bridgewater on Jan. 22.

One activity that has not changed is the Class of 2022 (8th Grade) Open House scheduled for Weds. Jan. 10.  This will be held at 6:30 pm and will begin in the auditorium with a presentation. Parents and students will then proceed to the cafeteria for individual slideshows and presentations by student club and sports leaders.

2017 Year in Review at RHS

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

After a fun filled and busy year here in the Bulldog community, the Veritas staff looked back at the events that took place throughout 2017.

January, 2017

Jan. 5 – Three RHS students receive awards for Voice of Democracy entries. First prize Meaghan McDonough, second Jad Bendarkawi, and third senior Sophie McLellan.

Chris Herren spoke to students at RHS on Friday, January 13 about substance abuse. photo by Maddie Gear

Jan 13 – Chris Herren speaks at RHS.

Jan. 20 – Genesis Rojas takes first place in Poetry Out Loud; Adiza Alasa and John Ellard come in second and third.

Jan. 26 – Mock Trial team opens season with a win.

Jan. 29 Rockland High School SGC hosts Bocce tournament.

February, 2017

Girls and boys basketball, hockey and wrestling teams win SSL Championships

Feb. 5   Sean Vo and Erin Field are accepted for the SEMSBA choir; Lauren Zaremba makes it for the concert band.

February Vacation – Harvard Model Congress attends regional conference.

March, 2017

March 4 – RHS Theater Guild performs “Room 404” at annual METG Drama Festival.

March 5 – Genesis Rojas makes it to State Finals of Poetry Out Loud competition

March 8-10 – RHS SGC receives Gold Council of Excellence Award at MASC conference.

March 12 Rockland hockey team’s tournament run ends in D3 South Finals at Gallo Arena in Bourne; OR takes game 3-1.

The Bulldogs line up before their quarterfinal game. photo by Kelley Reale

March 14 – Rockland – Abington Unified Basketball game

March 16 – Music Department hosts Broadway Night

March 18 – Rockland High School’s cheer team wins Division 4 New England Regional Championships.

March 22 – Seven alarm fire engulfs Park St. Factory; all schools’ starting times delayed two hours: Jefferson School closed.

The king and queen, Susan Patton and Gary Graziano, lead the procession of faculty and student cast members in the Shakespeare Festival. photo by Kimberlie Jean-Poix

March 24 and 25 – Shakespeare Festival- Several groups of students come together, under English teacher, Kristen Walsh’s direction, and give the audience two nights filled with performances of Shakespeare’s works.  Gary Graziano and Susan Patton are the King and Queen of the Festival.

April, 2017

March 31April 2 – 20 World Languages students visit Quebec.

April 5 – Evan Murphy comes in first at the annual Spellman Oratorical contest sponsored by the English Dept. and held in the lecture hall.

April 11 – Cheerleaders are honored at Fenway Park.

April 12 – Rockland Public Schools holds annual Arts Festival.

Rockland High School’s Adam Royle fits into Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” painting at the Rockland Public School’s annual district-wide arts festival last month. Madeline Gear photo

April 26 – Dr. Cron proposes new elementary school for Rockland.

April Vacation – 46 students in the Travel Club visit England, Ireland and Scotland.

April 15-22  – 15 students go on service trip to Guatemala.

May, 2017

May 3 – SGC holds annual awards banquet.

May 4 – Senior chorus and band students honored at annual Pops Concert.

May 5 – The Veritas print and web editions win Highest Achievement Awards from the New England Scholastic Press Association; Maddie Gear and Joe Taft win Special Achievement Awards.

May 10 – Julia DiCienzo and Matt Dunn are recognized as the top senior male and female scholar-athletes of the year.    

Two cars were provided for the mock accident on Monday, May 15.

May 15 – Mock drunk driving crash is presented to juniors and seniors at RHS.

May 17 – National Honor Society induction held – 20 juniors and one senior join the 2017 seniors of NHS; Teachers, Melissa Shaughnessy and Patrick Finn are honorary inductees.

