RHS Students Recognized at Boston Globe Show

Celia Rosa

Celia Rosa, Flowers Still Life, Drawing and Illustration, Pastel



By Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor

The winners of the annual Boston Globe Scholastic Art Show,  the Massachusetts Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition, were announced on Jan. 29.   This year, two Rockland High School students were recognized for their artwork.

Senior Celia Rosa won a Gold Key for her piece “Flowers Still Life and a Silver Key for her piece “Self Portrait.” Both works were entered in the Drawing and Illustration category.

Rosa’s Gold Key  artwork will move on electronically to New York where it will compete against Gold Key work from around the country for National Medals.

Junior Shawn Ward was awarded two Honorable Mentions for his pieces “What’s in The Box,” in the Ceramics and Glass category, and  “Imagineer” in the Drawing and Illustration category.

Senior Art Teacher Cheryl Thompson is their sponsoring teacher.

According to the Award Committee, there were over 15,000 entries in Art. Over 50 judges looked at the entries and made their choices for Gold and Silver Keys as well as Honorable Mentions based on three criteria: originality, technical skill, and personal vision.

awards ceremony will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for all Gold and Silver Key recipients on March 12, 2016

A Gold Key Exhibition will be available for viewing from March 5–20, 2016 at the Museum.

One Rockland Mini-Golf on Feb. 15: Don’t Miss Out!


Michelle Downey, Veritas Staff  

After raising more than $3,500 in the previous One Rockland Cable Auction, the students and staff involved in the upcoming One Rockland miniature – golf fundraiser hope to top that number.

On Feb. 15 Rockland High School Bulldog mentors, and their advisor, Gregory Rowe, will be welcoming families to the classrooms and hallways of RHS to play indoor mini golf. The event will be taking place from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will cost five dollars.

While the Rockland community is enjoying their many rounds of mini golf, they will be benefitting current and future Rockland High School students.

One Rockland has given RHS students the opportunity to volunteer their time during the fundraiser. In return they will raise money for the sports or activities they take part in. Different athletes and club members will be creating a mini golf hole, to represent their team or activity.

Both RHS students and those planning to attend this fundraiser are looking forward to the fun it will bring to their Monday morning and afternoon.

Sophomore and Bulldog mentor, Chris Penney, says, “I’m taking part in this fundraiser because it’s for a very good cause and it will help out the One Rockland program a lot. It seems like it will be a lot of fun.”

With constant positive energy and hype from the Rockland Bulldogs, it is hoped this event will bring an enthusiastic atmosphere all throughout Rockland High School and in the Rockland community. Make sure you come and join the Bulldogs as well as the Rockland community on this day full of golf and smiles.

Winter Athletic Success: A Pleasant Surprise? Or More Than That?

Joe Taft, Veritas Sports Editor

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Last year was a difficult one for Rockland High School as a collective unit.

In a year when the only team to win a South Shore League title was the swim team, there is so much room to improve.

Fortunately for the Bulldog teams, there is a good chance of not just matching, but tripling or even quadrupling the amount of league titles from last year in just the winter.

How is that possible? So many talented seniors graduated last year. Weren’t we supposed to enter a period of “mediocrity” like some of the student body expected?

No way.

The winter teams this year have a chance to sweep the South Shore. With some key wins, there could be four new years being printed onto the gym banners sectioned “LEAGUE CHAMPIONS.”

The boys basketball team, with help from returning players Stephen Norris, Joe Kimball, and Jakigh Marcelin, are heavy favorites to win the league after defeating Randolph on Friday night on their home court.

Stephen Norris’ senior season has been everything we could have hoped for here at the high school. He was All-Scholastic for football, and leads the South Shore League in points per game. Coming off of a 45-point performance against Hull, (the most points a boys player has scored in a game in RHS history) the senior captain had 16 points in the effort against Randolph.

Another player with varsity experience, junior Jake Crawford, had a game-high 20 points. Crawford also knocked down an unbelievable three-point shot to end the first-half on a high note. Crawford faded away from way behind the arc as the ball went off the backboard and through the twine, immediately sending the student section into hysteria.

Rockland trailed by three points at halftime to an undefeated Randolph team who was ranked in the top twenty in the state by The Boston Herald. Three points at the half…

Wasn’t this year supposed to be a let-down?

In the third, Rockland went on an 18-5 run to take the lead. The defense-oriented Bulldogs held the Blue Devils scoreless for the first 4:30 of the fourth quarter. The Blue Devils battled back to come within five points, but in the end it was not enough. A 54-47 win put Rockland in sole possession of first-place in the South Shore League. The Boston Herald now has the Dogs ranked twenty-fourth in Eastern Mass, one spot above Randolph. 

But… How?

We’ll get back to it in a second. The girls’ basketball team beat the Lady Devils by 52 on Friday night, and also lead the South Shore League. Randolph scored a mere 21 points against Rockland, while junior Maddie Olsen led the Lady Dogs with 20 points.

Before the season started, students at RHS did not know what to make of the girls’ team. Everyone knew senior Kyra Rose would have another stellar year.  She already has three SSL All-Star selections under her belt, as well as an MVP award from her sophomore campaign.

Rose scored her 1000th point on January 5th in front of a packed gym against Cheshire, Connecticut. Her final season as a Lady Dog will probably go down as one of the best in girls’ history.

Returning players, like senior forward Caroline Kilduff and sophomore Danielle O’Brien, have made big contributions for the team. Their varsity experience is tremendously aiding the squad.

The girls are undefeated in league play, and are 8-2 overall. Led by coach Diana Mitchell, a 1000 point scorer herself when she played, the team will be highly competitive in the tournament this year.

But… How?

The wrestling squad has been on the radar this winter as well. The team is well on its way to taking the South Shore League, after a tough second place finish last season.

The team is led by senior Brad Gasdia who won the Cohasset Winter Tournament two weeks ago.

Gasdia also competed in the all-state tournament last year as a junior. He is poised for a big senior year on the mats. 

The hockey team has been very good, and sit with a record of 3-3 divisionally and are in third place. The team is 9-3 overall on the season.

Junior captain Matt Dunn has been scoring from all angles this winter, as the three-sport athlete has two hat-tricks and some multi-goal-scoring games as well.

Senior captains AJ Clark and Dan Leary have been playing great hockey as of late, as well as senior Riley Lang and sophomore Michael Flaherty.  Sophomore goalie Harry O’Brien has been great in net for the Dogs.

Head coach Mike Flaherty, Michael’s father, notched his 100th career win in the team’s victory over Silver Lake earlier this month.

At all times, any player is ready to have his number called and enter the game to make a play and give the stars an opportunity to score.

That has been the theme for every team this winter. Whether Coach Flaherty needs a goal out of Matty O’Brien, a sophomore who is finding the back of the net quite often even though he is not the star of the team. Or if coach Fred Damon needs a key 3-pointer out of senior Mickey Burns, or a defensive stop out of juniors Ryan Leavitt or Andrew Starkey. If Coach Mitchell needs a basket out of freshman forward Adiza Alasa, or anyone else on her bench, she can trust that the plays will be made. All of the winter coaches trust their players in crucial moments.

But… Why?

It’s because of the hours of preparation put in by Rockland athletes during the off-season. The blood, sweat, and tears, (and trust that there isn’t a single exaggeration in that statement) that the players put in day-in and day-out is what allows them to be so successful. The player who comes in and makes one big play and goes right back to the bench is training just as hard as the player who doesn’t touch the bench all game. The players are ready to lend a helping hand and pick each other up when they need it. They are ready to push their teammates during practice, in the weight room, and during the game.

That’s what being a Bulldog is all about. Being able to tell the teammate next to you that you love them and would lay it all out on the line for them. It truly is a special thing to see.

But to opposing teams, don’t let the sincerity towards each other fool you. The Dogs’ bite is just as big as their bark.

(Pictures credited to Rockland High Sports Facebook page.)

