Monthly Archives: May 2014

Softball team wins first tourney contest

The girls' softball team advanced in tournament play with an 11-1 win over Randolph.

The girls’ softball team advanced in tournament play with an 11-1 win over Randolph on May 29. photo courtesy of Kelley Reale

Reported by Bridget Reardon, Veritas Staff

The girls softball team opened up its postseason tournament with an impressive 11-1  win over Randolph yesterday.  Freshman Erin Buckley pitched the complete game allowing four hits and no earned runs.

Freshman shortstop, Maddie Olsen, batting leadoff, was  4 for 5 with two doubles and a triple

Senior third baseman, Kylie Langhoff was 3 for 4 with three rbi.

Rockland’s Bulldog Nation traveled to Randolph to cheer the girls on. Harrison Shields said, “It was good to go out and support the softball team in their first tournament game. With a bunch of their classmates out in centerfield supporting them, it took some pressure off for their first tournament game.”

Coach Sharon McGonnigal said, “Yesterday’s game was against Randolph who had the higher seed. The girls went into the game pretty relaxed and not really nervous.  They went out and had fun and played with confidence. The only thing I ask of them every game is to have fun, and compete, and we will keep it close.”

She added, “It’s all in our hands what happens and yesterday they were confident and hit the ball.”

The Lady Dogs’ record is now 10-9  as they look forward to playing #5 seed Dighton-Rehoboth tomorrow (Sat.)  at 3 pm at Dighton-Rehoboth High School.  McGonnigal said, “I think we are in a good place for Saturday. Tomorrow will be a tough game.  It’s the #5 seed, so we will see pitching like we have not seen.”

For the girls, who made the tournament by defeating Carver on the last game of the regular season, the plan will be the same.  Go out, have fun, compete and keep themselves in the game.

 

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Senior Issues a valuable conclusion to the year

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Left to right: Jackie Carlson, Erin Mulready, Brian Leonard, Sarah Laleme practice their adult CPR. Photo by Georgia Panagiotidis

by Mitchell Ryan, Veritas Staff

Once the seniors had completed their final day of classes on May 23, they still had one more requirement to complete in order to graduate: Senior Issues. This is a two day program to help prepare the seniors for their new life as adults outside of high school.

In the course of the two days of Senior Issues, the seniors learned many new skills. Senior Sami Davis says the most important thing she took out of Senior Issues was the life saving skill of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR for short, along with the Heimlich Maneuver. There was also a melanoma screening to raise awareness of the sun’s ability to cause cancer. A self-defense class was also taught to the girls if the situation ever arose where they needed to protect themselves. A class for dance had to do with the grand march. Classes on finances were also given.

One could argue that the session on CPR was the most important class. Knowing and being able to perform this technique could mean the difference between life or death for a person in cardiac arrest. When the seniors became certified they learned how to save a life. The seniors also learned how to do CPR on an infant since it is different than performing it on an adult.

Another important session in Senior Issues was a melanoma screening. This shows just how dangerous the sun can be. According to Skincancer.org one out of every five people will have skin cancer at some point in their lives. Senior Gabby DerKinderen says, “It definitely made me nervous and more cautious about using tanning beds.” Tanning beds are a big contributor to the skin cancer problem.

The senior girls also took a self defense class. Abby Moore says one important thing she got out of it was that eyes are very vulnerable and are a good area to target if you are being assaulted.

Most seniors would say that Senior Issues was definitely worth their time. Davis says it was worth her time because “it helps you learn many important life skills.” Overall Senior Issues is an important graduation requirement here at RHS and it will serve to be very useful in the new graduates’ lives to come.

Photos from CPR training were taken by Mitchell Ryan and Georgia Panagiotidis

RHS National Honor Society celebrates 57th year

Markus Rohwetter, Alyssa Collins, and PJ Butler were all inducted into the National Honor Society. Photo Courtesy Alyssa Collins.

Marcus Rohwetter, Alyssa Collins, and PJ Butler were all inducted into the National Honor Society. Photo courtesy Alyssa Collins.

Kara Penney, Alex Pigeon, Julia Matson and Katie Delorey were all inducted into the National Honor Society. Photo Courtesy Julia Matson.

Kara Penney, Alex Pigeon, Julia Matson and Katie Delorey were all inducted into the National Honor Society. Photo courtesy Julia Matson.

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Leadership, service, character and scholarship are the qualities that each member of Rockland High Chapter of the National Honor Society must possess. On Wednesday night, 22 juniors and two seniors met that criteria and were inducted into the prestigious academic group.

The ceremony in the auditorium was preceded by a dinner where inductees spent time with their peers and adult sponsors. Then, parents and families watched as President Joe Rizzotto introduced the seniors and where they will be attending college in the fall, and gave the juniors their NHS member cards and pins after they made the pledge to the society.

Junior inductee Dennis McPeck says, “You have to work hard to get inducted and the induction process itself is pretty grueling because you have to write three essays and then you have to meet the requirements in grades. Community service hours need to be above and beyond the school [minimum].”