May 19 – Junior-Senior Prom held at Canoe Club in West Bridgewater. 

May 23 – Last day of classes for senior Class of 2017

May 25 – Boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams make tournament for first time ever.

June, 2017

June 1- Seniors, wearing their caps and gowns, visit elementary schools

June 1 – Senior Academic and Athletic Awards Banquet held in auditorium: Luana Lima recognized as Valedictorian of Class of 2017.

Veritas photo

June 2 – Graduation Day for Class of 2017!!

June 8 – Underclassmen Academic Award / RHS Hall of Fame Banquet held at Emerald Hall: Overall Ourstanding Achievers are Grade   9   Tyler Gambon, Grade    10   John Ellard and Grade 11   Ronan McNally

June 10 – God’s Children wins third annual Jared Lewis Quirk Memorial Speedball Tournament.


July 8 – Long-time Bulldog, staff member and supporter, Ann Phelps passes away.

August, 2017

August 7-9 – SGC Camp

August 23 – Fall sports practices begin (Football began August 18).

August 28 – First Day of School!

September, 2017

Top Dog Club instituted

First six Top Dogs united on September 29. From left: Ronan McNally, Aiden Glennon, Chris Penney, Sydney McKenna, Hannah Murphy and Eden Dalton. Veritas photo

Sept. 6 – Girls’ soccer team opens season with win over No. Quincy

Sept. 8 – Football team opens season with win over Cohasset.

Sept. 13 – Summer reading discussions

Sept. 28 – Unified Kickball Game held in gymnasium

October, 2017

Images Webzine 1st Edition published

Oct. 1 – Breast Cancer Walk held in Boston; SGC, several teams attend

Oct. 6 – Music Department hosts Talkin’ Bout Jazz program

Oct. 12 – Racist graffiti found at RHS

Oct. 16 – Volleyball team clinches undefeated SSL championship

Oct. 17 – Golf team earns first trip to postseason tournament in over 20 years

Lou Casey: Mr. Rockland

Oct. 18 – Louis Casey is crowned Mr. Rockland.

Oct. 20 – First pep rally of the year held

Oct. 20 – Macie Jones is crowned Miss Rockland.

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

Oct. 20 – Football team wins Homecoming Game, 20-8, over Middleboro.

Oct. 21 – Homecoming Dance held in the gym.

Oct. 30 – SGC sponsors annual Project Pumpkin.

November, 2017

Volleyball, football and cheerleading teams win SSL League Championships; They along with golf and boys and girls soccer teams make postseason tournaments.

Nov. 17 RHS receives a Massachusetts District C Athletic Sportsmanship Award from the MIAA.

Seniors celebrate their 26-0 win.

Nov. 17 – Seniors defeat juniors in Powderpuff game 26-0.

Nov. 27 – Winter sports teams begin work-outs.

December, 2017

Dec. 7, 8 and 9 – Theater Guild’s Moon Over Buffalo performed at RHS.

Dec. 11– Positivity Club’s second initiative announced.

Dec. 14 – RHS Band and Chorus perform annual Holiday Concert.

Dec. 18-22 – Spirit Week

Dec. 22 – Alumni visit RHS.

Dec. 23-Jan. 1 Happy New Year!

Festive Final Hours at RHS

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


Of course all students and staff were anxious to flee the building and start their holiday break, but RHS students were still awfully busy in the final hours of their last school day of 2017.

In the Music Department, the RHS Band traveled to each of the three Rockland elementary schools and the senior center to play some Christmas music for the students and seniors.

Later, juniors were called down to the auditorium for a brief meeting to review their final shot at PSATs before the students hopefully take them in the spring. At the meeting students learned how to analyze and break down their scores and also were given tools on how to improve scores and study for the SATs.

The senior class had a meeting in the lecture hall where RHS alumni returned to give them a little more knowledge about some schools they might be considering. At the Alumni Panel assembly students were able to ask questions of their graduated friends regarding post high school life.

After all of that was said and done,  both students and staff anxiously waited to hear the final school bell of 2017 marking the beginning of their holiday break.