RHS Holds Breakfast for Scholarship Recipients

Recipients of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship.

Recipients of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship.

Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor

On Friday, January 22, Rockland High School hosted a breakfast for recipients of the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship.

The recipients of the scholarship were: Gavin Annis, Sara Bistany, Lucy Boggs, Jeremy Bradley, Alexandria Carchedi, Sean Carney, Leah DeCecco, Kaitlin Dorney, Mark Ewell, Meghan Foster, Brad Gasdia, Lauren Illes, Sarah Kane, Caroline Kilduff, Matthew Kirslis, Kevin Levesque, Haley Macray, Owen Mahoney, Gregory Markarski, Sarah Margolis, Kylie McKenna, Hunter Morris, Stephen Norris, Jenna O’Connor, Jared Ochenduszko, Ashley Pezzella, Zachary Pransky, Mitchell Rice, Celia Rosa, Harrison Shields, Thomas Spengler, Ryan Sugrue, and Erika Wiley. 

The John and Abigail Adams scholarship pays for tuition for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study at any Massachusetts state college or university.

In order to receive this scholarship a student must have scored Advanced on one of the three high school MCAS tests in ELA, Mathematics, or STE (Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering), scored Proficient or higher on the remaining two high school MCAS tests, and must have combined scores from the three tests that place them in the top 25 percent of students in their graduating class at their school.

Veritas News Broadcast January 22, 2016

Get all the news on upcoming events in our latest news broadcast with Adiza Alasa and Danielle O’Brien anchoring,  and Seth Rosczewski, Zach Pransky and Hannah Murphy on camera.  In the control room were Theodora Panagiotidis, Hope Geary, Patrick Murphy and Kaylee Ellis.  Copy written by Journalism class members.


RHS SGC Salutes SEMASC at Winter Conference


RHS SGC members at the first annual Winter SEMASC Conference at Hanover High School (Photo By: Haley Macray)

Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor

HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL – On Thursday, January 14, the Rockland High School Student Government Council attended the first annual Winter Southeastern Massachusetts Association of Student Councils (SEMASC) Conference hosted by Hanover High School.

The conference’s theme was “Star Spangled SEMASC: Pride in Leadership” and attendees were encouraged to show their American pride by dressing in red, white, and blue. Overall, 300 high school students from the South Shore attended the event.

The night’s events consisted of an Opening Session, including a welcome from RHS’s own Ashley Pezzella, SEMASC President and Hanover High School’s Student Council President Mike Meads.

The Opening Session was followed by a round table idea exchange activity. Following the round table, students participated in a hands on community service project where they helped to prepare care packages for soldiers serving overseas in association with the local organization, Care Packs. Also, SEMASC Executive Board members and alumni facilitated several workshops. A dance that featured an American Pride inspired photo booth concluded the event.

Overall, RHS’s leaders left this first of its kind event energized and ready to use the ideas and newly strengthened leadership skills they received back at Rockland High.

Take SGC’s Alumni College Fair Survey

Members of the Class of 2015 and Ms. Lombardi (front left) pose for a picture at the annual RHS College Fair.

Members of the Class of 2015 and Ms. Lombardi (front left) pose for a picture at the annual RHS College Fair.

Veritas Staff

On Wednesday, January 13, Rockland High School’s Student Government Council released a survey regarding last month’s Alumni College Fair.

RHS SGC hopes to improve its annual event with the feedback they receive from this survey. The survey was e-mailed to all RHS students but you can also take the survey and share your opinions by clicking here.

Veritas News Program January 12, 2016

The Veritas staff has produced its first newscast of the new year.

The newscast updates the records of RHS’ sports teams and informs the viewer of important upcoming events at RHS.  It also features Hannah Boben’s interview with RHS alumnus, Cam Stuart at Baylor University.  Cam talks about college life, and how his academic experience at RHS has helped him to succeed as a Journalism major at Baylor.

Anchors are Adiza Alasa and Danielle O’Brien.

Not Your Average Joe’s to Help Support Quirk Scholarship Fund

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For each Tuesday in January, when the above certificate is presented, Not Your Average Joe’s in Norwell will donate 15% of the cost of your meal to the Jared Lewis Quirk Scholarship Fund.

The Jared Lewis Quirk Scholarship Fund will provide two Rockland High School seniors with scholarships in memory of Jared Quirk who passed away last year. The “Good Guy Award” will be awarded to two future leaders of the Class of 2016 in his name.

The certificate may be printed out or shown on your phone. The certificate is good for lunch or dinner and is valid for dine-in or take-out; so stop by tonight before or after the basketball game!

Rockland High School to Hold Open House

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Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor 

On Wednesday, January 13, Rockland High School will hold an Open House.

The program will begin at 6:30 in the Auditorium where various speakers, including RHS students, will make brief presentations in regards to the Rockland High School experience, the curriculum, and available activities and clubs.

“I want [parents and students] to be excited about the opportunities. I want them to know what is offered, where to go if you have a question, and if you need help with something,” says RHS Principal Dr. Cron, “The main thing is that I want them to be excited about high school.”

Following the opening, at 7:00, members of RHS’s Student Government Council will give tours of the building and answer any questions that parents and students may have. Students who are Bulldog Mentors will also be there. Dr. Cron emphasized the importance of having students involved with the Open House.

“Schools should be judged on what their students produce or do or become. That’s how we should be judged,” says Dr. Cron, “I want [students present] because [they] are the reason we’re here.”


Rose Joins 1000 Point Club

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Krya Rose, pictured with her family, is the newest member of Rockland High’s 1000 Point Club.

Adiza Alasa, Veritas Staff

Rockland High School senior Kyra Rose scored her 1000th career point on Monday, Dec. 28 in win against Cheshire, Connecticut. Rose scored her 1000th point off of a lay-up during a set play at the start of the second half. The crowd was thoroughly engaged in the game, anxiously awaiting Rose’s highlight basket.

Rose’s milestone is just one of her many achievements during her varsity basketball career. A four year starter, Rose has been named a league All-Star and All-Scholastic player each year. She was named the South Shore League MVP as only a sophomore. Last season, Rose helped lead her team to the semifinal round of the Division III South State Tournament, averaging 15 points per game. She entered her senior season needing only 39 more points to reach 1000.

Rose said her big night was made special because of all the support she received. As it was a home game during holiday break, many of Rose’s classmates, former teammates, and Rockland High School alumni attended the game to witness her feat. Rose’s teammates showed their support along with the JV team who made posters and signs for the game.

Rose said she is relieved to have reached the 1000 point milestone as she was “excited and a little nervous” leading up to it.

Sophomore starter Erika Ochenduszko appreciates her teammate’s achievement and admires her leadership on the court. “Kyra Rose is the best teammate I’ve ever had. She makes me a better player when I play with her. She’s not only a player, but she’s like a coach. I can always count on her for words of wisdom. She always knows what to say on the court,” said Ochenduszko.

Among several other things, Ochenduszko will most miss Rose’s positive energy. “I don’t want to see a Rockland High School without a Kyra Rose. Not only am I going to miss her as a teammate, but also as a friend.” Ochenduszko is going to continue to enjoy the last season she has with Rose and will not take for granted the time she has left to play with her.

Coach Diana Mitchell describes Rose as “[a player who is] able to make quick and accurate decisions, plays and has an impact in every aspect of the game, [and] makes everyone around her better.” Rose’s knowledge of the game makes her an excellent floor general in addition to player. “She is an extension of myself on the court and says and does things without me having to tell her,” said Miss Mitchell.

A 1000 point scorer herself, Miss Mitchell is extremely happy for Rose. “She deserves the accomplishment and [I am] excited to add her name to the rafter,” said Coach Mitchell. Rose was a freshman when Miss Mitchell became the varsity coach. After Rose graduates this year, the coach will most miss her leadership and the familiarity of having her on the court. “She has made it very easy for me and it’s going to be very hard to adjust without her.”

