Monthly Archives: December 2012

Happy New Year as We Look Back at 2012!

Happy New Year to followers of the RHS Veritas website.  It’s been four months since the Journalism classes launched this website using wordpress as its platform.  We are proud to say that we have 171 likes on our Facebook page and we hope to add more!  We also have added Twitter to alert the Rockland community to our latest news and posts.  Images Magazine is another  welcome addition to our website and one of the most popular views. But most of all we are proud to say that we have had 22,000 views of our website in the four months of this school year!!!!

The WordPress.com stats helpers have prepared a 2012 annual report for our website.  We thought our followers might be interested in taking a look at it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Also, the Journalism classes prepared a year in review which you can link to here.

We look forward in 2013 to continuing to report the news at Rockland High School and also to localize national events and features as they relate to RHS and the Rockland community.  Of particular note will be profiles and highlights of the students of the Class of 2013 as they get closer and closer to graduation in June!

We are looking for even more ways to serve our school, so if you have any suggestions, let us know by commenting on Facebook, Twitter or on the website itself!

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Holiday Concert showcases talents of band and chorus

Devin Gilmore
Veritas Staff

chorus and band

The RHS band and chorus performed their annual holiday concert on Wednesday, December 19 at 7 pm.

The chorus led by Mrs. Jennifer White, wowed their audience with two songs sung in Latin, along with “Lullaby” by Billy Joel, arranged by Mrs. White, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Come Travel with Me” with Christian Malo accompanying on the piano.

The jazz ensemble, conducted by Mr. Matt Harden, played holiday songs, “White Christmas” and “All I Want for Christmas is You,” arranged by Mr. Harden. The concert band performed “On the Mall,” “Loch Lomond” and “Sleigh Ride.” Mr. Harden explained that the band’s performance of the Scottish ballad, “Loch Lomond,” was dedicated to the people of Newtown, Connecticut in memory of the 27 adults and children lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14th.

After intermission the band and chorus combined and astounded the audience with selections from Part I of Handel’s Messiah, along with the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Sophomore Catherine Crocker who attended the concert to watch her boyfriend, Markus Rohwetter, play the trumpet described the event, saying, “It was really impressive. I am always really surprised with the talent of the music department.”

Check out the excellent photos of the concert taken by Mr. Carl Strobel by clicking on the photo above.

Rockland Girls Basketball ready for New Year

The Rockland girls basketball team in pre-game  locker room talk with Coach Diana Mitchell

The Rockland girls basketball team in pre-game locker room talk with Coach Diana Mitchell

The Rockland Girls Basketball team is looking forward to the new year! With games on January 2nd and 4th against Cohasset and Carver, the girls hit the win column and look to even out their South Shore League record next week against Mashpee.  The girls got their first win against Cohasset on the 2nd in a convincing 45 to 20 win on the Skippers home court. On Friday night the girls defeated a feisty Carver team 52-41 behind the scoring of freshmen Kyra Rose (20 points) and Caroline Kilduff (12). Senior Kayla Meech played an excellent game defensively while senior Bailey Olsen and junior Ally Cerratto continue to impress with solid defense and timely offense.

Even before their victory the girls have been generating a lot of talk among fans and rivals. In their last game before vacation they gave undefeated powerhouse Abington a challenge. Now South Shore League coaches are aware that Rockland will be a force to be reckoned with in 2013 with youth, solid senior leadership and excellent guidance from new coach, Ms. Diana Mitchell.  See stories about the team and new coach Mitchell in the December print edition of the Veritas and in our sports section.

RHS’ New Year’s Resolutions

What is your New Year’s Resolution?

The Veritas interviewed several students and faculty members about their New Year’s Resolutions. Dawn Bille conducted the interviews while Devin Gilmore filmed the responses in the cafeteria on Monday. Editing was completed in Journalism class this week.

Happy New Year everyone!

Hockey team hits the ice

Shawn Kane and Andy Reardon against Medfield last year.

Shawn Kane and Andy Reardon against Medfield last year.

Tyler Quam
Veritas Staff
You can hear the chanting all the way from the locker room as the opening song starts to play. As you step on the ice the roar of the boisterous crowd gets even louder. Fellow players take their positions and line the bench.The puck drops. It’s hockey time.

As the 2012 /2013 Rockland Bulldogs hockey season approached players were ready to step out on the ice yet again.

With the gradutation of two 100 point scorers Kevin Sheehan and John Mulready, some may see this as a rebuilding year. That puts the pressure on this year’s captain Owen Lund and assistant captains senior Chris Tanner, junior Trevor Trudeau,and junior Andy Reardon.

In the words of right wing Shawn Kane “someone needs to step up.”

Shawn Kane in the tournament win against Medfield last year.  The Dogs are 3-1 this year so far.

Shawn Kane in the tournament win against Medfield last year. The Dogs are 3-1 this year so far. Photos courtesy of Kelley Reale/

See the full hockey preview in the Veritas print edition which will be sold on Thursday at RHS. The Veritas is also available at Tara-Jan’s Cafe in Rockland.

Tyler Gibson: From RHS to UML

Joe Rizzotto
Veritas staff
Walking down the hallways or at the basketball games, everyone has seen Tyler Gibson, our 6’7” center on the basketball team, who has recently committed to play basketball on a full scholarship at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell (UML).

Tyler Gibson with a floor tile from the old gym floor presented to him by the athletic department.

Tyler Gibson with a floor tile from the old gym floor presented to him by the athletic department.

“I picked UMass Lowell because I knew I wanted to end up at a school where I would both succeed on and off the court,” says Gibson. Present coach, Mr.Fred Damon agrees, saying that UMass Lowell is “the right fit” for Tyler.

Read the full story on Tyler Gibson in the Veritas print edition which will be on sale on Thursday at RHS.

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