Big Day at RHS for SGC

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


During school yesterday, Dec. 20, teachers throughout the building were shown appreciation on the annual Teacher Appreciation Day. Yesterday, teachers were honored with a complimentary lunch donated by Mike’s Pizza in Rockland. The event was set up by Student Government Council members including the Finance and Fundraising chair, junior, Tyler Beatrice, and junior class Head Representative, Caitlin Cameron. Help was also provided by the Executive Board in setting up and donations of food, drinks, and utensils from other members.

After the school day was over, SGC held its monthly meeting. Yesterday’s meeting was extra special because it was the annual, December Ugly Sweater meeting. SGC members were surprised last night by the Big Five with a party in the Middle School cafeteria. At the party, everyone played holiday themed games and activities and was able to snack on the leftovers from the Teacher’s Lunch earlier in the day.

All in all, SGC had an action-packed day in and out of school and was able to provide teachers, and members with a fun filled day.

Don’t Forget! Spirit Week Coming Soon

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


Hannah Boben is ready for Ugly Sweater Day next week.

As the Christmas break is rapidly approaching, RHS is celebrating the holidays all next week from Dec. 18-22 with a Spirit Week!

The SGC planned Spirit Week was lead by sophomore, Jacob Leahy and the Unified Spirit Committee. Here’s a look at next week’s themed schedule:

Monday: Cozy Day

Tuesday: Twin Day

Wednesday: America Day

Thursday: Superhero Day

Friday: Ugly Sweater Day

Be sure to get your outfits ready over the weekend to go all out next week!

Moon Over Buffalo Makes a Shining Impression on Audience

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


This past weekend, from Dec. 7-9, the RHS Theatre Guild performed their annual fall play, the Broadway comedy, Moon Over Buffalo.

The play starred senior, Ronan McNally (George Hay) and junior, Megan Diver (Charlotte Hay). Other cast members included, freshman, Emily Gaboriault (Rosalind Hay), junior, John Ellard (Paul Singer), and seniors, Kellie Berry(Ethel), Ryan Struzziery (Howard), Erin Field (Eileen) and Ryan Mott (Richard Maynard).

The comedy was directed by Pathways teacher, Joanne White and biology teacher, Julia DiCanzio. Senior, Maddison Parlee worked on the play as Stage Manager and working by the side of Parlee was  junior, Ali Landi who helped as Assistant Stage Manager.

After all the crew members hard work and effort, they were finally able to reap the benefits after finally performing their work this past weekend. Along with the crew, the audience enjoyed themselves as well. Laughter filled the auditorium and smiles filed out of the building each night the play came to a close.

Ms. Paulding, RHS Asst. Principal said (via Twitter), “Amazing performance of Moon Over Buffalo by the RHS Theater Guild cast and crew. Always impressed by our students abilities.”

Moon Over Buffalo Eclipsing this Week

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


RHS Theatre Guild’s winter play of the year, Moon Over Buffalo, is premiering this Thursday, Dec. 7 in the RMS/RHS auditorium. The comedy is being put on this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7pm each night. Tickets are on sale now at for $5 each or can be bought at the door for $8.

The comedy features senior, Ronan McNally and junior, Megan Diver as the main characters of George and Charlotte Hay. The Theatre Guild has been hard at work perfecting the play with help from their directors, Joanne White and Julia DiCanzio.

At the play, be sure to stop by the Engineering Club table! Before and after the play they will be selling 3-D holiday ornaments. 3-D ornaments are being sold for $5. Bulldog plaques are also being sold for $7. They can also be customized for a total of $10.


Above on the left shows an example of the $10 customized plaques. Above to the right shows the $7 plaques. On the bottom displays the $5 bulldog ornaments.


Students Assemble Bicycles for Holiday Magic

Students at RHS visited  the headquarters of Holiday Magic to deliver 12 bicycles they had assembled that were donated for children at Christmas. photo courtesy of Holiday Magic

December 3, 2017

Students in Mr. Parker’s class at RHS visited the McKinley School gift center of Holiday Magic last week to deliver  12 bicycles that they had put together. The bicycles had been donated to Holiday Magic for children at Christmas.