All of Kyra Rose’s hard work has paid off as now her name will be on the 1000 Point Club banner along with thirteen other of Rockland’s highest scorers.  

From the Veritas December Print Issue

These articles were published in the December print Veritas.  Click on the READ MORE>>>> link at the end of each paragraph to access the entire story from the menu bars.


Teachers, Joanne White and Patrick Finn were selected as RHS' Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Teachers, Joanne White and Patrick Finn were selected as RHS’ Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Jaymie Atkins, Veritas Asst. Managing Editor

Every year, The Veritas staff names two teachers with high spirits and joyful cheer Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Hard thought and voting went into this decision, and the staff decided that French teacher, Mr. Finn and Special Education teacher, Ms. White are a great fit. These holiday spirited teachers answered a few questions for us about Christmas.  READ MORE >>>>



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Seth Roscewski, Veritas Staff

RHS students performed their own female version of The Odd Couple based on the 1970’s television show The Odd Couple. With new directors, Joanne White and Kendra Donovan, RHS students put on an amusing show on Dec. 11 and 12 in the RHS auditorium.   READ MORE>>>>



Kaylee Ellis and Dr. Cron

Kaylee Ellis and Dr. Cron

Kaylee Ellis, Veritas Staff

principal: noun: 

     the person with the highest authority or most important position in an organization, institution, 

or group.

Some students assume during the year a principal does nothing but sit, relax and tell people what to do.

This isn’t the case for Dr. Cron (or any principal for that matter).

Recently, I sat down with Dr. Cron and asked him what his daily life as the Principal of Rockland High is like.

First, he said that being the principal is “a privilege” because of the amazing faculty and students that he gets to know more each and every day.  READ MORE >>>>>



The math team is ready for a meet. Back, left to right: Ronan McNally, Elias Csubak, Sean Sugrue, Alexander Domina, Erika Wiley, Fanting Zhou, Ryan Sugrue and Nicholas Walker. Front l to r: Haley Crocker, Vivian Nguyen, Valerie Mulready, Rebecca Elliott, Luana Lima and Caitlin McArthur. Missing from the photo are Sarah Margolis, Joseph Naughton, Michael Belmonte and Saoirse McNally Yearbook Photo

The math team is ready for a meet. Back, left to right: Ronan McNally, Elias Csubak, Sean Sugrue, Alexander Domina, Erika Wiley, Fanting Zhou, Ryan Sugrue and Nicholas Walker. Front l to r: Haley Crocker, Vivian Nguyen, Valerie Mulready, Rebecca Elliott, Luana Lima and Caitlin McArthur. Missing from the photo are Sarah Margolis, Joseph Naughton, Michael Belmonte and
Saoirse McNally Yearbook Photo

Megan Lund, Veritas Staff

If you enjoy math and are good at it, you should join the RHS math team that participates in meets against other schools.

Students range from freshmen to seniors. These students do well and like math.

They also like pizza because after every meet that’s what they’re eating for an afternoon snack.

Thinking about joining the math team but worried that it will get in the way of other academic studies? READ MORE >>>>



Ms. Cahill's Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls along with her Holly Hobby doll

Ms. Cahill’s Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls along with her Holly Hobby doll

Hannah Boben, Veritas Staff

Imagine waking up Christmas morning, and rushing to find many presents under your magical tree. The gifts include everything you could have ever imagined and more.

But see the bigger picture here: are we letting presents take over the true Christmas meaning? Absolutely.   READ MORE >>>>



Cheerleaders with their State Championship trophy photo by Kelley Reale

Cheerleaders with their State Championship trophy
photo by Kelley Reale

Adiza Alasa, Veritas Staff

The RHS cheerleaders are MSSAA Division 4 State Champions for the fourth time in the past eight seasons. The cheerleaders competed for the state title on Sunday, Nov. 22 at Algonquin Regional High School against nine other teams.

Their success at states followed their first place win at regionals on Nov. 15 at Whitman-Hanson High School and their triumph in the South Shore League Championship on Nov. 6 at Abington High School.  READ MORE >>>



Recent RHS Graduates Return for College Fair

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Members of the Class of 2015 and Ms. Lombardi (front left) pose for a picture at the annual RHS College Fair.

Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor

On Tuesday, December 22, recent graduates from the classes of 2014 and 2015 returned to their alma mater to represent their respective colleges and universities at the annual Rockland High School College Fair.

The College Fair was held during all three lunches. RHS students from all grades were able to learn more about the colleges that the RHS alumni are now attending while simultaneously catching up with old friends. This is the third time the College Fair has been held. It was put on by Rockland High School’s Student Government Council and its Student Services Committee.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Day Wraps Up Spirit Week

It was Ugly Sweater Day on Tuesday, Dec. 22!  Happy Holidays to All!

photos by Adiza Alasa, Veritas Staff

RHS Gets Comfy with Cozy Day


Mr. Johnson participates in Cozy Day

Veritas Staff

On Monday, December 21, RHS students prepared for a short week of school with Cozy Day. Students (and some teachers) were encouraged to dress in their comfiest of clothes for the second to last day of the Holiday Spirit Week.

Have any pictures from this year’s Holiday Spirit Week? Send them to hmacray2016@rocklandschools.org for a chance to be featured!

Flannel Friday at RHS

Flannel Day in the Band room!

Flannel Day in the music department.

Veritas Staff

On Friday, December 18, RHS students and teachers participated in Flannel Friday as part of the Holiday Spirit Week put on by Rockland High’s Student Government Council.

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Mrs. Shaughnessy, Mr. Finn, and Mrs. Palmer

Have any pictures from this year’s Holiday Spirit Week? Send them to hmacray2016@rocklandschools.org for a chance to be featured!

Cluster the Elf Visits RHS Teachers


Cluster the Elf gets into a bit of trouble in Ms. Sullivan’s classroom.

Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor

Throughout the last few weeks RHS teachers have been visited by a new friend straight from the North Pole, Cluster the Elf.

So far Cluster has made appearances in the Math Department, Ms. Sullivan’s classroom, Ms. DiCanzio’s classroom, Mrs. Phelp’s classroom, Mr. Neal’s classroom, and Mr. Ricci’s office.

Luck enough to have taken a picture with Cluster the Elf himself? Send your pictures to hmacray2016@rocklandschools.org to be featured.

RHS Veritas News Broadcast Dec. 17, 2015

Anchors and reporters: Adisa Alasa, Tahmaya Cappra and Joe Taft.

Camera and technical support: Hope Geary, Theodora Panagiotidis, Molly Grass, Megan Lund, Zach Pransky, Patrick Murphy

Writers: Veritas Staff

Poetry Out Loud is Here!

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Poetry Out Loud is an annual event at RHS in which students choose favorite poems and perform them out loud (after memorizing them of course).  It is more than just memorizing and reciting.  It is a chance to make the poem come to life.  If it is a poem that has meaning for you personally, it is a way to relate that meaning to others.

If you need more information about the contest or the way the whole thing works, talk to your English teacher, a classmate or Miss Cahill in Room 125.  But don’t wait, because you need to sign-up with Miss Cahill by Tuesday, Dec. 22!

You can also check the Veritas archives to read about past contests and contestants.  As you will see it is not about winning, as much as appreciating how poetry is meant to be listened to as well as read out loud!


Where Are They Now? Alumni Part III

Michael Ivanoskos, Veritas Staff

It’s time for the Veritas’s  third edition of the Where Are They Now? series. Here are three more former Rockland High School students who have used their education at RHS as a launching pad for potential future success in the world. One is a girl whose goal is to become an elementary school English teacher. Another is a guy whose goal is to become successful in the Indie Rock music scene. Third, is a guy who is currently enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard and hopes to become a U.S. History teacher.  These students are moving on with their lives but still have ties to RHS.

leah o'bryanFirst is Leah O’Bryan from the Class of 2013.

