Goodbye 2013: the year in review
Shandi Austin, Veritas Staff
As the year comes to a close, many people look forward to what 2014 has to offer. But some people seem to forget what 2013 had to give. It’s been great for some, but horrendous for others. 2013 has definitely been an interesting year.
Barack Obama is inaugurated for his second term in Washington D.C. ; RHS girls and boys basketball teams pile up victories.
A meteorite crashes in Russia. A massive blizzard known as the Blizzard of 2013 or NEMO hit the area February 9–11. It brought more than 2.5 feet of snow to some areas. Thousands of people were without power for up to a week.
Pope Benedict XVI resigns as leader of the Roman Catholic church, the first pope to do so since 1415.
Several RHS students attend The Polar Plunge at Nantasket Beach.
Pope Francis is elected new pope, the first from South America.
RHS Student Government Council wins Gold Council Award for the second straight year.
RHS boys basketball team makes it to South Sectional Finals; RHS cheerleaders win States.
Senior Tyler Gibson named Gatorade Massachusetts Basketball Player of the Year.
On April 15, during the Boston Marathon, two bombs explode, leaving three people dead and injuring more than 170 other people.
Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s former prime minister, dies on April 8 at the age of 87.
A group of RHS students travel to Spain and Morocco for a week.
Bill Gates becomes the world’s richest man at $72.7 billion.
The RHS Veritas wins all New England award from the New England Scholastic Association.
Rockland High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
The Class of 2013 graduates from Rockland High School. Joe Palana and Chris Carchedi are co-valedictorians.
The renovated RHS officially opens. RHS Principal Cron becomes Dr. Cron.
Glee actor Cory Monteith dies on July 13 at the age of 31.
The royal baby, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, is born on July 22.
Celtics stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett traded to the Brooklyn Nets.
On August 22, 2013, Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury for the murder of Odin Lloyd
World on edge as the U.S decides whether or not to attack Syria due to the Syrian government’s reported chemical attack on its own people.
James ‘Whitey’ Bulger is convicted for murder and other crimes.
A childhood TV star from our pre-school years, Lee Thompson Young dies. He was the “famous Jett Jackson.”
RHS is back for the 2013-2014 school year.
The iPhone 5 is available to the United States.
New teachers Ms. Coulombe, Ms. White, Ms. Rizzotti, Ms. Lanigan and Ms. DiCanzio are welcomed to RHS.
Grand Theft Auto 5 released in North America on September 17th.
The Boston Red Sox win the World Series beating the St. Louis Cardinals.
The U.S government shuts down from October 1st to October 16th. This includes many national parks and landmarks such as The Statue Of Liberty in New York.
Derek Crowe is crowned Mr. Rockland.
Molly Garrity is crowned Miss Rockland.
Typhoons devastate the Philippines, damaging and destroying homes.
Paul Walker, star from “Fast and Furious,” dies in a car crash on the 30th.
The Jungle Book is performed at RHS Nov. 15 and 16.
Juniors defeat seniors in Powderpuff victory on Nov. 25.
Catching Fire, the second movie in the Hunger Games trilogy, is released on November 22.
Playstation 4 and the Xbox One are released in North America.
Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, dies on December 5. He was 95 years old. Mandela is known for ending apartheid in South Africa and for his commitment to freedom, forgiveness and the dignity of humanity. He spent 27 years in prison for leading a movement against apartheid and was released in 1990. His many inspirational speeches include these words: “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
The Shakespeare Festival is held on Dec. 6 and 7, now being performed every two years instead of four.
Happy New Year!