Holiday Magic is  a group in the town of Rockland whose members come from civic organizations, local businesses, Parent/Teacher Organizations from the public schools, interested individuals who are sponsors, and school children who also volunteer.

In 2000 they established a single unified holiday charitable program that coordinates their funds and energy, with the mission of helping some of the less fortunate families in the town of Rockland during the Christmas/Hanukkah holidays.

The Giving Tree on the wall of the Nurse’s Office at RHS is also part of Holiday Magic.  Students can take an ornament and bring in an unwrapped gift for a child whose age is indicated on the ornament.

The organization is also having its annual fundraiser at the 99 Tuesday night, Dec. 5  from 4-10 pm.  Use the voucher below so that 15% of your bill will be donated to Holiday Magic.  Raffles will also be available for Bruins tickets and more!


Aiding Homeless in Time for the Holidays

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


RHS is bringing back an annual holiday cause this upcoming Monday, Dec. 4, the Friends of the Homeless drive. The drive is geared to help end homelessness in the area by providing basic necessities for those in a time of need.

The SGC run event is going on December 5-15, just in time for the holidays. Donations will graciously be taken in A Block classes where there’ll be wrapped boxes provided. The A Block class that brings in the most donations will receive a complimentary breakfast.

Items Needed:

Mittens/ Hats/ Gloves/ Scarves


Toothpaste and Toothbrushes

Pens and Pencils


Soap/ Body Wash

Hand Sanitizer


Nail Clippers

Hair Elastics

First Aid Items


Crayons and Coloring Books

Stuffed Animals and Toys

Recognition for High Honor Recipients

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


high honors term 1

At the close of Term 1 and at the beginning of Term 2, students achieving all grades at or above an -A, are awarded the title of High Honors.

Yesterday, on Wednesday Nov. 29 recipients of High Honors recognition received an award ceremony and banquet in praise of their hard work and achievements. At the banquet in the library media center 40 students were rewarded with a lunch-in catered by Chipotle.

Term 1 Freshmen Recipients:

Jared Allen

Devin Cavicchi

Julia DeLima

Mardally Freitas

Bridget Hughes

Russell Jones

Ann Kelley

Colin McKerrell

Joseph Nguyen

Cullen Rogers

Patricia Ryan

Jeileanie Tejeda

Damon Welles


Term 1 Sophomore Recipients:

Melyssa Almeida

Sean Belmonte

Bendarkawi, Jad

Buckley, Kathryn

Cynthia Elliot

Tyler Gambon

Tyler Johnson

Sabrina Morgan

Alyssa Patten

Jordan Pierce

Oliver Reera

Zachary Webb

Jacob Willis

Julia Yeadon


Term 1 Junior Recipients:

John Ellard

Ingrid DeCarvalho Oliveira


Term 1 Senior Recipients:

 Jonathan Baar

Eden Dalton

Natalie Draicchio

Sarah Lovell

Ronan McNally

Joseph Naughton

Zachary Peterson

Robert Rossman

Sean Sugrue

Isabelle Uong


Fall Sports 2017 Round-up

Matt Dalton, Veritas Sports

The fall sports season was a resounding success and all teams had fantastic seasons. Almost all of the Rockland teams qualified for the 2017 MIAA tournaments in their respective sports. Girls soccer made it the furthest into their tournament by winning the first two games in dramatic fashion, one of those games ending in overtime by an absolute firecracker from the 30 yards out by senior captain Graces Oliver. Here is Danielle O’Brien’s story on the girls soccer team’s season.

Also making a splash in the tournament was the Rockland High football team. The team earned  their first playoff win in 17 years, but unfortunately lost in the second round to the two seed Old Rochester. The team also won the title of league champs finishing with a 5-2 record in the regular season. This was the first year under new head coach Nicholas Liquori. (Go here for Matt Dalton’s story._

Zach Sharland catches a pass on Thanksgiving Day. photo by Dave DeMilia Brockton Enterprise

The football team wrapped up their season on Thanksgiving with a big comeback win at East Bridgewater 15-14, giving their eighteen seniors a fitting send-off. Zach Sharland had two TD’s on passes from Sam Gray.