“To me, to be a Bulldog means to be respectful, strong, caring, and feel apart of something,” says O’Bryan, “ I feel that our motto Once a Bulldog, Always a Bulldog really does stay with you, no matter where you go in life.” She emphasized the community aspect of Rockland and is confident that whenever she returns to Rockland she will always feel that sense of community.  

RHS helped O’Bryan by supplying her with the fundamental knowledge to help her to succeed in life.  

O’Bryan said, “My education at RHS has helped me immensely in my endeavors over the last three years in college.” 

Not only does she miss the academics, she also misses after school activities and her educators.

I miss playing sports and the team camaraderie, as well as the teachers and staff.” O’Bryan enthusiastically mentions, “All the sports made high school fun and memorable and my teachers and the rest of the faculty were truly amazing.” O’Bryan added, “I am still in contact with some of my teachers and faculty from RHS and they truly have made a huge positive impact on my life.”  

Since her time at Rockland High School she has transferred schools a few times, and now, after two years, she is at Bridgewater State University. O’Bryan has also switched her major from nursing to a double major in Elementary Education and English.  

O’Bryan wants to specifically thank those who have inspired her, “I want to thank Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Hoffman and Mrs. Armstrong for inspiring me to want to become a teacher and also Mrs. Lisa Ryan for assisting me in changing my major.”

One of O’Bryan’s goals is to go back to China where she was born and adopted from and teach in an orphanage there. That is a great goal,  Miss O’Bryan! Lastly, her advice to the Class of 2016 is to enjoy there time now because being an adult is not all it’s cracked up to be.

brian huntressNext is Brian Huntress from the Class of 2014.  

Huntress explained how his years at RHS helped him a great deal because the classes not only prepared him for college courses but they also got him interested in his own personal studies, improved his ability to think critically, and provided steady ground for him to stand on so he could further his education in a brave and sufficient way. Huntress went on to talk about what aspects of Rockland High he greatly misses.  

Huntress says, “I miss Mrs. Woodward’s Shakespeare class a whole lot.”  

Brian Huntress hasn’t had a dull moment since graduating from RHS in 2014.  Huntress reveals, “I have been smoking too much, playing shows, traveling, falling in love, discussing radical politics in Jamaica Plain basements, crying at inappropriate times, recordings albums, organizing punk shows, making art, writing poems, tinder dates. Also college classes sometimes.”   

Sounds like this dude has been killing it on the indie music and art scene.  Keep it up man!  Brian Huntress is in fact a part of the local indie folk group known as TJAP (The Justin Arena Project). His goals are to make more money per hour and get a record deal. Lastly, his advice to the Class of 2016 is to be passionate, don’t get high, don’t drink, and never take advice from a guy named Larry.

kyle cousinsThe third alumus is Kyle Cousins from the Class of 2015.   

Cousins was a Bulldog and what he had to say accurately displays that. Cousins emphasized,  “Being a Bulldog means never giving up and always being there for one another when the going gets tough.” Cousins strongly felt that through the variety of courses he took at Rockland High School it helped him to pick up good student skills. Cousins really misses the daily grind of Rockland High. Cousins said, “I miss seeing everyone everyday, the teachers, just the whole atmosphere of it.”

Cousins is a man with a plan.  Cousins said, “ I just got home from finishing my Army National Guard training, and now I’ll be going to college in the spring while continuing to serve the country.”

Much respect and prayers to him as he serves the country while getting an education.  His goals are to be back at Rockland High School as a U.S. History teacher.  So thumbs up to the History department at this school for fostering his developing interest in the subject.  His final advice to the Class of 2016 is to not rush this year because you will miss it greatly when it is over and right now figure out what you want to do. It makes everything all that easier.

Lastly, if you have received a diploma from Rockland High School and are interested in being interviewed for the Alumni Series Part IV please contact mivanoskos2016@rocklandschools.org. Thanks to Brian, Leah and Kyle for great cooperation. This has been another edition of “Where Are They Now?” Happy Holidays!


Holiday Spirit Week at RHS Kicks off with Blizzard Day

The Class of 2016 during Roller Coaster

The Class of 2016 participates in a “White Out” during Fall Spirit Week.

Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor

On Wednesday, December 16, Rockland High School’s Holiday Spirit Week began with Blizzard (White Out) Day.

The Spirit Week is being put on by RHS’s Student Government Council and its School Spirit Committee, led by chair Jeffre Donahue.

The days are as follows:

Wednesday – Blizzard (White Out) Day
Thursday – Throwback Thursday
Friday – Flannel Friday
Monday – Cozy Day
Tuesday – Ugly Holiday Sweater Day

Up next – Throwback Thursday

Have any pictures from this year’s Holiday Spirit Week? Send them to hmacray2016@rocklandschools.org for a chance to be featured!

Holiday Concerts in Rockland Will Spread Christmas Cheer

The high school and elementary schools in Rockland will be holding their Holiday concerts in the upcoming days starting tonight when the Esten School will hold its concert in the Rockland High School auditorium at 6:30 pm.

The students are preparing hard and their efforts and music will surely put those who attend into the Holiday Spirit.


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If someone asked you if you knew anything about Hanukkah, would you?

Lighting the menorah in Copley Square on December 12, 2012 with Governor Deval Patrick. Photo from Chabad Boston.

Lighting the menorah in Copley Square on December 12, 2012 with Governor Deval Patrick. Photo from Chabad Boston.

Zach Pransky, Veritas Staff

If someone came up to you and asked if you knew anything about the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, would you? Most people may know that it is eight days long and that there is a dreidel involved somewhere, but many people do not know the origin of the holiday or the significance of the Festival of Lights.

Being Jewish, I am often faced with the question; do you believe in God? And the answer is yes, it is the same God that someone of the Catholic faith recognizes, just from a different point of view and a few thousand years earlier.

Hanukkah is also called the Celebration of Lights. This derives from 167 BCE (before common era, the same as BC) when Maccabees, Jewish soldiers, were formed because Judaism had been outlawed. They fought to no longer be oppressed. One night the Maccabees went to seek shelter in a temple, but they found the inside looted and destroyed. All that remained was a large candelabra and enough oil to only last one night. This oil, instead of lasting one night, by some miracle lasted eight, and the Maccabees took this as a sign from God to continue the fight, and went on to win the right to practice their religion. This is why Hanukkah lasts for eight days and why the menorah holds eight candles.

Also, Hanukkah is not the Jewish version of Christmas. The two holidays actually have nothing in common. And it is also not the most important of the Jewish holidays, even though it is most well known. The most important would be the High Holidays: Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur; the Jewish new year and day of atonement.

I am fully aware that the Jewish religion is something that not many people can wrap their heads around but hope I was able to teach you a little bit about my religion and culture. Have a happy holiday!

Theatre Guild to Present The Odd Couple This Weekend


Tahmya Cappra, Veritas Staff

The RHS Theatre Guild has done many plays and musicals throughout the years such as Fiddler on the Roof and last year’s fall musical Peter Pan. This year, the drama students with two new advisors, Special Education teacher Joanne White and English teacher Kendra Donovan, are just about ready to present their first show.  The Odd Couple will open on Friday, Dec. 11 at 7 pm in the auditorium and will have a second show on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7 pm.

Ms. White explained what inspired this year’s play choice. “We thought The Odd Couple would be a fun one to start off the year.”

All grades will be participating in the show either “in the cast or back stage,” said Ms. White.

Ms. White gave details on the characteristics of the two protagonists, Florence played by Sophie McLellan and Olive played by Leah DeCecco.  “Florence is a very neat, clean and overly anxious woman.  Her character is the exact opposite of her new roommate Olive. Olive is a messy, go with the flow kind of woman. It is great to see the dynamic between the two unfold.”

Cast members in an early rehearsal of The Odd Couple. photo by Hannah Boben

Cast members in an early rehearsal of The Odd Couple. photo by Hannah Boben

She also gave a little sneak peek of the plot. “There is also a group a women that get together every weekend to play Trivial Pursuit and a couple of brothers from Spain that Olive and Florence have over for a dinner.  The characters are all very distinct and a lot of fun to watch,” she said.