Secretary Gabrielle derKinderen, Treasurer Lilly Margolis, and members Brian Leonard, Leah Benson, and Devin Gilmore spoke about the virtues of NHS and the values that members must uphold, as well as introducing the candidates. Member Victoria Pratt recited a poem about the symbolic torch of NHS.

The inducted juniors were Iman Bendarkawai, Dylan Bernache, Patrick Butler, Brian Cohen, Alyssa Collins, Nicole Cook, Katherine Delorey, Natalie Ellard, Andrew Frazer, Cameron Kelley, Mekenzie Levesque, Julia Matson, Dennis McPeck, Justin Nguyen, Brendon Peck, Kara Penney, Alexandra Pigeon, Samantha Poirier, Jared Quirk, Taylor Reis, Markus Rohwetter, and Danielle Whitcher.

The seniors were Kayla Frazer and Erin Mulready.

NHS Co-Advisor Kathy Paulding says, “The induction ceremony was beautiful and a great night to honor students who truly reflect the virtues of scholarship, leadership, character and service. It is my favorite night of the year and the ceremony it self has not changed in over 50 years. Some of the students inducted this year had parents in the audience who went throughout the same ceremony. It is another example of how the RHS community respects its history and stays connected.”

Goodbye Class of 2014

Video by Senior Class President Molly Garrity

Seniors Honored at Spring Athletic Awards Banquet

Senior Award Winners: Front L to R: Ethan Rooney, Gene Dorney, Matt Nicholson, Kyle Scheim, Andrew Reardon, Joe Rizzotto, Colin Aylward. Back L to R: Gary Graziano, Kayla Frazer, Lilly Margolis, Ally Cerratto, Molly Garrity, Goergia Panagiotidis, Leah Benson and Sami Murray

Senior Award Winners: Front L to R: Ethan Rooney, Gene Dorney, Matt Nicholson, Kyle Scheim, Andrew Reardon, Joe Rizzotto, Colin Aylward. Back L to R: Gary Graziano, Kayla Frazer, Lilly Margolis, Ally Cerratto, Molly Garrity, Goergia Panagiotidis, Leah Benson and Sami Murray

Following is a list of the award winners at the Spring Athletic Awards night held on May 19.

Woman’s Coaches Award (Senior female student/athlete) – Leah Benson

Vicki Solari Award (Most inspirational female athlete) – Lillian Margolis

Senior Female Athlete Award (Top senior female athlete) – Allison Cerratto

Marion Mansfield Donovan Award (Top female student/athlete) – Molly Garrity

John Bell Bulldog Award (Female athlete who plays over and above abilities) – Kayla Frazer

John Bell Bulldog Award (Male athlete who plays over and above abilities) – Ethan Rooney

Peter J. Crowley Award (Top senior male athlete) – Matt Nicholson

Joseph Dondero Award (Top male student/athlete) – Joseph Rizzotto

Louis Cifello Award (Most inspirational male athlete) – Andrew Reardon

Dr. Joseph Dunn Award (Top student/athlete football player) – Joseph Rizzotto

Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Award (Female athlete who never gives up) – Samantha Murray

Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Award (Male athlete who never gives up) – Kyle Scheim and Colin Ayward

John Delorey Award (Female athlete who exemplifies sportsmanship) – Georgia Panagiotidis

John Delorey Award (Male athlete who exemplifies sportsmanship) – Eugene Dorney

Robert Ellis Award (Top male student / athlete basketball player) – Matt Nicholson

silver bowlSilver Bowl Winners (Student / athletes who have received ten letters in their high school careers) –
Ally Cerratto, Matt Nicholson, Molly Garrity and Andrew Reardon

Class of 2015 celebrates Junior Prom

The Junior Prom for the Class of 2015 was held at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston on Thursday, May 15. The Prom Court included members Kara Penney, Nicole Cook, Kallie Morse and Krystin Killion, with King Cameron Stuart and Queen Brianna Starkey. NESN TV reporter Jenny Dell was Stuart’s date for this evening. For more on Junior Prom, see the story in the print edition of The Veritas on May 23.

RHS art students featured in local shows

just bellasThe following students will have art on display at Bella’s Restaurant in Rockland during the months of May and June 2014.

1. Joey Marchetti
2. Celia Rosa
3. Marina McCauley
4. Kaitlyn Mott
5. Kaitlyn Dorney
6. Max Wright
7. Sean Carney
8. Ashley Pezzella
9. Shawn Ward
10. Brittany Alden
11. Taia Johnson
12. Taylor Whitley
13. Ashley Hatch
14. Alexa Leduc
15. Colleen McCarthy

other art shows
Student work at the Congressional Art show May 9-11
1. Bridget Martin
2. Haley MaCray
3. Dani Hill

Student work at the Second Parish Church Hingham May 8-18
1. Georgia Panagiotidis
2. Dani Hill
3. Haley MaCray
4. Ashley Hatch

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