Girls volleyball made a statement this year by being undefeated league champions. They had one of the best regular seasons that this town has ever seen. The volleyball team fell short in their second game of the tournament losing to last year’s state champion, Case High School in the quarterfinals. Here is Harry O’Brien’s story about the team.

The boys’ soccer team had to win their last regular season game against Hanover to qualify and thanks to a second half comeback and a score on a penalty kick, they made it, beating Hanover 2-1. Follow this link for Matt O’Brien’s season summary.  

Golf also snuck into the playoffs and made the tournament for the first time in over 20 years. This was a huge accomplishment for the program.  Here is Mark Shield’s  summary of the golf team’s season.

The cheerleaders went for another state championship last weekend but came up with second place instead, a great accomplishment. They wrapped up the SSL title and South Regional title for fall cheer.

Last, but certainly not least, was boys and girls cross country. Both girls and boys teams made long strides this season to improve their game but did not qualify for tournament. Next year they look to take the next step and get to their tournament dreams going.

This season was an exciting one for the whole town to experience and we saw so many great moments throughout it.

Click on the links throughout to access our sports page stories on each of these fall sports, and check out the Fall Sports Unsung Heroes.

All-Stars in each of the sports are listed below:

Boys Soccer: Jon Alvarenga, Matty O’Brien, and Vitor Santos! Alvarenga also awarded Eastern Mass All Star!

Girls Soccer:  Grace Oliver, Maddie Blonde, Nicole Blonde and Hannah Rich

Cheerleading:  Mia Comeau, Katie Fitzgerald, Hallie Molineaux, Bella Burns

Football: Jon Baar, Will Breadmore, Lou Casey, Connor Shea, Zach Sharland, Anthony DeCecco and Coach of the year Nick Liquori.

Volleyball: -Jess DeMarco, Lily Matson, Caroline Elie, and Player of the Year: Olivia Elie. Coach of the Year:  Emily Murphy

Seniors Dominate at Powder Puff Game

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


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Seniors celebrate their 26-0 win.

One of Rockland’s favorite community events took place at 6:30 on Friday, Nov. 17 at the Veteran Memorial Stadium, the annual Powder Puff Game!

On Friday, the junior girls faced off against the seniors in a fun game of flag football. The game is played as a fundraiser for each class and the money goes to events such as the Junior/Senior Prom.

During the game, the seniors had one 2 point conversion for a total of 26 points along with scoring four touchdowns. They crushed the juniors with a final score of 26-0 with two touchdowns by Lily Matson, one by Grace Oliver, and another by Sarah Lovell.

The game was set up by SGC’s Finance and Fundraising Committee who is led by junior, Tyler Beatrice.

The junior class was coached by CJ Armstrong, Anthony DeCecco, Mark Sprague, Dylan Kirby, and class president, John Ellard. Coaching the seniors were Lou Casey, Will Breadmore, Jonathan Barr, and Anthony Vasquez.

Lastly, the game could not have taken place without help from the refs, Peter Harrison and Damien Ricci.

Mattress Fundraiser Helps Music Department Programs

The Mattress Fundraiser that the Music Department sponsored on Sunday, Oct. 22 was a big success.  The Music Department received a check from Custom Fundraising Solutions for $4,930.

The fundraiser was held from 10-5 in the Rogers Middle School Gym.  The value of the mattresses, all brand new and some 50% off retail price, drew many to the event.

The proceeds will be used by the Music Department programs.

Annual Powder Puff Game Scheduled for Friday night

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

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

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

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

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

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

Help make a global impact with RHS fundraisers

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


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

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

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

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

Project Pumpkin Video

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


Conjuring spooky fun at annual Project Pumpkin

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


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

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

Getting Ready for Halloween

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


Miss Rockland Interview

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

Homecoming weekend a total success

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Rockland Interviews

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

Get pumped for Pep Rally!