Mrs. Donovan also said that the cast is excited for the show.  “Our cast is having a lot of fun putting the play together.”

Mrs. Donovan also said that they are fortunate to have diverse talent.  “We have a great mix of students and now that the rehearsal process is underway the excitement is definitely growing.”

She went on to say that having great talents will make it engaging for the audience. “We are lucky enough to have some incredibly talented students involved so the humor of the play will really shine through.”

The production process takes a huge effort. Ms. Donovan stated that the cast has been working hard.  “We are rehearsing and blocking nearly every day from now until the show.  It’s a lot of work, but it’s going to be worth it.”

Leah DeCecco plays Olive in the Female version of The Odd Couple. photo by Hannah Boben

Leah DeCecco plays Olive in the Female version of The Odd Couple

Senior and seasoned  theatre guild member, Leah DeCecco, expressed her interest in the play and talked about her role in the play.

“I was interested in the play mainly because I love to do theater, and I’ve always been involved in RHS theatre.” She also said that it is her last year of high school and she has the desire to do as much as possible.

“It’s also my senior year and I want to do as much theatre as I can.”

DeCecco was happy to get the part in the play that she wanted.

“ I am playing Olive, who is the equivalent of Oscar in the original male version of the play.”

Describing what her character’s mannerisms are, she said, “Olive is very disorganized, and very, very impulsive.”

Junior theatre guild member, Sophie McLellan, also expressed her love for theater and her interest in auditioning for the play. “I’ve loved theater all my life and I’m happy to be involved in it whenever I get the chance.”

She has enjoyed the theatre guild productions in the past. “The past few school productions have been brilliant and so much fun to be a part of. It would be hard to get me not to audition.”

McLellan mentioned that she also received the part in the play that she wanted. “I was very lucky because I got the role I wanted, which was Florence Unger.”

She too described her character’s traits. “She is a very peculiar character, with lots of quirks and odd habits, which makes her a very fun character to portray on stage.”

Sophie also said that the dynamic between Florence and Olive is what makes the show amusing. “Florence’s relationship with Olive makes the show both hilarious and fun.”

Along with the advisors, lead stars DeCecco and McLellan feel that everyone will enjoy the play.

Tickets are available at the door on both nights of the show for $12; or they can be purchased on ShowTix4U .com  in advance for $10.

The Odd Couple, Female Version

Cast List

Sylvie – Kellie BerryRenee – Shandi AustinVera – Erin FieldMickey – Morgan FosterOlive – Leah DeCeccoFlorence  – Sophie McLellanJesus – Ryan Struzziery,  Manolo – Sean Vo

Joanne White and Kendra Donovan modeling the odd couple at rehearsal.  photo by Jill Donahue

Directors, Joanne White and Kendra Donovan modeling the odd couple at rehearsal. photo by Jill Donahue

ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas” Movies

Hannah Boben, Veritas Staff

Every year RHS students and their younger brothers and sisters look forward to watching their favorite Christmas movies on ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas.”

So, here is the list for those of you who may have forgotten that it’s December already.  Enjoy!  And check out the next Veritas’ print edition coming out on Dec. 18 to see what RHS students’ favorite movies are.


RHS SGC Holds Holiday Themed Meeting

RHS SGC's Executive Board

RHS SGC’s Executive Board

Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor

On Wednesday, December 2 the Rockland High School Student Government Council held its monthly meeting with a seasonal twist. The night consisted of writing holiday cards to soldiers, festive games, and a little bit of friendly competition.

Previous to the night’s “Big Meeting” the council’s Executive Board met for its monthly meeting in which council officers, class presidents, committee chairs, and other executives wrote out holiday cards to soldiers. The cards will be sent to members of the Red Cross who will then distribute the seasonal memos to soldiers in need of a bit of holiday cheer.

For the “Big Meeting” members were asked to dress up in their favorite holiday accessories. Whether they wore a Santa hat, reindeer antlers, or their favorite ugly sweater, the council members did not disappoint. The meeting was filled with splashes of red, green, and lots of holiday spirit.

At the meeting the members broke off into smaller class meetings and committee meetings. After, the council’s Big 5 (President Haley Macray, Vice President Caitlin Yannizzi, Secretary Noelle Atkins, Treasurer Ryan Sugrue, and Publicity Coordinator Adam Royle) kicked off the annual Holiday Committee Wars with a game called “All Wrapped Up,” where the members of each committee had to make one member into the best looking gift they could given limited resources such as wrapping paper, garland, and bows. Other Holiday Committee Wars activities included a Christmas carol finish the lyrics game and holiday trivia.

Also a part of this month’s meeting was SGC’s latest community service project: a drive for Vinfen. Community Service Chair Shannon Lindahl has organized the drive for the month of December. For a complete list of items being collected please click here.

Click on our photos below,  taken by several Veritas staff photographers.

RHS Students Participate in Bocce Tournament at Whitman-Hanson High School

RHS's bocce teams and fans pose outside Whitman-Hanson Regional High School.

RHS’s bocce teams and fans pose outside Whitman-Hanson Regional High School before the annual Special Olympics Bocce Tournament.

Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor

On Saturday, November 21, Rockland High School’s Special Olympians as well as members of RHS’s Student Government Council participated in a regional Bocce Tournament sponsored by SEMASC at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School.

The teams were as follows:

Bocce Bulldogs

Michael Bodley
Keith Wiley
Caitlin Yannizzi
Julia DiCienzo

Bocce Rocks

Nick Carra
Emily Hunt-Grandmont
Shannon Lindahl
Johnny Murray

Balldog Nation

Alex Anzivino
Sydney McKenna
Sam Collyer

RHS already acquainted with new superintendent

Dr. Alan Cron, RHS principal and John Retchless.

Dr. Alan Cron, RHS principal and John Retchless.

Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor

Current Rockland High School principal, Alan Cron will be the next superintendent of Rockland Public Schools. The Rockland School Committee announced their selection of Dr. Cron on Oct. 13.

After only four years at RHS, Dr. Cron is ready to take the next step in his career. On July 1st he will officially assume his new position. Until then, he will be working closely with current superintendent John Retchless, whom Dr. Cron says he has and will learn a great deal from.

Dr. Cron began his journey as a Rockland High School Bulldog the same time the Class of 2016 began theirs: in 2012. He will be finishing up his time as principal around the same time this year’s seniors will be graduating and beginning their own next chapters. Dr. Cron says he remembers the Class of 2016, the only graduating class to have him all four years of high school, as freshmen “vividly.”

“I don’t want to close a chapter. I’m trying not to look at it like that,” says Dr. Cron. “Four years is just not enough.” This is a statement that resonates with many seniors as their time as RHS begins to come to a close.

Even though July 1st is  months away, Dr. Cron already has some ideas and plans for the district.

See more about Dr. Cron and Mr. Retchless in News

RHS Veritas/WRPS November 2015

Seniors gain Powderpuff win

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The seniors are all smiles as they gather after their 8-6 win on Friday night.

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

On their first possession, quarterback Ali Sammon  put the juniors on top driving for the  first touchdown of the game.   But the seniors’ defense stopped their two point conversion try.

Near the end of the first half senior quarterback Kyra Rose scored a touchdown and Kylie McKenna got the two point conversion.  That was all the scoring they would need as they defeated the juniors 8-6 in this year’s Powderpuff game.

With all of the scoring taking place in the 1st half, defense was the order for the second half.  As senior coach, Steve Norris said, “Defense wins championships.”  Congratulations to the Class of 2016 and to both teams for an exciting game.

Cheerleaders Go for State Championship on Sunday

The cheerleaders at Whitman-Hanson last Sunday. photo by Kelley Reale

The cheerleaders with their Division 4 South Regionals trophy at Whitman-Hanson last Sunday. photo by Kelley Reale

The RHS cheerleaders will be putting it all on the line on Sunday at Algonquin Regional High School as they compete for the Division 4 State Cheerleading Championship.  They will be competing around 11 am.

