The Veritas’ 2014 Year in Review
Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor
Over the past year the Rockland High School community has been exposed to both triumphs and tragedies. Overall, 2014 was action packed for both RHS and the outside communities, and the Veritas was there to report it all.
2013 Graduates Return for College Fair – Jan. 6
RHS kicks off the new year with visits from past graduates. Members of the Class of 2013 return to talk about their colleges and pass out information.
Students Shut off Cell Phones – Jan. 7
Pop Culture teacher, Brian Smith proposes experiment for his students, no cell phone use for 24 hours; the only exception being important phone calls.
Poetry Out Loud – Jan. 26
RHS students participate in school wide Poetry Out Loud competition. Danielle Hill comes in first and gets ready to move on to the regional competition. Hill went on to the State competition in March. See story and photos
Chris Burnieika Receives Service Award from Athletic Directors – March 20 See story in our archives
RHS Globe Show Winners -March 27
RHS art classes traveled to Boston for annual Globe Show. Students Georgia Panagiotidis (Gold Key), Dani Hill (Silver Key), and Joey Marchetti (Honorable Mention & Silver Key) are recognized for their artwork and photography in the annual art show.
Marylou’s Voted RHS’s Favorite Coffee – April
RHS hosts first SEMASC Conference – April 11
After months of planning, RHS’s Student Government Council hosts Rockland’s first SEMASC conference. With over 500 attendees from local school councils, the RHS SGC welcomes SEMASC delegates to a day of leadership training. See story
Budget Override Defeated – April 12
After being hit with increased gas, electricity, and special education costs and having a reduction of state funding and federal grants, the Rockland Public School District asks for a budget override. Voters at the town elections defeat the request.
Bobby Gasdia Wins Spellman Oratorical -April 15 See story here
Foreign Language Students Travel to Spain and
France – April 19
Lacrosse Teams Have Seasons of Firsts – April
RHS girls lacrosse finishes its very first season and the boys finish their first season as a varsity team.
RHS Theater Guild Presents High School Musical – May 2
After much anticipation, High School Musical premieres at RHS. Varsity basketball player, Andrew Frazer, trades in his Bulldog uniform for an East High Wildcats jersey and RHS students from all different clubs and sports break the “status quo” by banning together to form a diverse cast. See story and photo gallery
Class of 2015 in Debt After Prom Incident – May 15
After nearly sixty nip bottles were flushed down the toilets at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston, causing approximately $13,000 in damage, the Class of 2015 is left in debt. Class officers return to the venue to formally apologize. Dance and prom policies are altered. See in-depth story; also junior prom photo gallery
Senior Prom Held at Red Lion Inn in Cohasset after 1st Venue Burns Down – May 28
On Saturday, April 5 the Lakeview Pavilion in Foxborough was completely destroyed by fire. The Pavilion had been booked for the RHS Senior Prom on May 28. The first thing that most seniors thought was “where is our prom going to be?” They chose the Red Lion Inn.
Jon Soo Hoo named Valedictorian of Class of 2014 – May 29
Class of 2014 Graduation – May 30
In a goodbye letter to the class, Senior Class advisor, Sam Hoyo says, “Thank you for helping me realize that teaching is my passion and that Rockland is my home.”
Juniors selected for Boys, Girls State – June
Ms. Paulding Settles into New Position as Vice Principal – August Story in Veritas News
RHS girls’ soccer team are 2014 Division 4 South Sectional Finalists. – Nov. 16 story in Sports
“This group of girls accomplished something not many teams can do. This team, and especially these seniors will forever be legends in our school,” said Coach Greg Rowe.
Senior Class Wins 2nd Powder Puff Game – Nov. 21
Cheerleaders Win State Championship – Nov. 23
The RHS cheerleaders come out on top at Lowell High School. See Story in Sports