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



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

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

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

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

Mr Rockland pageant tonight!

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



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

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

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

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

Come support the senior boys tonight!

2017 Fall Sports Seeing Success

The 2017 fall sports teams are experiencing success this fall.

The girls varsity volleyball team. photo by Emily Marquis

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

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

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

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

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

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


Don’t forget! Next week is Spirit Week

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


Beach Day last year

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

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

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

Monday: Lazy Day

Tuesday: Nerd Day

Wednesday: Dad Day

Thursday: Beach Day

Friday: Class Shirt/Color Day

October Schedule at Maximum Capacity

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



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

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

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

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

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


Important Upcoming Dates:

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

Mr. Rockland: Wednesday, October 18 at 7 pm

Pep Rally: Friday, October 20

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

Homecoming Dance: Saturday, October 21 7  pm

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

Spirit Week Days:

Monday, October 16: Lazy Day

Tuesday, October 17: Nerd Day

Wednesday, October 18: Dad Day

Thursday, October 19: Beach Day

Friday, October 20: Class Shirt/Color Day

RHS Shows Support for Breast Cancer

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


photos above by Jasmin Morse

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

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

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

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

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

Dog Depot: A New Lunch Hit

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


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

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

Finding Unity in the Bulldog Community

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


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

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

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

Pathways Players:

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


Adaptive Physical Education Players:

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


Field Monitors:

  • John Ellard
  • Tyler Beatrice
  • Peter Kohler


RHS Continues Going Global

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Students Take Part in Summer Reading Discussions

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

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

September 14, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Matt O’Brien
Veritas Sports Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Girls Soccer Team Begins Season With Big Win

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


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

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

Maryn Monet and Sydney McKenna also scored for Rockland

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

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

Breast Cancer Walk Buzz

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor


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

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

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

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

Time to Buy your 2017 RHS Shirts!

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor


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

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

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

Kicking off the 2017-2018 School Year

Jasmin  Morse, Veritas Web Editor


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

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

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

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

Are You Ready For The First Day of School?

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


AUGUST 24, 2017


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

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



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


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

  1. Log-in to X2:
  2. Go to MY INFO Top Tab.
  3. Select CURRENT SCHEDULE on the left Side Tab.


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


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


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

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

See you all on Monday!!

Swim and Wrestling Teams Finish Up Their Seasons

February 15, 2018

As we get to the February break, two out of the five athletic teams have finished up their seasons.  Both the wrestling and swim teams had successful seasons and competed well in every meet or match.  Congratulations to both!

The following stories appeared in the most recent print Veritas which came out on Weds. Feb. 14.

The 2017-2018 Wrestling Team

Matty O’Brien, Veritas Sports Editor

The 2017-2018 season has had some ups and downs for the wrestling team.

During the season, the team was hit with injuries to two of its top wrestlers, senior captains Adam Russo and Will Breadmore. Both Russo and Breadmore were South Shore League All-Stars last year as juniors. These injuries would stop many teams dead in their tracks; however, the Dogs have been able to keep pushing forward and have forged a nice season for themselves.

Although the Dogs came up short on a third consecutive league title, losing to a skilled Cohasset team, they are primed and ready to make an impact at sectionals, and the state tournament.

After leagues, wrestling shifts into an individual sport where the goal is to have as many wrestlers survive and advance through sectionals, states, all-states and so on. Heading into sectionals Assistant Coach Peter Harrison touched on the team’s new goals.

“We are hoping to get two or three kids a sectional championship and their name on the banner,” said Harrison.

Two kids expected to make a run through sectionals, states, all-states, and hopefully further are senior captains Cam Smith and Jimmy Fitzgerald as they have a combined record of 30-1, 15-0, and 15-1 respectively.  Other wrestlers expected to make an impact are senior captains Adam Russo and Brad Seder. Coaches have lofty expectations for this senior group.

“We are hoping our senior captains can take us far into states, all-states and even New England’s,” said Harrison.