The girls have been successful this competition season with a South Shore League title and a first place finish in the Division 4 South Regionals last Sunday at Whitman-Hanson.

Congratulations and Good luck girls!

Alumni Part II

Michael Ivanoskos, Veritas Staff

It’s time for another edition of “Where are they now?” There are three more past alumni that have used RHS in the correct way to pave the way for their future success. One graduated early, one was a cheerleader at RHS, and one was very involved with the percussion section of our music department. One wants the simple American dream, one wants to become a teacher of the younger minds, and the last alum is deciding between pursuing a career in math or music theatre.

Ella Engle at graduation last June.

Ella Engle at graduation last June.

First is Ella Engle who graduated last year. She was actually from the Class of 2016. She did not know she was on pace to graduate in 2015 until after college applications were due. So, she missed the original application deadlines, but will be attending UMASS Lowell in January, 2016. Engle has been keeping occupied by taking gen-ed classes at Quincy College in the meantime.

Growing up in Rockland inspired Engle in many ways. “Being a Bulldog to me means that wherever I go Rockland will always be my home.” She also says that the skills she picked up while attending RHS are perseverance, grit, and being an all around hard worker. Engle exclaimed, “It made me understand the value of hard work and community.” Engle adds, “I miss my friends and other people that I now have even less opportunities to see.”

Her American dream is to become a teacher in order to inspire others through her line of work. In addition to that she wants to get married, raise a family, and read some great books along the way. It is awesome to see how teachers at RHS might have impacted her to decide to want to become a teacher. So thumbs up to Ella Engle and the teaching staff at RHS!

Lastly, Engle’s advice to seniors is to be role models for underclassmen and set an example of what it means to be a Bulldog.

krystin killionNext up is Krystin Killion who is a member of the Class of 2015. She has been consistently applying the materials she has learned at RHS to her school work at Bridgewater State University. Killion said, “I hope to become an elementary school teacher and high school cheerleading coach. So, I should be back at RHS in a few years!”

Killion’s connection to RHS remains strong. “Bulldog Nation always comes together for each other in times of need.” She says  she greatly misses her friends, the teaching staff, and the cheerleading program from RHS.

Her advice to the Class of 2016 at RHS is: “Be happy to be the oldest in the school right now because you will be little freshmen again!” Also, she said that we should live every day like it’s our last. To sum it up this girl has goals and a passion for reaching excellence in whatever she decides to do.

PJ Butler is a freshman at UNH.

PJ Butler is a freshman at UNH.

Lastly, is P.J. Butler from the Class of 2015. Butler is currently attending the University of New Hampshire and majoring in Applied Mathematics. Butler states, “Rockland will always be home to me no matter if I’m a state away.”

His summer was filled with work, band camp, and his marching band duties at UNH. He says he wants to be a drum major by the end of college and get a degree in Applied Mathematics or Musical Theatre. Butler said, “Senior year flies by and the Class of 2016 at RHS should be taking pictures of every memory because their time at RHS is precious. ”

Whatever direction Butler goes in, whether it’s math or music, he will do great because he has a leader’s mentality.

The Veritas would like to continue this feature, “Where Are They Now,” so if you want to participate or would like to refer a good candidate for our profiles, email us at mivanoskos2016@rocklandschools.org.

Fall Sports hold senior nights

It’s a tradition for RHS sports teams to honor their seniors on the last home game of the season. Following are links to the individual senior nights (or days) held this year for the girls soccer team and boys soccer team, the football team, the volleyball team, the cheerleaders and the band.

Boys soccer photos were taken by Hope Geary; football, cheerleaders, band, and girls soccer were taken by Kelley Reale.

Senior Cheerleaders are Bella Rindone, Kylie Keefe, Sam Aylward, Carly Reardon and Kiera Tobin-Rosman.

Senior Cheerleaders are Bella Rindone, Kylie Keefe, Sam Aylward, Carly Reardon, Kiera Tobin-Rosman and Liz Knobel.

boys soccer seniors

One Rockland Live Auction to be Held Sunday

Hope Geary, Veritas Staff

If you’re involved with a sport or club, you know about the dreaded fundraising that comes along with it. Now, you have One Rockland to help you out with that. One Rockland is a new unified  fundraising program that will hold large fundraiser events that will bring in a bigger income. The income will then be divided between all of the teams and clubs in the school. This will also allow students to work together in order to reach the same goal.

Gregory Rowe, a history teacher and varsity soccer coach at Rockland High, is donating his time to students and stepping up to run the program. Jaymie Atkins, Matt Dunn, Jeffre Donahue, Danielle O’Brien, Erin Field and Chris Penney have all been chosen to be the One Rockland Student Committee. Each of these students is involved in sports and activities, is well rounded and fits the job perfectly.

There is also a large number  of students who have been nominated to be Bulldog mentors. Bulldog Mentors are mainly responsible for helping out the freshmen and preparing them for everything they will face in high school. The Bulldog Mentor captains are Harrison Shields and Lexie Carchedi. All of these students will also take part in the One Rockland fundraisers.  

One of the first events that One Rockland has planned is a live auction. All the items that are being auctioned have been donated from the clubs, athletic teams, and various members of the community. The live auction will take place on Sunday, November 15, and it  will be on the air from 11am to 2pm on WRPS. If you have Comcast it will be on channel 15 and if you have Verizon it will be on channel 32. The WRPS staff which includes Chris Burnieika, Lisa Breeden and David Cable-Murphy are producing the event.

When asked about the auction Mr.Rowe stated, “We have over 45 items which includes a signed Julian Edelman jersey, a cooking lesson with Mr. Graziano, tickets to theatre and sporting events, as well as a number of gift certificates and other memorabilia. That will be exciting.”   The auction is expected to go pretty well this year and all of the members of One Rockland are hoping for the income to grow each year as the program continues according to Mr. Rowe. Mr. Burnieika mentioned that the estimated income or goal for the event is to raise 5,000 dollars.

Many people want to know what the clubs, activities and sports teams will be getting from One Rockland. “The basic thing we’re trying to cover now is uniforms for athletics and transportation and production costs for activities. So things like NHS will have their banquet and ceremony paid for. SGC and band will have their transportation paid for, and we’re hoping to get on a three year uniform cycle so if you play three varsity sports you will get a new uniform every year,” said Mr. Rowe.

This new program should be very exciting for the students. In the past everyone had to raise funds on their own, or bring money to pay for a bus and pay for other things like t-shirts. Jaymie Atkins, a member of the One Rockland Student Committee said, “Personally I’m looking forward to new uniforms for soccer and girls lacrosse, but also I’m looking forward to where this program will be in a couple years and how far it will take the school. I can picture in about four years these fundraisers will be a part of the Rockland tradition and will be very popular!”

Like stated earlier, the live auction will take place on Sunday, November 15, and it  will be on the air from 11am to 2pm on WRPS. If you have Comcast it will be on channel 15 and if you have Verizon it will be on channel 32. 

Honoring veterans



Evan Murphy, Erin Buckley and Brian McLaughlin made the trip to Bourne on Saurday, Nov. 7


Zach Pransky, Veritas Staff

On Saturday, Nov. 7, a group of high school and middle school students from Rockland made an early morning trip to the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne to put flags on the graves of veterans in preparation for Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

Beginning at 10 o’clock, a short service, led by organizer Paul Monti, preceded the day’s task of putting a flag on each of the almost 60,000 grave sites in the cemetery.

The Rockland students joined groups of people from all over the state to administer the flags. Groups of students broke off to try to cover as much space as was possible. With hundreds of volunteers showing up, the task was completed in only a few short hours.

Overall, the day was very successful for everyone involved at the cemetery.

