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Pre-vacation rally adds spirit to RHS!

By Georgia Panagiotidis

Senior athletes were recognized at the winter pep rally held on February 15th.

Senior athletes were recognized at the winter pep rally held on February 15th.

On February 15th, the students and faculty of Rockland High had their annual winter pep-rally. The host seniors, members of the RHS Student Government Council, Alexis Hogan and Ashley Hemeon, did a wonderful job engaging the students and faculty in the events of the pep-rally.

RHS cheerleaders were presented with their State Championship banner!

RHS cheerleaders were presented with their State Championship banner!

The New England Regional Champions, the RHS Cheerleaders, started things off with their routine and then received their brand new banner that will be proudly hung in the new gymnasium.

After the cheerleaders’ spectacular performance, seniors of winter sports teams and student government were recognized.

Next, four RHS students participated in the semi-finals of the 3 Point Shootout.
For the girls, seniors Sarah Royle and Bailey Olsen dueled for a spot in the finals. For the guys, sophomore Andrew Frazer and Sean Roche competed.

Olsen and Fraser made it to the final two and competed for the ultimate bragging rights; plus, the loser would also kiss the winner’s shoes.

Andrew Frazer, good sport that he is, kisses the feet of Bailey Olsen who won the three point shooting contest at the rally before vacation.  photo by Georgia Panagiotidis

Andrew Frazer, good sport that he is, kisses the feet of Bailey Olsen who won the three point shooting contest at the rally before vacation. photo by Georgia Panagiotidis


Olsen beat Frazer by one basket and he had the privilege of kissing her shoes!

In finishing up the rally class wars and the game of quest were played with each class participating.

In all, the members of student government did a great job putting on a lively and spirited rally!

RHS students will take Polar Plunge on Saturday!

Raising money for Special Olympics and having an ocean splash on Saturday at Nantasket Beach.

Raising money for Special Olympics and having an ocean splash on Saturday at Nantasket Beach.

Alexis Hogan and several other RHS students will be jumping into the freezing ocean at Nantasket Beach on February 23, 2013. It will be freezing but it is for a great cause: Special Olympics. The Plunge is an annual event and has been held since 1999. It’s quite an event with costumed plungers, regular plungers, chicken coop viewers and helpers all there to raise money for Special Olympics. For more specific info on the event, follow this link.

Rockland High School has its own team this year and they have been raising money to donate to Special Olympics for some time now. The Hogan family as well as the Farrell family have been doing the Polar Plunge for a little under ten years now. Last year Richie Bernache also attended from Rockland High School.

This year a much larger group will be attending and participating in the fun! These include Devin Nunn, Alexis Hogan, Brianna Novio, Jenna Novio, Shannon Gray, Julia Matson, and Kara Penney. Check in is at 10 am and the actual plunge is held around 11:15.

Donations are still being made and accepted and everyone is welcome to come and watch the fun!

Here is the link to the RHS donation page! There is still time to donate and anyone is welcome to join RHS at the beach on Saturday!

Exchange student, Copter, lands at RHS

Copter, exchange student from Thailand, has made many friends at RHS including Andrew Scheim, Ethan Rooney and Kenny DeWolfe

Copter, exchange student from Thailand, has made many friends at RHS including Andrew Scheim, Ethan Rooney and Kenny DeWolfe

By Victoria Pratt

Leaving home is hard for many people. Imagine leaving everything behind such as your family, school, friends, and culture.

Meet Saharath Phaetrangsee, foreign exchange student from Chanthaburi, Thailand, who left home to travel across the ocean to experience living in the United States. He is staying with freshman, John Glennon and has been at RHS since September.

Most students at RHS know him by his nickname, Copter. The nickname was given to him by his father who, he explained, told him, “Copter flies in the sky like a big bird. It is the vehicle that can be in the highest position compared to a car, motorcycle, ship – they are just on the earth surface but helicopter can escape the gravity of the earth. It’s independent.”

Upon arrival to Rockland High School, he says he was nervous, as most any teen would be, about coming to a new place; he thought he would be made fun of. But that has certainly not been the case. A few friends have taken him under their wings in his study with Mrs. Fleming, including juniors Ethan Rooney, Kenneth DeWolfe, and Andrew Scheim.

Read the entire story about “Copter” in Veritas News

Valentine’s Day Video from the Veritas!!

Poetry Out Loud took place on Friday night February 1st. Check out the talented contestants who recited selected poems for the chance to go on to the Regional competition in March. Open Mic was also available and several students and teachers took part. WRPS and Veritas reporter, Georgia Panagiotidis, interviewed contestants and others who took part.

In the second part of the video, as a Valentine’s Day feature, Public Displays of Affection (PDA’s) were explored by the sixth period Journalism class which assembled “Man on the Street” interviews with students and teachers who expressed their true feelings about PDA’s.

Senior Dawn Bille anchored this production; Tyler Quam and Jack Holit worked on graphics; Devin Gilmore, Conley Sharland, Joe Rizzotto, Victoria Pratt, Meghan Lee and Georgia Panagiotidis edited video and worked on overall production.

Stanzas, Stations and Sweets

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Mock Trial Team competes

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The following students recently competed in the Massachusetts Bar Association Mock Trial Competition at Hingham District Court. Mr. Grimmett is their advisor. Mock Trial requires student to prepare and present the prosecution or defense in a specifically designated case. The presentation is given before a judge at the Court and gives students a real court trial experience. Congratulations to the students for their work.

Iman Bendarkawi
Michaela Burke
P. J. Butler
Chris Catania
Michelle Cavalieri
Jessica Corr
Catherine Crocker
Shannon Doyle
Natalie Ellard
Katie Gardner
Cara Goudy
Lisa Howes
Mary LaCapria
Tim Lorgeree
Joshua Lutts
Emma McGarry
Molly McLellan
Pearse McNally
Joe Palana
Markus Rohwetter
Amy Warner

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