Although many wrestlers are not competing at this point of the season, as some do not survive and advance as far as others, one can still find the whole team practicing after school every day.

In the words of Coach Harrison, every wrestler continues to practice, until the “last man is standing.”

He added, “It’s great for everyone to continue to practice even if they are done competing. We’ve had years that we will have one kid competing all the way ‘til New England’s in March, but the whole team will still show up to practice.”

By maintaining the team aspect of wrestling during the individual season is truly something special at Rockland High School. That many athletes are no longer competing yet go and battle at practice every day is a testament to the culture of the team. Senior captain Jimmy Fitzgerald is thankful for the lessons he’s learned throughout his wrestling  career.

“Wrestling has taught me you can never take anything for granted; everything you achieve, you have to work for,” said Fitzgerald.

The unsung hero for the team this season is Brad Seder. The senior captain has worked hard for four seasons, and was a leader throughout this season on and off the mats.

The Dogs are looking to make noise throughout their sectional, states, and all-state tournaments coming up. Look for some added names on the team’s banners as many Dogs could have a stellar run through tournament competition.

The 2017-2018 Swim Team

Veritas Staff

The Rockland High School boys’ and girls’ swim teams honored their seniors on Friday, Jan. 26 before their meet with Scituate.

Julie Margolis, the swim teams’ coach called the night a success and praised all her swimmers along with the seniors.  “We had a lot of fun tonight. The kids swam great. There were lots of best times despite losing.”

Wins have been hard to come by this year for the hard-working swim teams but that is not the point, says Margolis. “Our goals this season were to have fun and to improve our strokes. Everyone has done so,” she said.

Specifically she points to the fun atmosphere at practices where students enjoy learning and trying new things.  “We’ve had a fun year. The kids have all earned some personal best swims and continue to get better every week. Most are even trying different events.”

She added, “Almost everyone can do a flip turn and most have at least three strokes legal for meets.”  These are big accomplishments for her swimmers since many are largely inexperienced unlike many of their opponents.

With such a positive outlook regarding all her swimmers Margolis did not want to single out one or two as unsung heros.  She believes that all of her swimmers are unsung heroes. “These kids come Monday through Thursday, 7:45 p.m.-9 p.m. every week and work really hard. Most hadn’t even had swim lessons and have learned to swim and race in legal strokes. Every time out in the pool these kids work so hard to improve and to win but it’s really hard to compete with other towns that have town pools or year round swim opportunities.”

Margolis also feels that her swimmers have to overcome a lack of notice and respect at school.  She said, “These kids hear all day at school ‘that’s not a sport; swimming is for sissies,’ and much worse.”

She wishes that the school would give them as much attention as the other sports. “They [swimmers]  continue to come to meets discouraged because every other team at the school gets announced for their games but not swim.”

Junior John Ellard who switched over to swimming after being in the basketball program for two years has similar feelings about the swim team not being recognized as much. “Swimming isn’t really a popular sport at RHS. We don’t have any faculty or students attend our meets regularly, a lot different from basketball. For next year, I’ve made it my goal to hype up the swim team more. We put in as much hard work and dedication as everyone else, and deserve to be recognized for it.”

For Ellard, one of the positive aspects of being in the swim program is the ability to do other things as well as be on the swim team because they practice at night. “With swimming, I can play a sport at a varsity level while also becoming more involved in [after] school activities.” Ellard admits that he misses being part of a great basketball program. “With all of the success they’ve had, I do miss wearing that uniform alongside my teammates.”

But swimming has brought new challenges and opportunities.“I’m definitely happy that I switched over to swimming. The team is phenomenal, our coach is outstanding, and the sport itself is challenging in a good way.”

Swimming has also given Ellard the opportunity to meet new people.

“Another pro [of joining the swim team] is that I get to become so close with a variety of students. Being able to develop close relationships with people that I wouldn’t have otherwise, is definitely a plus.”

Coach Margolis would love to expand the program and hopes that with more student participation they could even add a diving team next year.


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