Mrs. Black and Ms. Paulding accompanied the bus full of students. Each of the 23 high school students who gave up their morning and part of the afternoon earned four community service hours.

group to Bourne


Fall MIAA Tournament Information


RHS Varsity Volleyball

Joe Taft, Veritas Sports Editor & Web Editor

The time to play for your life is now for three of Rockland’s fall teams. Boys’ and girls’ soccer, as well as volleyball, were deemed good enough to begin the quest for a state championship in their respective sports.

The volleyball team goes up against Old Colony(9) at home Thursday night at 6:00. The girls ended the season with a record of 13-6, took home the 8th seed, and are looking to make a deep playoff push. If they win, they will face either Case(1) or St. John Paul II(16). The seniors on the team call for a black-out in the student section.

The boys’ soccer team plays at home on Friday against Fairhaven(11) at 2:30. Rich MacAllister’s group went 12-6 this season and are looking at the number 6 seed. With a win, they will move on to face either Foxborough(3), Blue Hills(14), or Dedham(19).

Girls’ soccer looks to take on Norfolk County Aggie(5) in an away game this Friday at 2:30. The girls find themselves with the number 12 seed after going 10-7-2 this season. The Veritas asked Greg Rowe, the head coach of the team, how deep of a playoff push he is looking to make. He responded with “We’re focused on the next game.” Well said, Mr. Rowe. With a win, the girls will move on and face either Nantucket(4) or Falmouth Academy(13).

Don’t forget to go out and support Rockland Bulldog football, as they face Fairhaven on Friday night at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium. The game is at 7:00, and they are looking to end their season on a high note in the coming weeks. Even though they are not playing for a state title, they are a great group to watch with their tenacity and grit.

Come out and support all of your fellow Bulldogs. All the teams are looking to make a deep run this postseason. When the RHS student-sections are loud, the teams have a much better chance of squeaking out wins. Every player looks to leave all they have on the playing field for themselves and our school, do the same for them. Bulldog Nation, they need our help!

RHS Girls’ Varsity Soccer

RHS Varsity Soccer Captain, Gustavo Ribeiro.

Rockland High Students’ views on Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Produced by Joe Taft (Veritas Sports Editor/Web Editor) and Kaylee Ellis (Veritas Staff).

Spirit Week Ends with Class T-Shirt Day and Pep Rally

The Class of 2016 during Roller Coaster

The Class of 2016 during the roller coaster led by #83 Stephen Norris

Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor

On Friday, October 23, Spirit Week wrapped up with Class T-Shirt Day and the annual Fall or Homecoming Pep Rally. The playful junior class vs. senior class rivalry was evident at the rally during the student favorite “Roller Coaster” contest. Junior, Matt Dunn and Seniors, Russell McCauley and Stephen Norris led their classes in the famous Rockland High School cheer. Teachers Chad Bigsby and Amanda Lanigan were crowed Mr. and Ms. Rockland after being voted for by RHS students.

See below for a photo gallery of the day’s events. Photos by Michelle Downey.

Project Pumpkin fun for all!

Veritas Staff

The RHS Student Government held the annual Project Pumpkin for the children in Rockland on Sunday, Oct. 25. The Veritas was there!

Seth Rosczewski captured many of the sights and sounds digitally while Carolyn McCarthy, Jill Donahue and other staff photographed the student government members in their diverse costumes as they provided candy and entertainment for the trick or treaters.  Also available was a haunted hallway and many activities in the gym including a jump house, face painting and games.

Below are Seth’s video and Carolyn’s photo gallery. Enjoy!

RHS Students Showcase their Favorite Sports Teams

Liz Knobel, Sam DeMarco, Abby Kinlin, Brittany Pitts, and Kylie Keefe

Liz Knobel, Sam DeMarco, Abby Kinlin, Brittany Pitts, and Kylie Keefe

Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor

On Thursday, Oct. 22, Rockland High School Students continued to show their school spirit with Favorite Sports Team Day!

Stay tuned for more pictures from Fall Spirit Week. Want your photo to be featured? Submit it to hmacray2016@rocklandschools.org!

Miss Rockland is crowned

Abigail Kinlin with her parents, Keith and Katie Kinlin. photo by Carolyn McCarthy.

Abigail Kinlin with her parents, Keith and Katie Kinlin. photo by Carolyn McCarthy.

Chosen by members of the RHS senior class, Abigail Kinlin is the new Miss Rockland for 2015.  Kinlin was crowned at half-time of the Homecoming Game on Friday night, Oct. 23.

Also honored during the ceremony were the other five senior nominees, Haley Macray, Caitlin Yannizzi, Ashley Pezzella, Lexie Carchedi and Kiera Tobin-Rosman.

miss rockland crowned2

Left to right: Haley Macray, Kiera Tobin-Rosman, Abigail Kinlin, Lexie Carchedi, Caitlin Yannizzi and Ashley Pezzella. photo by Carolyn McCarthy

Below are Veritas photos of the girls and their parents.

Be sure to see our next Veritas print edition for more information including interviews with each of the girls.

USA! USA! USA!: RHS Students Participate in American Pride/Camo Day

Back Row: Sydney Wells, Haley Macray, Taylor Gallagher, Meghan Foster, and Maddie Cedrone Front Row: Noelle Atkins and Ryan Sugrue

Back Row: Sydney Wells, Haley Macray, Taylor Gallagher, Meghan Foster, and Maddie Cedrone Front Row: Noelle Atkins and Ryan Sugrue

Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, Rockland High School Students continued to show their school spirit with American/Camo day.

Up next: Favorite Sports Team Day!

Stay tuned for more pictures from Fall Spirit Week. Want your photo to be featured? Submit it to hmacray2016@rocklandschools.org!

Pransky wins Mr. Rockland crown

Veritas Staff

At the annual Mr. Rockland pageant held at RHS on Wednesday night, senior Zach Pransky took home the crown. The event was hosted by seniors Carly Reardon, Caitlin Yannizzi, Kiera Tobin-Rosman, and Haley Macray; and organized by junior Finance and Fundraising committee chair Colleen McCarthy. Asked after the event, Pransky was at a loss to explain why he won. Two of his opponents cited his dramatic reading and his responses to the Q&A.

Seasoned judge and chemistry teacher Ms. Hoyo said it was the toughest competition she has ever judged, alluding to the fact that she has judged many competitions in the past. She and the other judges Mr. Damon, Mr. MacAllister and Mr. Liquori took quite a while to deliberate who the winner was. Pransky believed his opponents, Mark Ewell, Ryan Sugrue, Billy Parlee, and Michael Ivanoskos, were all deserving of the award, possibly more than he was.

The unexpected appearance by Dr. Cron in his ducky costume, during contestant Mark Ewell’s performance, was a hilarious addition to the pageant.

Tuxedos for the formal wear part of the contest were sponsored and provided by Merian of Brockton.

For taking first place, Pransky was awarded a $250 scholarship, a front parking spot, a Chipotle gift card, a ride in the Rockland Veterans Day Parade, and ultimate bragging rights.

A complete video of the event will be available through wrpsrockland.com later this week. Check the next print edition of The Veritas for complete coverage.

Photos below are by Veritas staff member, sophomore Megan Lund.

Miss Rockland will be crowned Friday night

Veritas Staff

Miss Rockland will be crowned on Friday night at half-time of the Homecoming Game.  The six candidates were chosen by the faculty of RHS and are all actively involved at Rockland High School in various clubs, sports and community service projects.  Good students as well, they all plan to attend four year colleges or universities next year! Good luck and congratulations to all six senior girls!

Miss Rockland nominees: (Back Row) Haley Macray, Kiera Tobin-Rosman, and Lexie Carchedi (Front Row) Abby Kinlin, Caitlin Yannizzi, and Ashley Pezzella

Miss Rockland nominees: (Back Row) Haley Macray, Kiera Tobin-Rosman, and Lexie Carchedi (Front Row) Abby Kinlin, Caitlin Yannizzi, and Ashley Pezzella.

Lexie Carchedi is a member of the varsity soccer and tennis teams. She is a member of the National Honor Society and student government in which she has served as committee chair and head rep; she is also a captain of the Bulldog Mentor Program.

Abby Kinlin is a member of the varsity volleyball and softball teams. She is a three year member of Student Government, served as Class President her junior year, a Bulldog mentor and also on the staff of the student newspaper, The Veritas.

Haley Macray is President of the Student Government Council, Secretary of the National Honor Society as well as the Senior Managing Editor of the student newspaper, The Veritas.

Ashley Pezzella is a member of the varsity volleyball team, National Honor Society and Student Government Council. She also is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils and serves as the President of the South Eastern Massachusetts Association of Student Councils.

Kiera Tobin-Rosman is a four year member of the girls varsity basketball team as well as a member of the Rockland High School varsity cheerleading team.

Caitlin Yannizzi has been a four year member of Student Government Council and is currently serving as Vice President. For two years she served as Class Secretary as well as School Spirit Committee Chairperson and is also a member of the varsity volleyball team.

Spirit Week Continues with Twin Day

Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor

On Tuesday, October 20, walking down the halls one may have thought they were seeing double, but that wasn’t the case. Rockland High School students were only participating in the second day of the annual Homecoming Spirit Week: Twin Day. Take a look at these dynamic duos.

Carly Reardon and Kiera Tobin-Rosman

Carly Reardon and Kiera Tobin-Rosman

Matt Kirslis and Mike Ahern

Matt Kirslis and Mike Ahern

Meghan Foster and Haley Macray

Meghan Foster and Haley Macray

Ms. Sullivan, Mr. Finn, and Mrs. Shaugenesy

Ms. Sullivan, Mr. Finn, and Ms. Shaughnessy

Up next: American/Camo Day!

Stay tuned for more pictures from Fall Spirit Week. Want your photo to be featured? Submit it to hmacray2016@rocklandschools.org!

Spirit Week Kicks off with Superhero Day

Adam Royle, Taylor Gallagher, Shawn Ward, and Sydney Wells

Adam Royle, Taylor Gallagher, Shawn Ward, and Sydney Wells

Haley Macray, Senior Managing Editor

On Monday, October 19, Rockland High School’s annual Homecoming Spirit Week kicked off with Superhero Day. From Super Man to Captain America and Batman to Ninja Turtles, RHS students showed off their school pride in the most heroic of fashions.


Up next: Twin Day!

Stay tuned for more pictures from Fall Spirit Week. Want your photo to be featured? Submit it to hmacray2016@rocklandschools.org!

RHS Students Make Strides Against Breast Cancer


RHS Girls Soccer represents at the Breast Cancer Walk.

Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor 

On Sunday, October 4, members of Rockland High School’s Student Government Council, soccer teams, and volleyball team attended the annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Boston with faculty, coaches, and advisors.

Attending the Breast Cancer Walk has become an RHS tradition over the years as well as supporting Breast Cancer awareness in general. This year along with raising money by selling Breast Cancer awareness t-shirts and individual fundraising or sponsoring online, Shannon Lindahl, SGC Community Service Chair, introduced a new and competitive way of raising money throughout the school. A pink collection jar was placed in each A Block teacher’s classroom and students were challenged to collect change to donate to the American Cancer Society – the winning teams to win free breakfast sponsored by SGC.

This year’s winning classes were Melissa Shaughnessy’s class ($201.40), Randal Grimmett’s class ($168.32), and Joanne White’s class ($118.67).


RHS science teacher, Angelina Armstrong and RHS Vice Principal, Kathy Paulding pause for a photo op with their newly dyed pink hair. (Photo Courtesy of Kristen Walsh)

Besides free breakfast, another incentive for RHS students to donate money in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month involved seeing two familiar faces with pink hair. As they did last year, science teacher, Angelina Armstrong and RHS Vice Principal, Kathy Paulding both agreed to dye their hair pink in support of finding a cure if RHS were to collect a total of $3,000 after all fundraising initiatives. After raising $3,126 so far, Mrs. Armstrong and Ms. Paulding debuted their new hair color on Wednesday, October 7. 


Members of RHS SGC pose with member’s of Hanover High School’s Student Council at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month at RHS will continue. Collection jars will remain in A block classes for the rest of October for students to make donations. As the Breast Cancer awareness shirts designed and sold by SGC say, “In October RHS wears pink.”


Where they are now

Michael Ivanoskos, Veritas Staff

The students of RHS regularly hear that with a Rockland education the sky is truly the limit. Three former RHS students have been leaving their particular mark as individuals in the real world. From future engineers to aspiring musicians to hard working laborers all in the making, these students credit their Rockland roots with giving them a great start in their careers.

andrew ivan...First, Andrew Ivanoskos,  from the Class of 2012, is currently working as traffic supervisor for the Cambridge Police Department.  Ivanoskos commented on what being a Bulldog  meant to him. “Being a Bulldog means representing Rockland High School with pride.”  

Next, he went into how RHS helped him grow as a man, “The education I received there helped  me to grow and mature in my studies.”  He acknowledged, “How the teachers at RHS equipped me with the  knowledge to succeed and the community service I did helped to prepare me for life in the working world.”  

Ivanoskos enthusiastically reported,I miss the students as well as the staff and participating in sports for the town such as hockey and football!”

Since graduation,  he has attended Massasoit Community College and majored in Liberal Arts for one year.   “Through Massasoit I met a variety of nice people.”

He came to the conclusion he was meant to have a job where he can use his hands. His current long-term goals for the future are to either work for public works or the City of Cambridge as a full-time laborer. He said, “I have considered the possibility of getting my CDL (Commercial Driving License).”  

Overall, the education he received at RHS helped him to succeed in the work world. His final advice to current seniors is be prepared to work hard and treat people with kindness.

ethan rooneySecond, is Ethan Rooney from the Class of 2014. He is majoring in Facilities/ Engineering at Mass Maritime Academy.

Rooney  mentioned how kids from Rockland should be unselfish. “Being a Bulldog means you put other people first. When someone needs your help you should be quick to drop what you are doing and assist them.”  

The education he received helped him to succeed by offering the basics he needed to grasp more complex college material.  

Rooney said, “I miss all my friends, the football team and all the fun times we had in the locker room!” As one who knew Rooney would expect, football is still part of his life.  

His current long-term aspirations are to work in power plant or maybe an oil rig in the cold environment of Alaska.

To sum it up, Ethan Rooney’s education at RHS helped him to create goals for himself. His advice to RHS seniors is to get all the college application process finished now and you will not be stressed once it’s done.

andrea mendesThird, is Andrea Mendes from the Class of 2011. Mendes commented on the impact of  being from Rockland,  “Around here it is like once a Bulldog always a Bulldog.”  She added, “This town is small to the point where  in the recent tragic events everybody was able to be there for each other.” In her eyes that is what represents being from Rockland and owning the Bulldog label.  

She went on to explain how she misses the food and compared chicken with mashed potato bowl to the excitement of Christmas morning.  Mendes also said, “I also felt a lot closer to the teachers at RHS than just becoming another face in a crowd to a professor.”  It is worth it to note a great number of college classes are held in lecture halls with 50+ kids. 

Mendes is attending Bridgewater State University and is in her last year currently. She did not know the type of career she wanted to do until her junior year in college. She is currently majoring in Communications/Public relations. She has a job with CBS radio in Boston and Ring communications which is a PR(Public Relations) firm.  

Mendes explained the impact of her education at RHS. “I was also a former writer for the Veritas; it led me to pursue communications as a major in college and overall helped me to find success.”  

She is going to be interning at Sony entertainment this semester and wants to dive into the music industry; she hopes to do PR work for a record label in New York.

It seems like RHS helped start her on a path to finding her career and she is so grateful for that.  Her last words of advice are to appreciate those small 3- page papers because you’ll be required to write 8 to 10 pages on a regular basis in college.



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